The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
Allegheny, Boyce, North, South
This program is designed for individuals who desire entry-level
positions in the area of child development. By enrolling in
specialized courses designed for working with infants, toddlers and
preschool-age children, students learn about the physical,
emotional, social and cognitive care of infants, toddlers and
preschoolers. They learn the job responsibilities of all staff
working in the field and identify suitable career
Weekly field observations and experiences are required
throughout the course work in this program. Students must be
eligible for clearances through the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) Criminal History Record (Act 114). Pennsylvania State Police
Criminal History Check (Act 34) and the Pennsylvania Child Abuse
History Record Check (Act 151) and meet local requirements of the
field placement site.
Upon completion of the diploma, students can work as an aide in
childcare agencies or centers, preschool programs, before and after
school programs or private homes. Students who complete the diploma
program, find employment in a child development center and meet
additional credential requirements are eligible to apply for the
nationally awarded Child Development Associate (CDA) credential
through the Council for Professional Recognition. Additional CDA
credential requirements and application can be found at
Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate