Early Childhood Education

Maria Blair earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Florida International University. As a high school student, she was enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Robert Morgan Vocational Technical Institute as it was known then. During her senior year of high school, she was recognized as the ECE student of the year.

Mrs. Blair is also certified to teach the Department of Children and Families courses, ServSafe, and Child Development Associate which are all courses needed for the certification of the students enrolled in her program. In addition to teaching four different levels of Early Childhood, Mrs. Blair is the Director at our on-site licensed Little Pirates Preschool. Our preschool cares for children 4 months – 5 years of age.

Any student interested in working with children should definitely apply. This course will be the building block into a career with children; whether you want to be a teacher, director, entrepreneur, social worker, pediatric nurse, pediatrician, etc. For those students that wish to be preschool teachers and complete all the requirements, you will be fully certified to be a preschool teacher anywhere in the United States!

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only national Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Today over 205,000 members in nearly 6,500 chapters are active in a network of associations in 50 states, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life — planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication — necessary in the home and workplace.

To promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.


  1. to provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life
  2. to strengthen the function of the family as a basic unit of society
  3. to encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community
  4. to encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation and harmony
  5. to promote greater understanding between youth and adults
  6. to provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities.
  7. to prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today’s society
  8. to promote Family and Consumer Sciences and related occupations