The primary goal of the Early Childhood Education Program is to provide students with knowledge and experiences that will begin to prepare them for a variety of childhood related career opportunities. The program also benefits any potential parents.
Research has shown that the most learning in a child’s life occurs in the first five years. Increased demand for childcare workers plus the need to replace workers and early childhood educators who leave the occupation are creating many new positions and are expected to create numerous openings in the future. With research stressing how important quality, developmentally appropriate care and education is in the formative years, more positions will be available and requirements for training will become more intensive. Persons who are interested in this work and suited for it should have little trouble finding employment.
This program provides the background, experiences, and encouragement to lead students to choose a career in the area of Early Childhood Development or to continue their training leading to other educational offerings such as early childhood teacher, licensed childcare provider, or related professional careers.