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Early Childhood Care and Education

Program Objectives:

This program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to be responsible for meeting the specific needs of a group of children by nurturing the children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs; setting up and maintaining the early care and education environment; and establishing a liaison relationship between families and the program.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. To promote child development by:
    1. Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
    2. Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on early development and learning.
    3. Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  2. To build family and community relationships by:
    1. Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics.
    2. Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
    3. Involving families and communities in young children’s development and learning.
  3. To use observation, documentation, and assessment to support young children and families by:
    1. Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment – including its use in development of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children.
    2. Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment and data collection.
    3. Understanding and practicing responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, including the use of assistive technology for children with disabilities.
    4. Knowing about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues to build effective learning environments.
  4. To use developmentally appropriate approaches by:
    1. Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with young children.
    2. Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
    3. Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches.
    4. Reflecting on own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  5. To use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum by:
    1. Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines.
    2. Knowing and using the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas/academic disciplines.
    3. Using own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.
  6. To become a professional by:
    1. Identifying and involving self with the early childhood field.
    2. Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other early childhood professional guidelines.
    3. Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
    4. Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.

Engaging in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.


Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes
Graduation Year:20162017201820195 Year Average
Student Outcomes
Graduates Employed or Continuing Education 95.83% 100% 95% 100% 96%


Number and percentage of program completers for the three most recent academic years
Number and percentage of program completers for the three most recent academic years
Academic Year Number of program completers % of program completers who were attending full-time (at the time of completion) % of program completers who were attending part-time[1] (at the time of completion)
2018 22 42.1% 57.9%
2019 19 66.7% 33.3%


52.4% 47.6%


Program Completers
Program Completers
Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time candidates enrolled in the program (select three sequential years) Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 100%, 200% (twice) or 300% (three times) of the published timeframe (Please circle, underline or bold the indicator above on which the program will report.)
2018 90% 90%
2017 100% 100%
2016 87.5%



Employment Rates
Employment Rates
Academic Year Number of Graduates Percentage of Graduates employed in the early childhood profession within one year of graduation* Percentage of Graduates pursuing further education in the early childhood profession within one year of graduation*
2019 19 88.9% 11.1%
2018 22 63.6% 22.7%
2017 20 80.0% 15.0%