According to a report in Community College Week, more research continues to surface regarding the importance of the years from birth to age three. This developmental time is when a child's brain begins making connections to his outer world. This age group has been historically dubbed the future of our nation, yet the educational system rarely puts in the time, effort and money to educate this demographic as effectively as it could. In fact, those at the front of the public education movement often regard early childhood education as an afterthought – after the more important issues like school choice, student performance, and educational standards.
This community college offers a variety of degree options for those pursuing a career in early childhood education. Training includes class lectures, observation studies and practical field work with mentor teachers. According to the college website, both certification and an associate's degree are available in this field. These credentials can help you get a good job at a day care center, preschool or before and after school care. The college also states that those who receive an AAS degree through their school will be able to find employment immediately after graduation.
This video describes the Early Care and Education program at Saint Louis Community College which offers students a variety of degree options and pathways of study. Students will investigate leading theories of child development and methodologies for curriculum planning and assessment. Through class lectures, observation studies, field work with mentor teachers, service learning, and opportunities for discussion with award-winning faculty, students will engage with the best practices designed for the study of early education.