Early Childhood Education (Degree)
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM MISSION
Vance-Granville Community College’s Early Childhood Program’s mission statement is the following:
The Early Childhood Program is committed to making quality education accessible, building creative learning environments, and developing more effective ways of providing quality learning experiences. Program faculty members work cooperatively with high schools, public and private child care homes and centers, four-year colleges, universities and other agencies in an effort to make higher education more accessible for students. The program is also committed to making culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse learning opportunities accessible to all students.
The Early Childhood Education curriculum
prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning
environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young
children under the supervision of qualified teachers.
Course work includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care
and guidance of children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will
foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of
Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early
childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs;
preschools; public and private schools; recreational centers; Head Start Programs; and
school- age programs.
The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program at Vance Granville Community College is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Associate Program Standards. Our program addresses the following NAEYC standards and upon graduation students will be proficient in all 6 NAEYC standards.
Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
Standard 3: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children
Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
Standard 5: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
Standard 6: Becoming a Professional
- Early Childhood students will be able to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
- Early Childhood students will be able to design and implement developmentally effective curriculum that addresses all domains of learning.
- Early Childhood students will be able to support and empower all children, families, and communities through trusting and respectful reciprocal relationships.
- Early Childhood students will be able to use authentic assessment responsibly to make informed decisions to guide all children's learning.
- Early Childhood students will be able to communicate effectively using standard written and verbal skills.
- Early Childhood students will be able to utilize technology to enhance learning for all children.
- Early Childhood students will serve as a leader, advocate, and professional in the field of early education.