Early Childhood Education (Degree)
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 young children.
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.
PROGRAM STANDARDS 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
- 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