Northwest Community College

Early Childhood Education

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes

Mission
The Early Childhood Education program is a National Accredited Program from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate programs as well as for immediate employment in programs such as preschools, child care centers and Head Start. Students receive experiences by observing and teaching in a variety of early education environments. These experiences enable the student to implement the theory received in the college classroom in a practical hands-on setting. A required field trip may be planned each semester.

Faculty
Michele Better, mbetter@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6305

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements (research-based NAEYC national standards), well-prepared early childhood graduates should know and be able to: 
1. Promote and foster appropriate ongoing child development and learning. 
2. Build family, staff and community collaborate relationships. 
3. Observe, document and assess to support young children and their families. 
4. Create and implement developmentally and culturally appropriate learning opportunities for young children in a variety of teaching/ learning environments. 
5. Become an engaging, reflective, intentionally practicing professional who demonstrates skills for advocacy.