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Early Childhood Development

The Early Childhood Program develops the knowledge and competencies of students interested in teaching or working in a variety of roles within the field of Early Childhood Education. Early Childhood encompasses ages zero to age eight, and students are provided with a sound theoretical foundation related to the principles of child growth and development. Students are also educated with a functional understanding of programs and curricula appropriate for teaching and supporting children throughout the early years of development.

Skill emphases in the Early Childhood Program at LCSC are guided by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Professional Preparation. The NAEYC Standards include:

Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning

Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships

Standard 3: Observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families

Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches

Standard 5: Using content Knowledge to build meaningful curriculum

Standard 6: Becoming a Professional

Standard 7: Early Childhood field experiences

Students are trained with hands-on experience to make appropriate and objective observations, write accurate assessments, practice positive approaches to guidance, and develop curriculum plans based on children’s interests at their practicum sites. Students spend approximately 8- 10 hours a week at an approved practicum site in their second, third and fourth semesters of the program. Students must complete an Early Childhood Program Application before being released to register for coursework beyond the first semester. Students must obtain a clear Criminal Background Check and fingerprinting, Pediatric CPR/First Aid Certification, TB Clearance, current health check, and current immunization record. 

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Development program, students will be able to:

    • Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
    • Promote children’s growth and development in physical, cognitive, language, and literacy learning domains. 
    • Foster social and emotional development by providing positive guidance for young children
    • Develop positive and productive relations with families and the community
    • Ensure well-run, purposeful programs responsive to child and family needs
    • Maintain professionalism and ethical conduct

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