Early Childhood Associate

What it is about
The Early Childhood Associate curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Courses you will take
Course work includes child growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of children, care and guidance of children, and communication skills with parents and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of young children.

What you will gain
Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and childcare programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.

Contact
Brenda Blackburn and Shelah Combs
Phone (828) 694-1850/(828) 694-1819
E-mail: bc_blackburn@blueridge.edu / sk_combs@blueridge.edu

Accreditation

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The Early Childhood Associate program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).