Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is early childhood education?

    Answer: Early childhood is one part of the larger professional field known as education. Early childhood is defined as the span from birth through eight years of age.

  2. What do early childhood educators teach?

    Answer: The nature of teaching in early childhood is unique. Early childhood educators teach what other educators teach. The early childhood curriculum includes math, science, social studies, literature, language, and the creative arts. In addition to teaching, early childhood educators have many other responsibilities. Early childhood teachers also plan, observe, listen, help, learn, play, guide, and comfort.

  3. Where do early childhood educators work?

    Answer: Early childhood educators work with young children, aged birth through eight years, in a variety of settings. Many early childhood educators work in: nursery schools, child care centers, family child care programs, laboratory schools, parent cooperatives, Montessori programs, after-school programs, and home visiting programs.

  4. With whom do early childhood educators work?

    Answer: Early childhood educators do not work only with young children. They also work with many other adults such as: families, other teachers, volunteers, administrators, support personnel, and consultants.

  5. What should I do if I think I'm interested in early childhood education?

    Answer: There are many things you can do to prepare to study early childhood education:

    Explore opportunities to volunteer with young children;
    Take early childhood education, child development, psychology, and sociology courses offered at your high school or technical center;
    Make an appointment with the early childhood education program director to discuss your interest