MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
The Early Childhood Education Program shares in the mission of River Valley Community College to prepare individuals to enter into the workforce, to advance in their chosen career as early childhood professionals and educators, and to prepare for continued study, including academic transfer. This program is also committed to preparing students to value the importance of and to participate professionally in quality early childhood settings and their communities.
We recognize and respect that students in the Early Childhood Education Program have varied career goals, both short-term and long-range. We work to meet these varied student needs.
We believe that the overall design of the early childhood curriculum should reflect current interdisciplinary knowledge about the preparation of early childhood professionals. We strive to provide a strong foundation for our students by utilizing the standards for early childhood professional preparation at the associate degree level as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We believe in and support the Code of Ethics as established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS
Early childhood teachers educate and care for young children aged birth through eight years. They play multiple roles and manage varied responsibilities including, but not limited to, planning learning environments, implementing activities, and guiding behavior. In addition to working with young children, early childhood teachers also work with adults such as families and other professionals.
Employment opportunities are expected to continue to rise. More American families are accessing early childhood programs. Adults returning to the workforce as part of welfare reform will need services. Finally, publicly funded early childhood programs also continue to expand.