The Early Childhood Education Level I certificate introduces students to the world of Early Childhood Education. This certificate is perfect for those who are exploring a career in early childhood, and can be used by individuals with a completed degree in a related field to earn specialized Early Childhood credits. Put an edge on any resume for a starting position in child care!


  • All four introductory courses run at both Claremont & Keene
  • Development and Head Start Collaboration

Students currently working in the field may qualify for specific ECE tuition assistance.

Career Options

  • Child care centers
  • Head Start programs
  • Laboratory schools
  • Parent cooperatives and after-school programs.

Related Degrees

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education: Infant and Toddler Certificate
  • Early Childhood Education level 2 Certificate
  • Social Services
  • Social Services Certificate

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).

Program Goals

RVCC’s Early Childhood Education Program combines theory and practical experiences.  The curriculum utilizes standards for early childhood professional preparation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Program Outcomes

RVCC’s Certificates and Associate Degree focus on:

  • Promoting child development & learning;
  • Building family & community relationships;
  • Observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families;
  • Using developmentally effective approaches to connect with children & families;
  • Using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum; and,
  • Becoming a professional.

The Early Childhood Education level I certificate is an open enrollment program. This means we accept students once they are accepted to River Valley; no requirements necessary. At RVCC, we believe all students should be able to complete a degree and be able to transfer or start their career as smoothly as possible.

If you have any questions about theEarly Childhood Education level I certificate, please do not hesitate to request information or reach out to the faculty.

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ECE courses are recognized by NH Child Care Licensing Unit & NH Bureau of Child

Program Contact

Kerry Belknap Morris