Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies

About the Program

The early years are a critical time in that the care and education received during this period will impact children’s academic and social trajectories throughout their lives. The Early Childhood Studies program is distinctive because the major emphasizes the first eight years of life and the significance of this period in children's overall development.

The strength of the ECS program redoubles Cal Poly Pomona’s commitment to the value of diversity in preparing future practitioners to be integrative thinkers and model leaders. Over the course of their studies, ECS students gain appropriate knowledge, skills, and dispositions that reflect the perspective of quality, equity, and fairness in their work with young children and families. Based on an understanding of diversity as an asset to be cultivated and celebrated, ECS students are prepared to promote social justice within early childhood education and on behalf of the children and families they serve.

While at Cal Poly Pomona, ECS students study processes important for early childhood development and identify theoretical implications in the application of principles and practices for their work with diverse family, program, and community contexts. Program graduates are prepared to work with infants and toddlers, preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten, the early primary school years (Transitional kindergarten through grade 3) and complete their special education credentials. Graduates are also prepared for careers in home visiting, family support programs, graduate school, and other professional contexts that focus on working with young children and families.