Early Childhood Studies


The major in Early Childhood Studies prepares students with appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions that reflect the perspective of quality, equity, and fairness in their work with children from birth to age eight and their families. Other skills acquired within the program consist of the following:

  • Students are prepared to teach programs serving children from birth through age 8
  • Students understand and relate to diversity of languages and cultures in and among children and families
  • Students can meet the diverse needs of all children including those with special needs
  • Students are reflective and deliberative practitioners
  • Students link content to pedagogy
  • Students actively engage children in learning
  • Students integrate research, theory and best practice into their professional work

Early Childhood Studies provides an excellent foundation for a range of careers working with young children and their families in many areas, including education, health and human services. A BA degree in Early Childhood Studies is timely, given the increasing expectation that those working in early care and education possess a minimum of a BA degree.

The program will provide the subject matter preparation for the multiple subjects and special education teaching credentials, as well as related professional programs in health and human services such as child life specialists, home visitors, and family advocates. Graduates will also be prepared to pursue professional careers and graduate studies in related fields such as:

  • Teaching infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • Early intervention
  • Administration of programs for young children families
  • Graduate studies in education, social work, human development and counseling
  • Community-based early care and education programs

For more information about this program, contact:
Cynthia Aron
Building 6, Room 105
Email: ciaron@cpp.edu
Phone: 909-869-3153