Early Childhood Education

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One of the most important professions in education is Child Development.

ACC offers an Associate Degree in Child Development, a certificate in Child Development and a certificate in Early Childhood Administration.

“Early Childhood Education is the foundation for academic learning,” said Jeanine Wilburn, ACC Child Development Department chair. “Research has shown that children who attend high-quality preschool programs are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college.”

Child Development/Early Childhood Program is committed to improve the quality of childcare and to prepare individuals for a career educating young children. The course materials focus on current issues in childhood education and are designed to focus on the philosophy of developmentally appropriate practices and ethical application in childcare.

“In a high-quality childcare program a child will be read to and sing songs which is essential for early reading skills,” Wilburn said. “Quality programs include those in which play is fundamental. They also lay the groundwork for math and science concepts and developing social skills.”

Child Development graduates have the opportunity to work as child-care providers, registered childcare providers, child-care directors, public school paraprofessionals, and other related child/youth careers.

ACC also provides Child Development students with an opportunity to observe and interact with children at the campus Lab School, a day care for kids ages 18 months to 5 years.

Jobs for early childhood educators are expected to grow by 7 percent over the next 10 years. The Houston area offers some of the highest wages in the state with an average salary of $34,000 per year.

For more information, call 281.756.3644 or e-mail ChildDevelop@alvincollege.edu.

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