CVCC’s Early Childhood Education Program Earns National Accreditation

Portrait of a group of children in a huddleCatawba Valley Community College’s Early Childhood Education program recently earned accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation recognizes associate degree programs that have met Professional Preparation Standards. The organization’s mission is to raise the quality of education for all children from birth through age eight. Graduates of NAEYC accredited programs generally are assured of acceptance of their educational credentials in virtually any state.

The 18-month accreditation process involved a self-study by faculty and staff and a three-day site visit. Reaccreditation requires an annual progress report and application in seven years.

CVCC’s Early Childhood Education Program was launched in 1979 offering continuing education courses for those interested in working in child care programs. The program has evolved over the years into a comprehensive study of young children, their growth and development offering an associate degree, a one year diploma or two certification programs.

Graduates go to work in preschool programs in public and private school systems as teachers and teacher assistants. They also work for or manage child development centers and recreational programs.

The program is led by faculty members Aden Cranford, Andra Ingle and department head Brice Melton.

For more information about enrolling in CVCC’s Early Childhood Associate Degree program, contact the Admissions Office, 828-327-7000 ext. 4216.

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