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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Would you like to help children explore their world, deepen their thinking and develop their social relationships?

About Us

The goal of CR’s multifaceted Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is to train dynamic, capable and qualified teachers to meet the changing needs of our community. Many students leave our program ready to join the workforce as licensed preschool teachers or day-care site directors, while others transfer to a university to continue training in this rewarding and rapidly changing field.

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Degrees and Certificates
Other Education Opportunities

ECE courses allow students to meet requirements for the California Child Development Permit from Assistant to Site Supervisor. Permits are issued by the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing.

Transfer Opportunities

Under the Curriculum Alignment Project, all of your ECE courses will transfer 1-to-1 to a California State University (CSU). 

With an Associate Degree in Science in Early Childhood Education, you can transfer to Humboldt State University (or another CSU) as a junior, ready to complete a bachelor’s degree that will prepare you for more advanced career options.

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What to Expect

In addition to the classroom, where you will learn theories of early childhood education, you’ll also benefit from 100 hours of mentoring by a master teacher in our learning lab, the Child Development Center.  Our center cares for children 18 months to 5 years of age. 

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ECE teachers improve children’s chances of doing well for their entire school experience.

On-Site Lab School

The Child Development Center Lab School is a NAEYC accredited center with support and mentorship from highly qualified teachers. At the Lab School, you will learn curriculum planning and relationship building, along with ECE play-based philosophies and the newest technology in assessment systems.

California Employment Statistics

Preschool Teacher


Median Wage with an Associate’s Degree

Projected Job Growth


Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Outlook 2018-2028

Employment opportunities include:

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Preschool Education Administrator
  • Child Care Program Director
  • Licensed Family Child Care Provider
  • Infant-Toddler Teacher
  • Family Services Worker
  • Instructional Aide
Darius Kalvaitis

Darius Kalvaitis

"My classes are multimedia rich environments that have gone past the textbook approaches that were previously the norm. This allows my students to stay in the lead with the newest advances and methods."

Phil Freneau

Phil Freneau

"College programs should be models of healthy, safe, and positive environments for students and should foster the development of positive self-esteem."

Contact Us

General Questions Phone : 476-4135 Email :
Admissions Phone: 476-4200 Email:
Financial Aid Phone: 476-4182 Email:
Counseling Phone: 476-4150 Email:

Division Information

Career Education

 Rory Johnson, Dean

 Gussie Solem, Administrative Secretary

 CTE Division Office, AT-100C

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