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Welcome to the Early Childhood Education Program @ VGCC!

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The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Course work includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with families and children.
 
The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Associate Program Standards. For more information, please visit the Association's accreditation website.
 
TRACEY BENNETT 
Department Chair/Instructor
(252) 738-3471
 

Welcome to the School-Age Education Program @ VGCC!

The School-Age Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children in elementary through middle grades in diverse learning environments. Course work includes child growth/development; computer technology in education; physical/nutritional needs of school-age children; care and guidance of school-age children; and communication skills with families and children.
 
JACQUELIN M. HEATH 
Program Head/Instructor
(252) 738-3298
 

Our Conceptual Framework:

VGCC's Early Childhood Department, Developing the CLEARR EC Professional: Collaborative Professionals, Lifelong Learners, Experienced, Assured in Personal Capacity, Resourceful, Reflective

 

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Professional & Nonprofit Organizations

  • Center for Child and Family Policy
    The Center for Child and Family Policy was established at Duke University on July 1, 1999. We bring together faculty, researchers, staff, and students in an effort to achieve our mission: to contribute to solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families, through an integrated system of teaching, research, service, and policy engagement. The Center emphasizes the bridge from basic research to policy and practice. Visit the "Publications" and "Research" sections to find resources on the development and education of young children.
  • Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
    The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is one of the nation's oldest and largest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of young children and their families. About 300 researchers, implementation and technical assistance specialists, staff, and students work on more than 75 projects related to developmental disabilities; early care and education; physical and social health; professional development, technical assistance, and implementation science; public policy and evaluation; and racial, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
    The NAEYC's mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources.
  • National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
    The National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers is a nonprofit educational membership organization. It supports research and activities affecting college and university early childhood education and service settings, family and work issues, and the field of early childhood education in general.
  • National Institute for Early Education Research
    The National Institute for Early Education Research conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children. Such education enhances their physical, cognitive, and social development, and subsequent success in school and later life.
  • Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
    Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.

Childhood Education Degrees & Programs

Childhood Education Resources in NC

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  • ArtNC
    An educational resource from the North Carolina Museum of Art. Explore works of art that are teachable across disciplines and grade levels. Includes lesson plans, concept maps and portfolios.
  • Foundations: North Carolina's Early Learning Standards
    For children to reach their full potential during the early years, adults around them must provide an environment and experiences that promote growth and learning. Foundations is designed to help early educators, parents, and others do just that by describing the particular skills and abilities that are important for children’s success and providing ideas for fostering their development.
  • LEARN NC
    LEARN NC, a program of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education, finds the most innovative and successful practices in K–12 education and makes them available to the teachers and students of North Carolina and the world.
  • North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education
    The social and economic future of NC depends upon the success of our children. To that end, the NC Division of Child Development implements quality standards, increases access for families, and collaborates to promote enhanced service delivery of care and education across the state.
  • NCpedia
    Information about the state of North Carolina, its history, people, government, and educational institutions. (Internet Resource)
  • NC Public Schools Statistical Profile
    Selected statistical data from the NC Department of Public Instruction on elementary and secondary school students, personnel, and finances.
  • NC Standard Course of Study
    North Carolina's Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina.

U.S. Government Resources

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  • Food and Nutrition Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
    The Food and Nutrition Service administers several programs that provide healthy food to children including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Special Milk Program. Administered by State agencies, each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children.
  • Office for Early Childhood Development (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
    The Office for Early Childhood Development promotes a joint approach to improving the availability of high quality early learning and development programs. We are made up of the Office of Head Start, the Office of Child Care, and the Interagency Team.
  • Office of Early Learning (U.S. Department of Education)
    The Office of Early Learning is the principal office charged with supporting the Department's Early Learning Initiative with the goal of improving the health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes for children from birth through third grade, so that all children, particularly those with high needs, are on track for graduating from high school college- and career-ready.

Articles on Childhood Education

Please note: Some of the articles on these websites are not free! Notes such as "Purchase PDF" within an article's citiation means that it must be purchased directly from the publisher.

  • Earlychildhood NEWS
    Let Earlychildhood NEWS help you stay on the forefront of new developments and current information with carefully selected articles from some of the brightest minds in early childhood education.
  • Early Childhood Research & Practice
    Early Childhood Research & Practice, an Internet-only journal, features articles related to the development, care, and education of children from birth to approximately age 8. Beginning with the spring 2004 issue (Volume 6, Number 1), the journal became fully bilingual, with all articles published in both English and Spanish.
  • International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education
    The International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal offering scholarly articles on various issues concerning young children with special needs and their families.
  • Teaching Young Children
    Teaching Young Children highlights current thinking on best practices in early childhood education, innovations in the field, research and its implications, and interesting ideas for and from preschool teachers.
  • Voices of Practitioners
    The main purpose of Voices of Practitioners is to provide a vehicle for publishing the research of early childhood teachers, who are often underrepresented as authors in the educational research arena. This publication includes informative articles, resources, and tools to promote the participation of early childhood teachers in teacher research.
  • Young Children
    Young Children is a peer-reviewed professional journal, published five times a year—in March, May, July, September, and November. Issues are organized around topics important to the early childhood education field.
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