KC Early Childhood Education Registering

May 25, 2016

The Kaskaskia College Early Childhood Education Program continues to offer quality programming and the program is now registering for the summer and fall 2016 semesters.

The Early Childhood Education Program at Kaskaskia College is designed to provide students with an opportunity to prepare themselves for employment, to continue their education at an institution of higher learning, and to develop a more satisfactory philosophy of life.

Students completing the two-year early childhood program enter the profession assuming responsibility for the care and education of an individual group of young children in various settings such as a child care center, preschool, nonpublic school kindergarten, before-and/or after-school child care programs, or family day care homes.

KC Professor Tina Suarez says, “The early childhood program provides all of the necessary teacher and professional skills to go into the workforce and be a high quality early childhood teacher.

The KC Program has also recently partnered with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville to offer transferability as part of its 2+2 Program. This agreement allows students to follow a very specific curriculum while attending classes at KC then transfer into the major at SIUE. This agreement will allow the students to progress toward completion of their Bachelor’s degree program and ensure transfer to SIUE.

Professor Suarez feels the 2+2 Agreement with SIUE is truly unique for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program. “This agreement will truly benefit the student with transferring to SIUE and assist them as they move toward graduation and a career.” Students will be able to start the 2 plus2 agreement beginning in the fall 2017 semester.

Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program at Kaskaskia can also obtain their Level 4 Certification through the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (INCCRRA), which is a statewide organization and is a recognized leader, catalyst and resource for making high quality, affordable early care and education and school-age care options available for children and families in Illinois. According to Suarez, “The level four ECE credential is the highest credential to obtain at a community college. Credentials better prepare students to obtain top jobs in an early childhood setting and are part of requirements of the accelerate program through INCCRRA.”

Suarez says that the students in the program participate in quality programs while in the program such as volunteering at Head Start Activities, Family and Alumni day at the campus with the children’s games and being in charge of the children’s area at the Centralia fall festival.

Child care workers must be in the position to attend to children’s basic needs as well as be able to provide activities that stimulate a child intellectually, socially, and physically. In order for this to occur, the child care worker must demonstrate a high level of patience and strong desire of caring for children. Suarez adds, “The program has an extraordinary high rate of job placement in child care centers with home providers and Head Starts”

For more information about the credentials please contact the Program Coordinator at 545-3351 or go online at www.ilgateways.com.

Financial aid is available for the program and courses are offered in the classroom, via distance learning and on-line. For more information or to register for classes, contact Tina Suarez, Program Coordinator, at 545-3351 or email tsuarez@kaskaskia.edu.

Pictured are Early Childhood Students Denice Smith from Centralia and Sara Cortelloni from Vandalia along with Professor Tina Suarez and children at the KC Child Care Center.

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