Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood program is designed to provide experiences in educational theory in the areas of social,
emotional, cognitive, physical/motor and creative development for children from birth through age eight. Courses
also are available for caregivers of school-age children, ages 5 through 14. Now that ongoing research reveals
the significance of early development, professional preparation has become essential for anyone pursuing a career
in the education and care of young children.
Working with young children is a challenging, rewarding and physically demanding experience. Academic expectations
for these courses require college-level study and communication skills. To succeed in this profession, it helps
to have a good self-image, outgoing personality, a sense of humor, and a commitment to nurturing children’s
growth and development.
Washington AEYC is the professional organization for those
working with children ages birth through eight years old in Washington. There are 21 local affiliate groups and
over 2,000 members throughout the state.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children
(NAEYC) is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others
dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.
For more information, contact (509) 533-3148.