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Enhanced Student Services to Support Program Completion

Gulf Coast State College; Panama City, FL

Community and state colleges in the state of Florida have launched a statewide campaign to address degree completion. This effort represents a fundamental change in focus for institutions of higher education. Beginning in the 2010-11 academic year, the Early Childhood Education staff began efforts to design a pathway to graduation for working adults. Strategies were developed in collaboration with adjunct faculty and local early childhood education agencies/providers to address specific factors faced by students working full-time. Expanded advising procedures and services will also be the focus for the 2011-12 academic year.


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Lehigh Carbon Community College Fowler Model

Lehigh Carbon Community College; Schnecksville, PA

Housed in the multi-million dollar Fowler Education Center, the Early Childhood Education (ECE), Education, Special Education, Paraeducator, and Early Childhood/Early Intervention majors have dedicated Teacher Education classrooms and auxiliary rooms that are used for break-out sessions for student classes and are utilized by the children. Philosophically, the ECE department infuses “Leading with Literacy” into every course. Connecting to the Reggio approach, a department-wide topic of study is employed for each year and is interwoven into various aspects of each course.


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Supporting Professional Development in the Early Childhood Community

Montgomery College; Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, MD

In 2008, the Montgomery College Associate of Applied Sciences in Early Childhood program was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. As Montgomery College earned and now maintains this accreditation, the college has also been awarded funding annually through the local Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant, allowing them to provide a range of resources for students and the local early childhood community.


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Developing Academic Standards for Early Childhood Teaching Credential Programs

Pulaski Technical College; North Little Rock, AR

Led by Trude Puckett of Pulaski Technical College (PTC), 11 community colleges in Arkansas with Early Childhood programs began meeting each month after September 2009 to develop courses in the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) programs that would be considered for transfer to the state’s universities. When group members learned that the Arkansas legislature would create a Birth through Prekindergarten Teaching Credential, it was decided to take the initiative and develop common courses to meet the requirements for this credential.


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A Child Development Career Ladder: Increasing College Completion and Educational Attainment of Child Development Professionals

West Virginia University at Parkersburg; Parkersburg, WV

West Virginia University at Parkersburg is beginning a three step Career Ladder Child Development degree program beginning in January 2012. Students can enter the program and in one year earn a Certificate in Child Development.  With seamless transition, they can add an additional year to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Child Development.  With this requirement completed, they can then earn a Bachelor’s in Applied Science (BAS) with an emphasis in Child Development without losing any credit hours.


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Heartland Early Childhood Paraeducator Grant

Kirkwood Community College; Cedar Rapids, IA

The goal of Kirkwood Community College's Heartland Early Childhood Paraeducator project is to educate an early childhood paraeducator work force who will be able to support the education of all children. The focus of the project is to increase college students’ ability to work with children who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse. The four year project is funded by the United States Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs.


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