What is early childhood education? - Early childhood education is typically delivered through preschools, teaching social skills, behavior, and basic knowledge to children under the age of five in preparation for kindergarten and is known to have life-long educational and social benefits. Specialized teachers with training in childhood development work for both public and private ECE providers.

The goal to make high-quality early childhood education available to every single preschooler in the nation has never been closer. From federally funded Early Head Start programs to locally led initiatives, access is at an all-time high.

At the same time, the connection between preschool and success during the school years and later in life just keeps getting stronger. For decades, research has shown improved literacy, higher high school graduation and college attendance rates, and a whole host of profound societal benefits that come with having access to quality preschool programs. The latest research continues to back that up, and helps tell the story of how today’s preschool teachers are rising to the occasion to meet new challenges.

There is a lot to look forward to for anybody getting into the field of early childhood education today. Funding is at an all-time high, and everyone is joining in the movement to support the efforts to teach and inspire the nation’s youngest learners – from the federal agencies that set policy and allocate funding to state and district stakeholders working to improve access for all the kids in their communities.

Now more than ever, preschool teachers have the backing and resources they need to do what they do best.

With ECE initial teacher prep and continuation programs now widely available online, the education it takes to become a certified preschool teacher has never been more accessible either. From certificate and associate’s programs the meet minimum certification requirements, to bachelor’s completion programs for students with transfer degrees, and master’s degree programs for bachelor’s-prepared professionals in other fields looking to make a career change – no matter your situation or background you’ll find an option that’s perfect for you.

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