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.

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