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Early Childhood Education

Program Overview

Early childhood is that unique and dynamic period from birth through age eight. Research shows that the quality of a child’s experiences in their first five years helps shape brain development. Early childhood education plays an essential role in supporting the healthy growth and development of children. If you’re interested in the well-being of young children, their families, and the community, the Early Childhood Education program might be for you. 

The Early Childhood Education program involves studying the complexities of social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Our experienced faculty will teach you how to design, implement, and promote the best and most desirable experiences for children in early childhood centers and programs. You will also learn how to develop reciprocal relationships with families and research and advocate for access and equity. We will provide opportunities for you to learn skills, foster dispositions, and establish professional networks to launch or enhance your career.

Enroll in the Early Childhood Education program today and make it happen.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Paradise Valley Community College?

Those seeking a career in Early Childhood Education (ECE) should look no further than PVCC’s engaging and dynamic two-year program, designed to enhance one’s career from the classroom to the conference room with effective and innovative learning experiences rooted in progressive educational practices.

The education and well-being of young children, more specifically birth to five years of age, is a key determinant of our success as a community. Childrens’ brains develop more during these years than any other time in life. Under the direction of committed, highly qualified faculty, our students discover a collaborative, intentional, and reflective practice grounded in research and theory. 

Beyond the coursework, PVCC’s ECE program has received more than $4 million in grant money to conduct research and provide professional development over the past 10 years. PVCC ECE students and graduates are the first to sign up for these transformational programs.