Early Childhood Education Program History

A survey and needs assessment of the Johnson County community and the students of the college were completed in 1996. The results indicated a strong interest in developing an early childhood education degree program.

The students strongly supported the idea because many of them were working in early childhood education without competencies in the field. This degree would also be a basis for a four-year degree.

The community was interested because of the potential for improving the quality of the staff and early childhood care and education centers in Johnson County.

A comprehensive review of early childhood education degree programs of other community colleges and universities and a thorough examination of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Kansas requirements for an associate's degree program were completed.

Following the collection and analysis of this information, the early childhood education program was developed. The first students were enrolled in the associate's of science degree program in 1998. The one-year certificate program began in 2001.

An advisory committee of dedicated early childhood education and care community leaders assists the program chair in meeting the needs of the students and the workplace.