Early Childhood Education BAS Preschool Retreat

Early Childhood Education BAS Preschool Retreat

Early Childhood Education BAS Preschool Retreat

North Seattle College’s (NSC) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program recently held a Preschool Director’s Retreat and Luncheon on Dec. 1 at NSC.

The interactive forum was primarily focused on leadership staff, from preschools where students currently enrolled in the ECE BAS program work. 

Topics covered included how NSC could best support ECE faculty members who are pursuing education, how to apply their new knowledge in the classroom, and how that knowledge can be disseminated across programs.

“Several participants stated that this was the most useful professional development activity that they had participated in,” said Samantha Dolan, NSC ECE Faculty and Coordinator.

The retreat also showcased how its students have become model teachers, curriculum specialists, and taken on other leadership roles utilizing their education.  

“I am confident that this event will impact the change management of the participants, the workplace climate for our students, and ultimately the outcomes of the children and families they serve,” said Dolan.

A generous grant from the Bainum Family Foundation, located in Bethesda, MD made the retreat possible, while also providing scholarship support and outreach to build the ECE BAS program.

“We are excited to partner with North Seattle College as they create unique and meaningful opportunities for leaders in the early education field,” stated Katie Renschler, West Coast Director for the Bainum Family Foundation. 

The retreat was facilitated by Dr. Sharon Knight, a Senior Education Specialist with the City of Seattle.

Knight’s unique proficiency is grounded in equity-driven adult education, with extensive experience in professional development design, implementation, and evaluation.

For over 35 years, Knight has collaborated with community-based organizations, governmental agencies, and private and public education establishments to develop policies and strategies that build seamless, quality systems for professional development.


Background on NSC ECE BAS Program:

The ECE BAS degree shares the goal of many community leaders in early childhood education to provide young children—especially those who are most vulnerable—with a solid foundation to be successful in school and in later life. The ECE degree addresses the anomaly that our community entrusts children during their most formative years to a workforce characterized by low pay and little training. While childcare providers are generally committed and loving, research shows that children—especially those from low-income families—benefit from high quality early childhood education that includes well-compensated teachers with bachelor’s degrees.

North’s BAS degree is an integral part of “Pre K for All,” the new Seattle Preschool Program adopted by voters in 2014, which requires lead ECE teachers to hold bachelor’s degrees. The City is moving to rapidly increase the supply of bachelor’s-level pre-school teachers and has urged NSC to develop a BAS program to meet this need. Ours is the first approved BAS ECE in the state, and other colleges have already begun to follow our lead.

Graduates will be highly qualified and in high demand as lead teachers in early learning classrooms or as preschool directors. Head Start has set a goal that 50% of teachers have Bachelor’s degrees, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children now requires that daycare centers seeking accreditation must achieve 75% of teachers holding a relevant bachelor’s degree by 2020.

Posted on: January 30th, 2018 at 13:33:24

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