NSC Awarded Grant from King County to Expand Support for ECE

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Early Childhood Education

North Seattle College (NSC) has been awarded a grant for $384,153 by the King County Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Program to expand supports for early childhood educators completing certificates and degrees at the Seattle Colleges.

The grant, from King County’s Innovation Fund for Prenatal to Five, meets an urgent need to recruit and serve more childcare providers serving children ages zero to three, the period of most rapid brain development in a child’s life.

This effort to more effectively serve educators of infants and toddlers coincides with new statewide standards for licensure for early childhood educators. The project will ensure that these standards and national efforts to professionalize the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE) do not result in a homogeneous workforce unreflective of the rich diversity of children and families in King County.

The ECE department at NSC offers curriculum based in educational best practices, research-based methodology, and community and cultural knowledge. The department offers certificate programs aligned with state requirements, an associate degree program, and a bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree in ECE. To serve a student body that mostly works during the day, the college offers all classes in the evening or on Saturdays.

“Research says that better educated teachers make a stronger impact on children. This grant will help NSC to expand its advising capacity so that more early childhood educators earn certificates and degrees in the field,” said Annie Garrett, manager of NSC’s early childhood education BAS degree program.

Teacher education is the number one school-based indicator of a child’s future success and kindergarten readiness, yet teachers serving the zero to three age group are vastly underrepresented in teacher preparation programs.

“The BSK grant will also help us to create a culturally competent community of support around students through the innovative mentorship and student leadership program we will launch through the support of BSK and Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child,” Garrett said.

The field of ECE is professionalizing and, as a result, more teachers are pursuing higher education.

“NSC was the first to offer a full pathway from the first certificate in ECE through the bachelor’s degree, and we will now have the ability to make this pathway accessible to a broad range of students,” Garrett said.

Learn more about NSC’s ECE program at: northseattle.edu/programs/early-childhood-education.

Posted on: December 20th, 2018 at 13:20:55

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