Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Community Connections

The ECE Department is deeply connected to, and networked with, early childhood programs throughout Santa Cruz County. These connections are crucial to the success of our students and the care of our County’s children and families.

Advisory Committee and Community Partners

Our ECE Advisory Committee is composed of leaders from the Early Care and Education community including:

During our Advisory Committee meetings each year we consult committee members to ensure that our Degree and Certificate offerings are in line with the needs of our county’s workforce.

For Employers

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The ECE department educates the preponderance of Santa Cruz County’s early care and education workforce.

The ECE Department provides students with the theoretical and hands-on experience so that they graduate with the education and skills they need to work as high quality early care providers. We offer two Associate Degrees, eight Certificates of Achievement, and one Skills Certificate. We are committed to meeting ECE industry needs in preparing the workforce.

We have full time faculty members and we are continually adding adjunct faculty, because serving the instructional needs for the early childhood workforce in our Santa Cruz community requires a faculty with a broad and diverse set of competencies and experience. Our courses necessarily have tremendously varied and specific content. For example, we have faculty who are uniquely qualified to teach Health, Safety and Nutrition for Early Childhood; faculty who are uniquely qualified to teach our students about working with Children who have Special Needs; and faculty who are uniquely qualified to teach Infant/Toddler course content.

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