Early Childhood Education News

Early Childhood Education Program News

  • The Early Childhood Education Program (BAE, Birth to grade 3, P-3 endorsement) has received “National Recognition” by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC works with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to review and grant national recognition to qualified early childhood baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at institutions of higher education. NAEYC Recognition centers on deep understanding and application of the NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation Programs. When a program meets standards and receives NAEYC Recognition, and is also accredited by CAEP, the program earns a nationally respected mark of high quality. 

    Successful programs provide evidence of meeting each of the following standards: applied knowledge of child development and learning, work with families and communities, use of assessment and documentation, the practice of teaching and learning, content area knowledge, becoming an early childhood professional, and providing field experiences in a variety of settings with a variety of age groups. The ECE program is Nationally Recognized until 12/31/2020.  View a list of all Nationally Recognized Programs.

  • The Early Childhood Education teacher preparation program in Western's Woodring College of Education and the Associated Students' Child Development Center have a longstanding collaborative partnership to engage in the understanding of principles and practices in early childhood education.  One of the projects this term in ECE 434: Environments for Young Children is to design materials for the classroom to support children’s knowledge and skills related to scientific thinking and to support children’s ability to represent their thinking.

  • We have an international partnership with the Early Childhood Program of Southwest University in Chongqing, China. WWU's ECE students, teachers and faculty joined with their counterparts from Chongqing and visited local schools and engaged in professional development. See other ECE programs hosted by the Lummi Nation.