March 27, 2012 James Revillini

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Tunxis Community College’s Early Childhood associate degree program has been awarded accreditation through 2019 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The accreditation signifies that the College demonstrates it adheres to national professional standards for early childhood teacher education. Tunxis is one of only five early childhood programs in Connecticut and 105 throughout the country that has received the accreditation.

“NAEYC has always been the leading authority for best practices in early childhood education, and this accreditation attests to our program’s high quality standards in helping students prepare to become competent early childhood educators,” said Jackie Coyne, Tunxis Early Childhood Education program coordinator, who led the accreditation process, which included a comprehensive self-study and on-site evaluation by a NAEYC peer review team.

The Early Childhood Education program at Tunxis Community College prepares students to work effectively with children and their families in the field of professional childcare and education. The curriculum provides students with opportunities to complete observations, assignments and student teaching experiences utilizing the College’s on-campus, NAEYC accredited Early Childhood Education Center for preschool children.

Tunxis also offers an associate degree in Pathway to Teaching Careers and certificate programs in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Administration, as well as 56 other degree and certificate programs. For more on Tunxis programs, please call 860.773.1300, or visit the Tunxis website at

Tunxis is located in Farmington, at the junction of Routes 6 and 177.