Early Childhood Education Program Mission Statement

The Tunxis Community College Early Childhood Education program prepares students to be competent early childhood educators capable of integrating theory with best practices for teaching within diverse and inclusive early childhood settings. The program prepares life-long learners and leaders in education who work collaboratively with families and communities for the success of all children.

Early Childhood Professional Educators Consortium Professional Development Events

Mission Statement: The Early Childhood Professional Educators’ Consortium is a diverse collaborative promoting high quality early care and education for young children through support, networking, and training.

ECE program students and Future Educators’ Club members are invited to attend and participate. All who attend receive a certificate of attendance.

At least six professional development workshops are provided annually.

List of recent topics:
Honoring Diversity and Advancing Equity in Early Childhood
An Island of Peace in a World of Turmoil
Trauma Informed Practice That Benefit All children
CT Children, Families, and the Early Childhood Education Profession: What is Connecticut’s vision? How can we advocate effectively?
Developmentally Appropriate Practice Math Games & Science Experiences to Support Learning
Vulnerable Children Vulnerable Adults
CREC NAEYC Review for Accreditation
RESC: Introduction to CT DOTS for Administrators & Consultants
UCONN UCEDD: “Learn the Signs. Act Early” 

Early Childhood Education Degrees + Certificates

Early Childhood Teacher Credential Studies

Community College students can complete the CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Early Childhood Teacher Credential Studies, A.S and transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University and Southern Connecticut State University and Charter Oak State College offering the ECTC track B. Upon transfer, students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete an ECTC track B for bachelor's degree without losing any credits or be required to take any extra credits. With the CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Early Childhood Teacher Credential Studies, A.S degree you will be able to transfer to the following majors: Eastern Connecticut State University: Bachelor of General Studies with

Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Designed to prepare students who are interested in the field of early care and education, or others who are already working in child care, to work effectively with children from birth to age eight. The program will prepare students for positions as teacher assistants or classroom aides in child-care programs, or to work in family day-care homes, or to work as a nanny in a private home.

Certificate in Early Childhood Administration

Administrators and directors of child-care facilities have many responsibilities including business operations, staff training, and the planning of an appropriate learning environment for young children. To accomplish these tasks successfully, the individual must have skills in business management and leadership, and be knowledgeable in child development and developmentally-appropriate practices. This certificate program is designed to provide a well-balanced quality education to both current and prospective administrators and directors, to enable them to work effectively with their staffs as well as with the diverse population of children and families they serve, and to manage the day-to-day operations of a business.

Early Childhood Education Degree

Provides students with the skills and competencies necessary to work effectively with young children, birth through age eight, in the field of professional childcare and education. The program will prepare qualified students for positions as teachers and assistant teachers in a variety of early childhood settings. Instruction is designed to be practical for prospective teachers as well as individuals already in the field. In addition, the program will prepare students for academic work at the baccalaureate level.

As part of the program’s achieving and maintaining NAEYC accreditation, here is an annual report on measures and data relating to program outcome.

The A.S. Early Childhood Education at Tunxis Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from beginning date March 2019 through March 2026.

Future Educators’ Club

There are six purposes of the Tunxis Community College Future Educators’ Club (FEC):

  • To acquaint students in the Early Childhood Education and Pathway to Teaching Careers Programs with other students and professionals in the field of education.
  • Give students opportunities to extend classroom knowledge enabling them to understand the relationships of children, families, and communities.
  • Provides a forum to discuss issues recent to education and the field of early childhood.
  • Gives students opportunities to support and advocate for children and families.
  • Provides members information on job opportunities and the availability of further study in bachelor degree programs.
  • Offers opportunities for social involvement among students and faculty.

The club welcomes all Tunxis students.

Faculty Advisor – Joyce Voisine, jvoisine@tunxis.edu