Asnuntuck Community College’s Associate Degree Program in Early Childhood Education (ECE) has received continued accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Asnuntuck received their initial accreditation in 2011 after an extensive self-study in which NAEYC praised ACC for strengthening relationships with community partners and for providing exceptional attention to the early childhood education needs of the surrounding communities. This continued endorsement comes as a result of ACC’s further assessment of its program offerings since first receiving accreditation in 2011. The report submitted earlier this year examined field experiences, course requirements, and the level of student preparedness for work in this field.

“This accreditation validates the integrity of our Early Childhood Education program,” said Jim Lombella, Interim President of Asnuntuck. For nearly two decades, ACC has been preparing ECE students to teach young children, own their own day care centers, serve as administrators in ECE programs, and pursue bachelor degrees. NAEYC is the nation’s leading voice for high quality early childhood education for children from birth through age eight.

Academic Dean Barbara McCarthy stated, “This is a wonderful achievement and I congratulate our program coordinator, Carol LaLiberte, as well as her faculty and community partners who support our mission of providing a high quality educational experience for our students.” The seven-year accreditation award was based on additional reporting by ACC in which NAEYC cited a demonstrated awareness of diverse family characteristics and supportive relationships with families. It also highlighted the program’s success in meeting community and regional workforce development needs.

For more information about ECE classes, please contact Associate Professor and Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator, Carol LaLiberte, at 860.253.3187.

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