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Early Childhood Education


Early childhood education fosters the development of social, intellectual, and emotional abilities in young children. Early Childhood educators work together with children and their families to model behavior that nurtures a child’s long-term educational success.

Child and Family Studies

The Child and Family Studies website has moved. You can visit it at About > Visitor's Guide > Services for the Community > Child Care.

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Debi Jenkins PhD
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Clark students have a variety of options when seeking a concentration in ECE studies. Certificates of achievement, a Certificate of Proficiency, an Associate in Applied Science Degree and transfer options are available for students looking to continue to a four-year institution.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for Early Childhood Education exist in a variety of roles: Headstart teacher, Pre-K teacher, Early Childhood Teacher, or Teacher’s Assistant.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment projections forecast Early Childhood Education jobs growing at a rate of 8 percent, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $13.45 per hour.