Watch this video to hear from one of our graduates.

What else are graduates and current Early Childhood Education students saying about our program?

  • "The ECE program has shaped me into a better mother, teacher and child advocate." (Heather, ECE student)
  • " I am so thankful for the teachers in the ECE program because they have really been a great support throughout the student teaching experience." (Destiny, ECE student)
  • "The instructors encouraged me to further my education not just to get a certificate but to go further and get an associate in early childhood education.  Now that I am almost finished with my AAS in ECE, I am so happy that they were there for me through it all." (Lindsey, ECE student
  • "These classes can help teachers as well as parents understand child development and I wish I had been taught this information before I had children of my own." (Cory, ECE student) 
  • "Being in the program has been an amazing adventure. Be prepared to make new friends, have meaningful relationships with children, be mentored by teachers who care, work hard and learn exciting things about development". (Kristen, ECE student)
  • "It has been a journey, but a journey worth taking" (Shawn, ECE student and Early Head Start home visitor)
  • "Being a non-traditional student, the ECE program not only provided me with the skills to teach in a preschool classroom, prepared me for becoming a parent." (Roxanne, ECE program graduate)


The instruction in the Early Childhood Education Program at Chemeketa Community College is informed by work of key theorists of the twentieth century.

  • "The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done." (Jean Piaget)
  • " ...we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher's task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child." (Maria Montessori)
  • "An infant always learns. The less we interfere with the natural process of learning, the more we can observe how much infants learn all the time" (Magda Gerber)

The study of early childhood care and education continues on, and as a result the content and teaching in the Early Childhood Education program continues to evolve. Twenty-first century leaders in the field have a significant influence on our program.

  • "Developmentally appropriate practices are ways of teaching that vary for or adapt to the age and experience of the individual learner. So fundamentally the definition has not changed. Instead, it has been expanded to include the fact that not only do you have to consider children as individuals, but you also have to consider children as members of groups with their own cultural identities." (Sue Bredekamp)
  • " Children are not succeeding because they are not given the tools they need not because they don't have the intelligence." (Louise Derman-Sparks)

Public policy regarding children and families also continues to evolve. The Early Childhood Education faculty strive to ensure that our students are involve in the most current discussions and debates in our field.

  • "It will be the goal of this administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education – from the day they are born to the day they begin a career... We have dramatically expanded early childhood education and will continue to improve its quality, because we know that the most formative learning comes in those first years of life." (President Obama)
  • " During his campaign Governor John Kitzhaber explained he was putting early childhood education at the top of his list. He told the crowd at a Eugene City Club meeting, many of the state's problems are preventable if it invests in early childhood education." (KEZI News, September 2010)