Welcome to the Skyline College Early Childhood Education (ECE) Department website. The ECE program is designed to meet the lower division education needs of individuals planning a career or currently working with children birth to approximately 8 years of age, in early care and education settings outside of a formal elementary grade school setting. A degree in Early Childhood Education is an excellent start on a path to a fulfilling career. The need for trained Early Childhood professionals continues to grow due to the increasing numbers of families that rely on qualified personnel to care for and teach their children. The Department of Labor cites child development as among the fastest growing occupations in the country.  While many students in the program plan to be preschool teachers and early childhood specialists, other students plan to work in the field of early education while they continue their education in preparation for careers in the fields of elementary and special education, child psychology, counseling, criminal justice, family support, and a variety of other child focused vocations.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: The child, from birth through school age, is the primary focus of courses and activities, children’s typical and atypical growth, developmentally appropriate practices, cultural diversity, family support and professional development within the ECE field are major components of the program. Current research and practical applications are combined in order to assist students in planning their most effective role with children.

I invite you to explore this page and learn more about Early Childhood Education at Skyline College.

Kate Williams Browne, Program Coordinator
Professor, Early Childhood Education
Coordinator, CA Early Childhood Mentor Program


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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Analyze major developmental milestones and various theoretical frameworks that relate to early care and education to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the early years as well as the many influences on development
  • Identify best teaching and care practices and the components of early childhood settings, curriculum, and teaching strategies to increase child growth and competence.
  • Assess the interrelationship of child, family, and community and how educational, political, socioeconomic factors directly impact the lives of children and families.


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