“There is no end to learning.” ~Chinese Proverb
The more we learn about children’s brain development and map that onto what we already know about the importance of children’s active participation in their learning, the more imperative it becomes to ensure that all early childhood educators have the skills and knowledge they need to work with young children.
One indication that these early learning years are being taken more seriously is the increase in federal and state funding for early childhood programs. Along with this, the educational requirements for those working with young children are increasing as a result. Click on the links below to learn more about the educational requirements for each setting.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited sites: Education Requirements for assistant teachers and teachers
Licensed Child Care Centers (page 11)
Licensed Family Day Care Homes (pages 5-9)
Connecticut Charts a Course is an excellent resource on all of the education requirements for assistant teachers and teachers in the settings listed above and in public school preschools.
See our FAQ page for more information about funding for going back to school, how obtaining a degree may increase your income, and how you can find out more about professional development opportunities in the New Haven area.