Early Childhood (A.A.S.)

The A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood is a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited program emphasizing best practices in the education and care of young children, birth through age eight. The program includes a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. The curriculum offers a solid base of theory and practice through early childhood course work. A 230-hour practicum is offered in a variety of settings designed to meet students' career goals. Opportunities for practicum are provided in placements such as early childhood programs, community agencies, and public schools. Graduates are assisted in transitioning to careers in the profession and/or higher education. A portfolio is required. The program is designed for seamless transfer into the B.S. in Early Childhood Studies: Birth – Age 5.



News & Events


Homecoming Weekend

Wednesday, 9/24 - Friday, 9/26
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
outside Bouck Hall Gym

Saturday, 9/27
10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bouck Hall Gym

Help support the Early Childhood club's commitment to early literacy! There will be books appropriate for preschoolers to school aged children as well as cookbooks, professional resources and other various literatures available for purchase. Cash, checks & credit cards are accepted. Proceeds will benefit future club initiatives and book donations will be made.


Community Service Learning


“For the Love of Riley”
A community service project


Gail and Riley


Dr. Gail Wentworth, Early Childhood Professor, will be sharing her passion for the humane treatment of animals, in particular dogs, with young children in our community. Her goal is to help children understand how best to care for their family pets. Together with SUNY Cobleskill student volunteers, she is developing curriculum involving literacy, science and social studies and taking her dog Riley on the road and into early childhood classrooms this fall.

Riley is a 1-year old “Cavachon” (½ King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and ½ Bichon Frise). 









To provide guidance and learning opportunities, including authentic experiences, to students who choose to work with children and families as they become early childhood professionals.





Zero to Three      Read Aloud 15 minutes


Week of the Young Child      Brazelton Touchpoints Center