Early Childhood Education Program
The Early Childhood Education program focuses on early child growth and development including adult-child relationships. The Kokomo Region Early Childhood Program is one of the 14 regions in the state supporting this offering. Studies have shown time and again that quality early learning that is developmentally appropriate, as well a supportive family life are key indicators of successful adult development. In turn, this leads to to success in career and workforce evolvement. Jane Hildenbrand, Program Chair, is an ATEA Board of Trustee. Ivy Tech College Kokomo Campus Early Childhood Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Terence Watters, Early Childhood Education student and owner of Kid's at the Top Learning Center in Kokomo working with older children in developing spatial skills, as well as eye-hand coordination, learning shapes, and matching. Other learning materials in the background also provide a spectrum for the basis of the growth and learning process.
Terence is currently working with Ivy Tech ECED to bring together the business community and early childhood education. A focus of the early childhood education program is to development of an entrepreneurial academy geared toward early childhood concepts and products
Child in Kokomo's partnership program with Bona Vista Early Head Start Program. It is one of Kokomo's key partnerships for student learning and development, as well one of our practicum sites for children birth – three.
"She is learning to use a writing utensil and being creative”.
Writing and creative activities are key elements in children’s fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and early brain development. This sets the stage for future learning to build on and to grow and develop successfully.
Jane Horner, Early Childhood Education Associate Professor discussing early learning research, as related to adult “future force”, career and workforce development. Early brain development is a key factor in learning for lifelong learning.
Emphasis is placed on the development of skills and techniques for providing appropriate environments, education, and care for young children. Instruction is provided in the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive areas of early childhood. Student competencies are developed through classroom instruction, observation, and participation in early education settings, agencies, organizations, and businesses.
It is Indiana's largest public post-secondary institution serving nearly 200,000 students a year. Ivy Tech Community College prepares Indiana residents to learn, live, and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment by delivering professional, technical, transfer, and lifelong education. Through its affordable, open-access education and training programs, the College enhances the development of Indiana’s citizens and communities and strengthens its economy.
Students find personal attention close to home at Ivy Tech Community College. The average class size is only about 22 students, but offers the benefits of a large institution in terms of accessibility. Students can earn a degree at one of the 30 degree granting locations throughout the state, and take classes in more than 75 communities.
Ivy Tech is the state's most affordable college. Students can earn a degree for around $3,000 a year. And with credits that transfer, students can save money by completing the first two years of a four-year degree at Ivy Tech. Ivy Tech's Corporate College offers local, affordable solutions for Indiana business and industry training needs.