Education, Early Childhood Education, and the Children’s Learning Center Lisha Linder, Department chair, ECE/EDU faculty member, Interim director CLC
Who We Are • Early Childhood Education Department • One full-time faculty member divided between 2 departments, and 7 adjunct faculty • Education Department • 2 adjunct faculty • Children’s Learning Center • Interim Director, 4 part-time teachers, and 2 part-time assistant teachers
National Research on Enrollment Trends in Preschool Education Enrollment trends in preschool education have edged passed enrollment trends for college-bound students (Audet al., 2010).
Enrollment Trends in ECE Enrollment trends in ECE have been increasing. We have experienced a 16% increase in enrollment in the past 5 years.
Report on Operations • Results of Shah Center Small Business Development Center project in 2012-2013. • Why are we here? • Functional purpose of the Children’s Learning Center • Lab site (Refer to Table 2 in report) • Early Childhood Education Center facility
Staffing Concerns • Challenges of staffing classes with adjunct faculty members • Full-time faculty member for Education and Early Childhood Education • Full-time Director for the Children’s Learning Center
Summary • The MCC faculty and staff who work in the ECE/EDU department and in the CLC take great pride in their roles as leaders within the early childhood community. • These programs have an excellent reputation; therefore, employers in the region actively recruit our students. • The replacement of one ECE/EDU faculty member and the CLC director is essential, in order to continue to provide high quality educational experiences for MCC students.