THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The Child Development Program is part of the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department, and provides practical training for future teachers in a model program under the supervision of a highly qualified staff, with strong support from the Early Childhood faculty. These professionals ensure that what is taught in theory to teachers is actually used in the classroom.
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Child Development Program provides a setting in which students from other departments within the university have an opportunity to learn about young children through structured interaction or observation in the classrooms and/or observation rooms. Students learn appropriate skills and practice techniques that relate to their programs of study. The Child Development Program also provides laboratory settings for faculty and students to conduct research projects.
A LINK TO THE COMMUNITY
Teachers and administrators from the Child Development Program offer training and consultation to other early childhood professionals in the community. Additionally, educators from a variety of settings frequently visit the program’s sites to observe its daily operation.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN (NAEYC)
Each of the Child Development Program’s centers are accredited by the NAEYC, the nation’s largest organization of early childhood professionals.
BRIGHT FROM THE START
Each of the Child Development Program’s locations are Centers of Distinction. The Center of Distinction certificate is awarded by Bright from the Start to childcare centers that meet a high level of quality childcare for children 0-4 years old.