Considerations about EarlyEdU Alliance™ for Institutions of Higher Education

EarlyEdU Alliance™ recognizes that institutions of higher education (IHEs) serve different communities and have different needs. So we encourage you to think about whether partnership with EarlyEdU is suitable for your institution. Here are some factors to consider.

We are committed to increasing access to affordable bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education, particularly for those already working in the field. These questions will help you determine if your IHE can work effectively with the EarlyEdU Alliance.

  • Does my IHE offer a degree in early childhood education or a related field (e.g., human development, or child and family studies)?
  • Does my IHE have a substantial number of students who currently work in early childhood settings?

Our approach emphasizes competency-based assignments that require students to film themselves interacting with young children. These questions will help you determine if you and your students will benefit from EarlyEdU courses and technology.

  • Can I help my students arrange field experiences if they do not already work or volunteer in an early childhood setting?
  • Are my students able to complete video assignments in their workplaces or field experience placements?
  • Are my students and I willing to use video to give and get high-quality feedback about their teaching practices?
  • Am I interested in using competency-based assignments to help my students improve their teaching practices?

If your answer to these questions is “yes,” we hope you will be active in our growing alliance. For more information about how your IHE can participate in the 2016–17 pilot, email info@earlyedualliance.org.

Even if your IHE does not have all the characteristics of an effective Alliance member, you may still have opportunities to support our efforts. For example, you could offer EarlyEdU online courses that would count toward early childhood education degrees granted by another IHE. Your state team can put you in touch with potential partners in the Alliance. Email info@earlyedualliance.org for more information.

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Considerations about EarlyEdU Alliance™ for State Teams

EarlyEdU Alliance™ is committed to increasing access to affordable bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education, particularly for those already working in the field. We recognize that different states have different needs and requirements. So here are some questions to consider as you think about your state’s partnership with EarlyEdU:

  • What institutions of higher education (IHEs) play an important role in educating my state’s early childhood workforce?
  • What IHEs in my state serve working early childhood teachers who are trying to complete their bachelor’s degrees?
  • What community colleges in my state have articulation agreements with 4-year institutions where students can earn bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education?
  • What higher education programs in my state are interested in competency-based coursework that gives current and future teachers experience with evidence-based teaching practices?
  • What local or state-wide organizations could partner with and support institutions belonging to the EarlyEdU Alliance?
  • Are there any IHEs that could offer credit for an EarlyEdU course delivered by my state?

Here are some suggestions for working with EarlyEdU to strengthen your state’s early childhood workforce:

  • Find a point person on your staff to liaise with the EarlyEdU Alliance. The point person can help get the word out in your state about EarlyEdU options for early childhood professionals to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
  • Work to provide scholarships and incentives for early childhood professionals who want to take EarlyEdU courses to count toward their bachelor’s degrees.
  • Encourage the IHEs in your state that serve working teachers to join the EarlyEdU Alliance.
  • Support the development of articulation agreements between Alliance community colleges and 4-year IHEs that offer bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education.
  • Build relationships with local organizations that can support Alliance IHEs and working teachers trying to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Email info@earlyedualliance.org for more information.

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Considerations about EarlyEdU Alliance™ for Head Start Grantees, Pre-K, and Childcare Programs

EarlyEdU Alliance™ is committed to helping working teachers and others already in the early childhood workforce earn meaningful bachelor’s degrees. We work with states and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to make courses that lead to accessible and affordable degrees for your staff. Our approach emphasizes competency-based assignments that students can complete by filming themselves interacting with young children in their own classrooms. Please consider these questions as to how EarlyEdU might help you strengthen your program..

  • Are there members of your staff who need early childhood education coursework to complete their bachelor’s degrees?
  • Are there IHEs in your area where your staff can take courses that lead to bachelor’s degrees?
  • Do local IHE requirements (e.g., classes scheduled during the work day, or course workloads that demand too much time from full-time employees) prevent your staff from making progress toward their degrees?
  • Does your area have reliable internet access that would allow your staff to take online classes?
  • Are you able to work with your administration, families, and staff to make it possible for staff enrolled in EarlyEdU classes to film their interactions with young children?

If your answer to these questions is “yes,” your program might benefit from EarlyEdU Alliance offerings. We can help you connect with local IHEs in the EarlyEdU Alliance, find online degree programs for your staff, and get support from your EarlyEdU state team. Email info@earlyedualliance.org for more information.

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