College’s new degree supports national and statewide initiatives to
train infant and toddler education professionals.
February 6, 2015, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College
(HCCC) has developed a new degree option in response to national and statewide
focus on advanced training for infant and toddler education professionals. Studies
towards the Infant/Toddler degree option – an addition to the existing A.A.
Liberal Arts program – will be available in the upcoming spring semester.
The new Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Infant/Toddler (Birth to 3
years) Education option supports the professional development of Infant/Toddler
caregivers in licensed childcare centers. It was created in response to the
2007 Head Start Act, which states that Early Head Start staff must have an
Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate degree or have coursework in
infant/toddler care and development that accrues toward a two-year degree.
The HCCC program
was designed using National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Standards, which provide a common national framework for all early childhood
professional development systems and programs. The program was also developed
in relationship with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Head Start, and
Professional Impact New Jersey, an organization that advocates for the growth
of Early Childhood educators.
The new HCCC degree
option program will provide infant/toddler education professionals with the
tools to observe, document, and assess to support young children and their
families, and will ultimately promote child development and learning, and build
family and community relationships. The program also promotes the use of developmentally
effective approaches and utilizes content knowledge to build meaningful
Those who complete
the HCCC program will be able to seek their CDA and Infant/Toddler
Credentialing – which is essential to employment in an Infant/Toddler care
setting – and they may also continue their studies and pursue earning a
Bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.
To earn the HCCC Associate
of Arts in Liberal Arts - Infant Toddler, students must complete 61/62 credits.
The degree is composed of 46-47 credits of Liberal Arts General Education and
15 credits of specialized in Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Education courses.
Classes which will be taught at the College’s Journal Square campus and North
Hudson Higher Education Center Union City sites include Introduction to Early
Childhood, an Infant/Toddler Curriculum, Infant/Toddler Externship,
Social/Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers, and Infant/Toddler Health,
Safety, Nutrition and Special Needs.
“Over the years,
legislators have come to realize what most educators have professed for some
time: High-quality, early education provides children with a strong foundation
for success in school studies and in life,” said HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert.
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on
Congress to expand access to high-quality preschool for every child in the
information on the new Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Infant/Toddler Education
option may be obtained by contacting Alison Friars, HCCC Education Programs
Coordinator, at (201) 360-5364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.