Early Childhood Education | LBCC

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education (formerly Child and Family Studies) program at LBCC prepares college students to teach young children in high-quality child care programs.

It emphasizes concepts of growth and development, supporting children's dispositions in individualized and group learning experiences, loose parts, cultural sensitivity, self-awareness, team collaboration, constructive guidance, and respectful family partnerships.

This program will prepare you to provide creative, open-ended activities and environments to optimize children's learning potential in the context of secure and trusting relationships. The classes are structured based on adult learning theory and research: we teach in the way we want young children to be taught. This means we value your experience and knowledge, encourage critical thinking, and aim to build community within your cohort so that every student feels a sense of belonging.


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Program Philosophy

We believe children are brilliant. They are naturally-born scientists with an innate capacity and competence to learn. We value the child's interests, learning styles, and culture.

The early childhood years are the most important years in a person's life for the development of physical health, mental health, interpersonal relationships, brain development, cultural identity and language development. Research shows that healthy relationships in the early years are the foundation for school readiness and successful peer relationships into adulthood.

To learn more about LBCC’s Early Childhood Education program, review information about Student Requirements and Cooperative Work Experience & Practicum.

Should you be pursuing QMHA?

LBCC's associate degrees significantly prepare students for career paths that lead to becoming a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA.) We encourage students to consult with their instructors for guidance on how our programs align with the qualifications needed for QMHA certification.

The QMHA certification, offered by the Mental Health and Addictions Certification Board of Oregon is beneficial for individuals pursuing careers in various mental health and addiction-related fields. Holding a QMHA certification can enhance opportunities in occupations such as mental health technician, behavioral health specialist, case manager, community support specialist, or residential counselor. These roles often involve providing direct support and assistance to individuals dealing with mental health challenges or substance use disorders.


Department Faculty

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