ECE Program History
The City College Undergraduate Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program is offered at the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE). All classes, academic advisement, and student services are provided at CWE's location in lower Manhattan at 25 Broadway, 7th Floor.
The ECE Program was established in 1985 in partnership with labor union Local 1707, which represents daycare workers. In response to the desire of many members to complete a college degree, the union leadership approached the City College School of Education. Faculty members felt that CWE would be the best fit for such a program because of its commitment to making a college education accessible to working adults.
Although its earliest connections are in publicly-funded daycare, the ECE Program prepares teachers who work with young children in a variety of educational settings: nursery schools, Universal Pre-kindergarten classrooms, Head Start programs, and kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms in public and private schools.
The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has accredited the Undergraduate ECE Program, as part of the School of Education, since 2004.