The Early Childhood degree program offered by Cayuga Community College has earned accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation. Offered at both its Auburn and Fulton campuses, Cayuga's Early Childhood program is one of only three in New York State and 51 across the country with such accreditation. Schenectady Community College and the State University of New York College at Cobleskill are also accredited by NAEYC.
Based in Washington, D.C., NAEYC developed its accreditation system in 2006 to set professional preparation standards for education programs serving young children in the United States. Federal Head Start regulations call for an associate's degree or higher for teachers, and many states require the same in their child care and preschool programs. NAEYC accreditation provides a nationwide standard of quality to evaluate compliance with such requirements.
Cayuga offers associate degree programs in Early Childhood, Childhood Education and Adolescence Education, a one-year certificate in Early Childhood, concentrations in Early Childhood and Education within the Liberal Arts degree, and teacher assistant coursework. Information is available from Patricia Gridley, Ph.D., the program coordinator, at 315-255-1743, extension 2478.