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Early Childhood Development

Three young elementary age students in a classroom that an early childhood development teacher would expect to teach

Recent research suggests that one dollar invested in high-quality early childhood education programs by policymakers results in a return of seven dollars in preventative costs associated with incarceration, truancy, school dropout, and teen pregnancy.

If your dream is to work with very young children, an associate’s degree in early childhood development could help you pursue your goal. You will gain the basic knowledge and skills to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten-age children (up to age 8); focusing on development, nutrition, health, and caring for kids with special needs.

The early childhood development AAS program is developed to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s guidelines for personnel preparation, and it prepares students for employment in daycare and preschool settings. Those who go on to earn the early childhood development BA are eligible to apply for a teaching certificate that allows them to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade.

KPC campuses offer courses which lead to the completion of the UAA associate of applied science degree. This degree is also available entirely online.


University of Alaska Anchorage
Name: Kimberly Frost
Title: Student & Enrollment Services Coordinator
Phone: 9072351658
Location: Pioneer Hall (KBPH)
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University of Alaska Anchorage
Name: Nancy Johnson
Title: Advising and Support Services Specialist
Phone: 9072351655
Location: Bayview Hall (KBBH)
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