Alamance Community College is one of only three two-year schools in North Carolina whose Early Childhood Education program has been invited to participate in a national project to better prepare early childhood education professionals.
The project, supported by a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, will focus resources on helping early childhood professionals with associate degrees to better meet the needs of young children, including children with diverse cultures, languages, and abilities.
The Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will provide experts to work with ACC Early Childhood faculty on the program titled SCRIPT-NC (Supporting Change and Reform In Preservice Teaching in North Carolina).
“We are really excited to work with SCRIPT-NC to enhance our coursework and practical experiences to offer a more diverse and inclusive program,” said Kristina Ketcham, Department Head of the Early Childhood Education program. “This will support, enrich, and help mold our future leaders in education. This project will help us ensure we are preparing our graduates with the most up to date crucial knowledge and tools needed to successfully meet the needs of all children, families, and their communities.”
The project at ACC begins this fall and dovetails with the College’s mission and goals. It will primarily focus on practicum, course and program redesign related to inclusion and diversity.
ACC joins Durham Tech and Fayetteville Technical Community College in the project, all of which were selected through a competitive process.