The MSUM Early Education Center has been in existence for over thirty-five years. It began in 1971. It was one of the first early childhood programs to be nationally accredited in 1988 and continues to retain accreditation status under the new NAEYC standards. This program provides a support system for young families who are obtaining the necessary education so they can pursue jobs in varied fields of work.
The mission of the MSUM Early Education Center is to promote a safe, creative, and dynamic community that nurtures and educates the whole child, while providing the skills necessary to succeed in a changing society. The staff is committed to creating a student-centered educational environment that stresses high expectations and addresses the physical, social, and emotional needs of children with a variety of ability levels and learning styles. Our goal is to maintain an active partnership involving students, teachers, parents, community, and staff to provide an environment that fosters tolerance and respect for each other, and sparks an attitude of inquiry and enthusiasm for learning that will enable our children to become lifelong learners.
Four head teachers all have education and/or early childhood degrees. Student teachers, practicum, and work study students assist with the children while learning about child development and the education processes of young children. Most of the teachers have worked more than ten years with young children. The director has a masters degree in education with a concentration in early childhood.
The MSUM Early Education Center has been accredited under the NAEYC new accreditation standards since June, 2008. We strive to educate children under this high mark of excellence. NAEYC Accreditation of Programs for Young Children is the mark of quality in early childhood education, with thousands of programs currently accredited nationwide. To assist you in sharing the value of your program’s achievement, NAEYC has developed a 90-second promotional video that outlines the benefits of NAEYC-Accredited programs for families seeking high-quality child care and early education.