ECE Higher Education Workgroup

Workgroup Co-Chairs:

Harriette Bailey, UNC-Greensboro/ Institute Board of Directors

Vickie Brinkley, Retired- Rockingham Community College/ Institute Board of Directors

Workgroup Members:

Kathy AllenBlue Ridge Community College
Mary OlveraNC Community College System Office
Erin Speer SmithJohnston Community College/ Institute Board of Directors
Archana “Anu” HegdeEast Carolina University/ Institute Board of Directors
Mary HarrillNational Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Kristi SnuggsNC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE)
Kathryn AldridgeUNC-Greensboro
Amanda VestalUNC-Charlotte; Early Educator Support Office
Paula Moten-TolsenShaw University
Amy DuffyChild Care Services Association
Irina FallsUNC-Pembroke
Laura Bilbro-BerryUniversity of NC General Administration (UNCGA)
Stephanie ClarkChild Care Solutions-CCR&R
Tonia PadrickJohnston Community College
Meredith JonesUNC-Wilmington
Cathy Collie-RobinsonDurham Technical Community College
Renae Lingafelt-BeekerChild Care Resource Center

Workgroup Highlights and Related Work:

The Institute Board of Directors and Higher Education Workgroup has worked tirelessly over the years on behalf of better and stronger articulation/transfer opportunities for Early Childhood Education AAS degree students into ECE bachelor degree and Birth to Kindergarten licensure and non-licensure programs. In 2017, the Institute’s Higher Education workgroup began and led the effort in establishing NC legislation that would work to ensure a statewide articulation agreement opportunity for Early Childhood Education students. This uniform articulation agreement between the University of North Carolina Early Childhood Education and Birth to Kindergarten programs and the NC Community College System Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs was established and put into effect Fall 2018.

In 2021, the Higher Education Workgroup partnered with the National Association for the Education of Young Children in creating a higher education survey tailored for NC Early Childhood and B-K Higher Education faculty at all levels (associate degree, bachelor degree, master degree and doctoral degree) across the state. This survey was designed to learn more about NC’s higher education programs and faculty members as well as specific challenges faced in higher ed. ECE programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The National NAEYC report from this survey can be found here. The specific NC data may be downloaded below.

Additional Resources related to Early Childhood Higher Education can be found here.

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