About the Preschool Program
Make a difference in children’s lives during key stages of growth and development. Preschool, or pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) is an early childhood education program that provides care and education to children between the ages of 3-5 years.
Early childhood professionals support children’s ability to:
- Be self-confident and have high self-esteem
- Have positive social skills
- Develop a sense of empathy
From reading and writing to math, science and more, children at this age and stage learn how to recognize letters and numbers as well as develop critical social skills including the ability to work independently in a classroom. Play is a major part of that learning process, and early childhood professionals recognize that through play, children build the foundations they will need to be productive and successful at later ages.
Our Early Childhood Studies pathways prepare you to teach young children ages 0-8 in a variety of early childhood education settings, with an emphasis on working with preschool children ages 3-5 years. You will train to work in infant and toddler classrooms, preschool/Pre-K environments, and before and after-school programs.
The early childhood education curriculum at Santa Monica College is the best place to start if your goal is to transfer to a 4-year college or university and work toward a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. We provide rich, experiential learning opportunities through site observations, mentoring and tutoring under the expert guidance of our esteemed faculty.
Potential Career Options
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