Early Childhood Education

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the early childhood education leader in Southwestern Connecticut known to prepare teachers who are reflective, knowledgeable and responsive to the needs of the children in their care.

Our Mission

To prepare effective teachers who are knowledgeable in Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP), Connecticut State Standards and the cycle of intentional teaching, as well as the most current trends in the field of early childhood education. We strive to create qualified, reflective early childhood education practitioners ready to work in diverse settings to support the children, families and communities they serve. This is accomplished through the implementation of a relationship based, high quality hands-on curriculum that meets the academic needs of the individual student and strives to meet the needs of the community.

Core Values

The Norwalk Community College Early Childhood Program espouses the following core values:

  • Quality Instruction: evidenced by the curriculum and the instruction
  • Relationship Based Practices: evidenced by responsiveness to student needs, including access, diversity and intense advising.
  • Integrity: as evidenced by the high standard of professionalism expected of our students.
  • Community Engagement: Evidenced by our responsiveness to the workforce as well as involvement in the early childhood organizations working on behalf of children and families within the community.

Our Faculty

Joan Parris

Director of Early Childhood Community Education
Interm Director of the Child Development Lab School

Jennifer Wood-Heslin

ECE Program Coordinator

Margaret Dana Conway