Alyssa Rafoth '16

Major: Intervention Specialist
Hometown:Canfield, OH

Mount Union has given me the chance to participate in organizations, help the Alliance community and expand knowledge in my career path.

Early Childhood Education

The core values that undergird the early childhood licensure program are based in part on the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct standards of professional practice in inclusive early childhood education. The University of Mount Union joins NAEYC in a commitment to certain fundamental values that are deeply rooted in the history of the early childhood field by:

  • appreciating childhood as a unique and valuable state of the human life cycle and valuing the quality of children's lives in the present, not just as preparation for the future;
  • basing our work with children on knowledge of child development and learning;
  • appreciating and supporting the close ties between the child and family;
  • recognizing that children are best understood in the context of family, culture, and society;
  • respecting the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague); and
  • helping children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships based on trust, respect, and positive regard. (Feeney & Kipnis 1992, 3)

Taken together, these core values define our basic commitment to children and underlie our curriculum and its position on developmentally appropriate practice.

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