This program is designed to prepare students for a specialized career in the field of early care and education. A career that focuses on leadership development and knowledge of the basic principles of accreditation when working with children, families and communities. The AAS degree may transfer credits to other BAAS, BA or BS degrees. Students will be required to complete and clear a background check and drug screening for practicum experiences. Students enrolled in practicum expereinces must complete no less than 20 hours per week at an early childhood/community setting (paid or volunteer) approved by the program.