Learn more about the rapidly growing child care field and the training needed for success with an open house for Rend Lake College’s Early Childhood Education program.

The open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Room 354A at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. Attendees at the open house will obtain information about the Early Childhood Education program and the educational opportunities available at the college for interested students.

Potential students will meet college advisors who can help in establishing professional goals, locating financial assistance, and identifying training and education needed for a variety of positions in the early childhood field. Rend Lake College works closely with Southern Illinois University for students who wish to transfer and obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Students currently enrolled in the ECE program are provided with quality training and hands-on experiences with children at the Rend Lake College Foundation Children’s Center.

Additional state initiatives in the early childhood field will be showcased at the open house. Current directors, teachers and assistant teachers in child care centers, group homes, Head Start programs and pre-kindergarten programs can learn about the TEACH program, GREAT START and the Early Childhood Career Lattice.

RLC offers a one-day-a-week, degree-oriented program to accommodate students who work full-time. This block schedule format serves as a viable means to enable full-time employees to obtain an early childhood degree. The Level I Illinois Director Credential also is offered for current and prospective directors of child care centers. This curriculum offers additional management and leadership training.

For more information about pursuing a certificate, degree or credential in Early Childhood Education at Rend Lake College, please call Dr. Sharon Beasley, Allied Health Division Chair, at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1225; Tina Grounds, Early Childhood Education Associate Professor, Ext. 1396, or Brenda Heinzmann, Early Childhood Education Associate Professor, Ext. 1397.

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