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Early Childhood Education (AAS & CERT)

Early Childhood Teachers work with children from birth through age fiveEarly Childhood Educators impact children’s success in school and home by supporting children’s development of social, emotional, cognitive, language, and creative skills in a developmentally appropriate curriculum. That's why the Early Childhood Education program at CNCC is staffed by professionals who not only have impressive credentials, but extensive experience in the field. Our unique web-based approach to teaching Early Childhood basics is ideal for adults who are not only committed to learning, but to taking care of kids themselves. Our Virtual Classroom allows flexibility in scheduling without losing the vitality of a live lecture and regular interaction with the instructor. When you enroll as a member of an Early Childhood "Cohort," you're part of a community that interacts with your classmates and with your instructor for the entire length of the program. The program includes a substantial amount of clinical work with kids as well. All courses are accessed from any location and any PC.


  • Program delivery is great for those with full-time jobs
  • Teachers and students meet the same evening each week from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Program curriculum is based on Colorado Department of Human Services/Division of Child Care requirements
  • Course instructors are regional and are all experts in Early Childhood Education
  • Class sessions include lectures, demonstrations, group activities, observations of preschool programs, and discussions
  • Students must register for ECE classes at least two days before classes start
  • A background check is required prior to taking  ECE 1011, ECE 1045 and ECE 2088. Background check instructions.


ECE Scholarships

ECE 1011 & 1031 Grant Application

Free ECE 1011 and 1031 Information sheet

Back to Work Flyer and information sheet


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About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.