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GENERALLY speaking, on a national level, 50 percent of Head Start teachers are required to have an early childhood-related degree by 2003. Individual states have imposed other deadlines and requirements. Raising the bar for early childhood educators This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject.
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 translates to better pre-kindergarten education. It also presented many teachers with a dilemma: How in the world can I possibly squeeze college courses into my hectic hec·tic  
1. Characterized by intense activity, confusion, or haste: "There was nothing feverish or hectic about his vigor" Erik Erikson.


In response to these educational needs, the University of Cincinnati The University of Cincinnati is a coeducational public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research universities and in the top 50 of all American research universities,[2]  College of Education, College of Evening and Continuing Education continuing education: see adult education.
continuing education
 or adult education

Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904).
, and University College partnered with RISE Learning Solutions Inc. to develop an associate's degree as·so·ci·ate's degree
An academic degree conferred by a two-year college after the prescribed course of study has been successfully completed.
 in early childhood education, the Early Childhood Learning Community (ECLC ECLC Early Childhood Learning Center ).

RISE is an Ohio-based nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.

Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law.
 agency committed to developing and delivering quality training to early childhood teachers. The concerted efforts of these partners are delivering this early childhood program both by video and Internet-based methods; students are never required to be on campus. Geographically, about 60 percent of our students are from Ohio; the remainder is sprinkled throughout the country. As our national marketing efforts become more comprehensive, we are noticing a growing number of students from other


One student, Sherry, represents a population that has been forced into the limelight limelight: see calcium oxide.

Early form of theatrical lighting. The incandescent calcium light invented by Thomas Drummond in 1816 was first employed in a theatre in 1837 and was widely used by the 1860s.
 since the Head Start Reauthorization Act of 1998. Sherry is pleased with the help the center has provided.

"I think that this type of learning is the greatest thing that's happened to a college education," Sherry said. "Like a lot of the ladies taking these courses, I have to have my associate's by 2003. I didn't know how I was going to accomplish this with working full time and taking care of a house, a teen-ager, and a disabled husband. This is working out where I can do it on my own time in my own home."

The degree includes a course work for a complete associate's degree, including English, math, sociology, and psychology, as well as early childhood content courses. Lectures for each course are pre-recorded on video and ECLC students access the lectures through their Echostar satellite dishes satellite dish
A dish antenna used to receive and transmit signals relayed by satellite.

satellite dish

A parabolic antenna used to receive signals relayed by satellite.
, or by purchasing the video set. Interactions with other students and each instructor are done through the Internet and the portal licensed by the University, Blackboard (1) See Blackboard Learning System.

(2) The traditional classroom presentation board that is written on with chalk and erased with a felt pad. Although originally black, "white" boards and colored chalks are also used.
. Existing university faculty taped the lectures and often serves as the instructors for the online portion of the course. In addition, all registrations, orientations, purchasing of books, and other student-related activities are transacted at a distance, with a significant infrastructure of support personnel.

At the beginning, the most obvious and urgent task was interfacing with other university departments and their expectations of interacting with students, face-to-face. The financial aid office required students to come to campus and sign the promissory note promissory note, unconditional written promise to pay a certain sum of money at a definite time to bearer or to a specified person on his order. Promissory notes are generally used as evidence of debt.  in person. Registered students were eligible for special software discounts, but only if they showed their student ID and signed a release, again in person. The bookstore accepted phone and Web orders, but was not staffed to ship out those books during the hectic first week of class. We met with each department consistently, but quickly realized that we were not only trying to change policy, we were changing a prevalent culture.

Our research on the Head Start population indicated early that most of our students would face steep learning curves in manipulating the technology of distance education. Lectures on video were accessible and familiar; they continue to be an efficient and effective manner to deliver course content.

But since most of our students had never owned an e-mail address See Internet address.

e-mail address - electronic mail address
 before, we quickly became experts in the variety of e-mail addresses available, which sites allow attachments and which do not, different Internet browsers See Web browser. , and how to walk students through this entire process.

Dependence on computers, e-mail, and the Internet also meant reliance upon written communication. ECLC students were expected to write reflection papers, post to discussion boards, and generally translate their content understanding to a written format. For ECLC students with recent academic experience, this was not an issue. The majority of our students, however, were not recent graduates, nor did they have many opportunities during their daily duties to express themselves in writing. These issues were not different from the challenges their campus-based peers experienced; however, the campus-based cohorts had the advantage of oral participation, body cues, and other indicators of understanding and comprehension.

In spite of being assimilated into a college culture and a technology culture, these Head Start teachers have been resilient and dedicated. Their discussion boards are full of encouraging comments to one another, peers that they've never met face-to-face. "Veterans" of distance education mentor the "rookies" with advice on inexpensive Internet connections, technology support, and other insights. Whether they're across the country or across the city, ECLC students are dedicated to the success of their peers.

Another student summarizes her experiences with typical enthusiasm:

"I love this way of learning because I am a family childcare provider. The technology allows me to work at home as well as attend college. Last quarter was my first experience but, it certainly will not be my last."

DR. LISA The first personal computer to include integrated software and use a graphical interface. Modeled after the Xerox Star and introduced in 1983 by Apple, it was ahead of its time, but never caught on due to its $10,000 price and slow speed.  HOLSTROM DIRECTOR EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING COMMUNITY UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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Date:Oct 15, 2001
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