Early Childhood Education

Student work must be picked up within the first two weeks of the new quarter or it will be shredded. Thank you.

Interested in the Early Childhood Education program? Read the following Welcome letter to get all your questions answered:
Welcome Letter

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Do you have questions about Early Childhood Education that you can't find on our website? If so, please send an email to

Questions about the new ECE certificates? Get the answers in the attached FAQ's sheet.
FAQ page for ECE changes

For our ECE students who need a little extra help with the ECE math class or the math placement test, we have Mike Brennan, math tutor, on hand to assist you with any questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact Mike Brennan at mbrennan@olympic.edu or 360-475-7449.


Early Childhood Education
Direct line 360-475-7358

Gayle Dilling
Early Childhood Education Faculty and Coordinator

Kara Sexton    
Early Childhood Education Program Assistant
Vickie MacKenzie
S.T.A.R.S./Parent Education Program Coordinator

Holly Lanoue
Early Achievers Program Coordinator

Early Childhood Education may be right for you if:

  • You enjoy working with both children and adults.
  • You are interested in the way children grow and develop.
  • You'd like to make a positive difference in the lives of families and children.

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide experiences in educational theory in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, physical/motor and creative development for children from birth through age eight.  Courses also are available for caregivers of schoolage children, ages five through 14.  Now that ongoing research reveals the significance of early development, professional preparation has become essential for anyone pursuing a career in the education and care of young children.

Working with young children is a challenging, rewarding and physically demanding experience.  Academic expectations for these courses require collegial study and communication skills. To succeed in this profession, it helps to have a good self-image, outgoing personality, sense of humor and a commit to nurturing children's growth and development. 

Reviewed 9/2014