Early Childhood Studies:
Birth - Age 5 (B.S.)

The Early Childhood Studies: Birth - Age 5 B.S. program is devoted to the critically important first years of a child's development. Current research from the fields of developmental psychology, early education, infant mental health, cultural anthropology/family studies, and pediatric science is threaded throughout the curriculum to ensure students understand the complex nature of early development and learning. Students engage in course work, research, child observation, and field-based experiences working directly with very young children and families in community agencies and educational settings. Graduates are prepared for employment and/or advanced study that requires deep knowledge of early development, best practices in early care and education, and effective methods of family engagement.


Two advisement options prepare students for employment or advanced study in the broad field of Early Childhood. The Curriculum option is for students interested in teaching and/or child care, the Child and Family option is for students interested in both public and private family support and service agencies and programs.



News & Events


Homecoming Weekend

Wednesday, 9/24 - Friday, 9/26
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
outside Bouck Hall Gym

Saturday, 9/27
10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bouck Hall Gym

Help support the Early Childhood club's commitment to early literacy! There will be books appropriate for preschoolers to school aged children as well as cookbooks, professional resources and other various literatures available for purchase. Cash, checks & credit cards are accepted. Proceeds will benefit future club initiatives and book donations will be made.


Community Service Learning


“For the Love of Riley”
A community service project


Gail and Riley


Dr. Gail Wentworth, Early Childhood Professor, will be sharing her passion for the humane treatment of animals, in particular dogs, with young children in our community. Her goal is to help children understand how best to care for their family pets. Together with SUNY Cobleskill student volunteers, she is developing curriculum involving literacy, science and social studies and taking her dog Riley on the road and into early childhood classrooms this fall.

Riley is a 1-year old “Cavachon” (½ King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and ½ Bichon Frise). 





















To provide guidance and learning opportunities, including authentic experiences, to students who choose to work with children and families as they become early childhood professionals.





Zero to Three      Read Aloud 15 minutes


Week of the Young Child      Brazelton Touchpoints Center