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Early Childhood Education Bridge Semester 2

Career Field:  Education

Adult Career Pathway:  Early Childhood Education

Type:  Bridge

Prepares students for:  attainment of NRS levels 5 & 6 in reading, writing, language, listening and speaking; college-level reading; success on HSE/GED exam; entrance into a college-level early childhood education training program

Target Student Population:  ASE and ESL students with TABE reading and math scores of 9.0-12.9; ESL students who score into the Advanced ESL level or Exit Criteria on the CASAS

Access Curriculum:  Go to https://womenemployed.org/lesson-plans/ – complete the request form and get immediate access to downloadable curriculum in PDF format

Course Description:  Students improve their basic reading and writing skills using materials related to the early childhood education field. Learning is interactive, including group activities, giving and getting peer feedback, and utilizing evaluation and editing processes to turn rough drafts into improved rewritten drafts. Students gain experience using computers and develop key employability skills, such as communication, teamwork, dependability, problem-solving, and technology skills. Test-taking skills are emphasized to prepare for TABE tests, HSE tests, and the college entrance exam. The course can be run concurrently with a college-level credit course in early childhood education.

Duration:  16 weeks, 20 hours/week = 320 total instructional hours

Curriculum description:  One comprehensive PDF document (265 pages).  Each lesson includes detailed teaching guide, all materials and web-based resources, as well as associated content standards.  Uses contextualized readings related to the early childhood education field.

Curriculum pluses:  Clearly laid out.  Includes all materials required to teach the course.  Based on ABE best practices.  Transition skills are integrated throughout.

Curriculum drawbacks: Lessons were written for a City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) context, so some materials specific to the career pathway will not fit a MN local context; and the materials are in PDF format, so not easily modified.  CCC references will need to be identified and changed throughout.

Author:  Developed by Stephanie Sommers – A collaborative project between City Colleges of Chicago and Women Employed

Published: 2013

Contact person:  Those with questions about the design of the bridge program or customization of the lessons should contact:

Christina Warden, Senior Program Manager
Women Employed
312-782-3902 ext. 228 / cwarden@womenemployed.org