By: Jonathan Baca, Senior Reporter
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After five years dormancy, the Early Childhood Education Organization has been re-chartered by five student members, said Faculty Adviser Andrea Olguin.
Olguin said the students want the club to keep growing and invite those who have hopes to work with children professionally to join the ECEO.
“It’s fun to see that light bulb go on, when you know that they’ve mastered something or figured something out on their own,” said Early Childhood Multicultural major and club President Annie Sanchez.
The club members are students, as well as teachers working in the industry, said Sanchez.
The Early Childhood Education Organization is a small club with big goals, said Olguin.
The members recently raised enough money for a trip to the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Atlanta, said Sanchez.
“It’s the cutting edge on techniques and strategies,” she said.
ECEO members will choose from hundreds of seminars hosted by some of the biggest names in early childhood education, said Sanchez.
“It’s a great opportunity for anyone in the educational field,” she said, “to actually be able to talk with other professionals around the country and around the world is an amazing experience.”
Olguin said members of the club are also members of the local chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
ECEO represented CNM at a local conference and addressed a crowd of educators from all over the state last March. The upcoming Atlanta trip is being made possible in large part because of a grant given by the NMAEYC, she said.
Many of the club members have never travelled outside of Albuquerque, and are grateful for the chance they have been given, said Olguin.
“Without help from CNM and our other sponsors, it would be impossible for these students to go,” she said.
Sanchez said she hopes that with support from government and higher education institutions, the field of Early Childhood Education will be taken more seriously.
“There is a really big push now for Early Childhood educators to get their degrees,” she said.
“We’re more than glorified babysitters. We need to prove it by getting training.”
To find out more about the Early Childhood Education Organization contact Andrea at aolguin25@ cnm.edu.