Rasmussen College Selected To Participate in Tenth World Forum on Early Care and Education Panel

College shares opportunities for preparing future early childhood teachers

May 20, 2014, 15:00 ET from Rasmussen College

MINNEAPOLIS, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rasmussen College, a regionally-accredited private college, recently attended—and was selected to present—at the Tenth World Forum on Early Care and Education. The international event, attended by early childhood leaders and practitioners from more than 80 nations, took place May 6-9 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Cecelia Westby, representing Rasmussen College and Collegis Education, was selected to sit on an international panel of early childhood experts to discuss innovative ways to prepare future teachers. During her comments, Westby highlighted the opportunities for preparing high-quality early childhood teachers fully online.

"We need to expand access to higher education for early childhood professionals across the world if we are going to provide universal high-quality care and education for young children and their families," said Dr. Westby, academic director of Early Childhood Education at Collegis Education, a Rasmussen College partner. "A fully online option, like Rasmussen College's online ECE degree program, extends access and, in the process, builds a larger, well-trained early childhood workforce that drives positive outcomes for children, families and our communities."

Advocating for High-Quality Early Childhood Education
Rasmussen College has a long-standing commitment to providing the highest standard of education. To that end, Dr. Westby and members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) also met on Capitol Hill in March to urge Congress to invest in early childhood education, such as approving the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant program which helps low-income families afford high-quality child care. Dr. Westby and colleagues also pushed for ongoing professional development and improved compensation of early childhood educators so programs can attract and retain quality teachers and staff.

"We take our role in advancing the field of education seriously and are proud to carry our voice to Washington with other leading education associations," said Dr. Westby. "Congress must enact policies, provide resources and ensure as many children as possible benefit from high-quality early childhood education programs."

Early Childhood Education at Rasmussen College
Rasmussen College offers an Early Childhood Education Associate's Degree and Certificate. The College also offers an Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's Degree for those interested in becoming a leader in an ECE program. That program is available fully online.

For more information about the Rasmussen College School of Education, visit http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/education/.

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Public Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit www.Rasmussen.edu.

Collegis Education is a technology-based services company that offers industry-leading education solutions for colleges and universities of every size in every sector. Using an analytical approach, Collegis Education empowers education institutions to make a broader impact by providing insights that improve student outcomes, optimize expenses and increase revenue. The leadership team at Collegis Education brings 40 years of experience integrating technology into the delivery of education. Currently, the infrastructures established by Collegis Education support more than 27,000 students nationwide. For more information about Collegis Education, please visit www.CollegisEducation.com.

Contact: Molly Andersen
Phone: (952) 844-5647
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Email: molly.andersen@rasmussen.edu

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