Award Year: 2020
The mission of the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is to develop biliterate, bicultural, and bilingual students who will become future ready productive citizens in a multicultural society.
- Black/African American: 4%
- White: 9%
- Hispanic: 84%
- Asian: 2%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 1%
The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is located adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico on the beautiful Texas A&M Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) campus. The TAMUCC campus is the only university located on its own island, Ward Island. We are a partnership between TAMUCC and Corpus Christi ISD in which both work collaboratively to provide support for our students, teachers and parents. Not only is the ECDC teaching elementary students, we also provide instruction to future educators. The ECDC campus is open for observation by university students to watch the use of the latest teaching strategies and interact with the elementary students through tutoring in class and through camps. Being nestled within a university campus also allows our staff the unique opportunity to be a part of the College of Education and Human Development and keep abreast of the latest research and teach future educators while also learning alongside them.
The ECDC is a 50/50 two-way dual-language campus. All students receive instruction in two languages, English and Spanish. The dual-language curriculum helps the ECDC students improve their vocabulary, problem solving abilities, and develop collaboration skills while increasing their cultural literacy in both languages. Our students learn from each other through language, educational experiences, and celebrations of the rich cultures found in South Texas.
While the ECDC is small in size and enrollment, our impact on future educators, and the lives of our students, families and staff is far reaching and impactful.