Articulation is defined by Webster as the action or manner of jointing or interrelating. As it relates to early childhood education, we define articulation as a seamless transition of credit between high schools, community colleges, and other institutions of higher education of behalf of the student. 

The Articulation Project began in early 2013 when the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center asked ten states to put together teams to take part in an Articulation Summit in April of 2013. The team from Iowa joined Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin to learn from each other and from national experts how to move articulation forward between two year and four year institutions. A second national summit was held in April 2015.

The Iowa Articulation Team works as part of the Iowa AEYC Early Childhood Workforce Advisory Committee in collaboration with Early Childhood Iowa Professional Development. Our goal is to highlight the importance of quality articulation agreements. That work includes building relationships between faculty at higher education institutions, understanding the needs of the each and every student, and sharing the importance of quality, affordable, and accessible higher education for working adults with others outside of the college communities.

The Iowa team continues to work together. In May 2014 the first Early Childhood Education Summit brought together college faculty and staff along with other stakeholders around the difficulty experiences by all colleges in finding quality placement sites for their students. In May 2016 the second Early Childhood Education Summit was held with a focus on diversity and equity. We thank the University of Northern Iowa for co-sponsoring both summits. An Iowa Position Statement on Articulation for 2015 (see link, below) has been approved, and it explains the importance of quality articulation agreements.

If you are interested in becoming part of this team or would like more information on early childhood education articulation please contact Johnna either by e-mail or phone at 515-331-8000 ex. 118 or 1-800-469-2392 ex. 118.

Click here to view the Resource List developed for the Second Higher Education Summit.

Click here to read the Iowa Position Statement on Articulation for 2015.