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About the Early Childhood and Family Advocacy Comprehensive

On Campus Online

The Early Childhood and Family Advocacy degree is a dual program created through UNK's Family Science and Early Childhood Education programs. This major has been designed to address the emerging need in Nebraska, and nationwide, for professionals trained to work with children and families within formal public agency programs and private childcare and early childhood education centers.

While early childhood education programs are plentiful and degrees are adequate to prepare preschool teachers, there are few programs that prepare Early Childhood Family Advocates—those within educational settings working with families and children in non-teaching positions. Family Advocates provide comprehensive educational and case management services to children and their families.

Requirements for employment in this area have been increasing, creating a need for the unique qualifications offered by this program. Many employers now require at least some coursework in child development with more and more requiring a degree.

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Online Early Childhood and Family Advocacy Comprehensive

As an online Early Childhood and Family Advocacy Comprehensive student at UNK, you'll receive a quality and affordable education as well as the same degree as our on-campus students. Request Info Student Resources Online Curriculum

Early Childhood and Family Advocacy Comprehensive Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Early Childhood and Family Advocacy Comprehensive, Bachelor of Science


Great Value

UNK is the most affordable Nebraska university and most students receive significant financial aid

"The ability that you have to receive a degree from a university in your time, on your schedule is amazing, and I think the convenience is the best thing. And that's kind of immeasurable."

Rachel Berreckman

ECFA Program Graduate

What can you do with an Early Childhood and Family Advocacy Comprehensive Degree

Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Early Childhood and Family Advocacy Comprehensive graduates work for.


  • Paraprofessional
  • Family Permanency Specialist
  • Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Childcare Coordinator


  • Promiseship
  • Kearney Public Schools
  • Grand Island Public Schools
  • Nebraska Head Start Association
  • Gretna Public Schools