Professional Studies Programs Refer-A-Friend Promotion

Refer-A-Friend to enroll in one of Vanguard University Professional Studies Degree programs ONLY by June 17th and you will both receive a $500 Scholarship towards tuition (after the student completes 6 units).  Call today and ask to speak to one of our admissions counselors for details at 714-668-6130.




Vanguard University Early Childhood Education Program Ranked #6

Vanguard University’s Early Childhood Education Program is ranked #6 overall according to Best Colleges.  Click here to read the full article.



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Professional Studies Information Meeting October 18

Would you like to learn more about our Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Business, Religion, and Psychology?  Come to our Information Meeting on Tuesday, October 18th and hear from students, faculty and staff about our program.


Click here to RSVP !

Vanguard University Faculty Presenting at CAEYC Conference April 1 & 2


Rosa Moon, M. EdRosa Moon, M. ED., Vanguard University Early Childhood Education Adjunct Faculty, will be conducting a workshop at the CAEYC Conference on Friday, April 1, 2016 titled “Autism, Early Signs and Interventions”,  from 2:00 – 3:30.

Ms. Moon holds a Master of Education in Special Education (specialized in Intervention for Children with Autism) from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of Korea. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics from the Catholic University of Korea. Since 2004, Ms. Moon has been working with children with autism and other special needs students at various settings, such as clinical settings, private school, and client’s home with diverse programs.

In addition, Ms. Moon has passion and love for the students with special needs, and she continues to volunteer at the Grace Ministries International Church, Ministries for Children with Special Needs as a Sunday school teacher. Ms. Moon offers workshops to her staff and volunteers on diverse subjects such as Children with Autism, teaches bible study as well as arts and crafts, and develops summer retreat programs for students with special needs.

Ms. Moon’s interests include promoting communication skills for children with autism, creating  Behavior Intervention Plans, collaborative teaching, working with paraprofessionals, and curriculum development for children with special needs. In her spare time, Ms. Moon loves to watch movies, hike, go to beach, visit museums, and drink coffee with her friends.


Seon 2Dr. Seon Chun-Burbank, ED. D. MPA, Vanguard University Early Childhood Education Faculty Chair will be co-presenting a workshop at the CAEYC Conference on Saturday, April 2 titled “What Other Ways Can I Use Pattern Blocks?” from 10:00 – 11:30.

Dr. Chun-Burbank received her BA degree in Early Childhood Education from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea; her MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Iowa; her Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree also from the University of Northern Iowa; and Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to working at VU, Dr. Chun-Burbank worked at two higher education institutions as an Early Childhood Education program chair and core-faculty for 7 years and worked for an educational publishing company as a program consultant for 4 years. Dr. Chun-Burbank highly enjoys being a pre-K classroom teacher and treasures her time interacting with young children. Knowing and believing the importance of early childhood in human development, Dr. Chun-Burbank is grateful to have opportunities to provide quality education to adult learners who can influence young children’s development.

To learn more about Vanguard University Early Childhood Education Programs click here.



2016 CAEYC Conference

2016 CAEYC Conference

Vanguard University Early Childhood Education will be represented at the 2016 Annual CAEYC Conference and EXPO, which is scheduled for March 31- April 2 in beautiful Pasadena, California.

Pasadena was a very popular location for the 2014 Conference. More than 2,700 attendees gathered for that event! Start planning now to attend this inspirational, educational early childhood professional event. There is much to see and do in the wonderful city of Pasadena and planning has already begun to create great events for us to celebrate our profession.

The CAEYC Conference Committee is generating quality ideas as we take time to consider the feedback from participants from the last few years of conference. We want to ensure our participants have a great experience and come away with new ideas, resources and tricks for your tool bags.

Our focus for the conference is timely for sure with the new state and national emphasis on Early Care and Education. The theme this year is “Early Education: A Pathway to Lifelong Learning.”

Vanguard School for Professional Studies Education Counselor at California Head Start Association Conference.

Vangaurd’s School for Professional Studies, ECE Education Counselor will be at Booth 19 at the California Head Start Conference. Learn about VU’s Online ECE Programs/ Degrees, grab some candy, and spin our wheel to win a prize.  See you there! j


A Beautiful Story About Compassion for All ECE Teachers


Imagine Finding  All the Apples If the Cart Spilled Over -  If You Were Blind

Can you imagine how your little students would react  after hearing this story at preschool.   Think how you could incorporate this story to a learning center – wouldn’t the children love it?

A few years ago, a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. The convention lasted all week, and all the salesmen had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner.

As they hurried to the airport to catch their return flight, they rushed down the airport’s corridor with their briefcases in hand. In their rush, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples.

Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all continued running so they would make their plane.

All but one.

He stopped after running a few more yards, took a deep breath, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved goodbye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.

He was glad he did.

The 16 year old girl running the apple cart was totally blind. She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display.

As he did this, he noticed that many of the apples had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.

When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?”

She nodded through her tears.

He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.”

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister…..”

He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes.

She continued, “Are you Jesus?”

He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: “Are you Jesus?”

Do people mistake you for Jesus?

That’s our call, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world (shopping, working, reacting to others that are serving us) that is blind to His love, life and grace.

If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would.

Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

Let us live like we are worth the price He paid.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

–Author Unknown

8 Ways for ECE Teachers to Reduce Holiday Stress

How will I get it all done?


Here at SPS the ECE recruiters are busy getting our Certificate and Degree students paper work in before the registration deadline.  Even though the courses do not start until January 14th   registration and financial aid at Vanguard takes time to process. With only 10 days before Santa’s big visit on Christmas Eve don’t go into panic mode, faculty and staff at Vanguard are here to make sure you are enrolled on time. Remember, if you are only interested in taking a course for professional or personal development you may register as a student-at-large (SAL) until January 4th.   – this process requires no transcripts or prerequisites.

DON’T PANIC – if you look and feel a little like the women in this picture, try  the tips below  and respond to this blog with some suggestions that have worked for you.  Here is a Angela Russ-Ayon ideas on how to reduce stress – I have been to many of her ECE presentations at conferences.   Merry Christmas – Jeanette

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Focus on what REALLY needs to be done around your house. Almost everyone who is coming to your home has probably already seen it in various degrees of disarray. If your guests are close family and true friends, then they’ll either be very understanding or pitch in. Prioritize and clean what you need to clean so that your house isn’t disgusting, and leave the rest. The laundry isn’t folded? So what! Stuff it in a closet.

2. Keep the decorations to a minimum.

Installing tons of decorations takes time and planning. The more you put up, the more you will have to keep dusted and cleaned, and the more you will have to take down.

3. There is no law that says you have to send holiday greeting cards. Enough said.

4. Just say, “No,” very politely.

No, because you have a conflict the same night as the jewelry party. No, you are not able to make an appointment next week. No, you can’t start that project right now. No, you’re sorry, but you cannot volunteer for that event.

5. Start now.

I ask my family for their wish list early. I take advantage of coupons and online specials early. I order online with plenty of time for shipping, and when necessary, returns and exchanges. I visit brick and mortar stores early in the morning, instead of after a traditional work day when every Tom, Dick and Harry is there. But if your schedule doesn’t allow for that, even week nights are better than weekends. The operative word is… early.

6. Buy more of what you like.

When you find a product that would make a good gift that you utilize also, buy more. I found a 30% off wine sale and purchased 15 bottles of wine. My husband and I have a glass a night, so if we don’t end up giving the wine away as gifts, we will eventually drink up our stock. Now, there’s stress free for ya!

7. Gift Cards! Gift Cards!

Purchase a variety of gift cards to stores that you frequent. When you need a last minute gift, you have one to the local theater, restaurant,, or coffee house, and you don’t have to run off like a lunatic to the mall. You can always use what’s left of your cards yourself, or for birthday gifts next year. Look for specials. This week I purchased $150 in gift cards and received $25 in free groceries.

8. Pick a theme gift and stick to it.

If you simply must purchase a personalized gift for everyone, then choose a theme and find something special within that theme or category that fits each person. One year, I purchased Pashmina scarves that were unique in color and design for each friend, another year I selected special picture frames and had my gifts after visiting just 2 stores. Last year, I donated to a women’s charity and received beautiful hand-woven shawls that I, of course, gave to each friend, along with information on the charity. It is the season for giving, after all.

Have a safe and warm holiday season!

Angela Russ-Ayon, Owner, Abridge Club Entertainment



Thanksgiving Prayer for Peace

If this day you only knew what makes for peace.  Luke 19:41

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the United States.  If ever there were a day to give thanks and to make peace, it is today.  It is, unfortunately, not a peaceful world.  Any effort toward peace, even the smallest, must begin with us.  As we give thanks this special day for all the gifts God has given us, all the treasures of family and food and plenty, let us remember those who live am

for the sake of children every where

Let there be peace on earth.

Let there be peace on earth.

id the bloodshed and violence of war.  Let us be mindful of the many ways we can build a peace-filled community.  Let us start with our families.  Prayer is always a good way to begin.  When you sit down to say grace on Thanksgiving, perhaps a message of forgiveness and healing could be included in that prayer.  Are there other ways we can help mend division in our communities?  Every small, sincere movement toward peace will bring us closer to God.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Written by: Paul Pennick (Living Faith Daily Catholic Devotions)




Vanguard sponsors the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council Quality Recognition Breakfast to Honor the Early Care and Education Community making a positive difference in the lives of children and families in Orange County

It was a privilege to be around so many committed ECE advocates. I love speaking with my ECE online students but it was motivating to see so
many dedicated ECE administrators, directors, and teachers in one room.




Vanguard Sponsors Orange County ECE Community