Early Childhood Education and Services

Second Semester

Prerequisite of Child Development

In this course students will explore education and community resources available for the education and necessary services of young children. Students will be exposed to educational needs and resources as well as begin the development of lesson plans and lesson plan components for the education of young children as well as the career skills necessary for a career in early childhood education and services.

-Build on individual and family strengths

Acknowledge and apply differences in cultural identity, values, and beliefs to care and services for children and families.

Examine cultural identity and celebration of individuals, families and community within the child care and education system.

-Demonstrate a safe and healthy learning environment for children.

Manage physical space to maintain a learning environment that is safe and healthy and encourages physical activity.

Apply safe and healthy practices that comply with state regulations.

Plan safe and healthy meals and snacks.

Document symptoms of child abuse and neglect and use appropriate procedures to report suspected abuse or neglect to the designated authorities.

Implement basic health practices and prevention procedures for workers and children regarding childhood illness and communicable diseases.

Demonstrate security and emergency procedures.

-Demonstrate techniques for positive, collaborative relationships with children.

Apply developmentally appropriate guidelines for behavior.

Demonstrate interpersonal skills that promote positive and productive relationships with children.

Implement strategies for constructive and supportive interactions between children and families.

-Develop children's self-regulation of health and wellness choices to create a safe and healthy environment for children.

Plan safe and healthy meals and snacks.

Implement strategies to teach children health, safety, and sanitation habits.

Critique behaviors (physical activity, nutrition choices, etc.) that develop positive lifelong wellness for children.

-Analyze the impact of early identification (high ability learner, children with special needs, language acquisition) for the child and how it paves the way for greater success in the future.

Examine effective parenting practices and their role in helping children cope with a variety of challenges

Educate parents in their role to support developmental milestones of children

-Analyze career paths within early childhood, education & related services.

Explain the roles and functions of individuals engaged in early childhood, education, and services.

Analyze opportunities for employment and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Summarize education and training requirements and opportunities for career paths in early childhood, education, and services.

-Evaluate external support systems that provide services for parents.

Explore nutrition programs.

Interact with community resource leaders.

Understand the practices promoted and resources provided by a child life specialist (medical personnel, child care provider, etc.).

Communicate the processes for accessing resources.

Advocate for family friendly policies with employers, businesses, and government legislation.

Evaluate conditions (medical, living environment, financial, social, etc.) affecting individuals and families with a variety of disadvantaging conditions.

-Identify best practices for building partnerships between young children and their parents/community.

Help individuals and communities to develop goals that promote success for parents and families.

Apply culturally relevant information when building relationships with individuals and

their families.

-Analyze practices of community and government programs providing resources to families.

Analyze professional, ethical, legal, and safety issues that confront human service employees.

Summarize licensing laws and regulations that affect service providers and their

Participants.

Analyze harmful, fraudulent, and deceptive human services practices.

Summarize the rights and responsibilities of human service participants and their families.

Analyze effective individual and family advocacy and self-advocacy strategies to overcome diverse challenges facing human services participants.

-Demonstrate professional practices and standards related to working with children.

Apply the Code of Ethical Conduct set forth by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Utilize opportunities for continuing training and education.

Demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, and commitment to program goals and improvements

Implement federal, state, and local licensing and certification guidelines when designing programs.

Apply business management skills to planning businesses in early childhood, education, and services.

-Apply knowledge about child development through practicum experiences.

Develop observational learning skills.

Analyze children's developmental progress and summarize developmental issues and concerns.

-Demonstrate techniques for positive interaction with children.

Apply developmentally appropriate guidelines for behavior

Demonstrate problem-solving skills with children.

Demonstrate interpersonal skills that promote positive and productive relationships with children.

Implement strategies for constructive and supportive interactions between children and families.

-Demonstrate integration of curriculum and instruction to meet children's developmental needs and interests.

Analyze a variety of curriculum and instructional models.

Implement learning activities in all curriculum areas that meet the developmental needs of children.

Implement an integrated curriculum that incorporates a child's language, learning styles, early experiences, and cultural values

Demonstrate a variety of teaching methods to meet individual needs of children.

Arrange learning centers that provide for children's exploration, discovery, and development.

Establish activities, routines, and transitions.

Apply a variety of assessment methods to observe and interpret children's growth and development.