This course focuses on the development of high quality programs for infants and toddlers in group care, providing for their physical, social/emotional and cognitive needs. Understanding the significance of providing sensory rich and stimulating environments, experiences and relationships with infants and toddlers will be the foundation for developing programs. Developmentally and culturally diverse approaches, techniques and materials will be emphasized as well as setting up positive and nurturing learning and growing environments. Students will learn the importance of the caregiver’s role, building relationships with parents and the significance of early intervention. The role of a professional and professionalism will be stressed. There will be a minimum of one infant and one toddler observation experiences in child care settings.
Prerequisites: ECHD 103, PSYC 241 or Permission of Instructor
3 credits (3 lecture hours), fall semester