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Foundations in Child Development

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Foundations in Child Development

(Pre-requisite to Child Development Associate)

This program is provided through the State’s Welfare-To-Work Initiative.

Program Description:   Foundations in Child development Program is a lively three-in-one program made up of interactive theory discussions, hands-on fun activities and weekly time spent with children in a child care center.  Theory includes topics of children’s growth and development from birth to age 8; the importance of play for learning; and positive guidance strategies and behavior management.  Hands-on activities include six areas of skill development including large muscles, small muscles; self-help; social/emotional; language; and cognitive. The Program consists of three subject areas: Child Development; Guidance of Young Children; and Practicum I.  Starting Points’ instructors use Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences throughout their teaching practice.  This provides a means by which various educational levels and participant strengths and weaknesses may be met.  Students are in class at Starting Points three days a week.  The remaining two days a week the student is assigned to a licensed child care center in the community.  Students are expected to implement the child development concepts and classroom management strategies learned in class.

Course Descriptions

 Child Development:

The objective of this course is to examine children from birth to eight years of age through their biological-physical, social, cultural, emotional, cognitive and language domains and developmental milestones including risk factors, delays or disabilities that indicate the need for special services; current theories; ongoing research and interrelationships across developmental areas; and the adult’s role in supporting each child’s development and learning. This course includes a supervised internship at a child care center or school site where the student is given the opportunity to use the theoretical and practical concepts learned in the class.

Guidance of Young Children:

The objective of this course is to examine processes for observing and recording child behavior; to study strategies that assist children in identifying and expressing their feelings; and to understand methods for changing behavior based on developmentally appropriate expectations using a variety of assessment tools to individualize and improve child guidance. This course includes a supervised internship at a child care center or school site where the student is given the opportunity to use the theoretical and practical concepts learned in the class.

 Early Childhood Practicum I:

The objective of this course is to provide students with a supervised practicum in which they can experience observation and recording strategies that will inform classroom practices; can gain skill in developing positive interactions with children; can recognize developmentally appropriate activities for young children; and can identify positive guidance principles as they foster and maintain a productive educational setting. This course includes a supervised internship at a child care center or school site where the student is given the opportunity to use the theoretical and practical concepts learned in the class.

Educational Objectives:  To examine children from birth to eight years of age to understand their physical, social, cultural, emotional, cognitive and language domains and developmental milestones; to understand current theories; ongoing research and interrelationships across developmental areas; and the adult’s role in supporting each child’s development and learning.; To examine processes for observing and recording child behavior; and to study positive guidance strategies that assist children in identifying and expressing their feelings; to understand methods for changing behavior based on developmentally appropriate expectations using a variety of assessment tools to individualize and improve child guidance.; To learn and experience observation and recording strategies; gain skill in positive interactions with children; recognize developmentally appropriate activities; and identify positive guidance principles in a productive educational setting.

Delivery Methodology: Lecture, Discussion, Applied experiences, Simulations, Educational DVDs, Collaborative learning projects, Practical hands-on supervised internship field experience

Prerequisites: The individual must be referred to Starting Points by their One Stop Career Center Case Manager and possess a High School Diploma/Equivalency.

Program Length: 560 hours over 16 weeks – including class hours and internships weekly

Program Cost:  $3,200.

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Program Scope: This program consists of three courses.  This entry-level program prepares the participants with a knowledge-base in order to work effectively and positively with children and other co-workers in early care educational settings upon completion of the requisite Child Development Associate Program.

Graduation Requirements: 80% attendance and completion of benchmark assessments.

Certificate Awarded:  Foundations in Child Development Completion Certificate/Transferable College Credits

 

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