AC #5: Best Program Practices for Children & Families in Early Childhood


Learn to integrate child growth and development theories, explore current principles and practices, assure multi-cultural and anti-bias approaches to curriculum, understand effective use of space and materials, and strengthen partnerships with families and the community.

This course can be applied to the Child Care Administration Certificate.


Catherine Howe Thwaits

Catherine Howe Thwaits

Cathy Howe Thwaits, Ph.D. has worked in the early childhood education field for more than 30 years. Since 1997, she has served as executive director/Head Start director for Marathon County Child Development Agency, Inc. in Wausau, Wisconsin. Prior to Head Start, ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of child development theories and principles and the ability to apply them to quality programming
  • Ability to plan for the development of the whole child physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and artistically
  • Knowledge of curriculum standards and early learning standards
  • Knowledge of licensing, funding and accreditation requirements for quality programs and ability to apply them to program planning
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical guidelines for best practice in early care and education programs and the ability to apply them to program planning
  • Ability to plan for integration of a competent curriculum, materials and activities into all aspects of the program
  • Knowledge of design principles and practices for the use of space in early care and education programs
  • Ability to choose developmentally-appropriate supplies and equipment for early care and education programs
  • Understanding of program evaluation and ability to apply it for program improvement
  • Knowledge of environmental rating scales (e.g., ITERS, ECERS, etc.)
  • Ability to plan for and implement a family-centered child care community
  • Understanding of diverse cultures of families served and ability to apply this understanding to recruitment, staff development, organizational relationships and program planning
  • Knowledge of how to establish and maintain good communication and partnerships with families and to promote strong and meaningful family involvement in the program

Course available Sept. 5-Oct. 28

Location: Online

Instructor: Catherine Howe Thwaits Ph.D.

Fee: $1,286 Graduate tuition is $2,223. Listed fees are an estimate. Actual fees for fall semester TBD by August.

Undergraduate Credits: 3, Graduate Credits: 3

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number:

Note: Call Tamara Johnson at 414-227-3334 for credit registration.

Registration Deadline: Thu., Aug. 17