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.
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
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
Note: Call Tamara Johnson at 414-227-3334 for credit registration.
Registration Deadline: Thu., Aug. 17