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A #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 Early Care and Education – Customized Certificate.

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

Dates and locations to be announced.

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