PDC #1 Introduction to Child Care (Introduction to Program Development)

ED POL 381

Learn to work effectively with young children, including children with special needs in this introductory, three-credit course. Explore definitions, roles, ethics and responsibilities as you establish the context for the next three courses of the Program Development Credential. Understand exactly what an early care and education/youth care program is, and what it means to be responsible for developing and implementing a high-quality program.

This course can be applied to the Child Care Program Development Certificate.


Karen Philips, M.S.

Karen Philips, M.S.

Karen Philips has worked in the early care and education field for more than 30 years. She began her career at the UWM Children’s Center while attending UWM in the ’80s. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in African American Studies, ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Know the roles, responsibilities and relationships involved in program development and implementation
  • Understand the primary duties involved in program development and implementation as it relates to the program for children: curriculum, environment, assessment and evaluation, staff development, and full integration of regulatory processes
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge and ability to supervise the implementation of child development principles and theories, and developmentally appropriate practice
  • Communicate a solid understanding of brain development and its relationship to the learning environment to teachers, other staff and families
  • Articulate a working knowledge and understanding of the WMELS as the foundation for a high-quality early care and education environment, and develop effective strategies for sharing and implementing the WMELS across the program
  • Establish a program-wide respect for diversity, inclusion and cultural competence in curriculum, relationships and planning
  • Know the importance of effective communication strategies for working with families and staff
  • Understand and supervise the implementation of positive guidance strategies when caring for children

Date: Course available Sept 4-Oct 27

Location: Online

Instructor: Karen Philips M.S.

Fee: $1,286

Undergraduate Credits: 3

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number:

Note: For credit registration call Liz Weber at 414-227-3334

Registration Deadline: Tue., Aug. 14