NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
CHD 166 - INFANT AND TODDLER PROGRAMS (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Examines the fundamentals of infant and toddler development, including planning and implementing programs in group care. Emphasizes meeting physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs: scheduling, preparing age-appropriate activities, health and safety policies, record keeping, and reporting to parents. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

To prepare the early childhood educator to plan and direct daily activities for children from birth to three years of age; to meet their needs and those of the family.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Functional literacy in the English language; reading at the 12th grade level.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of developmental stages of infants and toddlers growth
  2. plan, implement and evaluate developmental programs for infants and toddlers including meeting basic needs and stimulating development
  3. demonstrate competence in observing, supporting and providing for development in infants and toddlers
  4. provide for a parent education component as part of an infant/toddler program
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED
  1. Developmental data on infants and toddlers
  2. Program objectives
  3. Implementing an effective infant/toddler program
  4. Providing for a learning environment
  5. Program assessment
  6. Program policies
  7. Preparing a parent education plan
  8. Using community resources
OPTIONAL TOPICS
  1. Early intervention techniques
  2. Current issues in the care of infants and toddlers
Revised 5/99

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