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Research has demonstrated that strong positive relationships between children and caregivers are linked to positive outcomes for children. Staff-child interactions are at the heart of child care programs.

 
Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment A

Let's Share! Tips and Ideas

Getting to know families.

Forum

Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment B

Understanding Diversity

Participate in the discussion board.

Forum


Click here for the Handout: Understanding Diversity

Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment C

Age-Appropriate Behavior Scenario

Participate in the discussion board.

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Click here for the Handout: Age-Appropriate Behavior Scenario

 

 

A Basic Approach to Child Growth and Development

This course is designed to teach age-appropriate behaviors and culturally appropriate expectations.

Module 1 Agenda

Description

 

The foundation for building positive relationships is understanding children. All children are unique and progress through predictable ages and stages at their own pace. Child care providers should interact with each child in a way that recognizes and respects the child’s chronological and developmental age. This module reviews what participants already know about children and their development.

This course is designed to teach age-appropriate behaviors and culturally appropriate expectations for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. Course content is based on information on pages 58-74 and 111-115 in the Child Care Center Licensing Guidebook, 2nd ed. (2006). DEL-LC 2001 (x) 10/06.

Concepts covered:

  • Child development
  • Age appropriate behaviors for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children
  • Incorporating the cultures of individual children into the early childhood setting

 

 

Learning Outcomes

 

Goal 1:

Demonstrate knowledge of age-appropriate expectations.

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Categorize behaviors typical for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children from a list of behaviors, and

  • Identify, from a list of activities, which are appropriate for specific age groups

Goal 2:

Demonstrate knowledge of culturally appropriate expectations.

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate adult responses to a scenario of children talking about differences and diversity

  • Identify ways to honor cultural diversity, and

  • Identify training steps to increase one’s cultural awareness.

 

 

 

Recommended Resources

 

Brain research findings and suggested actions. (1998). DSHS #22-299(X). Derman-Sparks, L., & the A.B.C. Task Force. (1989)

Anti-bias curriculum: Tools for empowering young children. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Developmental stages wheel. Available free of charge and in English, Spanish, Khmer, and Vietnamese from: Children’s Home Society of California

Culturally responsive teaching: Theory, research and practice. New York. Teachers College Press. Gonzalez-Mena, J. (2001)

 Multicultural issues in child care. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company. Greenfield, R., Cocking, P. (Eds.) (1994)

Rethinking the brain: New insights into early development for parents, caregivers, and policy makers. (1998). DSHS #22-300 (X)

Teaching young children to resist bias: What parents can do. (1989). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children. Also available in Spanish

 

 

Online Resources

 

For additional information on child development, we have provided links to optional resources and articles which you may choose to read and save on your computer. The links below may be for third-party websites. We do not control the content on third-party websites, which means that the web pages can be moved or changed at any time without our knowledge. We check the links below on a regular basis, however we are unable to guarantee that they will be functional at all times. If the link does not work, you can copy the title of the resource and paste it into Yahoo or Google to search for the location of the new page.

Articles/websites are for resource purposes only and are not necessarily the opinions of Successful Solutions or our trainers.

 

Website Links:

 

  Licensed Child Care in Washington: A Guide for Providers

  The Early Learning Community

  Teaching Young Children to Resist Bias: What Parents Can Do - article by NAEYC

  A brief look at developmental domains in early childhood education by Teach Preschool

 

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