Explores the physical, social, cognitive and emotional environments necessary for quality care of infants and toddlers. Child Development Associate (CDA) functional areas taught in this course are as follows: safety, health, learning environment, infant development, and observing children’s behavior as they pertain to infants and toddlers. This course addresses the intellectual development of children when their basic needs are met and when they are educated and cared for in quality settings that support their emotional well-being. This course can be used to satisfy part of the 120 clock hours of instruction required by the CDA Council.
The following NAEYC Associate Degree Standards are met by this course at the understanding or application level:
1. Promoting Child Development and Learning:
- 1a: Knowing and understanding young children's characteristics and needs.
- 1b: Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on early development and learning.
2. Building Family and Community Relationships:
- 2a: Knowing about and understanding diverse families and communities.
3. Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families:
- 3a: Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
- 3b: Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
4. Using Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families:
- 4a: Knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships.
- 4b: Knowing, understanding, and using effective approaches, strategies, and tools for early education.
5. Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum:
- 5a: Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines.
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Portfolios must be well organized into sections and should include up-to-date material and information on infant and toddler growth and development, positive care-giving, and working with diverse families. Each section should include:
- Activities that focus on developmental areas (Physical, Social-Emotional, Language/Communication, and Cognitive).
- Age appropriate finger plays and songs for infants and toddlers.
- Age appropriate book list for children birth-3 years.
The Children and Families Program Director will evaluate submitted portfolios and determine satisfactory submissions based on the evaluation rubric. Evaluation rubric and student checklist located in Division Office.