Adult Ed

Adult Education Early Childhood Education 1a

0.5 Credits
18 weeks
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Want to have an impact on the most important years of human development? Students will learn how to create fun and educational environments for children, how to keep the environment safe for children, and how to encourage the health and well-being of infants, toddlers, and school-aged children.

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Major Topics and Concepts

  • Explain why early childhood education matters.
  • Describe different types of families and parenting arrangements.
  • Describe the legal responsibilities of parenthood.
  • Discuss the moral or ethical responsibilities of parenthood.
  • Describe the basic responsibilities of child-care providers.
  • Explain how culture and diversity impact the child-care environment.
  • Demonstrate how to sanitize and disinfect the child care environment.
  • Demonstrate proper hand-washing technique and practices.
  • Describe safe infant-sleep habits.
  • Describe appropriate security for the child-care home or center.
  • Describe and explain the USDA and state requirements for meals in a child-care facility.
  • Explain what is required for participation in the Child and Adult Food Care Program.
  • Explain how to plan meals and menus for children.
  • Describe positive mealtime strategies.
  • Describe the types of child-care facilities.
  • Explain how child-care facilities are regulated.
  • Describe the rules that apply to child-care facilities.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of child abuse.
  • Explain how to speak to a child disclosing abuse.
  • Define and discuss physical, cognitive, language, and social development.
  • Describe the typical stages of development from infancy through the school years.
  • Describe how to recognize typical developmental milestones.
  • Explain when to talk to parents about possible developmental delays.
  • Describe how children develop and grow cognitively during early childhood.
  • Describe when play behaviors develop and how children play at different ages.
  • Explain what the types of play are and how they benefit children.
  • Explain how to integrate play into children’s activities in a child-care setting.
  • Describe the three basic types of child discipline.
  • Explain how to effectively communicate with children.
  • Explain how to use positive language to create good behavior and self-esteem.
  • Describe when to intervene and help children manage their own interactions.
  • Explain how to discipline children at different ages.
  • Demonstrate developmentally appropriate communication with children.
  • Demonstrate how to talk with parents and maintain open communication.
  • Describe what observation is and how to observe children.
  • Explain record keeping in a childcare setting.
  • Describe and discuss how to use your observations to improve the care of children.
  • Describe how to encourage language development in young children.
  • Describe ways young children use language.
  • Explain what a literacy-rich environment looks like and how to create one.
  • Describe the six essential pre-literacy skills.
  • Explain how to support children in learning pre-literacy skills.
  • Explain how to develop an educational plan that will help you to meet your goals.
  • Describe good work habits.
  • Describe where to find and how to use professional-development opportunities.
  • Explain what personality traits will help you succeed.
  • Explain how to care for yourself while caring for children.


Business in Childcare

Students will demonstrate an understanding of business in childcare by analyzing the responsibilities, explaining the legal requirements and explaining the business plans to generate income as a childcare business owner.  

Childcare Roles and Responsibilities

Students will demonstrate an understanding of childcare roles and responsibilities by describing different types of families, describing responsibilities of parenthood and explaining impacts on the child care environment. 

Childhood Nutrition

Students will demonstrate an understanding of childhood nutrition by explaining state and national requirements for meals in a childcare setting, creating menu plans and describing positive mealtime strategies for children.

Dynamics of Pregnancy and Childbirth

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of pregnancy and childbirth by describing the signs and stages of pregnancy, describing healthy pregnancy and childbirth practices and analyzing the stages of childbirth.

Healthy Childcare Environments

Students will demonstrate an understanding of a healthy childcare environment by explaining clean hygiene practices and describing safety measures in a childcare environment.

Inclusive Childcare Environments

Students will demonstrate an understanding of inclusive childhood environments by summarizing the history and importance of special education, evaluating how disabilities affect the child’s needs and describing an inclusive classroom setting.

Laws and Regulations of Childcare Facilities

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the laws and regulation of childcare facilities by describing the different types of childcare facilities, explaining how childcare facility rules are regulated and explaining the signs of child abuse.

The Developing Child

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the developing child by describing the different types of development in the child, explaining the stages of development from baby to childhood, formulate strategies to discuss developmental delays with parents.