Early Childhood Development formally ECE I is designed to begin the process of teaching grades 11 and 12 students the skills required to work with young children. Students study the growth and development of children from birth to age eight and have the opportunity to assist in a nationally accredited childcare facility. This is a clinical-based program which includes a laboratory experience for applying learning as well as time for observing, assessing, and interacting with children. Students work directly with young children at ACAP Childcare and Head Start in designated classrooms assisting with arts and crafts, science, motor skills, dramatic play, table manners, reading, story time, music and movement activities and behavior management. Students also assist with daily clean-up duties and classroom maintenance. In addition, students have daily classroom instruction to learn how to enhance a child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Portfolios are used to record and assess the student’s work.
This course is held at PIRCTC in room 312.