Early Childhood Development

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Early Childhood Development (ECE I) provides an opportunity for students to learn characteristics of development from birth to age 6 and how to care for those children, their health, and how to guide them through learning experiences, as well as learning about establishing positive and productive relationships with families.  The course is hands-on with students doing a combination of class work and implementation of learning on-site in the PIRCTC/ACAP Collaborative Head Start classroom. Classroom lessons help students gain the knowledge they need to provide children with positive guidance, to observe and assess a child’s development, and to plan and implement a variety of learning activities in a developmentally appropriate manner. Portfolios are used to record and assess the student’s work. Students become certified in pediatric 1st aid and CPR. The course provides an opportunity for students to see if they have a sincere interest in work that requires a great deal of energy and patience yet yields considerable rewards in a variety of possible jobs dealing with young children.



This course is held at PIRCTC in room 312.