CHD 166 Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences Date: September, 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Education

Course Number & Title: CHD166, Infant and Toddler Programs


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk Lab: 0 Lec/Lab Comb: 3


I. Catalog Description: CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs (3 cr.) Examines child growth and development from birth to 36 months. Focuses on development in the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and language domains. Emphasizes the importance of the environment and relationships for healthy brain development during the child's first three years of life. Investigates regulatory standards for infant/toddler care giving.

(3 Cr.) Lecture 3 hours per week. 3 Contact Hours.
Functional literacy in the English language; reading at the 12th grade level.

3 credits

II. Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:
This course prepares students to work with infants and toddlers by teaching them principles of child development and techniques for designing activities and environments that facilitate infant and toddler development (Program Goals 3,4, and 5). The importance of involving parents in the design and delivery of child care services is stressed, with emphasis on social and cultural differences in approaches to parenting. A review of licensing standards is also included.

I.              Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites necessary to enroll in the course): Completion of (or exemption from) ENF 2; completion of (or exemption from) MTT 2.


II.            Course Content (list the major topics):

A.    Principles of being a caregiver for infants and toddlers with particular emphasis on respectful, responsive care.

B.    Physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development in infants and toddlers.

C.   Activities and environmental conditions that promote development in areas such as language use, sensory perception, and motor skills.

D.   Government regulations regarding the setting-up and operation of a child care facility for infants and toddlers.

E.    Ways in which parents can be involved with child care services, methods for encouraging parent involvement in child care programs, and different cultural perspectives on parenting.

V.    Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.                Research and explain the need for high quality infant and toddler care.

B.                Study the basic principles of infant and toddler development in areas such as gross and fine motor skills, language use, cognitive ability, social competence, emotional regulation, and self-help skills.

C.               Plan and demonstrate activities and materials that facilitate growth in each area of development.

D.               Use the regulatory requirements for child care services for infants and toddlers to determine program quality.

E.                Understand the importance of parent involvement in child care services and use a variety of communication skills to facilitate parent involvement with parents from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

Student performance will be evaluated by a combination of tests, quizzes, exams, papers, and other special projects or assignments as defined by the individual faculty member. This course includes a mandatory writing assignment defined by the instructor.

Possible assignments include but are not limited to:

         Design a developmentally floor plan for infant/toddler care

         Complete a safety checklist on a licensed infant/toddler center.

         Write and implement a variety of lesson plans for infants and toddlers.


VII. This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical thinking

Cultural and social understanding