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Course Overview

Students will examine the physical, social/emotional and intellectual development of children.  Topics of study include: child development, child psychology, nutrition, social/emotional learning, special needs of children, and health and safety of children.  Students will design and implement lesson plans, care for children in a preschool environment, enhance professional written and oral communication skills, and gain hands-on experience through internships at local preschools, childcare centers and elementary schools.  The Early Childhood Program is located off-campus at the Ithaca Community Childcare Center (IC3) on Warren Road in Ithaca.

Course Content

  • Creative learning activities

  • Guiding children effectively

  • Types of early childhood programs

  • Working with special needs children

  • Understanding health policies

  • Curriculum development

  • Creating a healthy environment

  • First aid and safety

  • Music and movement

  • Food and nutrition

  • Involving parents and families

  • Child development, birth to school age

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Career Opportunities

  • Preschool Teacher

  • Preschool Teacher Aide

  • Nanny

  • Day Care Provider

  • Kindergarten Teacher

  • Elementary Teacher

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College Agreements

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Concurrent Enrollment Credits

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Tompkins Cortland Community College

ECHD 110: Children and the Arts (3 credits)

ECHD 125: Introduction to Early Childhood (3 credits)