Upon completion of this course, the student will be proficient in:
• Recognize the historical influences on early childhood education, as well as assessment methods and evaluations for quality standards
• Identify the basics of the early education domains, how to support learning and play and the concepts of different types of curriculum
• List the basics of learning theories and teaching strategies
• Recall how to provide effective learning environments for children while connecting with families and communities
• Recognize issues in early childhood education and how to advocate for young children, as well as discovering various career options in the field
• Identify the benefits of child care and the elements involved in starting a daycare business
• Recall policies, procedures and the day to day basics of operating a daycare
• Recognize the right kind of structure and curriculum to provide in a daycare
• List techniques for achieving a strong client base and proper ways to run a day care business
Price: $3,295.00

    This course, offered by our accredited school partners, provides an introduction to the historical, theoretical, and developmental foundations for educating young children, with an emphasis on creating inclusive environments and curricula that are responsive to the needs of diverse children and their families. Topics include historical influences, program types, guidance strategies, professionalism, current trends and issues, and advocacy.

    Child Care Workers are responsible to care for children, in various settings when parents or other family members are unavailable. Certified Child Care Workers (CCCW) are responsible for making sure that children’s basic needs are being met, supervise and monitor the safety of children, assist with homework, and even be able to recognize signs of emotional distress or developmental issues.
    Child Care Worker

    Module 1: Historical Influence on Early Care and Education
    • Learning from the Past
    • Public Schooling in America
    • The Kindergarten Movement
    • Nursery School Movements
    • Early Twentieth Century Schooling
    • Brown vs. Board of Education
    • Mid-Twentieth Century Schooling
    • Establishment of Head Start
    • Universal Pre-K

    Module 2: Quality Standards for Early Childhood Programs
    • Dual Approach to Setting Standards
    • National and State Standards
    • Standards and Accountability
    • Developmentally Appropriate Practice
    • Early Learning Standards
    • State Funded Programs
    • Methods of Assessment
    • Evaluation for Educators
    • Measure Outcomes with Observation

    Module 3: Understanding the Development of Young Children
    • The Study of Child Development
    • Developmental Domains
    • The Physical Domain
    • Gross Motor Development
    • The Cognitive Domain
    • Three Types of Knowledge
    • The Affective Domain
    • Emotional Development
    • Social Development
    • Moral Development

    Module 4: Contemporary Curriculum Approaches
    • Curriculum Development
    • Curriculum Models for Developmentally Appropriate Practices
    • Learning Environments and Pedagogy
    • Montessori Method
    • Reggio Emilia Approach
    • Direct Instruction
    • High/Scope Approach
    • Creative Curriculum
    • Project Approach

    Module 5: Supporting Play and Learning during Early Childhood
    • The Importance of Play
    • Characteristics of Play
    • Classical Theories of Play
    • Contemporary Theories of Play
    • Symbolic Play
    • Constructive Play
    • Games with Rules
    • Teacher’s Role in Supporting Play

    Module 6: Exploring Learning Theories and Teaching Strategies
    • Intentional Teaching
    • Constructivist Theory
    • Socio-Cultural Theory
    • Behaviorist Theory
    • Multiple Intelligences Theory
    • Learning Styles Theory
    • Information Processing Theory
    • Teacher Centered Teaching Strategies
    • Learner Centered Teaching Strategies

    Module 7: Effective Learning Environments for Young Children
    • Thinking Expansively About Environments
    • Quality Learning Environments
    • Physical Learning Environment
    • Temporal Learning Environment
    • Interpersonal Learning Environment
    • National and State Regulations and Standards
    • State Quality Rating
    • Accreditation Standards
    • Environmental Rating Scales

    Module 8: Connecting with Families and Communities
    • The Adults in Children’s Lives
    • Bioecological Theory of Human Development
    • Parents as Partners
    • Home-School Partnerships
    • Tips, Strategies and Plans for Caregivers and Teachers
    • Teachers, Caregivers and the Community
    • Community Within School or Center
    • Collaboration and Communication

    Module 9: Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education
    • Social Issues in the ECE Realm
    • Advocating for Young Children
    • Technology and Young Children
    • Pros and Cons of Technology Use in Classroom
    • The Obesity Epidemic
    • Nutrition and Exercise
    • Poverty and Young Children
    • Cultural Diversity

    Module 10: Discovering Careers in Early Childhood Education
    • Why Teach Young Children?
    • Early Care and Education as a Profession
    • Professionalism
    • Career Options
    • Unusual Career Choices
    • Dispositions and Their Importance
    • Men as Teachers of Young Children
    • Why Men Are Needed in the Classroom

    Start Your Own Day Care Business

    Module 1: Determining Where to Start
    • The Benefits of Family Child Care
    • Outfitting a Family Child Care Center on a Budget
    • Licensing and/or Registration
    • Planning to Make a Profit
    • It’s Really Not as Hard as It Sounds
    Module 2: Policies, Procedures, and Your Daily Schedule
    • Enrollment Records and Policies
    • Hours of Operation
    • Policies You May Wish to Consider
    • Your Background and Training
    • Devising a Daily Schedule
    Module 3: Activities, Guidance Tools and Solving Common Problems
    • Curriculum and Fun Activities
    • Discipline and Guidance Techniques
    • Fostering Good Social Skills
    • Problems with Multiage Mix of Children
    • Problems with Parents and Your Family
    Module 4: Running Your Business
    • Generating Enrollment
    • Screening Families
    • Setting Up Your Office
    • Small Versus Large License
    • Planning for Accreditation
    All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements:

    Internet Connection
    • Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless)
    Hardware Requirements
    • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
    • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

    Software Requirements
    • Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher
    • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
    • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
    • Adobe PDF Reader
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB’s Certified Child Care Worker (CCCW) exam. The Certified Child Care Worker (CCCW) exam prepares individuals for a career as a Child Care Worker. The certification displays mastery of the latest information and skill practice necessary to be a successful Certified Child Care Worker (CCCW) in a variety of settings.
    Certified Child Care Workers (CCCW) are employed in childcare centers, preschools, public schools, and private homes.
    Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.
    This class is an independent-study course. Students will have all the resources needed to successfully complete the course within the online material. A student helpdesk is available for technical support during the course enrollment.

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    12 months
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    6 Months

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