Child Day Care Specialist Program

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Education & Children
Combined Hours: 
315
Course Type: 
Mentor Supported
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Our online Child Day Care Specialist Program covers the basics of early education and positive guidance strategies to enhance physical, cognitive, language, social-emotional, and creativity development while introducing the unique qualities of the young child as distinguished from older children and demonstrating how to work with young children in ways that correspond with their individual developmental level and social and cultural environment.

Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development introduces the unique qualities of the young child as distinguished from older children and demonstrates how to work with young children in ways that correspond with their individual developmental level and social and cultural environment. In each modules text, you will find “in the classroom” inserts that illustrate how current findings and theories translate into real applications in daycare centers, preschools, kindergartens, and primary schools. This course clearly portrays the importance of the contexts within which each child develops.  Our Early Childhood Development program displays theoretical views of learning, as well as information about the importance of play and technology in a young child's learning process. 

Child Care Worker

Love working with children and want to learn techniques for supporting their development? Our Child Care Worker course provides practical advice to prepare you for your role as an educator of young children. Learn the principles of providing ultimate learning environments, developing engaging curricula for various developmental stages, meeting children’s social-emotional needs and interests, and communicating and interacting with parents and staff professionally. This course covers the historical influences on early childhood education as well as quality standards for programs and types of curriculum methods. It also includes learning strategies and guidance to enhance physical, cognitive, language, social-emotional, and creativity development.

** Course Subject to Change.

Early Childhood Development

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the historical fundamentals and current theories of early childhood
  • Recall how genetics and parental practices influence development
  • Recognize how learning takes place in infants, toddlers and young children
  • Identify the elements and theories of physical and cognitive development
  • Define the social and affective development of the young child

Child Care Worker

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • 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

Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development Module 1
Studying the Child: Maps and Guides

  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Historical and Current Views of Childhood
  • Children’s Rights
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Recurring Issues and Beliefs
  • Methods of Studying Children
  • Correlational Studies
  • Sources of Developmental Variation: Age and Cohort Influences
  • Evaluating Developmental Research
  • What Intergroup and Cultural Differences Really Mean

Early Childhood Development Module 2
Theories of Development: Map Makers

  • Theories in Psychology
  • Models of Underlying Theories of Child Development
  • Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Approaches
  • Behavioristic Approaches
  • Classical and Operant Conditioning
  • Cognitive Approaches
  • Biological and Ecological Approaches
  • Dynamic Systems Theory
  • A Humanistic Approach
  • Peak Experiences

Early Childhood Development Module 3
Conception, Heredity, and Environment: Many Paths

  • The Mechanics of Heredity
  • The Genetic Code
  • Canalization and Reaction Range
  • Studying Gene-Environment Interaction
  • Human Plasticity: The Rubber Band
  • Inherited Abnormalities
  • Sex-Linked Defects
  • Physical and Personality Characteristics
  • Genetic Counseling and Engineering
  • Treating Genetic Disorders

Early Childhood Development Module 4
Prenatal Development and Birth: On the Road

  • Conception and Pregnancy
  • Assisted Reproduction Technologies
  • Stages of Prenatal Development
  • Drugs, Other Chemicals, and the Fetus
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Importance of Timing and Other Factors
  • Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine
  • Maternal Characteristics and the Fetus
  • Maternal Emotions and Stress
  • Childbirth

Early Childhood Development Module 5
Physical and Cognitive Development in Infancy: First Excursions

  • Nutrition, Growth, and Survival in Infancy
  • Brain Growth and Motor Development
  • Sensation and Perception in Infancy
  • Smell, Taste, and Touch
  • Memory in Infants
  • Infant Cognitive Development
  • Intention, Imitation, and Morality in Young Infants
  • Sensorimotor Development
  • Early Language Development
  • From Sensation to Representation

Early Childhood Development Module 6
Social and Emotional Development in Infancy: First Excursions

  • The Family Context
  • Gender Roles
  • Infant Temperature
  • Cultural Context and Goodness-of-Fit
  • Infant Emotions
  • Regulating and Expressing Emotions in Infancy
  • Parent-Infant Attachments
  • Dimensions of Good Parenting in Infancy
  • Exceptionality in Infants
  • The Whole Infant

Early Childhood Development Module 7:
Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: Side Expeditions

  • Physical Development
  • Motor Development
  • Cognitive Development: Information Processing
  • Cognitive Development: Piaget’s View
  • Cognitive Achievements of Preschoolers
  • Preschool Education
  • Challenges in Early Childhood
  • Communication Disorders
  • Conduct and Impulse Control Disorders
  • Intellectual Giftedness

Early Childhood Development Module 8:
Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: Happy Jaunts

  • Emotional Development
  • Controlling the Emotions: The Marshmallow Test
  • Categories of Play
  • Social Play
  • Television and the Media
  • Positive Effects of Electronic Media
  • The Changing Family
  • Parenting Styles
  • Nonparental Caregivers
  • A Last Word
     

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Child Care Worker

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

Child Care Worker 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

Child Care Worker 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

Child Care Worker 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

Child Care Worker 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

Child Care Worker 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

Child Care Worker 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

Child Care Worker 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

Child Care Worker 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

Child Care Worker 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
     

Ed4Online is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks*. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.
 

Child Care Worker

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB’s Certified Child Care Worker (CCCW) exam.

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Online has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Online has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Online is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit www.iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

 

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.

 

PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general 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)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

 

MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs 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)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.

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1400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742
United States
Phone: 240-500-2553

Click on the school name below for purchasing info:

1400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742
United States
Phone:
240-500-2553
(41 miles away)