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Essentials of Child Care and Early Education

By Linda S. Estes

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 30, 2003


Correlated to Child Development Associate Competency Goals, this two-year program text introduces essentials of care and early education for children ages 0 to 5 years.

Table of Contents

Module 1: The Developing Child.

1. View of the Whole Child.

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child.

Supporting Play Among Children.

Young Children with Special Needs.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

2. The Psychomotor Domain.

Early Sensory Abilities.

Reflex Behaviors.

Gross Motor Development.

Fine Motor Development.

Perceptual Motor Development.

Promoting Development Within the Psychomotor Domain.

3. The Cognitive Domain.

Early Brain Development.

Cognitive Development.

Language Development.

Promoting Development Within the Cognitive Domain.

4. The Affective Domain.

Emotional Development.

Social Development.

Moral Development.

Promoting Development Within the Affective Domain.

Module 2: Teachers in Early Childhood Education.

5. View of the Early Childhood Teacher.

Becoming a Teacher of Young Children.

Assessing the Competencies of Preservice Teachers.

Career Opportunities with the Field of Early Care and Education.

6. Historical Foundations of Child Care and Early Education.

Changing Views on Childhood.

Roots of Child Care and Early Education.

Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Influences.

Early Care and Education in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

Educational Trends in the United States.

7. Contemporary Models of Early Care and Education.

Montessori Method.

Bank Street Approach.

Waldorf Approach.

Reggio Emilia Approach.

High/Scope Approach.

Direct Instruction Approach.

Creative Curriculum Approach.

Making Decisions About Curriculum Approaches.

8. Roles of Early Childhood Teachers.

Teachers as Caregivers and Nurturers of Young Children.

Teachers as Facilitators of Learning.

Teachers as Observers and Assessors of Children’s Development.

Teachers as Professionals and Advocates.

Module 3: The Emerging Learning Environment.

9. Developing Curriculum for Young Children.

Defining and Developing Curriculum.

Promoting Emergent Literacy.

Curriculum Strategies.

Guiding Behavior and Facilitating Independence.

10. Preparing the Climate of Early Care and Education Classrooms.

Interpersonal Dimensions of Classroom Climate.

Physical Dimensions of Classroom Climate.

Temporal Dimensions of Classroom Climate.

11. Safety, Health, and Nutrition for Young Children.

Preparing Safe Play and Learning Environments.

Practicing Healthy Procedures.

Promoting Nutrition and Healthy Eating.

Informing and Teaching About Safety, Health, and Nutrition.

Module 4: Connecting with Families and Communities.

12. Connecting with Families.

Young Children and Their Families.

Communicating with Families.

Involving Families.

Creating Family-Oriented Early Childhood Environments.

13. Community Connections.

Children, Families, and Communities.

Communities as Resources for Families.

Communities as Resources in Early Care and Education.

Appendix A: CDA Competency Goals and Functional Areas.

Appendix B: NAEYC’s Position Statement Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity.



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