Child Development
Courses Offered:
CHD 122 | CHD 124 | CHD 125 | CHD 134 | CHD 151 | CHD 152 | CHD 153 | CHD 154 | CHD 155 | CHD 156 | CHD 157 | CHD 185 CHD 201 | CHD 212 | CHD 216 | CHD 217 | CHD 218 | CHD 233 | CHD 242 | CHD 250 | CHD 260 | CHD 272
For more information contact:

Nancy Gaumer
Child Development
D-166; 351-2447
ngaumer@parkland.edu






Child Development CDA Preparation

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Child Development

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Early Childhood Education





CHD 122: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Study and analysis of preschool and primary educational programs and practices, including techniques and methods utilized in working with young children. Includes orientation to a wide variety of child-care settings. Observations in local facilities focus on the purpose and organization of each program.

CHD 124: Program Planning for the Young Child
Enables students to do total planning consistent with developmental needs to children from two to five years of age in child-care situations. Includes workshop experiences in creating teacher-made materials and use of such materials.

CHD 125: Observation and Analysis of Behavior
In-depth study of young children by direct observation in an organized environment. Includes techniques of child study; case studies, anecdotal records, and diagnostic tools utilized. Completion or concurrent enrollment in PSY 207 or CHD 152 or equivalent.

CHD 134: Caring for Infants and Toddlers
Enables student to understand the development and needs of children under the age of three. Considers the infant in family, day-care home, and day-care center settings.

CHD 151: Communicating with Parents and Children
Establishing parent relationships through effective listening, speaking, and writing; communication skills in relation to children and cc-workers.

CHD 152: Principles of Child Growth and Development, Birth-5
Child from birth through five; emphasis on developmental milestones and cultural influences. Credit not given for both PSY 207 and CHD 152.

CHD 153 Guiding Children and Managing the Classroom
Methods of guiding children's behavior, encouraging prosocial behavior, and dealing with common problems; classroom management principles and skills.

CHD 154 Activities and Resources for Young Children I
Planning the learning environment, schedule, themes, and activities in art, motor, music and movement, health and safety, and nutrition. Practice doing activities, ideas for other activities, and sources for ideas. Credit not given for both CHD 154 and CHD 124.

CHD 155 Activities and Resources for Young Children II
Planning the learning environment, themes, and activities in math, science, social studies, self-concept, language, literature, dramatic play, and group times. Practice doing activities, ideas for other activities, and sources for ideas. Credit not given for both CHD 1 55 and CHD 124.

CHD 156 Effective Teaching
Ways of maintaining and increasing effective teaching behaviors; relations with parents and cc-workers; how a teacher ants and talks, avoiding burnout, growing professionally, advocacy, and professional ethics.

CHD 157 Practical Teaching Skills
For full-time child-care workers pursuing the CDA credential or for those interested in improving skills. Observation of teaching skills using CDA criteria; development of resource file; observations as basis for teaching and guiding children. Credit not given for both CHD 157 and CHD 212. Concurrent participation in a child-care program.

CHD 185 First Aid, Safety, and CPR for Infants and Children
Childhood first aid procedures; medical emergencies, center and home safety, emergency practices, and infant/child CPR; National Safety Council and American Heart Association Certification.

CHD 201 Health and Nutrition of the Young Child
Provides an understanding of health in young children; principles of nutrition, hygiene, and safety; develops skills in teaching these concepts to young children.

CHD 212 Assisting in the Child-care Center
Students observe and participate 132 hours in a preschool center. Focus on developing skills in areas of program design, teaching technique, and increased understanding of children's behavior. Sophomore standing, CHD 124, prior or concurrent enrollment in CHD 216, CHD 217, CHD 218, and approval for placement.

CHD 216 Music and the Arts for the Young Child
Methods and planning of activities for aesthetic education for young children, with appropriate experiences in music and music appreciation, movement, drama, and art appreciation.

CHD 217 Language and Literature for the Young Child
Presents overview of language skills and activities for encouraging language development in areas of listening, speaking, prewriting, and pretending. Children's literature is introduced; students learn and practice skills for using books with children.

CHD 218 Math and Science for the Young Child
Basic mathematics and science concepts are introduced, acquainting the student with skills and methods appropriate for use with young children.

CHD 233 Child, FaFamilynd Community
Historical and current attitudes toward children and families, history of child care, and economic, cultural, and political factors that influence child-care practices. Our own attitudes are compared with those of selected other cultures.

CHD 242 Teaching Young Children with Special Needs
Introduces range of cognitive, physical, social, and emotional special needs in children birth through 21 years of age; identification, intervention strategies, methods, and programs in various settings; applicable laws, requirements, and family issues.

CHD 250 Field Experience in the Child-care Setting
Student given the opportunity to participate for 200 hours as an intern in a child- care center. Student becomes acquainted with teaching and administrative procedures of the center. CHD 212, sophomore standing, and approval for placement.

CHD 260 Administration of Day-care Centers
Administrative duties in a child-care center; evaluation of child-care centers, development of leadership abilities, and utilization of community resources are emphasized.

CHD 272 Administration of the Family Day-care Home
Knowledge and skills needed to run a family day-care home; setting up a day-care home, business management and administrative skills, child development principles as applicable to home day care, home and community, home and parents.