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KC offering child care courses

The Kaskaskia College Early Childhood Education Program is now taking applications for the fall 2011 semester.
The Early Childhood Education Program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to prepare themselves for employment, to continue their education at an institution of higher learning and to develop a more satisfactory philosophy of life.
Students completing the two-year early childhood program enter the profession assuming responsibility for the care and education of an individual group of young children in various settings, such as a child care center, preschool, non-public school kindergarten, before- and/or after-school child care programs or family day care homes.
Fall courses offered include:
• Principle and practice of child care (ECES 101) – This class will provide an overview of the history and philosophy of the different types of child care centers, including past, present and future programs for children and their families, to identify the role of the child care professional in assessing planning developmentally appropriate practices to serve children.
This class will demonstrate guidance and observational skills through field experiences.
• Early child practicum (ECES-107) – This class will help students gain competence in the practical application of early childhood education principles and theories in a supervised setting, while providing care and education of young children.
The student will be supervised by a qualified professional and a college instructor.
• Early child practicum II (ECES-108) – This class will provide an experience for the practical application of early childhood education principles and theories in a supervised setting, while providing care and education for young children.
The student will be supervised in a field site by a qualified professional and a college instructor to expose the student to the diversity of program philosophies, sponsorships, and populations.
Program standards are utilized for selection and evaluation of appropriate field sites and cooperating personnel.
Introduction to child development (ECES 111) – This class will present an overview of the theories and principles of child development related to the physical, intellectual, emotional and social areas of a child’s development, to identify cultural influences, experiences and need satisfaction that shape a child’s total development, and also to incorporate field observations of young children at licensed child care facilities.
• Motor fitness activities-preschool (ECES 128) – This course is designed to instruct the student of the early childhood education professional how to develop and facilitate motor fitness activities appropriate for the preschool child (ages 2-6).
This course is offered online.
• Infant and toddler care (ECES 130) – This class includes the study patterns of growth and development in the child from birth to 3 years.
The specific needs of infants and toddlers in various child care settings will be examined and observed with current research being considered. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in managing a safe environment, while providing stimulating activities at appropriate levels.
• Activity programming (ECES 202) – This course includes the principles involved in planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate curriculum, to develop and implement lesson plans, emerging curriculum, scheduling, room arrangement, materials and equipment, individual and small and large group activities, and short- and long-term goals, and to also let the students study the teacher’s role and responsibilities in curriculum development in their classroom. This course is offered online.
• Child care administration (ECES 204) ­ Students will examine the management processes of planning, staffing, record-keeping, budgeting, purchasing and monitoring for quality.
Formation of policy statements, philosophy, programming, planning, evaluation and working with parents will be included.
Students will become familiar with computer use, licensing standards, accreditation, community resources and professional organizations. This course is offered online.
• Health, safety and nutrition for the young child (ECES 206) – This course is a comprehensive overview of ways that ensure children’s physical and mental well-being.
Basic and changing health, safety and nutritional needs of children are examined, as well as appropriate methods by which these needs can best be met in group/home settings.
• Science and math for young children (ECES 210) – This class is an introduction of the theory and practice related to the curriculum areas of science and math for young children.
Emphasis will be placed on the development and evaluation of developmentally appropriate activities and instructional materials. Prerequisite: ECES 111.
• Exceptional child (ECES 269) – This class will identify process and programming considerations for children who are exceptional in one or more aspects of development, to study current issues, including educational implications related to special needs children, their families and the community on site observations of service delivery systems.
This course meets the requirements of the House Bill 150.
• Creative activity-art (EDUC 109) – In this class, a number of techniques, such as printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture and crafts, are surveyed.
The students may use their experiences to broaden their understanding of creative expression and to develop ability to conduct art projects for young children.
A wide range of materials will be used, always with emphasis on the simplest and least expensive version of various techniques.
Many projects will be based on ways to create projects with commonly available “junk” materials. The students will divide into groups to research each project and present it to the class. Emphasis will be placed on the selection, ordering and obtaining of the materials necessary for each problem.
Practice will be given in the actual execution of projects that would be presented to children. This course is offered on-line.
• Children’s literature (LITO 218) – This class is a comprehensive survey of the various types of poetry and prose for children, with considerable attention to the significant historical folklore backgrounds.
For more information or to register for classes, contact Tina Suarez, program coordinator, at 545-3351 or by e-mail tsuarez@kaskaskia.edu.