The Early Childhood Education program at Century High School is a 3 year program in total. The focus of this program is on families, parenting, and the guidance and care of young children in a professional setting. Students who become involved in our program begin by exploring the topic of families, parenting and human development from birth through age 6 in our introductory level classes, Child Development and Child's World. From there, they may decide to go on to the more advanced levels, Child Services 1 and 2, in their Junior and Senior years. Students enrolling in Child Services courses must be mature, responsible, committed to children and families, and dedicated to the education and safety of the young children in our care. Prospective students must first apply for enrollment by completing a Child Services course application through the counseling center, must be approved by myself, Mrs. Laack, for final enrollment, and must fill out a criminal background check upon enrollment in the course. Students in this program will gain skills in working with children, communicating with others and in front of groups, leadership, teamwork, personal management, and any and all skills one could hope to gain before graduating high school! Do students HAVE to want to be teachers only? NO!! If you are a student who wants to work in any career involving children,or simply enjoys working with children, this program can be for you. We have students from all backgrounds and ability levels, and students with varying interests included in our program. We value the practice of learning through doing, reflecting, re-evaluating,and doing again. This is truly a post-secondary preparation program, providing necessary skills for college, the work force, and life within a family unit.
Child Development 1 - Grades 9-12 .5 credit / semester long course
Welcome to Child Development 1! Preferably the first course in this program of study, students will first study the value of family and parenting in the lives of children, as well as the value of learning about child development. This course will focus on growth, needs, care techniques, education, and developmental theories of infants and toddlers. Students will participate in a weekend long experience project, using our real care infant simulators, or complete a comparative alternate project. These wonderful life lessons and concepts are a must for ALL!!
Child Development 2 - Grades 9-12 .5 credit / semester long course
Welcome to Child Development 2! This class is primarily designed to prepare students for a future working with young children, or for those just interested in how children develop and want to learn more about caring for and guiding children. Focused on the preschool and early elementary years, students will learn about growth and development, safety, guidance, theories of development, and professional practices in working with young children. Students will also gain practical experience in observing and working with children in our actual preschool classroom. I am grateful to be working with you and have a passion for this subject of not only working with children, but everything that encompasses the development of happy and healthy children. I believe that by learning about children, we can learn a lot about ourselves.
Child Development 3 - Grade 11 1.0 credit / year-long course PCC articulation (ECE 120 - 3 credits)
At the Junior level, students may be approved to take this course in which they are not only given direct instruction and training revolving around working with young children, but also are an integral part in running The Little Jags Preschool. Students will be expected to utilize prior and gained knowledge to appropriately lesson plan, prepare, and teach activities in our preschool. Classroom assignments are articulated through PCC. This preschool serves 20 community preschoolers annually and is a recorded preschool program in the state of Oregon.
Child Development 4 - Grade 12 1.0 credit / year-long course PCC articulation (ECE 121 - 3 credits)
At the Senior level, students will continue on as teachers in our program at a more advanced level and choose this focus for their senior project class. In the classroom, topics covered revolve around many aspects that affect children in the classroom and the management of children in an educational setting. Our main focus is on observation techniques and use in assessment. In the preschool, students are expected to show advanced professionalism, attend all field trips and preferably all class parties. They are important teachers in our program!