Child Development 1 - Grades 9-12 .5 credit / semester long course
This course is an explorative course in the Early Childhood program and is meant for grades 9-12, but can be taken at any point in a students' 4 years. It is NOT a pre-requisite for Child Development 3, but would be highly encouraged to take before Junior year. Child Development 1 focuses on the changes in the family unit and how that affects children, considerations in choosing to be a parent, parenting skills and guidelines, family planning and teenage pregnancy risks, and human development from pregnancy through age 3. Students will focus on the unique time frame of infants and toddlers from both a parenting and professional perspective. This is a great course for ALL students in preparing them for life ahead. A requirement of this course is that students complete a parenting project, which will either be a weekend long infant simulator project, or a 3 part alternate project.