Defining Infant-Toddler Curricula

$8.00 [2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #02-754

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Course Description

Growing recognition exists among practitioners and policymakers that the first three years are a distinct developmental period for infants and toddlers.  The purpose of this brief continuing education course, developed using information from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to explore the meaning of the word “curriculum” when applied to working with infants and toddlers.  The what, how, and why of curriculum is discussed as well as implications for educators, policy, and research.

Course Objectives

1. Identify developmental characteristics that occur for infants and toddlers in the first three years.

2. Discuss how empirically based curriculum can improve services for infants and toddlers.

3. Differentiate between the what, how, and why of the curriculum development process for infants and toddlers.

4. Summarize ramifications for educators and policy makers as they move forward with curriculum implementation.

5. Describe curriculum development in the context of sustaining relationships with educators and families.

6. Evaluate implications for research to study current curriculum use and critical aspects of implementation.

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