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West Haven Child Development Center Training Program

Program Reviewed

Early Childhood Online Education Program

Credits Available

  • Child Development (WHCDC 002), February 2014 through August 2019: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Infant and Toddler Care and Education (WHCDC 003), September 2016 through August 2023: ECE 261 - Infant and Toddler Care Methods and Techniques, 3 credits, lower division level
  • Engaging Diverse Families through Home, School, and Community (WHCDC 004), September 2016 through August 2023: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education (WHCDC 001), February 2014 through August 2019: 3 credits, lower division level 

Source of Records

West Haven Child Development Center; 201 Noble Street; West Haven, CT 06516

About the Training Sponsor and Program

The West Haven Child Development Center (WHCDC), a private non-profit agency, believes that the family unit is the strongest influence in the life of a young child. The program is designed to support the family by providing the child with a warm, secure, and educationally stimulating environment. These needs are met by the use of qualified staff specially trained in early care and education in an accredited program. In addition to caring for young children, WHCDC provides programming to help staff complete training and education in an online format.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Child Development (WHCDC 002): 3 credits, lower division level
This course provides an overview of the physical, emotional and cognitive growth and development of children from prenatal stages through age 8. It includes theories of child development and current related research. In addition to predictable stages of growth, students will look at the uniqueness of children, including special needs, temperament, learning styles, and multicultural experiences. This course requires students to do three one-hour observations of children at different stages of development.

Engaging Diverse Families through Home, School, and Community (WHCDC 004): 3 credits, lower division level
This course explores the diverse family and community characteristics found in today’s early childhood programs. Students examine the benefits of developing program policies and classroom practices that support respectful, reciprocal relationships and empower families to be involved in their child’s development and learning. Addresses the barriers that may need to be overcome, and the support families may need to address the stress faced by today’s families. Professionalism and advocacy are also included. Major Topics covered include a) Diversity Defined; b) Why Engage Families; c) Forming Parent-Teacher Partnerships; d) Barriers, Biases, and Conflicts; e) Toxic Stress; f) Community Connections; g) Assessing Our Effectiveness; and h) Professionalism and Advocacy.
Not equivalent to ECE 275 - Child Family and School Relations at the Connecticut Community Colleges. Not equivalent to SOC 350 - Children, School & the Community at Charter Oak.

Infant and Toddler Care and Education (WHCDC 003); credit awarded as ECE 261 - Infant and Toddler Care Methods and Techniques: 3 credits, lower division level
The course looks at the unique needs of infants and toddlers and how these needs can be met by responsive adults in appropriate environments. Incorporated into the course are the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS), National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation Standards, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs. Students explore the role of the caregiver, developmental domains, optimal learning environments, routines, structure, licensing, and quality program components.
Equivalent to ECE 261 - Infant and Toddler Care Methods and Techniques at Charter Oak

Introduction to Early Childhood Education (WHCDC 001): 3 credits, lower division level
This course provides an overview of early childhood education - the history, trends, theories, and philosophies embedded in evidence-based practices today. It includes an examination of different program types, working with diverse families, inclusion, licensing, advocacy, and professionalism.