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West Haven Child Development Center Early Childhood Online Education Program

Learning Experience Reviewed 2019

  • (WHDC 005) Technology in Early Childhood Education 

Credit Recommendation

  • Technology in Early Childhood Education: 3 credits, lower division level

Effective Dates

February 2019 through October 2024

Learning Experience Re-reviewed 2019; Originally Reviewed 2014

  • (WHCDC 001) Introduction to Early Childhood Education 
  • (WHCDC 002) Child Development 

Credit Recommendation

  • ECE 101 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education: 3 credits, lower division level
  • ECE 247 - Child Development: Birth to Eight: 3 credits, lower division level

Effective Dates

February 2014 through October 2024

Learning Experience Reviewed 2018

  • (WHCDC 003) Infant and Toddler Care and Education 
  • (WHCDC 004) Engaging Diverse Families through Home, School, and Community 

Credit Recommendation

  • Engaging Diverse Families through Home, School, and Community: 3 credits, lower division level

  • ECE 261 - Infant and Toddler Care Methods and Techniques, 3 credits, lower division level

Effective Dates

September 2016 through August 2023

Source of Records

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

About the Training Sponsor

The West Haven Child Development Center (WHCDC), located in West Haven Connecticut, is a child development center that also provides online education for early childhood education providers.  WHCDC believes that the family unit is the most substantial influence in the life of a young child and provides a program designed to support the family by providing the child with a warm, secure, and educationally stimulating environment.  These needs are met using qualified staff specially trained in early care and education in an accredited program.  In addition to caring for young children, WHCDC provides a program to help early childhood staff complete training and education in an online format.

How to Apply for the Credit


(WHCDC001) Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Equivalent to ECE 101 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education at Charter Oak.
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.
Major Topics covered:
• Early Childhood Education Defined
• The Children, Families, and Teachers
• Why Early Childhood Education is Important
• Setting the Environment
• Scheduling, Developing the Curriculum and Planning for Creative and Physical Development
• Planning for Cognitive, Language, and Social Development
• Guiding Routines, Group Activities, and Social Behaviors
• Helping Children Cope with Stress
Competencies or Learning Outcomes:
• Identify significant issues affecting the care and education of young children based on knowledge of children’s characteristics and needs. (NAEYC Standard 1a and 1b)
• Cite examples of the principles of developmentally appropriate practice for children from birth through age eight. (NAEYC Standard 1b and 1c)
• Identify the characteristics and training required to be a professional early childhood educator. (NAEYC Standard 6)
• Show an understanding of the different philosophies of ECE and use it as a guide to developing one’s philosophy statement. (NAEYC Standard 1)
• Discuss the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment including its use in the development of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children. (NAEYC Standard 3)
• Demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity and its implications for early childhood programs. (NAEYC 2a, 2b, and 2c)
• Develop an annotated webliography of professional resources. (NAEYC Standard 6)
• Use developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children. (NAEYC Standards 1, 4 and 5)

(WHCDC002) Child Development
Equivalent to Charter Oak ECE 247 - Child Development: Birth to Eight.
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.
Major Topics covered:
Theories/Theorists and Observation of Young Children
Prenatal Development, Birth, and Infancy
The Toddler/Two Years, Brain Development, and Language Development
Preschool Years, Cognitive Development, and Play
Five-Year-Olds and Six-Year-Olds and Personal Social Development
Seven-Year-Olds to Eight-Year-Olds and Moral Development
Development of Sex Differences and Gender Roles
Contexts for Development
Competencies or Learning Outcomes:
• Compare and contrast various theories of development. (NAEYC Standard 1)
• Describe major developmental milestones for children from conception through age 8 in the areas of physical, psychosocial, cognitive and language development. (NAEYC Standard 1)
• Use developmental knowledge to create and describe healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
• Demonstrate objective techniques and skills when observing, documenting, describing and evaluating behavior and development in children. (NAEYC Standards 1 and 3)
• Identify and describe biological and environmental factors that influence children's development from conception to age 8 across all domains. (NAEYC Standard 1)
• Explain the connection between self and family culture, language, and the environment in the understanding of growth and development and the implications of these connections for effective evidence-based practices within the early childhood environment. (NAEYC Standard 2)

(WHCDC 003) Infant and Toddler Care and Education 
Equivalent to ECE 261 - Infant and Toddler Care Methods and Techniques at Charter Oak.
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.

(WHCDC 004) Engaging Diverse Families through Home, School, and Community
Not equivalent to SOC 350 - Children, School & the Community at Charter Oak.
Not equivalent to ECE 275 - Child Family and School Relations at the Connecticut Community Colleges.

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.

(WHDC005) Technology in Early Childhood Education
This course will enable early childhood educators to define technology and gain competence in using technology in the early childhood classroom to promote learning, document learning, and to improve communication with families. It will include strategies to increase technology usage, digital literacy, and social skills in young children and parents as well. Participants will build a classroom curriculum and activities as assignments for use in the classroom.
Major Topics covered:
• Defining Technology and Assessing Current Skill Levels
• Applying educational standards to technology use in classroom teaching
• Using Tools: Whiteboards, Smart Boards, and Tablets
• Picture Taking, Video Recording, and Audio Recordings to Enhance Learning
• Using Technology to Create Parent-Teacher Partnerships
• Using Technology to Document Learning
• On the Flip Side- A Word of Caution
• Analyze, Synthesize, Create and Assess
Competencies or Learning Outcomes:
• Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. (ISTE 1)
• Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments. (ISTE 2)
• Discuss how to involve families and communities in young children’s development and learning. (NAEYC 2C)
• Demonstrate knowledge of using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in the documentation, assessment, and data collection. (NAEYC 3B)
• Provide examples of the ways responsible assessment can be used to promote positive outcomes for each child, including the use of assistive technology for children with disabilities. (NAEYC 3C)
• Define effective strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology. (NAEYC 4B)
• Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.