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Child Development

General Description

This course provides opportunities for students to analyze principles of human growth and development from prenatal to 8 years of age. Students analyze conditions that influence children in various ages and stages, including issues of nutrition, safety, guidance and discipline, and child abuse. Through a practicum, internship experience, students practice age appropriate strategies with preschool age children. Students may earn their MERIT Child Care Basics certification.



  • Birth to 8 Physical, Mental/Emotional, and Social Development
  • Early Childhood Professional Practices (WACs)
  • Caregiver Roles
  • Culture and Diversity
  • Lesson planning, observation and assessment
  • Learning Environments
  • Developing Positive Relationships (Community and Family)
  • Health and Safety Regulations
  • Child Abuse/Neglect, Mandatory Reporting
  • Wellness, Nutrition, and Fitness in Early Childhood
  • Behavior Management
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences/ Childhood Trauma


Theory of Action

Career and Technical education courses introduce students to a variety of high demand and high skill career pathways and connect the student's future career goals to innovative learning environments.  With an emphasis on real world, real life skills, Career and Technical Education takes students where they need to go to be prepared for their future. Through integrating and applying 21st century skills, technical knowledge, and core academic learnings,  our goal is that every student will graduate from EHS prepared for the job market and postsecondary education. Whether students plan to go to work straight out of high school or eventually earn a PhD, whether they have a set clear career goal or just want to learn something practical and new, all students benefit from participating in CTE courses and programs of study.