Contact

Judy Hudson
Director of ECED
Office: 1849
Phone: 566-3246

Mary Schumacher-Hoerner
ECED Instructor
Office: 1844
Phone: 566-3064

Early Childhood Education

Developmentally Appropriate Content

Rationale

Early childhood professionals demonstrate knowledge of child development and learning, as well as content knowledge, both in terms of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary integration. Their approach to curriculum content emerges from multiple sources, such as play and exploration, and is appropriate for the ages and developmental levels of the children with whom they work. Content includes, but is not limited to, the arts, literacy, mathematics, physical education, health, social studies, science, and technology. Children’s initial experiences with these content areas form the foundation for later understanding and success.

Demonstrate knowledge of relevant content for young children and developmentally appropriate ways of integrating content into teaching and learning experiences for children from birth – four (0-4) years of age.

Entry Level

  1. Define and discuss the term “developmentally appropriate.”
  2. Discuss in general terms, how and what young children learn through play.
  3. Discuss developmentally appropriate programs and environments for infants, toddlers, preschoolers.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Describe developmentally appropriate curriculum content.
  2. Plan developmentally appropriate learning experiences that support integrated curriculum
  3. Describe characteristics and stages of literacy development
  4. Identify appropriate modifications/accommodations that support individual learning.

Demonstrate the integration of knowledge of how young children develop and learn with knowledge of the concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas appropriate for different developmental levels.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss in general terms the developmental domains of young children (physical, motor, language, cognitive, social, and emotional).
  2. Discuss ways that play supports young children’s learning.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Describe how each domain of development impacts learning.
  2. Identify leaning theories that describe how children construct knowledge.
  3. Identify concepts children develop at various developmental levels.
  4. Describe a variety of inquiry tools that children use at different developmental levels.
  5. Plan curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and grounded in learning theories for children.

Demonstrate knowledge of what is important in each content area, why it is of value, and how it links with earlier and later understandings within and across areas.

Entry Level

  1. Define and describe each content area
  2. Define content area (math, science, reading, etc…) (see Glossary for Content Area).

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Discuss various content areas in early childhood education curriculum, such as math, science, and language arts) (CI & CII).
  2. Articulate the importance of each content area and the value of integrated curriculum (CI & CII).
  3. Design and implement activities that integrate content areas.

Demonstrate knowledge of the language, reading, and writing components of emergent literacy at each development level.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss the importance of emergent literacy in early childhood.
  2. Define emergent literacy skills at each developmental level.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify and discuss the multiple factors impacting language development.
  2. Describe the sequence of language development.
  3. Develop an understanding of the relationship between communication and emergent literacy.
  4. Identify and discuss emergent reading and writing skills for all children.
  5. Describe the continuum of emergent literacy.
  6. Plan and implement activities that facilitate the development of emergent literacy skills.

Develop, implement, and evaluate an integrated curriculum that focuses on children’s development and interests, using their language, home experiences, and cultural values.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss components of an integrated curriculum.
  2. Discuss the importance of using meaningful experiences incorporating the child’s development, interests, home language, experiences, and cultural values.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify and discuss ways that developmental needs/interests, language, and home experiences of all children can be used in developing an integrated curriculum (CI & C CII).
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate an integrated curriculum based on children’s needs/interests, language and culture, and home experiences through play and daily routine.
  3. Develop, implement, and evaluate an integrated curriculum based on children’s needs/interests, language, culture and home experiences utilizing national and state standards.

Adapt content to meet the needs of each child, including the development of individualized Family Services Plans (IFSP) or Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for children with diverse abilities through the team process with families and other team members.

Entry Level

  1. Define the IFSP/IEP process and discuss how it impacts curriculum content.
  2. Identify appropriate team members who might participate in the IFSP/IFSP process.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Discuss natural environment and least restrictive environment.
  2. Discuss the value of including all children in early childhood curriculum activities (CI & CII).
  3. Identify and describe ways in which early childhood professionals and programs can adapt content to meet the needs of all children, including those with diverse abilities (CI & CII).
  4. Identify differences between the IFSP/IEP.

CI. Adapt curriculum content through play and daily routine in collaboration with primary caregivers to meet the goals and objectives reflected in the IFSP.

CII. Work collaboratively with team members to implement adapted curriculum content as designed in the IEP.

Provides and uses anti-bias materials/literature and experiences in all content areas of the curriculum.

Entry Level

  1. Define the term “anti-bias” (In regards to gender, age, race, ability, culture, ethnic, sexual orientation, language [linguistics], socioeconomic status [SES]).
  2. Discuss examples of bias in society
  3. Discuss the impact of bias on children, families, and communities.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify a variety of anti-bias materials, literature, and experiences appropriate for young children.
  2. Evaluate various early childhood materials, literature, and experiences that perpetuate bias or foster anti-bias.
  3. Plan a curriculum that reflects and celebrates each child’s diversity.
  4. Discuss the impact of bias on self-concept/esteem, educational success, aspirations, and school/community participation.

For more information, please call Judy Hudson at (505) 566-3246. Or send us an email at HudsonJ@sanjuancollege.edu.