Early Childhood Education
The Child Care program is designed to train students in the field of Early Childhood Education. Topics covered in the course will include development of a child from birth to age 5; creating a safe and healthy environment; the various types of child care programs for infants, preschoolers, school age, and special needs students; proper guidance techniques; assessment of the preschool children through case studies; planning developmentally appropriate preschool lessons and activities; and student involvement in the operation of an onsite preschool lab. It is recommended to take an introduction to child development before this class. After the child care class, students may continue in Early Childhood Education at a 2 or 4 year college. The Wilco Child Care course has an articulation with Joliet Junior College. Recommended prerequisites are: child development, a genuine interest in children, a positive attitude, a good work ethic, and good attendance.
Students will be expected to meet the course goals listed below and demonstrate their understanding in the preschool lab. The instruction will consist primarily of preschool lab with instructor guidance, a weekly lecture and planning period. Students will be involved in team teaching in the lab. Assignments will require students to use language arts skills, basic math, communication skills, and their creativity.
Student assessment will be based on lab participation, individual projects, tests of student’s knowledge of teaching concepts and demonstration of teaching skills.
Students will have the opportunity to engage in job shadowing experiences at schools in the surrounding communities. Also, internships may be available to some in various child care facilities. In order for students to pass the course, they need to complete all course requirements with a minimum of a 70 percent.
Students will learn how to:
- Follow safety procedures and precautions to create a healthy and safe child care classroom and preschool lab.
- Assess preschool children through various forms of assessment.
- Use proper guidance techniques with preschool children.
- Plan developmentally appropriate lessons and activities for preschool children.
- Participate in the operation of an onsite preschool lab.
- Apply the academics of reading, language arts, and basic math to the child care field.
- Develop work place skills and apply to the child care field.
- An autobiography
- File box of various preschool lessons
- A two week nutritional menu for preschoolers
- Design a preschool floor plan
- Prepare and present preschool lessons
- Case Study
- Thematic Unit
- Career Interest Project
- Career Plan related to the Child Care Field
- add, subtract, multiply, & divide positive and negative numbers, fractions, and decimals
- focus on transferring emergent math concepts to preschool students
- read and comprehend at technical level
- acquire new vocabulary and apply to the field of teaching
- understand and follow directions
- apply concepts and information
- note taking essential
- clear succinct sentence structure
Skills and Abilities in:
Reasoning and Problem Solving
- recognize the nature of a problems
- identify problems and review information
- analyze options and apply solutions
- combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions
- use reasoning to discover answers to problems
- notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
- judge the costs and benefits of a possible action
- concentrate and not be distracted while performing tasks
Managing Oneself, People, Time, and Things:
- check how well they are learning or doing something
- go back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information without becoming
- confused/ability to multitask
- time management
- motivate, develop, and direct students as they work
Working with People
- look for ways to help people
- change behavior in relation to others’ actions
- demonstrate knowledge to others
- work as a team to complete a task
Working with Things
- analyze supply needs and requirements when designing projects
- assess costs and explore alternatives
Perceiving and Visualizing
- quickly and accurately compare letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns
- imagine how something will look if its manipulated