Introduction to Child Development

This resource supports the teaching of specific education and training content that can be implemented by classroom instructors in the context of a particular career cluster.

Elizabeth M. Andress
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation
Hubbs Center for Adult Basic Education
Minnesota Department of Education and the FastTrack Bridge Project
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Instructional Material
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Introduction to Early Childhood Development is the initial bridge course in a series of three courses that prepare adults for the early childhood education field. This course will provide an introduction to the core competencies of child development. Students engage in hands-on activities, learn principles of early child development, complete homework assignments, explore child development education as a career, self-evaluate their teamwork, organization and soft skills, and volunteer at an early child development Head Start Center. Students will learn about the different early childhood settings: schools, family, and centers. They will learn about child development, guidance, nutrition, health, and safety. Specific topics covered include: fine motor skills, art, math and recycling, music and movement, playground (large motor skills), science, games, dramatic play, library, blocks, nutrition, and safety and emergencies. This 12-week course is part of a three-course series developed and offered by Saint Paul ABE-Hubbs Center. The series was developed to allow adult basic education (ABE) students at various levels of language/reading ability to enter a child development pathway that eventually can lead to a FastTRAC college-level Childhood Development Careers Certificate. The courses are standalone and placement is on the basis of language/reading ability.

Additional stages of the three-course bridge series are included in the ACP Resource Center. These additional stages include Introduction to Child Development 2 and Child Development 3.

Benefits and Uses

This resource provides foundation material for students interested in entering a career pathway in the Human Services or Education and Training career clusters, specifically in the field of early childhood development.

Resource Notice

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.