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    Child Development

  • Teacher: Wendy Cox
    Phone: x2708
    Room: P8

    Industry Sector: Education, Child Development, and Family Services
    Pathway: Child Development


    Class Description

    CP Child Development
    (UC/CSU 'G' Elective)

    A major portion of the Child Development curriculum is working directly with young children in the OHS on-campus preschool, Tiny Vikes Preschool. The preschool is open three days a week and students will be trained as assistant preschool teachers. Emphasis will be on planning and implementing activities, writing lesson plans, and learning how to effectively guide and teach children. Students will also study the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development of children from birth through age 12 as it relates to their care and guidance. Additionally, students will participate in the parenting simulation project, RealCare Baby, by caring for a computerized baby for four days and three nights during the semester. This course is a resume builder as students will finish the semester with over 30 hours of practical early childhood experience.
    Students shall provide to the school nurse a certificate confirming they are free of communicable tuberculosis. An intradermal TB skin test may be obtained by 1) the school nurse upon completion of the school districts written consent form and verbal confirmation of parent/guardian signature, 2) consent from your child’s doctor, or 3) the health department.


    Program Outcomes

    • College prep curriculum prepares students for courses in Human/Child Development and Education Pathways

    • CTE resume builder with 10 weeks of hands-on work experience with preschool children each semester

    • Integrates academics with occupational knowledge

    • Soft skills including strong work ethic, communication skills, creative problem solving, time management, teamwork and leadership

    • Parenting skills utilizing RealCare Baby technology


    Program Accomplishments

    • High interest and enrollment in Child Development with students wanting to re-take the class to continue their work in Tiny Vikes Preschool

    • Waiting list for preschool as program is well-known and regarded in the local community

    • Former preschool children are now enrolled in Child Development as high school students

    • Former high school students are now bringing their children to Tiny Vikes Preschool and working in the field of early childhood