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Educating Infants and Toddlers: Programs and Activities

This course offers students the opportunity to choose and examine critically the parameters of a program for typically developing infants and toddlers as well as those with special needs. In addition, each student will read about and critique an exemplary program. In order to concretize real-life issues, the course will include a presentation of current local programs, including early intervention programs that serve diverse populations. Students will explore varied aspects of the infant/toddler program such as language and books, music, art, blocks, sand, waterplay, and cooking. A special session on understanding the early intervention law is included. A major focus of the course is on understanding infant/toddler play and the adult's role in supporting and fostering it. The study of play culminates in a toy-making workshop which is a highlight of the course.