Child Day Care Specialist Program

Education & Children
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Our online Child Day Care Specialist Program covers the basics of early education and positive guidance strategies to enhance physical, cognitive, language, social-emotional, and creativity development while introducing the unique qualities of the young child as distinguished from older children and demonstrating how to work with young children in ways that correspond with their individual developmental level and social and cultural environment.

Early Childhood Development

Early education classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse and caregivers must be prepared to meet the unique needs of all children in their care. Our Early Childhood Development course provides a broad overview of development in children across the world. We identify elements of typical and atypical development, as well as physical, social, emotional, linguistic, and intellectual characteristics in children from diverse backgrounds.

Prerequisite: None


Child Care Worker

Love working with children and want to learn techniques for supporting their development? Our Child Care Worker course provides practical advice to prepare you for your role as an educator of young children. Learn the principles of providing ultimate learning environments, developing engaging curricula for various developmental stages, meeting children’s social-emotional needs and interests, and communicating and interacting with parents and staff professionally. This course covers the historical influences on early childhood education as well as quality standards for programs and types of curriculum methods. It also includes learning strategies and guidance to enhance physical, cognitive, language, social-emotional, and creativity development.

** Course Subject to Change.

Early Childhood Development

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall theories and perspectives on child development
  • Identify features of genetics, prenatal development, and birth
  • Recognize characteristics of development in newborns, infants, and toddlers
  • Discuss components of development in preschool age children
  • Recall aspects of development in primary age children

Child Care Worker

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the historical influences on early childhood education, as well as assessment methods and evaluations for quality standards
  • Identify the basics of the early education domains, how to support learning and play and the concepts of different types of curriculum
  • List the basics of learning theories and teaching strategies
  • Recall how to provide effective learning environments for children while connecting with families and communities
  • Recognize issues in early childhood education and how to advocate for young children, as well as discovering various career options in the field

Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development Module 1
Studying Early Childhood Development

  • What is Early Childhood Development?
  • Western Perspectives on Childhood
  • Interactions with Children
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Observing Children and Identifying Special needs
  • Understanding and Appreciating Diversity
  • Advocacy and Shaping of Public Policy

Early Childhood Development Module 2
Research and Assessment

  • Early Child Study
  • Correlational Studies
  • Experimental Studies
  • Qualitative/Ethnographic Studies
  • Assessment and Accountability Movement
  • Summative Assessment
  • Formative Assessment
  • Assessment to Identify Disabilities

Early Childhood Development Module 3
Theories of Child Development

  • Maturationist Theory
  • Behaviorist Theory
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Cognitive-Developmental Theory
  • Neo-Piagetian Theories
  • Sociocultural Theory
  • Information Processing Theory
  • Ecological Systems Theory
  • Neuroscience and Theories of Development

Early Childhood Development Module 4
Genetics, Prenatal Development, and Birth

  • Genes and Chromosomes
  • Hereditary Diseases
  • Genetics from a Multicultural Perspective
  • Prenatal Development
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Western Childbirth Procedures

Early Childhood Development Module 5   
The Newborn

  • Physical Characteristics of Newborns
  • Newborn Psychological States
  • Sleeping and Waking Activity States
  • Crying
  • Breastfeeding
  • Reflexes
  • Newborns with Special Needs
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Environmental Risk Factors
  • Poor Health Status and Prematurity
  • Protecting the Newborn Brain

Early Childhood Development Module 6
Physical and Cognitive Development of Infants and Toddlers

  • Physical Growth and Motor Development
  • Motor Abilities
  • Self-Care Skills
  • Perceptual Development of Infants and Toddlers
  • Brain Growth of Infants and Toddlers
  • Visual and Hearing Impairments
  • Infant and Toddler Obesity

Early Childhood Development Module 7
Language, Social, and Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers

  • Receptive Communication
  • Productive Communication
  • First Words
  • Two-Word Utterances
  • Infant and Toddler Literacy
  • Trust and Attachment
  • Autonomy of Toddlers
  • Temperament
  • Early Emotions
  • Relationships and Egocentrism

Early Childhood Development Module 8
Physical, Motor, and Cognitive Development in Preschool Years

  • Gross Motor Development
  • Motor Play and Culture
  • Body-Brain Connection
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Artistic Development
  • Gender and Motor Development
  • Piaget’s Theory
  • Vygotsky’s Perspective on Cognitive Development
  • Information Processing
  • Academic Skills and Assessment

Early Childhood Development Module 9
Language, Social, and Emotional Development in Preschool Years

  • Sociodramatic Play
  • Facilitating the Play
  • First and Second Language Acquisition
  • Literacy Development
  • Emotional Growth
  • Peer Status and Friendships
  • Culture and Prosocial Behaviors
  • Sources of Variation in Social Competence

Early Childhood Development Module 10
Physical, Motor, and Cognitive Development in Primary Years

  • Physical Appearance and Stature
  • Poverty and Health Status
  • Motor Play and Culture
  • Modern Threats to Play
  • Schools Across Cultures
  • Intelligence
  • Culture and Traditional School Subjects
  • Critique of Traditional Theories
  • Metacognitive
  • Culture and School Success

Early Childhood Development Module 11
Language, Social, and Emotional Development in Primary Years

  • First and Second Language Acquisition
  • Writing in the Primary Years
  • Reading Development
  • Literacy and Culture
  • Sense of Competence
  • Types of Self-Esteem
  • Early Identity Formation
  • Peer Relationships
  • Moral Development

Early Childhood Development Module 12
Parents, Families, and Children

  • Types of Families
  • Family Members Who Influence Children’s Development
  • Parent Beliefs About Child Development
  • Parenting Styles
  • Adult-Child Interactions
  • Risk and Protective Factors

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Child Care Worker

Child Care Worker Module 1
Historical Influence on Early Care and Education

  • Learning from the Past
  • Public Schooling in America
  • The Kindergarten Movement
  • Nursery School Movements
  • Early Twentieth Century Schooling
  • Brown vs. Board of Education
  • Mid-Twentieth Century Schooling
  • Establishment of Head Start
  • Universal Pre-K

Child Care Worker Module 2
Quality Standards for Early Childhood Programs

  • Dual Approach to Setting Standards
  • National and State Standards
  • Standards and Accountability
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Early Learning Standards
  • State Funded Programs
  • Methods of Assessment
  • Evaluation for Educators
  • Measure Outcomes with Observation

Child Care Worker Module 3
Understanding the Development of Young Children

  • The Study of Child Development
  • Developmental Domains
  • The Physical Domain
  • Gross Motor Development
  • The Cognitive Domain
  • Three Types of Knowledge
  • The Affective Domain
  • Emotional Development
  • Social Development
  • Moral Development

Child Care Worker Module 4
Contemporary Curriculum Approaches

  • Curriculum Development
  • Curriculum Models for Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Learning Environments and Pedagogy
  • Montessori Method
  • Reggio Emilia Approach
  • Direct Instruction
  • High/Scope Approach
  • Creative Curriculum
  • Project Approach

Child Care Worker Module 5
Supporting Play and Learning during Early Childhood

  • The Importance of Play
  • Characteristics of Play
  • Classical Theories of Play
  • Contemporary Theories of Play
  • Symbolic Play
  • Constructive Play
  • Games with Rules
  • Teacher’s Role in Supporting Play

Child Care Worker Module 6
Exploring Learning Theories and Teaching Strategies

  • Intentional Teaching
  • Constructivist Theory
  • Socio-Cultural Theory
  • Behaviorist Theory
  • Multiple Intelligences Theory
  • Learning Styles Theory
  • Information Processing Theory
  • Teacher Centered Teaching Strategies
  • Learner Centered Teaching Strategies

Child Care Worker Module 7
Effective Learning Environments for Young Children

  • Thinking Expansively About Environments
  • Quality Learning Environments
  • Physical Learning Environment
  • Temporal Learning Environment
  • Interpersonal Learning Environment
  • National and State Regulations and Standards
  • State Quality Rating
  • Accreditation Standards
  • Environmental Rating Scales

Child Care Worker Module 8
Connecting with Families and Communities

  • The Adults in Children’s Lives
  • Bioecological Theory of Human Development
  • Parents as Partners
  • Home-School Partnerships
  • Tips, Strategies and Plans for Caregivers and Teachers
  • Teachers, Caregivers and the Community
  • Community Within School or Center
  • Collaboration and Communication

Child Care Worker Module 9
Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education

  • Social Issues in the ECE Realm
  • Advocating for Young Children
  • Technology and Young Children
  • Pros and Cons of Technology Use in Classroom
  • The Obesity Epidemic
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Poverty and Young Children
  • Cultural Diversity

Child Care Worker Module 10
Discovering Careers in Early Childhood Education

  • Why Teach Young Children?
  • Early Care and Education as a Profession
  • Professionalism
  • Career Options
  • Unusual Career Choices
  • Dispositions and Their Importance
  • Men as Teachers of Young Children
  • Why Men Are Needed in the Classroom

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks*. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.

Child Care Worker

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB’s Certified Child Care Worker (CCCW) exam.

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player