Course Description

Strong relationships are vital to healthy development for infants and toddlers. The role of infant and toddler caregivers is to facilitate, support, and sustain individualized relationships with the families and children in their programs. This course will explore ways in which caregivers can facilitate and sustain these extremely important relationships.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a 1-credit elective class. The 1-credit elective classes are designed to enhance the knowledge base of our degree-seeking students (who are required to take 6 – 10 credits of elective credit) while also providing an accessible, interesting, and relevant course to students who are seeking to meet their professional development requirements and/or who might have limited experience in the college setting.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will:
·        Explain the importance of strong relationships in children’s lives for life-long adaptive development.
·        Identify methods of building relationships with infants and toddlers.
·        Identify methods of building relationships with parents (families) of infants and toddlers.
·        Recognize common barriers to building relationships and discuss ways of overcoming such barriers.