Students gain knowledge in child growth, the interrelationship of all areas of development, and guiding a child from birth to preschool age. Units of study include: decisions in parenting; prenatal development; special needs children; various family models in a diverse society; and proper care of a preschool child to insure a healthy and safe environment. This course explores roles and techniques for working with children through readings, observations, projects, and guest speakers. It prepares students to work in the field of early childhood education and to develop skills necessary for balancing career and family while gaining in-depth knowledge of human growth and development. Cherokee and Seneca offer expanded preschool programs.