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Child Care Worker (BPCDC-01)


Course Description

Love working with children and want to learn techniques for supporting their development? This Child Development Associate course provides practical advice to prepare you for your role as an educator of children ages 0-5. 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 basics of early education and positive guidance strategies to enhance physical, cognitive, language, social-emotional, and creativity development.

After completing this course, you should be able to:
• Comprehend the basics of childhood development and methods for supporting diverse populations
• Identify strategies for developing physical and cognitive intelligence
• Identify methods for promoting safe, healthy, and engaging learning environments
• Identify the stages of childhood development and select appropriate educational materials and activities for each
• Comprehend the principles of program management and professionalism in the Child Development Associate career


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


12 months




There are no specific prerequisites for this program. Students will need access to both a computer and the internet. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.

The intended audience for this program is individuals that are seeking to enhance their skills or find employment as a Child Development Associate.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB’s Certified Child Care Worker (CCCW) exam. The Certified Child Care Worker (CCCW) exam prepares individuals for a career as a Child Care Worker. The certification displays mastery of the latest information and skill practice necessary to be a successful Certified Child Care Worker (CCCW) in a variety of settings.

Child Care Workers are responsible to care for children, in various settings when parents or other family members are unavailable. Certified Child Care Workers (CCCW) are responsible for making sure that children’s basic needs are being met, supervise and monitor the safety of children, assist with homework, and even be able to recognize signs of emotional distress or developmental issues. Certified Child Care Workers (CCCW) are employed in childcare centers, preschools, public schools, and private homes.




This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


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

*While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.

PC Software Requirements

• Operating Systems - Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1
• Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 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
o Cookies MUST be enabled
o Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Kindle Reader App is 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
o Cookies MUST be enabled
o Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Kindle Reader App is 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
• If your course has a CD-ROM or DVD included, you may need to have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website) or Windows setup with Parallels.

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