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AC #5: Best Program Practices for Children & Families in Early Childhood


Focus on best practices for teachers and administrators in early care and education programs. Topics include integrating child growth and development theories, exploring principles and practices, and developing partnerships with parents.


CURRINS 585 (Credential Course #5)
3 cr. U/G

Gain a solid understanding of best practices including: integrating child growth and development theories, principles, practices and the latest research findings into all aspects of the program; establishing and maintaining quality in your program; creating a family-friendly community in your child care program; developing partnerships with parents; assuring multi-cultural and anti-bias approaches in curriculum, materials, activities and relationships; and designing space and selecting appropriate equipment.

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of child development theories and principles and the ability to apply them to quality programming
  • Ability to plan for the development of the whole child physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and artistically
  • Knowledge of curriculum standards and early learning standards
  • Knowledge of licensing, funding and accreditation requirements for quality programs and ability to apply them to program planning
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical guidelines for best practice in early care and education programs and the ability to apply them to program planning
  • Ability to plan for integration of a competent curriculum, materials and activities into all aspects of the program
  • Knowledge of design principles and practices for the use of space in early care and education programs
  • Ability to choose developmentally-appropriate supplies and equipment for early care and education programs
  • Understanding of program evaluation and ability to apply it for program improvement
  • Knowledge of environmental rating scales (e.g., ITERS, ECERS, etc.)
  • Ability to plan for and implement a family-centered child care community
  • Understanding of diverse cultures of families served and ability to apply this understanding to recruitment, staff development, organizational relationships and program planning
  • Knowledge of how to establish and maintain good communication and partnerships with families and to promote strong and meaningful family involvement in the program

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Tue., Sept. 8-Sun., Nov. 1
Location: Available Online
Instructor: Catherine E. Howe Thwaits, Ph.D., Instructor
Enrollment Limit: 20
Program No. CURRINS 585
Note: This 3-credit course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credits.
Graduate tuition is $1,948.

Registration Deadline: Tue., Aug. 25
For more information, contact:
Miriam Malone, Program Manager,, 414-227-3133


Leadership Credential Brochure

Spring 2014 IT Brochure

Or download the pdf

Program Development Brochure

Spring 2014 IT Brochure

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UWM Early Childhood Winter/Spring 2015 Catalog

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T.E.A.C.H funding is available for tuition assistance to qualifying Wisconsin applicants. Call 1-800-783-9322 ext. 7240; or visit www.wisconsin