Early Childhood Ed Policy

Primary Number: ESS 30629

ConStudies Number: CNST 30405

ConStudies CRN: 16178

Primary CRN: 15878

Instructor: Fulcher-Dawson, Rachel

Day/Time: TTh 3:30pm-4:45pm

Attributes: HPTP - Hesburgh Pgm Policy Topic ZCSC - Commnty Engagement Course

Location: Remick Family Hall 209

This course covers the various issues relevant to the current early childhood education landscape. This includes theories of early learning and child development, policy development in the United States, the issues of inequality and the achievement gap (particularly related to K-12 Education Reform) and research on interventions or "what works" in early childhood programming. The advantage to understanding the theories of child development, the policy context and the intervention research is that it gives future teachers and future policymakers a foundational premise upon which to grow, analyze, learn and teach. Topics covered will include: Theories of Child Development (Infant Schools to Present), Head Start and the CCDBG, State Preschool, Inequality and the Achievement Gap in the Early Years and Interventions in Early Childhood (HighScope/Perry Preschool, Abecedarian and Chicago Parent Studies, Head Start Research). The goal of this class is to come away with a greater understanding of the language, the history, the goals and the possibilities in this policy area as well as its connections to other social welfare programs and to K-12 schooling. Students will become more fluent in the language of early childhood education and will gain the foundational knowledge of past and current theories, laws, policies and educational interventions.