Early Childhood Mrs. Kathi Bridwell

This is a designed program of study for juniors and seniors. This instructional program prepares individuals for occupations in childcare, foster care, family day care, and teacher assistant.

This is a foundational program for students interested in elementary or early childhood education. Articulates with Chesapeake College.


Human Growth and Development
Child Care Lab

Human Growth &Development is the first course in the four-course sequence to complete the Teacher Academy Career Major and the Early Childhood Education Career Major. This course focuses on human development from birth through adolescence.  Emphasis is placed on theories of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development, the effect of heredity and the environment, the role of caregivers and the family, health and safety concerns, and contemporary issues.  Students explore special challenges to growth and development.  Students will have opportunities for guided observation of children from birth through adolescence in a variety of settings to help students further understand theories of human development.  Students will begin to develop the components of a working portfolio to be assembled upon completion of the internship.

Child Development Laboratory is the second class of the Early Childhood Education learning process. In this level students incorporate the information learned about the development of children and apply it to planning learning environments and events for children of various ages.  Students will demonstrate individual and group activities which foster social and emotional development; identify and report child abuse and neglect in accordance with state regulations; demonstrate employability skills and maintain professionalism; demonstrate leadership and organizational skills; demonstrate appropriate basic skills essential to working in child care occupations; and demonstrate an awareness of the responsibilities associated with balancing family, school, and work.

Advanced Child Lab
Early Childhood Education Seminar and Internship

Advanced Laboratory – Child Development is the third class of the Early Childhood Education learning process.  In this level students incorporate the information learned about the development of children and apply it to learning activities and events for children of various ages.  Students will demonstrate individual and group activities which foster social and emotional development; identify and report child abuse and neglect in accordance with state regulations; demonstrate employability skills and maintain professionalism; demonstrate leadership and organizational skills; and demonstrate appropriate basic skills essential to working in child care occupations.

As part of the Early Childhood Education Internship program,students go out to work in an early childhood education program on a daily basis. Students go out to observe children in their natural environment, to gain experience working with children, to observe professionals working with children and to view life from the eyes of a child.