This course explores multi-cultural traditions in supporting early human development across domains. Environments, experiences and relationships that impact future health, learning and individual potential are examined. Emphasis will be placed upon responsive relationships as a basis for building powerful interactions to optimize critical periods of development.  The course includes a primary focus on supporting development of infants and toddlers.   Students will develop skills and knowledge specific to research-based practices to support development including:

Collaboration with diverse families

Design of secure, stimulating and safe environments  

Selection of appropriate materials to support powerful play

Culturally responsive strategies for collection of assessment data

Planning of individualized experiences