This course is an overview of the history, theories, principles and developmentally appropriate practices relevant to the education and care of children in infant, toddler, and preschool through primary settings. As a part of this course, students conduct a 20-hour observation in an early childhood (P-3) facility, which enables them to observe, discuss and evaluate the practices and principles of early childhood education. Early childhood program material selection and curriculum approaches are emphasized as well as issues relating to social policy and legislation. Students explore and understand important aspects of early childhood professional practice like parent involvement, assessment, and guiding children’s behavior. Students are also introduced to current trends and issues in ECE like bilingual and multicultural education, technology, inclusive practices and improvement of the quality of education.