This course will enable the student to demonstrate an understanding of the basic factors that affect child health, safety, and nutrition. The student will design appropriate educational experiences and menus that focus on health, safety, and nutrition for the young child. The student will identify and apply the nutritional guidelines appropriate for young children through menu planning activities.


This course introduces principles and practical techniques
including the design of learning environments for providing developmentally
appropriate guidance for all children, including those at risk. Emphasis is
placed on observation skills, cultural influences, underlying causes of
behavior, appropriate expectations, development of self-control and the role of
communication and guidance. Upon completion, students should be able to
demonstrate direct/indirect strategies for preventing problem behaviors,
teaching appropriate/acceptable behaviors, negotiation, setting limits and
recognizing at-risk behavior.

Pathway to Your National Credential was designed to assist those who wished to pursue the national credential of Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). The curriculum is aligned with state licensing regulations, Oklahoma Core Competencies, and standards set forth by national organizations active in early childhood education.