Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Lynn Gehrke

Second Reader

Nedra Robinson


early childhood education, curriculum development


Psychological and sociological research and clinical experience show that very early childhood is a time when, hopefully, children acquire many of the skills needed to become productive, happy adults. Each day an estimated 13 million preschoolers, including six million under the age of three, spend some or all of their day being cared for by someone other than their parents. It is imperative that caregivers, especially those who work with infants and toddlers, understand and practice principles that will result in "high quality child care." The purpose of this project is create a curriculum that explores the elements of high quality child care for infants and toddlers and provides opportunities for child care providers to learn about and practice strategies for improving the quality of care they provide.


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