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ECHS 1580 - School-Age Care

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

No credit after EDUC 1580. This course is designed for the individual working with, or seeking to work with, school-age children. Students will learn the growth and development patterns of children 5-12 years across the physical, social/emotional, cognitive and motor domains. Students will learn the elements of a developmentally appropriate learning environment, as well as plan developmentally appropriate activities. Strategies for promoting problem solving skills, leadership skills, creativity and developing a sense of industry will be presented. Students will also learn how to create reciprocal relationships with families through interactions and practices that respect the diversity of the child and the family.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: On completion of ECHS 1580, the student will be able to identify benchmarks of growth and development for children ages 5-12.

  1. State developmental characteristics of school age children from age 5 through 12.
  2. Describe how activities can be adapted to meet the developmental and cultural needs of school age children.


Outcome 2: On completion of ECHS 1580, the student will be able to discuss tools for observing and assessing children.


  1. Define “Authentic Assessment”.
  2. Identify appropriate strategies for documenting child development.
  3. Create objective observations of children.


Outcome 3: On completion of ECHS 1580, the student will be able to utilize elements of a high quality learning environment to plan developmentally appropriate activities for children.


  1. Create a list of materials and supplies for each center necessary in a school age environment.
  2. Create activity plans for classroom activities.
  3. Create an a.m. and p.m. program schedule.
  4. Create a full day program schedule.
  5. Create a week long lesson plan.


Outcome 4: On completion of ECHS 1580, the student will be able to determine appropriate child guidance strategies and effective relationship building strategies.


  1. Describe child guidance techniques.
  2. State social-emotional characteristics of school age children.
  3. Identify appropriate strategies for conflict resolution and promoting self-esteem and self-discipline.
  4. Describe strategies for peer engagement.


Outcome 5: On completion of ECHS 1580, the student will be able to identify effective strategies for creating partnerships with families, which respect the diversity of the children and their families.


  1. Describe how the diversity of families is respected in the program.
  2. Describe practices for communicating with families.
  3. Describe practices for including families in the program.
  4. Describe practices for meeting the individual needs of children.


Outcome 6: On completion of ECHS 1580 students will outline practices for incorporating child leadership in the program.


  1. Describe the benefits of shared control in the classroom.
  2. Describe practices for sharing control with children.
  3. Describe how the program promotes self-help skills and independence.


Outcome 7: On completion of ECHS 1580 the student will identify practices that ensure the safety and wellness of children.


  1. Describe practices for fire and tornado safety according to licensing regulations.
  2. Describe practices for maintaining cleanliness in a classroom.
  3. Create a list of expectations for behavior on field trips.
  4. Create a list of expectations for behavior within the classroom.


Outcome 8: On completion of ECHS 1580 the student will identify resources in the community which support the program.


  1. Create a list of field trips for children.
  2. Identify family support services in the community.


Outcome 9: On completion of ECHS 1580 the student will incorporate ethical practices into their plans for a high quality learning environment.


  1. Review the “Code of Ethical Conduct” from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  2. Describe appropriate responses and practices to classroom situations based on the “Code of Ethical Conduct”.


Outcome 10: On completion of ECHS 1580 the student will plan for their continued professional development.


  1. Identify resources for professional development.
  2. Create a personal plan for continued professional development.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

Week(s) Topic(s)
1 Characteristics of caregivers
2-3 Child/Youth Growth and Development
4 Social Competence/Conflict Resolution
5 Safety and Wellness
6 Families
7 Community Resources
8 Quality and Standards
9 Program Administration
10-11 Program Planning
12-14 Curriculum/Activity Planning
15 Professional Development

Primary Faculty
Boni, Lisa
Secondary Faculty
Alward, Brenda
Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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