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CHFD212 - Infant and Toddler Programs

Course Details

Course Code: CHFD212 Course ID: 3576 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the fundamentals of infant and toddler development, including planning and implementing programs in group care. It emphasizes meeting physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs; scheduling, preparing age-appropriate activities, health and safety policies, record keeping, and reporting to parents.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

During completion of this course, students will:

1. Examine the major theoretical, historical, and conceptual ideas that underpin the discipline of psychology as related to infant and toddler programming.

2. Compare and contrast the historical perspectives of infant and toddler care with current perspectives.

3. Identify physical, social, emotional, and intellectual milestones of infants and toddlers from birth to thirty-six months.

4. Identify characteristics of quality infant and toddler care settings and staff.

5. Explore legal and licensing issues related to infant and toddler care.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of skills necessary for effective communication with parents and staff.

7. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for planning appropriate infant and toddler care environments and educational programming for parents.

8. Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in families and family needs.

Submission of Assignments - Although distance learning provides you with a flexible schedule to meet your professional, personal and academic responsibilities, you are expected to follow the course syllabus carefully and submit assignments on time. If you know you are going to be unavoidably late, you may avoid a penalty to your grade by e-mailing me in advance of your circumstances and provide me with your planned completion date. However, extensions should be the exception and not the rule.

Readings and Written Assignments - Throughout the course, you will have assignments that require reading and synthesis of and response to course content. Collaboration on coursework, unless so assigned by your instructor, is not allowed. Plagiarism is a violation of the APUS policy on academic integrity. Guides for APA formatting, correct source crediting, and how to avoid plagiarism are provided in the Student Services section of the Library. is a plagiarism prevention program that is used by APUS. Your assignment will be run through Turnitin upon submission. The Originality Report which will be generated will show just how original your paper is. With the exception of direct quotes, which should be used VERY sparingly—no more than one or two brief sentences—your paper must be paraphrased in your own words (you must always include in the paper body source citations for paraphrases, though). A full citation must appear in the Reference section.

Forum AssignmentsThese are interactive dialog assignments designed to help you connect with your classmates in course related discourse and form a learning community. They are located under the “Forums” link on the left side of your course screen. Please carefully read the forum prompt each week. Post your initial response by 11:59 PM on Wednesday of the week and 2 reply posts to classmates by 11:59 PM on Sunday of the week. Late posts to the forum cannot be accepted for grading. Once the week ends, the forum ends. The grading rubric and requirements for forums can be found in the Forum section of the classroom.

Assignment 1: Daycare Center Business Plan – This assignment which is due in Week 4 should be started early in the course. This assignment gives you the opportunity to research the requirements of owning an operating a Daycare Center and to create a business plan for a Daycare center that you may one day like to operate. Full instructions and guidelines for this assignment can be found in the Assignment section of the classroom.

Assignment 2: Infant and Toddler Parent Awareness Workshop – Notice that the word “PARENT” is in caps in this assignment title, to highlight that the audience of the workshop is PARENTS, not children. For this assignment which is due in Week 6, you are to envision a hypothetical 2-day, hands-on, interactive educational workshop for parents of infants and toddlers. If you were in charge of designing the workshop, what activities and materials would you include in order to provide parent participants with hands-on, interactive opportunities to expand their knowledge of the needs of very young children, improve their parenting skills and help them be active players in their child’s development? Instruction and guidelines for this assignment can be found in the Assignment section of the classroom. Please review and begin this assignment early in the course as it will take some time and research.

Assignment 3: Infant and Toddler Disorder Scholarly Article Review - Details for this assignment, due in Week 8, are located in the Assignment section of the classroom. Read the instructions carefully, as this is not a traditional style essay assignment but a review of research. For this assignment you will review a scholarly article from the APUS online library about a specific infant and toddler disorder (for example, Infantile Autism, Tay-Sachs Disease, Sickle Cell Anemia, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation) of your choice. Students are encouraged to select a diagnosis or disorder they may come in contact with in future professions. This paper must be a review of a scholarly publication and not popular media.

NameGrade %
Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment 3: Infant and Toddler Disorders Scholarly Article Review 20.00 %
Assignment 2: Parent Workshop 20.00 %
Assignment 1: Childcare Center Business Plan 20.00 %
Forums 40.00 %
Forum 1 5.00 %
Forum 2 5.00 %
Forum 3 5.00 %
Forum 4 5.00 %
Forum 5 5.00 %
Forum 6 5.00 %
Forum 7 5.00 %
Forum 8 5.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.