Child Development  
CD 133 syllbus

Saddleback College

CD 133 – Infant and Toddler Curriculum and Group Care

 Note that this is a sample syllabus and may be amended  bit


Course Description: History and types of care for infants and toddlers.  Focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for infant and toddler group care.  Caregiver roles and parent relationships will also be discussed.   May also be offered by mediated mode of instruction. (Formerly HD 104).


Course Objectives:

  1. Differentiate between various types of programs for infants and toddlers.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of licensing standards of infant and toddler care.
  3. Develop appropriate indoor and outdoor environments for infants and toddlers.
  4. Create activities for infants and toddlers that reflect understanding of developmental stages and issues.
  5. Evaluate various types of equipment for appropriateness and value to infant toddler development.
  6. Track and communicate  a child’s progress
  7. Recognize role of attachment in caregiving.


Course Policies:

  • Attendance is expected at each class meeting.  Students are expected to contact the instructor if unable to attend lecture.  Important information is given out each week in lecture.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain notes,handouts, assignment and other materials missed if absent from another student.
  • The student is required to read the assigned material prior to the class meeting for which it is assigned.
  • Written Assignments:  All students are expected to produce college-level work.  One of the goals of this class is to prepare students to be successful professionals.  Part of having a successful image is the ability to produce neat, legible, coherent, and grammatically correct written materials.  Grammar and spelling should be correct and do influence the points given on assignmentsIt is strongly recommended that students have someone else proof read assignments prior to turning them in.  All assignments must be typed. 
  • Note: late assignments will be downgraded one full letter grade for each week they are late.  Students must retain copies of assignments until after grades post at the end of the semester.  If a recording error should take place, the student must show the instructor the returned assignment with points posted for credit.
  • Cell Phones and Pagers must be put on the “silent” mode or turned off for the duration of the class.
  • Confidentiality:  In this class, we will be discussing various observations of real people.  In accordance with Principle 2.9 in the Code of Ethical Conduct (NAEYC, 1998), all efforts should be made to protect the privacy of children, parents, students, and staff.  We will identify children by using their first name only.
  • Academic dishonesty and cheating: There is a zero tolerance policy for academic dishonesty and cheating in this classroom.  All assignments must be original work by the student done for this class only.  During exams, any talking or unauthorized use of notes will be considered cheating.  Students will be given a zero on any project/assignment/test which violates this policy and an Academic Dishonesty Report will be filed with the college.


Texts and Materials needed (Bring to class each week):

  • Infants, Toddlers and Caregivers: A Curriculum of Respectful, Responsive Care and Education - Seventh Edition. By Janet Gonzalez-Mena and Dianne Widmeyer Eyer. McGraw Hill 2007 ISBN 13-978-0-07-313129-0
  • The Caregiver’s Companion Reading and Professional Resources to accompany Infants, Toddlers and Caregivers. By Janet Gonzalez-Mena McGraw Hill 2007. ISBN 13-978-0-07-646465-0
  • Emotional Connections: How Relationships Guide Early Learning by Butterfield, Martin and Prairie. Zero to Three Press 2004 ISBN 0-943657-64-4   (recommended)





Caregivers Companion Responses

Each time you have a reading in the Caregiver’s Companion, you must respond to the reflection questions at the end of the reading.  You must type the questions and responses on a separate sheet of paper.  These will be collected and graded as indicated on the syllabus.  



These assignments present opportunities for the student to gain experience in observing, recording and evaluating infant/toddler development, teacher-child interactions and the learning environment.  The observations are a chance to apply knowledge gained in the course.  If you work in an infant or toddler setting, you may do your field observation at your site but not during your work hours.  At the time you do your observation, you must be free from responsibilities with children.  One observation is to be done in a licensed infant setting (birth-18 months) and one in a licensed toddler setting (18-36 months).  Details and format for each observation will be provided in class


Activity Plans

You will learn how to write appropriate activity plans for infants and toddlers.  A format and focus will be provided.


Classroom Design Project

You will design an infant-toddler classroom, including describing a sampling of appropriate toys and equipment.


Group Project

Self select a group of 2-3 classmates.  Choose a topic of special interest to you related to infant and toddler development and group care.  Research the topic and also devise a way do a 15 minute presentation to your classmates.  This can be done with visual aids and/or group participation.  Write a one page summary and cite at least 3 professional sources.  Make a copy of the summary and bibliography for each person in the class to be distributed on the night of your report.  More specific instructions will be discussed in



Philosophy Statement – Near the end of the course, you will write a statement describing your philosophy of caring for infants and toddlers in groups.  You will be given guidelines for content and format of this statement.  This will become part of your professional portfolio.


Mid-term Exam – your midterm exam will be a practical application of learning.


Final Exam – Your final exam will be a practical application of learning.



Coming to class every week on time is essential to your success in this class.  You may miss one class without penalty but after that five points will be deducted from your “participation” grade for every class you miss.  If you are more than 15 minutes late to class, you will not receive participation points for that class but you are still responsible for the content of that class.