Family and Consumer Science

Mrs. Gretchen Martin

Child Development 1, 2, 3, & 4

Independent Living

Knee High Knights Preschool


Mr. James Zimmer

Independent Living


CD1 - Growth and Development

This course introduces the study of early childhood education with emphasis on the preschool child. Through classroom activities, observations of children and actual experiences with preschool children in the child development laboratory, students study the stages of growth and development, the role of play in children’s learning, strategies for supporting physical, intellectual, social and emotional development, and positive guidance practices and techniques. 

CD2 - Preschool Methods and Materials

This course introduces the basic concepts of curriculum planning and implementation for children three to five-years old. Students will apply their knowledge of child growth and development to enhance teaching strategies, environment design, and implementation of best practices in early childhood education.

CD3 - Preschool Learning Strategies & Observations

While continuing to teach in the Pre-School laboratory, this course builds on the previously learned concepts to support the development of learning strategies to promote individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.

Opportunity to earn the 135 hour State of MD Child Care Training Certificate after completion of Child Development 1, 2 & 3, and meeting the  state requirements.

CD4 - Childcare as a Profession

This course develops administrative leadership skills needed for a potential career in Early Childhood. 

This course can be taken in the classroom or as an Internship/work based learning experience with Prek - 2nd grade children.

*Meets Personal Financial Literacy requirement.



This course is designed to help student begin preparing for a
balanced and fulfilling life. Based on the theory that career and
family are intrinsically related, this course guides students through
the decisions that will have an impact upon their future through
hands-on experience. Some examples of activities that provide
relevant, practical experience include studying the value of nutritious
diet and healthy lifestyle, planning and cooking nutritious meals,
examining housing choices, and demonstrating the principles of
interior design, financial planning, instruction in clothing care and
selection and developing skills for becoming a wise consumer. This
course empowers young persons with the skills and knowledge to
live in a competitive and rapidly changing society.
* Meets the financial literacy credit for graduation