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ECE 255
Children at Risk

Credits: 1- 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 30

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30

Caring for children from families affected by substance abuse. Topics include values clarification, family characteristics, families in treatment, empowerment. Recommended: READ 088. Student may not earn credit for both ECE 255 and ED 255.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Recognize and manage how their own values may distort their preceptions and lessen effectiveness in working with children and families affected by substance abuse.
  • Apply the inference ladder to course materials and their own workplace situations.
  • Acquire basic understanding of how family dynamics and child development are affected by substance abuse.
  • Explain the impact of chemical use in the family on members' self-esteem and will understand the roles that family members often adopt to cope.
  • State the basic physiological mechanisms of substance abuse.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of the needs all children share, what child neglect may look like, and what impact it may have on individual children.
  • Portray a cursory understanding of brain development and how it may be affected by child neglect.
  • Demonstrate an increased awareness of the developmental, physical and medical conseequences for children from families where substance abuse occurs.
  • Identify the causes, manifestations and challenges of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects and an expanded view of guidelines for working with these children in a childcare setting.
  • Discuss how living with FAS/FAE affects family dynamics.
  • Describe the nature of treatments of the family. Students will be aware of local resources for substance abuse treatment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the teacher's role in supporting families in treatment for chemical use.
  • Identify the ways education settings can be modified for children from families affected by substance use.
  • Explore and recognize how important a teacher's attitude is in creating a positive, stable environment for children.
  • Exhibit understanding of the teacher's obligation to report suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Demonstrate techniques to handle anger in children.

  • Course Topics
  • Values clarification
  • Family characteristics
  • Children at risk
  • Families in treatment
  • Empowerment
  • Children and trauma
  • Healthy brain development
  • Positive early childhood education environments
  • Professionalism and working with CPS

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    ECE 255
    Spring 2017
    Sue Westergard
    ECE 255
    Spring 2017
    Sue Westergard
    ECE 255
    Spring 2015
    Sue Westergard
    ECE 255
    Winter 2015
    Alicia Robertson
    ECE 255
    Fall 2011
    Michelle Meyer

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.