The course focuses on the learning environment and curriculum implementation in early childhood programs. Instruction uses varying program models and learning environments that meet the individual needs of all young children, including those children with special needs. The class provides the opportunity to create environments for children in which to learn cooperation with peers, responsibility, autonomy, development and learning, literacy, dialogue or expression, and appropriate uses of technology. Students will demonstrate their ability to work collaboratively with educational assistants, volunteers, families, and other family support professionals to individualize the curriculum and to meet program goals. Prerequisite: ECM- 220.