This course will focus on appropriate programming for and assessment of typical and atypical young children, the role of parents in designing programs for young children, the role of assessment in the development of curricula, and the role of culture and language in the assessment process. This course will familiarize students with a variety of assessment methods and instruments. Students will develop skills for evaluating the assessment process, and involving families in the process. Students will practice observing and recording the behavior of young children and using this information to develop curriculum. Finally, students will become familiar with the New Mexico Standards for Excellence Compliance Manual.