Elain and Erin Kretzschmar
hild Developm Begins By SUE H.JONES Special to the News-Herald UVALDE—A new child development program designed to train child care professionals to work with children three to five years of age will begin at Southwest Texas Junior College this fall. "Within the next five years," said Mrs. Elaine Kretzschmar, one of the instructors for the program, "every child care center that receives federal aid will give preference in hiring to certified aides." i To help communities meet this new demand for professional child care aides, the junior college is introducing a new certification and degree program. "A student in this program may elect to receive a certificate certificate of completion or an Associate in Applied Science Degree," explained Billy Word, SWTJC director of technical and vocational programs. "A certificate requires the completion completion of only 35 semester hours (11 courses) in child development, but an associate degree will require the additional additional completion of 27 semester hours of related courses courses such as sociology, Spanish psychology, reading, art and physical education." ' "Many women may already have had experience in teaching or caring for young children as a mother, a babysitter, babysitter, a church school teacher, a volunteer in a child care center or a teacher in a preschool program," said Mrs. Kretzschmar. Kretzschmar. "But whether or not they have had any previous experience experience working with children, they will spend much of their time in the training program actually working with children in a center. "The rest of the time will be spent in class learning more about child develpment and early childhood programs. The time they spend working in a center is just as important as previous on-the-job training experience experience may satisfy some course requirements. Three child development courses will be offered during the fall semester and will meet once a week in the evening in order order that working women might have a better opportunity to receive the child care training. Child Development 121 (Introduction (Introduction to Child Development) Development) will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. each Monday and is designed to familiarize the student with the different areas and programs of child care and development. The course also will include a study of employment employment opportunities, respon- sibilities and duties of the child care worker, types of child care, facilities, history philosophy and ethnics of child care. Child Development 131 (Child Nutrition) will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday Wednesday and covers the nutrition aspects of child care and development. The course will include a study of the effects of nutrition on the child's growth and development, menu planning, planning, serving methods, food handling, food storage and purchasing. purchasing. Instruction will also be given in the methods of influencing influencing the eating habits of the child. Child Development 132 (Developmental Language Arts) Arts) will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. each Thursday and is designed to train the student how to assist the child in developing the language arts. Phycholinguistics, phonetics, drama and literature will be included included in the course as well as materials and teaching methods for; bilingual education. Practical Practical experience with young children will be provided at a child care center. Mrs. Marie L. Blackaller, principal of the West Garden Early Childhood Center in Uvalde, will instruct the developmental language arts class while Mrs. Kretzschmar will teach the introductory course and child nutrition. Mrs. Blackaller has worked with four-year-old children in the Head Start Program for 13 years and has a master's degree in education from Sul Ross State University. Mrs. Kretzschmar taught at St. Mary's Hall Montessori School in San Antonio before coming to Uvalde as director of the Christian Way Children's Center. She recently completed course requirements for her master's degree in education with certification in kindergarten kindergarten from Sul Ross University. Pre-Labor-Day Sale Sale end. Sept. 3. CHILD DEVELOPMENT-Mrs. Elaine Kretzschmar, Kretzschmar, director of the Christian Way Children's Center in Uvalde, will be one of two instructors for the new child development development program beginning at Sduthwest Texas Junior College this fall to train child jftfl care professionals to work with children three to five years of age. Mrs. Kretzschmar demonstrates the use of sandpaper letters to teach children like Gina Dainello, Erin Kretzschmar Kretzschmar and Brent Jones their alphabet. (SWTJC News Photo) class time because at the end of the program they will be expected expected to demonstrate what they know." Mrs. Kretzchmar, who is director of the Christian Way Children's Center in Uvalde, said that each student will have a portfolio in which instructors will evaluate them individually according to their competency. To demonstrate competency in working with children, for example, she said each student will be expected to know how to provide a safe and healthy learning learning environment, how to advance advance the child's physical and intellectual growth, how to build a positive self-concept, and how to bring the practices of the child care center into har- mony with the child's home life and cultural background. 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