The emphasis of the course is on the role of positive guidance techniques in preparing young children to become competent, confident, and cooperative individuals. Developmentally-appropriate methods of guiding children will be shared, along with effective strategies for preventing disruptive behaviors in the classroom. A recurring theme will be the impact of positive discipline on self-esteem and promoting social emotional competence in early childhood. The influence of developmental, environmental, and health factors will be examined. Theories behind the approaches and techniques of discipline and guidance issues will be explored. Students will be able to use the class as a model for developing parent education programs and policies for the families that they serve. Students will observe and participate in an approved setting for at least 20 hours.