The course focus is on planning aesthetically pleasant, safe, healthy learning environments for children that nurture and promote learning. Students will study and apply play-based curriculum incorporating early learning standards implementing and assessing children’s progress through observation and portfolios. Emphasis will practice teaching and learning in age-appropriate classrooms and outdoor learning environments. The focus is on interest areas such as blocks, art, music, movement, art, manipulatives and dramatic play supported by emergent literacy and anti-bias curriculum. Students will experience observing, assessing and designing developmentally appropriate environments and/or modifying existing ones to be child and family friendly, barrier free and inclusionary. This course includes field study observation and practice in to NAEYC accredited centers and/or centers that are Licensed Plus. Students will observe and assess curriculum and environments in approved settings for at least 20 hours.