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Child Development 2


July 1 - July 5, 2024




Katherine Scharff, Jane Swain, Michelle Brooks

The first three years of life are a special period of human development, often overlooked and misunderstood in a culture and time that place great emphasis on achievement and moving ahead. This course is designed especially for parent-child class teachers, childcare providers, and early childhood teachers. We will explore the profound human capacities and the sensitive processes that blossom forth in this time and will learn how best to support the developmental process of very young children.


The week focuses on the development of the child’s emerging self and social capacities between two and four years, conflict in two and three year olds, sensory development as a foundation of social competence, the mystery of the primitive reflexes, and the development of the child’s hand. We also explore the evolving role of the adult when working with infants, toddlers, and older children.


Readings for the course are provided for those who enroll.

Prerequisite: Child Development I or permission of the instructor based on prior experience. 

Classes will be held on July 4

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