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The exploration of child development behaviors via appropriate assessment and observational strategies. Different domains of development (physical, cognitive, and social, emotional) are measured by documenting growth patterns, learning and play behaviors. Children’s development is facilitated through an understanding of adult-child and child-child relationships and their influence on shaping behavior. Use of multiple assessment tools that document and record children’s behavior on rating systems and portfolios are explored. Field work is required outside of class time to provide students with opportunities to learn and practice competencies related to the care and education of young children.