Child Development is an introductory course for all students as a life foundation and academic enrichment; it is especially relevant for students interested in careers that draw on knowledge of children, child development, and nurturing of children. This course addresses issues of child development from conception/prenatal through age 3. It includes the study of prenatal development and birth; growth and development of children; child caregiving and nurturing; and support systems for parents and caregivers. A project-based approach that utilizes higher-order thinking, communication, leadership, management processes, and fundamentals to college and career success integrates these topics into the study of child development. Direct, concrete mathematics and language arts proficiencies will be applied. This course provides the foundation for continuing and post-secondary education in all career areas related to children, child development, and nurturing of children.