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Child Development is a service-learning elective in the Family & Consumer Sciences Department that introduces high school level students to the child education and care profession through a careful, psychology-grounded study of child development. It is designed to increase understanding of the basic concepts of child development and the developmental characteristics of children. This course is the foundation for planning appropriate activities for children and establishing appropriate expectations of children, while offering an opportunity to study the various developmental domains (social, emotional, cognitive/language and physical). As part of the course, under the direction of a qualified teacher, there are regular opportunities for high school students to observe and interact with three and four year old children in our community in an early childhood setting of free play and child-to-child & child-to-teen interaction.
Class Objectives for High School Students
Goal for Cougar Cubs:
To provide a developmentally appropriate, hands-on learning environment that is not a pre-school but an opportunity to promote social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth in preparation for formal schooling.
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The Cranford Police Department has established a “School Route Plan” for prescribing all elementary school children a recommended route to and from school. The “School Route Plan” maps include locations of existing guards and signalized intersections. We would like the school s to encourage their students to use the approved school routes and to disseminate this material to their parents. It will be the responsibility of the parents to instruct their children to follow the routes so they will benefit from the protection which is provided.
Below are a number of documents which you will find informative. The majority of school based information will be sent to you by your child’s school.
2014-15 Informational Letter to Parents (School Calendar, School Closing and Delayed School Openings)
CRANFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Cranford Public Schools promotes Pre K – Grade 12 education as a shared responsibility
among students, educators, administrators, parents and community.
The Cranford Public Schools strives to create a safe, caring, and rigorous learning environment
responsive to the individual needs and interests of our students offering programs of studies
consistent with the Common Core State Standards, New Jersey Core Curriculum Content
Standards and 21st Century College and Career Readiness.
Central to our programs are relevant, real-world learning experiences that stimulate and
encourage curiosity, effective communication, goal setting and problem-solving skills while
providing opportunities that promote creativity, self-expression, physical/emotional wellness and
an appreciation of diversity.
All students are provided with personalized learning experiences and critical thinking skills
needed to become thoughtful, responsible and productive citizens making contributions in local
and global contexts fostering respect and accountability in all of their actions.