Tanessa Sanchez

Palomar College

CHDV 100: Child Growth & Development

Spring 2024: January 29 - May 26, 2024

16 Week  | Asynchronous, Online Only Course | Palomar College


All courses are designed with student success and zero cost in mind. All course materials are deemed online educational resources and will need to be downloaded, extracted, or viewed from online resources not purchased. You will need to be able to access the Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations, the Preschool Learning Foundations, the Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework, and the Preschool Curriculum Framework to succeed in this course. 

You may find the digital textbook on the Child Development & Education page of Palomar's website. It may be read online or downloaded for free in its entirety, however, I have strategically assigned readings to coincide with weekly topics.

Additional Online Readings

Online educational resources will be assigned each week at the discretion of the instructor and with regards to the topic. Links will be provided in the reading sections and online course syllabus for each weekly module. You may need your student ID and password to access some of the readings. 

Why take this class?

This is an introductory course that examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There will be an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences, and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.

Course Goals

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain children’s development from conception through adolescence in the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language domains.

2. Identify cultural, economic, political, and historical contexts that impact children's development.

3. Apply knowledge of development and major theoretical frameworks to child observations, surveys, and/or interviews.

Mode of Assessment

1. Weekly porch talks, child observations, research, and the final.

2. Birth/Pregnancy and/or adolescent interviews and the final.

3. Weekly porch talks, child observations, research, and the final.


While you will get a final grade at the end of the term, individual assignments will receive positive feedback to enhance your work rather than simply evaluate it. What matters most is the conversation we have, your growth over time, and your controlling your learning. 

You will have opportunities to reflect on your own work and progress throughout the semester. The intention is to help you focus on working in a way that prioritizes your holistic development as opposed to working through fear and worry about scores. The chart below represents the direct paths to receiving the score you want. The following represents the direct path to receiving the score you want.

Students should be aware of the Student Success Guide and the many resources offered by Palomar's Child Development Department. The Palomar Dashboard is also available and offers learning opportunities to teach students to use information ethically and accurately.

The Work We Will Do

Important Note: 

All items should be completed in order to earn the highest grade. Reading all assignment instructions and rubrics thoroughly will help you achieve your goals. Grade designations may resemble: (1) developing competence = F, (2) basic competence = D, (3) competent = C, (4) approaching mastery = B, and (5) mastered = A. My goal is to create an equitable process so that all students may succeed

Remember to review assignment comments as resubmissions are encouraged. Assignment deadlines are there to keep you on track and help you meet specific milestones in the course. Because time management is challenging and life happens, I understand deadlines might not be met. Late work will be accepted up until the expiration date of each assignment.

“All children are born to grow, to develop, to live, to love, and to articulate their needs and feelings for their self-protection.”~ Alice Miller