Introduction to Home-Based Care and Education

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ECE 157

       Course Name: Introduction to Home-Based Care and Education

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Short-Term course examines the professional role of the home child care provider.  Special focus on legal and ethical principles and practices required for successful management of a home-based program.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will:

  1. Discuss and define rights and responsibilities for home day care providers.
  2. Identify components of a healthy and safe environment for groups of young children.
  3. Understand the basics of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of infants, toddlers, pre-school, and school age children.
  4. Identify approaches to selecting age-appropriate activities for children in home settings.
  5. Practice methods of developing positive dialogue, resources, and programs for parents.
  6. Gain knowledge about effective communication strategies needed to support families, children and teachers.
  7. Understand and be able to utilize the principles of effective group management.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. What is home-based care and education and what role does it play in the larger profession?
  2. Parents and provider connections – responsibilities, right , cultural sensitivities and communication
  3. Developmental characteristics and needs of children infant through school age
  4. Home-based care and education programs – a business and legal perspective
  5. Development of age-appropriate activities, expectations and guidance techniques
  6. Setting up the indoor and outdoor environments to be appropriately stimulating and responsive to provider, children and parent’s needs.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Media Presentation
  4. Observation
  5. Hands-on Activities

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Oral Presentations

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Group Participation
Written report

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.