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Get a Head Start through Child Development

Don'ya Truesdale

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The Child Development course is a course designed to teach students the developmental stages of children and teaching techniques that allow the students to get a feel of the teaching experience.  

Completing both Child Development 1 and 2, Food and Nutrition, and Decisions and Family Living allow a student to also receive a 90-hour certificate. The certificate allows the students to take a job at any preschool in Maryland; sometimes, high school credit will articulate to college credit, too.  

Child Development has been a program in CHS for 30 years, but recently three years ago there was talk of removing the course for a different course. The course was not removed due to the success of the faculty and the support of principal Matt Ames. 

The program has been growing since Child Development teacher Christina Desimone joined the CHS community. Mr. Ames gives all credit to Desimone for the growth of the program. 

“Honestly, I love her teaching style, and the information that she transfers to the students. They seemed to attach to that, and the program has begun to sprout again,” Mr. Ames explained. 

Desimone transferred from Dundalk High in 2014. There are now three sections of the Child Development class; four classes for Child Development 1, and two classes for Child Development 2.  

“I moved from Dundalk because I wanted to teach Child Development and Foods. My love for the course pushed me to working here,” explained Ms. Desimone.  

Students agree that it is a great impact on the CHS school community.   

“The course gives the students a chance to understand the teaching experience, while the kids get to experience other people and knowledge outside of their household values,” junior Teyonne Bradley, Child Development 2 student, explained. 

Students also enjoy the course and the children in the preschool.  

Senior Zeal Goolesby has completed the program, loves it, and is working to earned her 90-hour certificate.  

“My favorite part of the course is teaching the kids. They are soooo cute, and it gives the student-teachers a chance to interact and be role models for the kids!” she shouted with excitement.  

Nine other schools in Baltimore County have this course as an elective: Dulaney High School, Dundalk High School, Kenwood High School, Lansdowne High School, Milford Mill Academy, New Town High School, Overlea High School, Patapsco High School, Woodlawn High School.

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