This course covers the history of early childhood education and child care, including the contributions of Froebel, Montessori and Wheelock. The course concentrates on a diversity of programs including childcare, Head Start, kindergarten and nursery. Profit and non-profit programs will be examined. Discussion includes historical perspectives, current trends, theories and approaches to the care, development and education of young children. Observation in a childcare center or preschool setting is a requirement of this course.