A preparation course for the CDA Credential. Focus on how to establish and maintain a safe, healthy, learning environment for children and how to establish positive relationships with families. Students will learn how to promote good health and nutrition, prevent illness, reduce injuries, arrange materials and space, and establish routines in the preschool environment for learning, exploration, and play. The importance of involving families in programs for children will be emphasized. Course addresses CDA Competencies #1 and #4. Assigned field experiences. Prerequisites: Criminal History and Sex Offender Registry background check and CHLD 1101 or concurrent enrollment.