This course examines a variety of theories and principles of growth and development in infants and toddlers. Students will study typical and varying characteristics of physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development and the interrelatedness of these domains. Observation and documentation of infants' and toddlers’ emerging competencies, curiosity and potential will frame the study of their development and learning. Students will consider significance of the uniqueness and diversity in children, family, and communities in early development. This course encourages students to become reflective and responsive early educators by considering multiple perspectives of how infants and toddlers develop and learn.