This course emphasizes strong teacher-child relationships as a foundation for child development in all domains. Students will learn and practice positive interaction strategies to promote young children's development and learning. The course also focuses on how interactions with adults and peers and the structure and organization of indoor and outdoor environments influence the development and learning of children. Students will learn to support and facilitate children's play as the major context for development and learning, create inclusive indoor and outdoor environments, and meet diverse individual needs through sensitive interactions and environmental design. Weekly field experiences required. Prerequisite: CD-234.