This course will trace the history and supporting theoretical bases of early education and early childhood special education in the United States. Models of early education and early intervention will be examined from a national perspective. Current trends and legislation at the state and national level will also be investigated. Program models designed to serve the needs of economically disadvantaged and at-risk children and families will be a focus of examination. Observations of programs that exemplify different models may be conducted during the semester. Prerequisites: CD-234, CD-334, CD-340.