We often assume that we know all we need to know to be effective parents, grandparents, and mentors for children, but do we really? This course is about the remarkable and often misunderstood development of young children. We will cover biological, social, and cognitive development, as well as many of factors that influence development. Our guides will be pediatricians, social scientists, policy experts, and others whose knowledge and experience cover the range of issues from prenatal development to the place of child care in society. Topics include how children learn, children’s play, mental health, biological and cultural influences, parenting and grandparenting, child care policies and practices, early learning and care, and more.
Jeff Bisanz is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta. He served for 11 years as the Director of the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families, and is currently co-chair of the Edmonton Council for Early Learning and Care, an initiative of EndPovertyEdmonton. He is also somewhere on the grandfather learning curve.