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4–H Child Development Project

The Child Development Project is intended to help participants develop in all four of the areas represented by the H's on the 4-H logo: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Training is provided in the following areas:

Educational commitment and achievement (Head)
Responsive and caring relationships ( Heart)
Civic and social responsibility (Hands)
Healthy Lifestyles (Health)

The Child Development Project is designed to help youth improve knowlege and understanding of human development and learn how to relate to others and to help them prepare for careers related to child development.

For more information about this project contact your child and family development area agent.

Resources

Available from National 4-H Council.
(Each county has a set or can order a set of the following books.)

KIDS ON THE GROW:

  • Growing All Together: Child Development Helper's Guide
  • Growing On My Own: Step 1 - grades K-2
  • Growing with Others: Step 2 - grades 3-6
  • Growing in Communities: Step 3 - grades 7-10

Curriculum:

  • ABC's of Young Children, Dr. Louise E. Davis, MSU-ES
  • Cooking Up Stories, Dr. Louise E. Davis and Dr. Rebecca Kelly, MSU-ES

Publications and Information Sheets from MSU-ES:

IS1643 Did You Know at 9 -12 Months I Can

P2351 Did You Know at 12-18 Months I Can

P2352 Did You Know at 3 Years I Can

P2394 Did You Know at 4 Years I Can

P1708 Start Early with Books

P1487 After School Care

P2322 Home Safety for Children

Websites:

Other Study Help:

Competition

Juniors Team or Individual  District Competition

The contest will consist of 3 parts: Stations, Judging and Reasons, and the Creative Reading Activity. Each of the three sections will count 100 points for a total of 300 points.

  1. Stations - Taken from CCS Curriculum
    Examples of Possible Topics from CCS Curriculum
    • Ages and Stages: Birth to Age Three
    • Basic Parts of the Brain and Early Development
    • Child Safety in the Home
    • After-School Safety for Children
  2. Judging and Reasons – Place and give reasons
    • Toys
      • Age-appropriate for infant, toddler, or pre-schooler
      • Safety Hazards
    • Snacks
      • Nutrition
      • Safety
  3. Creative Reading Activity
  • 3-5 Minutes Presentation
  • The team will present a creative presentation of one children’s book listed on the contest book list (included). Suggested formats maybe flannel boards, magnet boards, puppets, costumes, skits, or role-playing narrative. PowerPoint presentations are not acceptable for this activity. *
  •  All team members must be equally active in the presentation.

*While PowerPoint is an effective presentation format, is not age-appropriate for young children, and not generally available in an early childhood classroom.


Senior Team or Individual  Club Congress Track

The contest will consist of 4 parts: Stations, Judging and Reasons, Creative Reading Activity, and Group Think Tank. Each section will be worth 100 points, for a total of 400 Points.

1.  Stations - Taken from CCS Curriculum

  • Ages and Stages: Birth to Age Eight
  • Special Needs: Differences in a child’s development
  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Child Development Careers

2. Judging and Reasons – Place and give reasons

  • Toys
    • Age-appropriate for infant, toddler, three year old or four year old
    • Safety Hazards
    • Promotes brain development or language/literacy skills
  • Snacks
    • Nutrition
    • Safety
    • Promotes language/literacy skills

3. Creative Reading Activity

  • 3-5 Minutes Presentation
  • The team will present a creative presentation of a *Caldecott Book of their choice. This can be done using flannel boards, magnet boards, puppets, costumes, skits, role-playing narratives, or any other creative way except PowerPoint. All team members must be equally active in the presentation.

4. Group Think Tank-Each team will be given 10 minutes processing time.  Upon entering the judging room the team will be presented a situation. With the judges watching the team will read and evaluate the problem, discuss their solutions and present a final statement of their decision. Recommended processing time is 3 minutes for the read through, 3 minutes for discussion, and two minutes for final statement.  Situations will be childcare situations.

Score Cards

Junior Child Development Contest
Possible Points
Points Received
Stations
100
 
Judging
50
 
Reason
50
 
Creative Reading Activity
100
 
Total Points
300
 
Senior Child Development Contest
Possible Ponts
Points Received
Stations
100
 
Judging
50
 
Reason
50
 
Creative Reading Activity
100
 
Group Think Tank
100
 
Total Points
400
 
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Publications

Publication Number: P1456
Publication Number: F0805
Publication Number: P1397

News

A child’s hands poised above a collection of colorful insect specimens, pinned to Styrofoam blocks.
Filed Under: Youth Projects, Insects September 14, 2017

PICAYUNE, Miss. -- Students and families can explore and celebrate the insect world during the Crosby Arboretum’s 11th annual Bugfest Sept. 22 and 23 in Picayune.

The arboretum, a public garden operated by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, sponsors Bugfest to allow the community to foster curiosity and an appreciation of nature and adventure.

Participants can collect and identify insects alongside Extension entomologist John Guyton and others from the MSU Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Oktibbeha County 4-H member Trukyra Lawrence, left, waits as judges, from left, Theresa Sproles, Edwin Taylor and Lanelle Martin evaluate her grilling area at the 2016 North Half State Cook-Off competition on June 28, 2016. (File photo by MSU Extension Service/ Kat Lawrence)
Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Projects July 29, 2016
By Michaela Parker
MSU Extension Service

Learn by doing…

WINONA, Miss. -- Families, friends and agents of the Mississippi State University Extension Service watched smoke rise from several grills housed inside the Montgomery County Coliseum as an aroma of herbs, spices and charcoal filled the air.

Each year, dozens of 4-H members from Mississippi pack their grills, meat, utensils and secret ingredients to compete in the annual state 4-H Cook-Out.

Filed Under: Youth Projects, Children and Parenting June 12, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. -- The Early Years Network is hosting a grand opening for the new Hinds County Resource and Referral Center on June 25.

The event will begin at 350 West Woodrow Wilson Ave. in Jackson Medical Mall Suite 480 at 2 p.m. with a brief ceremony to introduce staff and Early Years Network personnel. At that time, the network will accept a donation from United Health Care that will help extend network support to Mississippi’s children. The center will be open to the public to meet the staff and review available resources.

Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Projects, Farm Safety, 4-H Safety Programs, ATV Safety May 14, 2015

WEST POINT, Miss. -- Young Mississippians eager to complete the safety course required for operating all-terrain vehicles on public lands can sign up for free classes offered during ATV Safety Week, June 6-14.

Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Projects, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math May 5, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Summer camp is going high tech for Mississippi teachers, senior 4-H’ers, and 4-H agents and volunteers.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will host the second annual Robotics Academy July 27-30 at the Bost Extension Center on the MSU main campus. Participants will learn how to plan a robotics program, how to host a robotics camp, how to plan a successful fundraising campaign, and how to use 4-H robotics and coding in the school setting.

Attendees can choose from four educational tracks:

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