Honors Level Child Development One and Two
Programs at Catonsville High School (CHS) focused on leadership and preparing high school students for college and careers in child development, education, and other training pathways through extensive hands-on training. Through the use of technology and practical application, students in this program are eligible to earn various certifications, including the Maryland State Department of Education Americans with Disabilities Act certification, American Heart Association CPR certification, Maryland State 90-Clock Hour Child Care Services certification, and Implicit Bias in Early Childhood Education certification. Ms. DeSimone showed her commitment to strengthening Family and Consumer Science (FCS) programs across Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) by serving on the Child Development One, Child Development Two, and Preschool Practicum Lab Manual curriculum writing teams. As a group, Ms. DeSimone and her students use the Courageous Conversations Compass protocol to build trust and allow space to engage in tough conversations about race, community, and their effects.