FSHN 445 - Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition

  • 3 credits

Socioemotional development in children and the influence of biology and socialization within diverse family, school and cultural contexts. Evidence-based practices for helping professionals who will serve children ages 3-8.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Explain and apply theories of social and emotional development in preschool and early elementary-aged children (ages 3-8).
  • Summarize and apply research on socialization and socioemotional development during childhood.
  • Apply socioemotional processes and theory to a topic of interest in the field of child development.
  • Synthesize evidence-based practices for young children that help prevent challenging behaviors while fostering adaptive social skills and emotion regulation.
  • Evaluate evidence-based practices for inclusion of young children with socioemotional or behavioral health differences.
  • Summarize information on child maltreatment etiology, outcomes, and intervention and evaluate the effectiveness of child welfare and intervention programs for maltreated youth.


HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context) or PSY 260 (Child Psychology). Credit not allowed for both FSHN 445 and HDFS 445.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child, 10th Ed. (2020)
    Marotz, L.R.
    ISBN: 0357040775

Required materials will be listed on syllabus.


Mary A. Harris
Mary A. Harris

(970) 491-7462 | harris@cahs.colostate.edu

Ph.D. Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island; M.S. Nutrition, Framingham State University; B.S. Nutrition, Michigan State University.

Dr. Harris is currently a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at CSU. Her research interests include lipid metabolism, prostaglandins in pregnancy and childhood, and nutrition and exercise.

Day Halsey
Day Halsey

(970) 227-0354 | Day.Halsey@colostate.edu

Day Halsey is Senior Instructor faculty meember in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She has taught HDFS courses at CSU for 11 years. Her interests include early childhood development and education, creativity development, and 21st century learning and environments.