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ECE-105 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education - Ashlei Snead

Course:Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
Professor:Ashlei Snead
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


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My name is Ashlei Snead (pronounced Ash-lay). I believe every student comes from their own diverse way of upbringing and life that impacts their education. It is my hope that each of you develops your own passion for Early Childhood Education throughout our courses. College should be a challenging and uplifting experience, given the right resources and support. ECE is a lifelong learning field and I will always encourage learning and growth within my students and myself. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of health, safety, and nutrition in Early Childhood Education and also learning new and innovative facts from each of you.

Course Description

Introduces the regulations, policies, and procedures for early childhood curriculum related to child health, safety, and nutrition. Explores the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals to ensure physical health, mental health and safety for all children, families, and professionals.

Formerly ECE-127.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a five-week course. It will be fast-paced and multiple chapters will be covered each week. It is imperative you sign in at least three times each week. On the first day days of class, you must log in to CANVAS.

There will be a mixture of videos, readings, discussions with your peers, activities, and assignments. This means your participation matters. It is my hope that everyone should feel included and part of the class. Please be mindful that this course is not a self-paced course. There will be due dates and weekly reminders to keep you on track with your assignments. 

You can expect the following from me:

  • To create a collaborative environment in which the learning of the group can thrive.
  • To stay in regular contact throughout the course by grading, emailing, videos, and announcements.   
  • To respect your time by having a purpose for all content and work within the course. To be clear with expectations and directions, but know some work may be very open-ended, without one right way.
  • To be approachable, respectful, open-minded, and willing to be called out on my mistakes (I am human, and I do make mistakes).  
  • To grade your work in a timely manner and provide constructive feedback and be willing to explain how you earn your points for the class.
  • To protect our learning environment by responding to any disrespect or inappropriate behavior or reports of such behavior.   


Types of Assessments

Discussion Board Posts, Online Learning Activities, Quizzes, Final Assignment.

Textbook Information

OER Textbook

Safety, Health, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education.

The textbook for this course is available for FREE online. The book will be posted chapter by chapter in the modules in Canvas. The book is an Open Educational Resource (OER) that two COC ECE faculty co-authored. It was peer-reviewed by COC ECE faculty. You can also purchase the book at the COC Bookstore for less than $7.00

What is OER and why does it matter? 

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.  The worldwide OER movement is rooted in the human right to access high-quality education. This shift in educational practice is not just about cost savings and easy access to openly licensed content; it?s about participation and co-creation. Open Educational Resources (OER) offer opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning content.  Open Educational Resources (OER) Support Equity and Flexibility by OER Commons is licensed under CC-BYNC-SA 4.0

What is your role? 

We need your help to continue to improve the book. Catch a typo or have an idea to make the book better? We want to know. Send us an email.

Other Relevant Course Information

You will need a computer or tablet, access to consistent internet, a camera to upload for submissions, and the ability to download our textbook.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 12/26/2021 Sub#: 631