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Course Information
Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Families

Course Description
This course is an opportunity for university students to explore cultural diversity in daily life and beliefs in families with young children. The focus is on U.S. families with attention to the multiple cultures from which they come.

Michelle Mathews
Office: 573-882-3999

Campus Coordinator

For course access questions, contact the teaching university’s campus coordinator. For enrollment questions, contact your home university campus coordinator.
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Disability Support Services

To request accommodations for this course, contact the disability support office at your home university. You must register each semester and for each course. Read more about the Great Plains IDEA process for requesting accommodations.


Anti-bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves
Derman-Sparks, L., and Edwards, J.O.
ISBN: 978-1928896678
Publisher: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Lives Across Cultures: Cross-Culture Human Development
Gardiner, H.W., and Kosmitzki, C.
Edition: 6th Edition
ISBN: 9780134629445
Publisher: Upper Saddle River

Minority Families in the United States: A Multicultural Perspective
Taylor, R.L.
ISBN: 978-0130165589
Publisher: Upper Saddle River

Course Access
Approximately two weeks before the first day of class at MU, the Mizzou Online student services department will email course access information to students for courses taught by MU. Using the instructions and information in the email, students will be able to access their myZou account. Students will then be able to activate their MU email account and access Canvas at Mizzou.  Instructors may restrict course access until the first day of class.
Returning students will be sent information on how to access this information and reset their password if they have forgotten it. Students are loaded into the course site one week before the start date of the class; however, instructors may restrict course access until the first day of class.
Students needing assistance accessing their account should contact the IT Help Desk at or 573-882-5000.

Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

– – Angela Stagg, Early Care & Education for a Mobile Society Graduate