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Welcome to distance education at Cuesta College! My name is Arica Marshall, and I will be your instructor for the online version of Child Family & Community:

ECE 202 / HDHS 202

This letter is to inform you of some important details prior to the start of this online class. Please read this page very carefully! You will gain access to your course on the first day of classes! This class is fully online with no mandatory meetings or proctored exams.


Arica Marshall

Contact information:

E-mail: arica_marshall@cuesta.edu

Office Hours: In person office hours are by appointment only. 

Instructor Contact Expectations: 

The best and fastest way to contact me is email.  I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only.  During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours.  On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response. 

Course Environment:

This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas:

Prior to the Monday classes start, you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference GuideLinks to an external site. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after the first day of the course and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address: support@my.cuesta.edu

Online Learning:

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings.  Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class


  • First, go to the Online Readiness ResourcesLinks to an external site. and take the "self-assessment " and review all the resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and office hours.

Course Description:

Examines the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community and emphasizes historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development will be highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families.

 Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Analyze theories of socialization that address the interrelationship of child, family and community.
  2. Critically assess how educational, political, and socioeconomic factors directly impact the lives of children and families.
  3. Synthesize and analyze research regarding social issues, changes and transitions that affect children, families, schools and communities.
  4. Critique strategies that support and empower families through respectful, reciprocal relationships to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
  5. Critically assess community support services and agencies that are available to community and families.
  6. Analyze one’s own values, goals and sense of self as related to family history and life experiences, assessing how this impacts relationships with children and families.

Text Book and Materials:

Required Textbook: Child, Family, School, Community: Socialization and Support, Berns, 10th Edition

ISBN-13: 978-1305088979 ISBN-10: 1305088972

Textbooks are available at the Cuesta College bookstore. While earlier editions may be available, the course (& its exams) is based on the current edition. Weekly chapter readings are required.

Technical Support:

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to  support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.

Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  This may solve your problem!  Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site. Links to an external site.


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site.  or at 805-546-3148.

College & Course Policies

Academic Honesty Policy: [Identify your course specific academic honesty policy]. In addition to my course policy, please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conduct Links to an external site. 

Add / Drop Policy: I will provide add codes up until census.  If you do not participate in a graded assignment prior to the census date you will be dropped from the course.  In addition to my policy, please review the Cuesta policy for drops.

  • Add Policy:Links to an external site. Prior to the first class meeting, students may add classes online and enroll in an available seat or waitlist slot for a closed/full class. Once a course begins, only the instructor may authorize enrollment by issuing the student an add code if there are seats available at the first class meeting. 
  • Drop Policy:Links to an external site. It is the student's responsibility to drop courses within drop deadlines. Deadlines for dropping courses are posted in the online Class Finder by clicking on the CRN and appears on an enrolled student's myCuesta Class Schedule/Receipt. 

Waitlist Policy:

Please review Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructions Links to an external site.Links to an external site.


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