In addition to teaching, today's educators are bombarded by a host of issues that affect the growth and development of children. In our professional preparation we are generally taught to teach, make lesson plans, and manage behavior. Yet, those who have worked with children even after a few years quickly realize that quality teaching is of little value when children are confronted with issues like divorce, homelessness or abuse. Further, few teachers are aware of the wealth of available support systems (agencies and services) in communities. This class recognizes the importance of the ""whole" child in our society and the teacher's role in teaching, making appropriate referrals, and empowering students to change their world for the better through service learning. This course is relevant for teachers, social workers, psychologists, lawyers, and others who specialize in the optimum development of children from birth-age 8.