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Guiding children's behavior can be one of the most challenging elements of working in early care and education.
This course, part 5 in an 8-part series of modules designed for completing the necessary educational requirements for a CDA renewal, explores causes and goals of behavior, attachment theory, how to plan for children who need additional support, and classroom strategies for guiding behavior.
Funding for this online training was provided by the Workforce Solutions- Gulf Coast Workforce Board as part of their Early Care and Education Quality Improvement initiative.
Intentional teaching means carefully planning the activities and experiences that are made available to children in early care and education settings.
This course, part 8 in an 8-part series of modules designed for completing the necessary educational requirements for a CDA renewal, explores classroom organization, what it means to manage a classroom, the importance of routines, strategies for child assessment, and how to utilize assessment information in meaningful lesson planning.
Some of the most important skills early care and education providers try to cultivate in young children include communication, creativity, and problem solving. By carefully planning the experiences and activities available to children, providers can encourage children to practice these important skills.
This course, part 3 in an 8-part series of modules designed for completing the necessary educational requirements for a CDA renewal, explores strategies for effective verbal interactions, ways to encourage problem-solving, ideas for integrating the creative arts into the curriculum, and how to bring all these elements together using project-based learning.
The environment in an early care and education program is the foundation for learning and development in all domains.
This course, part 7 in an 8-part series of modules designed for completing the necessary educational requirements for a CDA renewal, explores constructivist theory and the importance of the environment on learning, basic principles for setting up an early learning environment, selecting age-appropriate materials, developmentally appropriate ways to incorporate content areas into the classroom environment, and ideas for integrating the indoor and outdoor learning environments to infuse the natural world into the learning experience.
When early care and education practitioners partner with children's families, children are empowered to learn and grow.
This course, part 6 in an 8-part series of modules designed for completing the necessary educational requirements for a CDA renewal, explores methods used to communicate different types of information to families, ways families can become involved in the early care and education program, barriers to family involvement, the impact of stress on families, and how to identify and share community resources to help support families.
In many ways, early care and education is a service profession and quality is the key ingredient. To provide quality services for children and families, early childhood professionals must interact with children, parents, coworkers, and supervisors in professional ways.
This course, part 1 in an 8-part series of modules designed for completing the necessary educational requirements for a CDA renewal, explores the definition of professionalism and how it is applied in the early care and education field.
There are a number of strategies that can be used to intentionally support the social emotional development of infants and toddlers.
This 2-hour course is designed to present a sampling of those strategies to child care providers. The primary strategies addressed in this course include creating responsive routines, designing appropriate physical environments, and improving the emotional literacy of children in care.
Content used in this course was obtained, with permission, from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University. This course was converted into an online format by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE.
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Children who develop strong social emotional skills in early childhood tend to achieve greater success later in life. One of the most important functions of early care and education is to create experiences that intentionally encourage optimal social emotional development.
This course, part 4 in an 8- part series of modules designed for completing the necessary educational requirements for a CDA renewal, explores stages of social emotional development, stages and types of play in early childhood, strategies for supporting pro-social behavior, motivation, and integrating literacy and music experiences into the curriculum specifically to foster children's social emotional skills.