Professional Development and Leadership Courses

View professional development and leadership courses for child care providers below. Topics include building effective partnerships with families, designing effective training for staff, effective communication strategies, embedding the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and more.

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Build Effective Partnerships with Families

Consider how language and cultural differences impact relationships with families. Reflect on ways to build positive and productive relationships with families. Take a closer look into how to develop successful communication techniques, even when there are disagreements.

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Designing Effective Training for Staff

Creating a comprehensive staff development program can be a daunting task. Explore ways to streamline these tasks into achievable steps. Examine processes for improving your staff development program. Develop methods and strategies for identifying staff training needs, as well as effective adult learning strategies.

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Effective Communication Strategies

Each workplace interaction is an opportunity to build respectful professional relationships with parents and co-workers. Explore the causes of communication conflicts ,how to resolve them, and effective communication strategies to use with parents and co-workers.

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Embedding the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct

The National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct serves as an excellent guide for interacting with children, families, colleagues and the community. This course provides an overview of the code, as well as practical tips to help you learn more about day-to-day use of the code.

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Establishing Positive Partnerships with Parents

This course is designed to assist child care providers in establishing positive partnerships with parents. Students will examine topics such as how to conduct initial parent-caregiver meetings, how to handle disagreements with parents, and how to maximize parental involvement in child care settings.

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Establishing Positive Relationships with Families

Cooperation between families and child care providers is a vital step toward giving infants and toddlers the best possible start in life. This course offers child care providers a variety of strategies for encouraging families to become involved in their child's care, with an emphasis on ongoing, respectful communication.

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Leading For Quality

Leading an early childhood education program has many components, and the leader sets the tone for everything that happens in a program. Strong leaders look deeply into how their role effects the program. Discover how to maintain an effective organization by implementing program assessment tools for quality improvement.

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Life Long Learner - Administrator/Leader

Becoming an effective leader is an ongoing, life-long process of learning, trial and error, and reflection. Reflect on the five essential learning and life skills you currently possess and develop them to a higher level as you lead others in effective, high quality care of young children and their families.

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Maintaining an Effective Child Care Program

It has often been stated, "A Director's job is never done!" Gain the basic tools of addressing foundational issues of program leadership. Take a closer look into issues such as hiring, recruiting, and training quality staff. Examine professionalism and leadership styles as important components of a well-run program.

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Organize/Implement Collaborative Meetings

Leaders of early childhood programs have many important responsibilities regarding the day-to-day operations. Gain specific recommendations on how to conduct effective and productive staff meetings where each member has the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise contributing to the goal of program improvement.

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Welcoming, Respectful, Work Environments

As a program leader, recognize the significance of personal interactions and communication with staff, parents, and children as a critical piece for the success of an early childhood program. Examine the need for communication and collaboration with staff and families to build policies and procedures within the workplace.

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