Asthma

Asthma is designed for caregivers of children 0-5 years old. Learn the symptoms of asthma in young children, components of an asthma care plan, and ways to partner with the child’s parents and asthma care team. Access resources on asthma triggers and environmental control strategies.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Intermediate
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Health, Safety and Nutrition

Bedtime Routines

Learn about the stages of sleep and reasons why adequate sleep is critical for young children. Share with parents elements of bedtime routines and messages to promote healthy sleep.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Level: Intermediate
Level: Intermediate
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development, Family and Community Relationships

Biting for Infants and Toddlers

Learn why infants and toddlers bite, what to do when a child bites, ways to prevent biting, and tips for talking with parents about biting.
Age Group: Infants and Toddlers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development, Responsive Interactions and Guidance, Family and Community Relationships

Biting for Preschoolers

Learn why preschoolers bite, outline what to do when a child bites, learn strategies to prevent biting, and provide tips for talking with parents about biting.
Age Group: Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development, Responsive Interactions and Guidance, Family and Community Relationships

Calm Down

Calming down is an important skill for preschoolers. Learn the differences between a tantrum and a meltdown, strategies to teach calm down skills, how to set the stage for supporting children’s self-control (a safe, warm and nurturing classroom), and tips for partnering with parents.
Age Group: Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Responsive Interactions and Guidance

Cold, Flu, or Allergy?

Learn the difference between colds, flu and allergies. Identify the symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention of each. Learn ways to work with parents and health professionals to treat and prevent.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Health, Safety and Nutrition

Consequence: Reward or Punishment

All behavior communicates, but not always appropriately. Correctly using rewards and punishment will help you promote positive behaviors and reduce problem behaviors. Learn the difference between rewards and punishment and their impact on behavior. Learnways teachers and parents can partner to encourage positive behavior.
Age Group: Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Responsive Interaction and Guidance

Dental Health Part I

Learn the causes and symptoms of dental problems in young children and strategies to prevent or reduce dental disease. Strategies to work with families are included in this course.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Intermediate
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Health, Safety and Nutrition

Dental Health Part II

Dental Health Part II continues the conversation on helping young children have good oral health. Learn practices to prevent or reduce dental disease and mouth injury at home and school and identify ways to partner with parents.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Intermediate
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Health, Safety and Nutrition

Divorce and Separation Affect Young Children

Learn how divorce and separation impact children’s development and behavior and what influences their adjustment to divorce and separation. Learn things you can do in the classroom to help children and families cope.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and development; Family and Community Relationships

Enhancing Partnerships with Families Part I

Build your skills for partnering with parents. Learn tips to help remove or reduce barriers to partnering with families and identify strategies to be a family-centered program.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Intermediate
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Family and Community Relationships

Enhancing Partnerships with Families Part II

Enhancing Partnerships with Families Part II continues to discuss the ways that caregivers can work with families. Learn the six stages of readiness to change. Learn effective ways to respond to people based on their readiness to change, and how to motivate change at each stage of readiness.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Intermediate
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Family and Community Relationships

Friendship Skills

Healthy social skills begin in early childhood. Learnthe social skills that help children make friends, strategies toteach friendship skills,and classroom strategies to support friendships. Learn how individual differences impact the development of friendship skills andways to work with parents tohelp children develop friendships.
Age Group: Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Supporting Skill Development

Helping Parents Care for Crying Babies

Learn the reasons babies cry. Learn ways you can help parents recognize the different cries of babies, how to respond to comfort and soothe babies, and how to support parents’ coping skills. Learn ways to be a resource to parents coping with babies who cry often.
Age Group: Infants
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development, Responsive Interactions and Guidance, Family and Community Partnerships

Helping Teachers Care for Crying Babies

Learn reasons babies cry, best responses to the different cries, how to comfort and soothe babies, and how to support parents coping with babies who cry often.
Age Group: Infants
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development, Responsive Interactions and Guidance

Introducing Solid Foods

Learn the signs that let you know infants are ready for solid foods. Learn how to feed and what to feed infants when starting solid foods. Learn key messages and resources to share with parents. Guidelines for homemade baby foods are included.
Age Group: Infants
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Health, Safety and Nutrition

Keeping an ‘Eye’ on Vision in the Early Years

Early childhood is a sensitive period for eye development because vision problems interfere with brain development. When eye problems are found early, vision can be corrected and saved. This course describes normal vision and seven common vision problems of early childhood. You will also learn ways to help children wear their glasses and prevent eye injury.
Age Group: Infant, Toddlers, Preschoolers
Level: Intermediate
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Health, Safety and Nutrition

Let’s Get Preschoolers Active

Physical activity and movement are vital to growth and development. Learn reasons physical activity is important for young children, heart healthy physical activities, and guidelines for promoting preschool physical activity.
Age Group: Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development

Let’s Talk About My Feelings

Learn why it’s important to teach young children about feelings and feeling words. Learn teaching strategies for the classroom and ways to partner with parents.
Age Group: Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Responsive Interaction and Guidance, Supporting Skill Development

Lice Invader

No one likes head lice. Learn to identify the presence of head lice, symptoms and risks of head lice, safe ways to remove and treat head lice, and how to work with children and parents to treat and prevent head lice.
Age Group: Infant, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Health, Safety and Nutrition

Monsters under the Bed

Many young children suffer from nightmares or night terrors. Learn the differences between nightmares and night terrors and possible causes of nightmares and night terrors. Learn tips to share with parents about how to recognize the difference and how to respond appropriately to each. Learn ways you can help children in your classroom cope with nightmares and night terrors.
Age Group: Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development, Family and Community Partnerships

Pacifiers & Thumb Sucking – A Necessary Comfort

Parents and caregivers have many concerns about pacifiers and thumb sucking. Children who continue sucking on a pacifier or thumb until kindergarten or early elementary school are usually those who had it unintentionally reinforced when adults tried to stop them, gave too much attention, or ignited a battle of wills. Infant and toddler teachers will learn why young children need to suck, reasons for and against pacifiers and thumb sucking, strategies for quitting the sucking habit, and tips to share with parents.
Key Words: pacifiers, thumb sucking, infants, toddlers, social and emotional development
Age Group: Infants and Toddlers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development, Family and Community Partnerships

Picky Eaters

Developing healthy eating habits begins in early childhood. Picky eating is a normal behavior. Learn influences on young children’s eating habits, strategies to promote healthy eating habits, and how to partner with parents to promote peaceful, healthy eating.
Age Group: Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Play to Learn

Play is children’s work. It is how they learn best. Learn the characteristics of play and how it benefits children’s growth and development. Learn influences on young children’s play and ways you can to support play.
Age Group: Infant, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 1 hour
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development; Supporting Skill Development

Preventing Expulsion 6 Course Series

Naptime Academy recommends watching all six 1-hour courses in this series in order and over several weeks to allow time to practice new skills. Look in your area for resources for mentoring, coaching or consultation to give you support.

Preventing Expulsion 1 – The Teaching Pyramid

The Pyramid Model is a proven way to reduce suspension and expulsion of young children from child care. The Pyramid Model works to promote healthy social-emotional development for all children, prevent challenging behaviors, and intervene when children have serious behavior problems. Learn about the poor outcomes of children who are suspended or expelled, the four levels of the Pyramid Model, and ways teachers can support children’s social and emotional development in early childhood classrooms.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 1 hour
Core Competencies: Responsive Interactions and Guidance

Preventing Expulsion 2 – Nurturing Relationships

The relationship between the teacher and every child in the classroom is key to encouraging good behavior and preventing the challenging behaviors that lead to suspending or expelling children from care. Learn the characteristics of quality nurturing relationships in early childhood classrooms, how children’s outcomes are influenced by relationships with their teachers, and ways you can build nurturing relationships with children and their families.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 1 hour
Core Competencies: Responsive Interaction and Guidance

Preventing Expulsion 3 – Supportive Classrooms

The classroom environment sets the foundation for learning and behavior. Learn ways you can improve the layout and design of your classroom to increase children’s engagement and positive behavior. Learn classroom strategies, activities, and interactions to support children’s social and emotional development and positive behavior. Topics discussed include schedules, routines and rules, centers, transitions, engaging activities, communication, supervision, teachable moments, and scaffolding.
Age Group: Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 1 hour
Core Competencies: Responsive Interaction and Guidance, Learning Environments, Planning Framework, Curriculum, and Standards

Preventing Expulsion 4 – Understanding Behavior

When adults understand children’s behavior, they can offer guidance and discipline to support positive behavior and reduce challenging behavior. Learn factors that influence young children’s behavior, how to describe the form (what they do) and function (purpose) of children’s behavior, and principles of guidance and discipline you can use to support children’s positive behavior in the classroom.
Age Group: Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Intermediate
Length/Time: 1 hour
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development, Supporting Skill Development

Preventing Expulsion 5 – Describing Behavior

Challenging behavior “works” for children. Children do best when we replace the problem behavior with a new, acceptable behavior that allows them to get their needs met. This course discusses in depth the concepts for observing and describing behavior and how to use the ABC method to understand what causes and maintains challenging behaviors of children.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Level: Intermediate
Length/Time: 1 hour
Core Competencies: Responsive Interaction and Guidance, Observation and Assessment

Preventing Expulsion 6 – Working with Families

The home is the most powerful influence on children’s health, development and behavior. Empower yourself to build relationships with families to positively affect children’s outcomes. Become familiar with two frameworks for supporting families. Identify professional skills and strategies for building positive relationships with high risk families and sharing meaningful information with parents during routine contacts.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Level: Advanced
Length/Time: 1 hour
Core Competencies: Family and Community Relationships

Protective Factors Begins with You

Caregivers play a vital role in a young child’s life. Learn the meaning of the terms "protective factors”, and “risk factors.” Learn about the important role teachers play in positively impacting young children’s lifetime outcomes.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development, Family and Community Relationships

Reading Aloud

Learn the benefits of reading aloud on children’s outcomes, find out how to get the most from reading aloud and learn ways to partner with parents.
Age Group: Infant, Toddler, and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Learning Environments, Planning Framework, Curriculum, and Standards

Rooted in Culture

Diverse cultures in one environment can bring great joy and great misunderstanding. Learn about the positive outcomes related to diversity in early care and education. Learn what we mean by the term “culture,” examine cultural lifeways, and identify cultural differences between teachers, parents, and coworkers.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Level: Intermediate
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Family and Community Relationships

Selecting Toys for Infants and Toddlers

Play and exploration are necessary for brain growth during the first two years. The type of toys children play with determine what area of the brain get “wired”. For optimal brain development, skilled caregivers must match toys to children’s developmental skills, provide many opportunities for play, and interact one-on-one to scaffold children’s use of toys.
Age Group: Infants and Toddlers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 1 hour
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development

Selecting Toys for Preschoolers

​​Children learn through play. Toys influence behavior and play activities. A variety of carefully selected toy encourages engagement, imagination, exploration, creativity, and active learning across all areas of development. As a result of this interactive, multi-media course, learners will identify quality toys for seven learning centers that support children’s development, describe nine influences on children’s choice and use of toys, and identify nine toy safety concerns.
Age Group: Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 1 hour
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development

The Impact of Alcohol on Children

Learn the effects of alcohol on children during pregnancy and when alcohol is abused in the home. Learn ways you can work with children and their parents.
Age Group: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 30 minutes
Core Competencies: Child Growth and Development, Family and Community Relationships

Time-Out

Time-out is one of the most frequently used methods to manage challenging behavior. Many teachers say it doesn’t work. Learn general principles for effective discipline; then learn when to use time-out and how to use it effectively in the classroom. Learn tips and resources to share with parents.
Age Group: Toddlers and Preschoolers
Level: Foundation
Length/Time: 45 minutes
Core Competencies: Responsive Interactions and Guidance