Calm Down

Young children have many intense feelings every day. Teachers who can distinguish between a tantrum (defiance) and a meltdown (lack of emotional self-control), and adjust their interactions with children accordingly, will have fewer class disruptions during the day. Calm Down teaches the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown so caregiver can respond effectively, identifies teaching strategies to teach calm down skills, identifies strategies to support children’s emotional self-control in the classroom, and provides tips for talking with parents.

Dental Health – Part I

Dental Health – Part I is designed for caregivers of children 0-5 years. Participants will discuss causes and symptoms of dental problems in young children and outline strategies to protect primary teeth

Dental Health – Part II

Dental Health – Part II is designed for caregivers of children 0-5 years. Participants will outline practices to prevent and reduce dental disease and mouth injury and identify ways to partner with parents.

Bedtime Routines

Bedtime Routines is designed for caregivers of children 0-5 years. Participants will name two reasons adequate sleep is critical for young children, identify the four stages of sleep, outline five elements of bedtime routines, and identify messages to share with parents to promote healthy sleep.

Play to Learn

Play to Learn is designed for caregivers of children 1-5 years. Participants will describe four characteristics of play, name the benefits of play, identify influences on children’s play, and outline strategies to support play.

Divorce and Separation Affect Young Children

Divorce and Separation Affect Young Children is designed for caregivers of children 0-5 years. Participants describe the impact of divorce and separation on children’s development and behavior, identify the influences on children’s adjustment to divorce and separation, and outline ways to help families cope.

Let’s Get Preschooler’s Active!

Let’s Get Preschoolers Active is designed for caregivers of children 1-5 years. Participants will name 6 reasons physical activity is important for young children, define heart healthy physical activity, and identify 8 guidelines for promoting preschool physical activity.

Preventing Expulsion 5 – Describing Behavior

Challenging behavior “works” for children. Children do best when we replace the problem behavior with a new, acceptable behavior. Well-planned interventions that occur alongside nurturing relationships, high quality supportive classrooms, and targeted teaching of social emotional skills can reduce suspension and expulsion. Teachers are critical members of the team to figure out the reasons children act the way they do and to help develop and carry out a positive behavior support plan. This course discusses basic concepts for observing and describing behavior and the ABC method for observing and recording children’s behavior.

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. The goals of this course are to (1) identify factors that influence young children’s behavior; (2) describe the form and function of children’s behavior; and (3) discuss principles of guidance and discipline teachers can use to support children’s positive behavior in the classroom.

Preventing Expulsion 3 – Supportive Classrooms

The classroom environment sets the foundation for learning and behavior. This course first describes six ways you can improve the layout and design of your classroom to increase children’s engagement and positive behavior. Second, the course describes classroom strategies, activities, and interactions that 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.

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 often result in suspending or expelling children from care. This course (1) describes quality nurturing relationships in early childhood classrooms; (2) discusses how children’s outcomes are influenced by nurturing relationships; and (3) presents strategies for building nurturing relationships with young children and their families.

Preventing Expulsion 1 – The Teaching Pyramid

The Pyramid Model is a proven way to address suspension and expulsion of young children. The Pyramid Model promotes healthy social-emotional development for all children, prevents challenging behaviors, and intervenes when children have serious behavior problems. This model is for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The learner objectives (1) describe poor outcomes for children who are suspended or expelled; (2) describe the four levels of the Pyramid Model; and (3) describe ways teachers can support children’s social and emotional development in early childhood classrooms.

Reading Aloud

As a result of this workshop, viewers of Reading Aloud will be able to: (1) discuss 3 benefits reading aloud has on children’s outcomes; (2) discuss 4 practices to get the most out of reading aloud; and (3) name 3 ways to partner with parents to improve reading at home. Handouts include books for children by category, list of resources for parents and teachers, and a summary of key points. Fifteen links to free materials and further reading are provided.

Keeping an ‘Eye’ on Vision in the Early Years

Early childhood is a sensitive period for eye development. Vision problems interfere with brain development. When eye problems are found early, vision can be corrected and saved. Completing this course will enable learners to (1) describe normal vision and seven common vision problems of early childhood; (2) describe three ways to promote children’s vision development; and (3) discuss 8 strategies to prevent eye injury.

Pacifiers and Thumb Sucking – A Necessary Comfort

Parents and caregivers have many concerns about pacifiers and thumb sucking. Some children rely on a pacifier or thumb sucking too long. 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. When adults understand why young children suck, they can make decisions about timing and strategies to end it that are likely to lead to success. 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 strategies to share with parents.

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.

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. As a result of this course, learners will discuss nine factors that influence infants and toddlers selection of toys; identify appropriate toys for infants and toddlers; and list nine toy safety concerns for infants and toddlers. Printable handouts include a summary of key points, resources, references, and a toy list for infants and toddlers.

Time-Out

Time-Out is designed for caregivers of children 1-5 years. Participants will identify principles for effective discipline with young children, describe how to use time-out effectively, and identify strategies and resources to share with parents.

Picky Eaters

Picky Eaters is designed for caregivers of children 1-5 years. Participants will be able discuss reasons children may be picky eaters, strategies to promote healthy eating, and working with parents to improve their young child’s eating habits and reduce mealtime power struggles.

Asthma

Asthma is designed for caregivers of children 0-5 years. Participants will recognize four symptoms of asthma in young children, discuss the four components of an asthma care plan, and identify ways to partner with the child’s asthma care team.