6 Hour Course Series and Technical Assistance Guide

Nationwide, children are expelled from early care and education programs at more than 3 times the rate of children in K through 12th grades.

Naptime Academy recently partnered with the State of Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Care and Education (DCCECE), the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas State University Early Childhood Services, and the University of Arkansas Early Care and Education Projects to create a series of Six 1-hour online courses for child care providers.

The 6-course series is based on the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning TeachingPyramidModel for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children. The courses are appropriate for caregivers of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Courses are designed to watch in order.

Preventing Expulsion – 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.

Preventing Expulsion – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

Technical Assistance and Resource Guide - Addressing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Care and Education
The guide is a supplement to the Preventing Expulsion in Early Care series for use by consultants, licensing specialists and mentors working with early care and education programs.
The guide addresses 10 common behavioral concerns. Each topic has four sections: Explore Contributing Factors, Frame the Problem, Gain Further Knowledge, and Share Resources.

Naptime Academy thanks our partners in the development of this 6-Course Series:
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