Behavior & Guidance of Young Children

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 3 - Social and Emotional Development

Content Area: Interactions with Children & Youth

This course focuses on a variety of ways to encourage positive behavior in young children.  It considers the caregiver as the key to guidance.  Methods of direct guidance, indirect guidance, and setting and maintaining rules are addressed in regard to how these elements impact behavior.  In addition, the course discusses common behavior problems, with tips to guide children towards more positive behavior during these challenging times.  

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Brain Basics

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 8 - Growth and Development

Content Area: Child & Youth Growth & Development

"If classrooms are to be places of learning, then the 'organ of learning', the brain, must be understood and accommodated." - Leslie Hart This course will provide participants with an introduction to the understanding of the integrated nature of the brain and behavior, and major brain systems and what they do.  As an introductory course, this will provide a basic foundation to brain development.

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CDA 2.0

Credit Hours: 4 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 6 - Professionalism

Are you interested in furthering your career while working with young children?  The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement.  This course provides information about the requirements needed to apply for the CDA, development of the professional portfolio, the verification visit and the CDA Exam.

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Developing Your CDA Portfolio

Credit Hours: 6 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 6 - Professionalism

Are you a CDA candidate who has completed the course CDA 2.0 and are you almost done with the 120 clock hours of training for the CDA application? Then this course is for you! Course information will provide detailed assistance in developing your professional portfolio which includes gathering resource materials, writing competency statements and receiving feedback.

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Enhancing Communication through #SocialMedia

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

With the increase in technology usage, many look to social media for information, news, and entertainment. This course will provide insight into using a variety of social media outlets to increase communication with families, how to use these outlets maintaining confidentiality, and marketing techniques to promote your child care.

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Family Child Care Environments

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

When providing care within your home it is important to provide a learning environment for children that supports social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.  This course provides ways to organize and arrange areas of your home into a learning environment.  Further, learn what messages your environment sends to the children and families you serve, as well as, how to organize the space.

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How to Support Breastfeeding Mothers & Families

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 4 - Relationships with Families

Discover how you can provide a vital piece of a breastfeeding mother’s success in continuing to breastfeed after she returns to work.  The course information covers proper storage and handling of breast milk, behaviors or breastfed infants and the benefits for both the infant and the mother.

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Infant and Toddler Child Development

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 8 - Growth and Development

Join this class and explore the development of infants and toddlers. Learn about the importance of the following areas: attachment, perceptual development, movement and fine & gross motor skills, brain development, language skills and social emotional development.  If you work with infants and/or toddlers, this course provides more in-depth information after completion of Introduction to Child Development.

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Introduction to Designing Environments

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

While human relationships play a key role in children's healthy development, the physical and temporal environments also have a significant impact.  When environments are engaging, they support children's participation in activities that promote development and learning.  This course will assist you in designing the physical space, the contents, and grouping arrangements in the indoor environment.

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Listen to the Rhythm: Books, Music, and Movement

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence

This course was developed with the expertise of Margaret Hooton, 2014 Mad Hatter Tea Party Keynote.  Extend your everyday music and movement activities by incorporating your favorite children’s book!  This course will provide you with the basics of music and movement, as well as, the ability to listen to new chants and songs to incorporate with literacy opportunities.  

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More than Dress Up

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Dramatic play involves much more than providing dress up clothes! Children learn through the interactions with materials and other children how the world works and where they fit in. This course also covers the role of the adult in dramatic play, as well as helping families learn the benefits of dramatic play.

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Movement Through Music

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence

It’s time to get moving, have fun and use music! Learn about the effects of childhood obesity in regards to screen time, the importance of incorporating music and movement into the classroom and learn some new ideas for moving through the day.

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Notice, Wonder, Explore...Science with Children

Credit Hours: 4 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence

So just what is ‘science’?  How can this broad topic be encompassed in one complete definition?  Take this course to gain a basic understanding of science in early childhood, the role of the teacher in supporting young children’s scientific inquiry, and creating an environment that supports science within the early childhood program.

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Play: Problems & Interventions

Credit Hours: 10 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 3 - Social and Emotional Development, 4 - Relationships with Families, 7 - Observing and Recording Behavior

This course teaches how to recognize children who have play problems; how play problems limit the development of skills that lay the foundation for academic learning; six behavior patterns that signal children need help; a process for helping children observe, reflect, and intervene; and how teachers can use direct support, curriculum activities, and peers to help a child develop play skills.

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Power of Positive Communication

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

Most generally, conflict is looked upon as a negative, such as, shouting, put-downs, hurt feelings, and tears.  What if we turned conflict into a positive experience?  This course will assist you in understanding reactions to conflict in order to better manage attitudes and constructive communication.  Further, it will assist you in analyzing conflict solutions and develop conflict resolution strategies that foster teamwork and win-win solutions.

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Preschool Child Development

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 8 - Growth and Development

Through the domains of cognitive, physical, language, social, and emotional development, take a closer look at how preschoolers develop and ways to foster their development through play.

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Preventing Obesity & Promoting Wellness: Movement

Credit Hours: 8 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence, 4 - Relationships with Families

Content Area: Families & Communities, Learning Environment & Curriculum

Child obesity is at epidemic levels.  One-third of the children in America are carrying too much weight.  Through this movement training, gain basic knowledge about the effects of childhood obesity from experts within pediatrics, nutritionists, and child development, as well as, strategies and activities to promote movement activities that promote wellness within early childhood.  Through license agreement with Child Care Exchange, view videos from the experts within the field and watch scenes from over 30 innovative early childhood classrooms that are promoting wellness and preventing obesity.  

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Process and Art Creation

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence

What is the process of art and how do children learn through art?  This course will provide new ideas and techinques to foster children's creativity, guide you the teacher in your role of creativity, and provide ideas for materials and tools to utilize in the art environment.

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Supporting Relationships through Engaging Environments

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 3 - Social and Emotional Development

An engaging environment filled with child-guided experiences and teacher support plays a central role in children’s development of social-emotional competence. In this course, you will learn strategies to support social and emotional development that work not only with large groups of children, but with small groups and individual children as well.

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Teaching Strategies to Enhance Transitions

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence

Are cleanup times and activity changes stressing you out?  Transitions occur multiple times throughout the day in the early childhood program.  In this course, participants will explore the importance of planning for transitions and learn the components of an effective transition.

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The Role of Observation

Credit Hours: 4 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 7 - Observing and Recording Behavior

Who?  When?  Where? Why?  Take this course to answer all of these questions in regards to the importance of observation.  Further, gain a better understanding of various tools and forms that can be used to observe the children within your environment, as well as, ways to document children’s learning over time to develop informal portfolios.

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Tips & Tools for Contracts & Policies

Credit Hours: 4 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

Whether you are a seasoned early childhood professional or just starting your career, this course offers information on the importance of contracts, procedures and policies for your child care program. You will learn about family-friendly ways to create and implement contracts and policies that are easy to understand, fair and comprehensive.  Information will also be included to ensure that your program’s contracts and policies meet state licensing, legal and the Department for Children and Families requirements.

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Understanding Temperaments

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 3 - Social and Emotional Development

A child's temperament influences their style of interaction, but also, the way that he or she understands and experiences the world and the people in it.  This course will assist you in understanding the traits of the various temperaments and how adjustments can be made in your approach or environment when working with these various temperaments.

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