Advancing the Vision of Inclusion

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

Content Area: Program Planning & Development

This course will provide individuals with the research and policy statements associated with inclusion of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Specifically, participants will be able to identify legal foundations for inclusion in early childhood programs and specific guidance related to the rights of children, families, and professionals in your program.  Lastly, participants will have a basic understanding of the components and benefits of a high quality inclusion program.

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Basics of Child Development

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 8 - Growth and Development

Content Area: Child & Youth Growth & Development

This course provides participants with the basic understanding of child development, as well as, provides information regarding the developmental domains and how to link activities to the appropriate developmental stage of the child.  Further, the course provides basic information regarding the importance of supervision and types of supervision.

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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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Beyond a Celebration: Exploring Culture in Practice

Credit Hours: 4 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 4 - Relationships with Families

Content Area: Families & Communities

Culture is learned from infancy and articulated by messages children receive from adults.  When we actively teach children to value diversity, we are teaching respect, kindness, and curiosity about the world.  This course will provide participants with the understanding of the complexity of culture.  Further, it will engage participants in building effective relationships with diverse families and the techniques on how to communicate effectively.

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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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Building and Physical Premises Safety

Credit Hours: 1 KDHE credit hour

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites injuries as the leading cause of death among children.  This course will provide participants with the basic understanding of the importance of indoor and outdoor inspections of the environment to keep children safe, safety measures in regards to fire prevention, and the importance of supervision in regards to water safety. This course also includes information about KDHE licensing regulations and best practice standards from Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed.

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Building Skills through Art

Credit Hours: 6 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence

Content Area: Learning Environment & Curriculum

Want to know how you can support children's development through the arts? This course was developed by Kathrine Schlageck, Senior Educator at the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, and shares examples of the many successful early childhood programming activities offered through the museum. Participants in this course will learn the power of art and how it links to physical development, development of the concept of symbols, observation skills, art interpretation & cognitive skills, problem solving, social skills, creativity and interdisciplinary connections. The activities and information provide a deeper level of study into art with young children.

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Building Your Business: Marketing Your Family Child Care

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

Content Area: Program Planning & Development

Understanding how to market your family child care business can be challenging.  This course covers general marketing strategies for family child care businesses, as well as strategies for developing a marketing plan.  Tom Copeland, JD is the leading authority on many family child care business topics and the curriculum for this course is based on his Family Child Care Business Curriculum:  Marketing. The course was developed for online with permission from Redleaf Press.

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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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Child Abuse and Neglect: Identification, Reporting, and Prevention

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

This course addresses recognizing the signs of child abuse or neglect, including shaken baby syndrome and the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. This course includes information on abusive head trauma as required per KDHE.

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Child Care Transportation Safety

Credit Hours: 1.5 KDHE Credit Hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

This course is available through a partnership between Safe Kids Kansas and KCCTO. Go above the minimum and learn the safest ways to transport children. This course includes suggestions on creating policies to protect children from heat-related and collision-related injury in vehicles.

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Child Development: Connecting Development to Practice

Credit Hours: 3

CDA Subject Area: 8 - Growth and Development

Content Area: Child & Youth Growth & Development

Understanding development in the domains of physical, cognitive, social and emotional, and communications and language is an essential part of working with young children.  This course is a follow-up to the Basics of Child Development and takes a deeper look into development for children birth through eight years of age.  The course also provides tips and strategies for developmentally appropriate activities to support each of the developmental domains.

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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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Engaging Meal Times with Infants and Toddlers

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

It is the responsibility of caregivers of infants and toddlers to provide pleasant experiences during mealtimes. This course is designed to support caregivers in developing an understanding of responsive mealtimes for both infants and toddlers and support in creating an engaging and responsive mealtime experience. The course also discusses how caregivers can develop healthy communication with parents regarding their child's nutritional needs. Additionally, tips and ideas to support picky eaters and ways to encourage healthy eating for young children along with menus, meal planning and mealtime documentation is also covered.

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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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Family Engagement and Partnership Standards

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 4 - Relationships with Families

Content Area: Families & Communities

This course will familiarize participants with the Kansas Family Engagement and Partnership Standards for Early Childhood.  First, participants will obtain knowledge about the purpose of the standards and how they relate to other state standards, such as the Kansas Early Learning Standards.  Upon completion of the course, participants will be familiar with the 5 Family Engagement and Partnership Standards, as well as describe program practices that help support the standards.

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Family Partnerships

Credit Hours: 4 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 4 - Relationships with Families

Developing partnerships with the families in your program is a vital piece of all early childhood environments. The course acknowledges the expertise of both the family and the caregiver and provides information on how to develop relationships with families that will enhance family engagement while meeting the needs of both the children and the families.

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FLIP IT!

Credit Hours: 6 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 3 - Social and Emotional Development

Learn four supportive steps to help young children identify their feelings, learn healthy self-control, and reduce challenging behavior. The four steps that will be covered in the course are Feelings, Limits, Inquiry, and Prompts. This course was developed for KCCTO online with the permission of the Deveruex Center for Resilient Children and in partnership with the FLIP IT author, Rachel Wagner-Sperry, National Trainer and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist.

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Foundations for Safe and Healthy Early Care Facilities-Module 1

Credit Hours: 9 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment, 8 - Growth and Development

Content Area: Child & Youth Growth & Development, Health & Safety

This module provides the information to meet state requirements for the following course topics: Basics of Child Development |  2 KDHE clock hours Child Abuse and Neglect:  Identification, Reporting, and Prevention  |  2 KDHE clock hours Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases  |  3 KDHE clock hours Reducing the Risk of SIDS and Using Safe Sleep Practices  |  2 KDHE clock hours  All course topics are offered individually with a detailed course description.

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Foundations for Safe and Healthy Early Care Facilities-Module 2

Credit Hours: 9 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

This module provides the information to meet state requirements for the following course topics: Safe Steps:  Administering Medication to Children  |  2 KDHE clock hours Handling, Storing, and Disposing of Hazardous Materials and Biological Contaminants  |  1 KDHE clock hours Prevention of and Response to Emergencies Due to Food and Allergic Reactions  |  2 KDHE clock hours Building and Physical Premises Safety  |  1 KDHE clock hours Sound the Alarm:  Emergency Preparedness in Child Care  |  2 KDHE clock hours Transportation of Children  |  1 KDHE clock hours  All course topics are offered individually with a detailed course description.

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From the Start: Creating Healthy Spaces for Infants and Toddlers

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

This course is designed to support early childhood staff and caregivers in the creation of a healthy space for the infants and toddlers they care for. The course will support caregiver in the creation of responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers, as well as, the understanding of schedule creation in support of a child's routines and transitions. The course will take a closer look at mealtimes, diapering/toileting, rest times, transitions and the importance of a creating a schedule to meet the needs of infants and toddlers.

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Handling, Storing, and Disposing of Hazardous Materials and Biological Contaminants

Credit Hours: 1 KDHE credit hour

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

There are practices that can help reduce the chances of spreading disease and illness in early education and child care settings.  This course focuses on the basics of implementing Standard Precautions when there is the potential of blood borne pathogens; how to dispose and handle bio contaminant episodes; and ways to store and handle hazardous materials.  Parts of this course are adapted, with permission, from Fight BAC! ® Goes to Childcare.  The course also includes information about KDHE licensing regulations and best practice standards from Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed.

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Harvest for Healthy Kids

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables are critical for overall health and well-being. Early care and education settings have enormous potential to help children meet the recommendations for daily fruit and vegetable intake.  Harvest for Healthy Kids is a nutrition education curriculum aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.  This course will provide participants with the background information of the curriculum, an understanding of how to implement the curriculum, and access to the weekly activity kits.  

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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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Inclusive Care for Preschool Aged Children

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 8 - Growth and Development

Content Area: Child & Youth Growth & Development

The course will provide individuals with the steps and resources to identify and support children with disabilities and delays.  Participants will gain a better understanding of how to directly support children in an inclusive environment while working alongside their families. This course is a starting point for early childhood professionals to meet the developmental needs of all preschool children.

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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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Kansas Early Learning Standards

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

This course introduces the 3rd edition of the Kansas Early Learning Standards developed by the Kansas Department of Education. These standards provide information and guidance to early childhood providers and teachers, including early primary grade teachers, on the developmental sequence of learning for children from birth through kindergarten. Providers and teachers will find this a dynamic resource as they plan for activities and engage in conversations with young children and their families around early learning. 

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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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Next Steps: Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Centers

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

This course supports the child care center and staff on becoming more prepared during cases of emergency. The intent of this course is to help child care center administration and staff evaluate current emergency policies and procedures for various situations they may face. For child care centers, the expectation of providing policies regarding tornado and fire drills, but this course will help administration and staff look deeper into the variety of emergency situations such as winter weather, intruder, and earthquake that could affect their program while children are in care. The course also provides child care center staff more information on how to prepare their child and parents to understand how to be safe and calm in emergency situations in developmentally appropriate ways.  This is a follow-up course to Sound the Alarm:  Emergency Preparedness in Child Care.

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Next Steps: Emergency Preparedness for Family Child Care

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

This course goes beyond planning for monthly fire drills, exploring the wide variety of emergency situations that family child care programs could potentially experience. The course will guide providers through creating emergency plans and procedures that will help family child care programs inform parents, and prepare and protect children before, during, and after an emergency situation.  This is a follow up course to Sound the Alarm: Emergency Preparedness in Child Care.

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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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Observation Tools to Assess Development

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 7 - Observing and Recording Behavior

As a caregiver who works with young children you observe children on a minute, hourly and daily basis. What do you do with all that information?  This course will provide a basic understanding of observation tools to assist you in assessing children’s development through hands-on practice with the tools in your own program.

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Orientation to Early Childhood

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 6 - Professionalism

When most people think of the early childhood profession, they picture a teacher in a classroom. They do not realize that there are many aspects to the early childhood field, and teaching is just one important part. You may be passionate about children and their overall wellbeing, and know you want to work in the early childhood field, but you do not know where to start or what options are available to you. This introductory course will help you explore those options.

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Orientation to the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 6 - Professionalism

Content Area: Professional Development & Leadership

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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Play: Problems & Interventions

Credit Hours: 7 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. This course asks the participant to observe children and reflect on play behaviors.

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Poison Prevention for Child Care Providers

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Poisonings can happen to anyone and anywhere. In 2013, 94% of human exposures occurred at residences, but they can also occur in the workplace, schools, healthcare facilities, and others. This course will assist you in knowing what poison is, who is at risk of poisoning, and how to prevent poisoning.

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Power of Positive Communication

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

Content Area: Program Planning & Development

Whether we are communicating with other adults or children, conflict is most generally avoided and looked upon as a negative experience.  What if you had the tools to avoid that negative feeling and tension and turn conflict into a positive experience? This course will assist you in understanding reactions to conflict in order to better manage your attitudes and constructive communication. It will also assist you in analyzing conflict solutions and the development of 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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Preventing Obesity & Promoting Wellness: Nutrition

Credit Hours: 8 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment, 4 - Relationships with Families

Content Area: Families & Communities, Health & Safety

Child obesity is at epidemic levels.  One-third of the children in America are carrying too much weight.  Through this nutrition 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 proper nutrition through developmentally appropriate practice.  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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Preventing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Care Education

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

Content Area: Program Planning & Development

Until recently, suspension and expulsion has not been documented or tracked.  With this new information, Kansas is ranked 46th in the nation with 3.5% of preschool teachers reporting that they have suspended a child within the last year.  Young children who experience expulsion or suspension are up to ten times more likely to be held back in school, face academic failure, become high school drop-outs, and be incarcerated than children who do not.  This course will provide participants with a better understanding of what suspension and expulsion is defined as, the short and long term concerns of suspension and expulsion, and an introduction to prevention.

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Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

This course provides information and guidance in understanding infectious disease and how to implement infection controls to manage the spread of illness including the importance of immunizations, understanding and implementing appropriate hand hygiene, and limiting the spread of microorganisms through appropriate diapering and toileting procedures..  When does a child need to be excluded due to illness?  This and other regulations and best practice standards are addressed following KDHE child care licensing regulations, Caring for Our Children best practice standards.  This course is adapted, with permission, from the American Academy of Pediatrics Preventing and Managing Infectious Disease in Early Education and Child Care course.

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Prevention of and Response to Emergencies Due to Food and Allergic Reactions

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

As an introductory course, this course will focus on how to serve food safely in early education and child care programs.  It will provide a foundation in safe food handling and serving, the understanding of a food allergy, the daily management of a food allergy, and how to prepare for a food allergy emergency.  This course is adapted, with permission, from Fight BAC! Food Safety Education partnership’s Core Four Practices; KDHE regulations; and Caring for Our Children 3rd Ed. Best practice recommendations.

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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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Reducing the Risk of SIDS and Using Safe Sleep Practices

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

Learn about the six safe sleep practices to utilize in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in early care facilities.  Content also covers environmental factors and the creation of a Safe Sleep policy for your program.

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Safe Steps: Administering Medication to Children

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

Young children are spending an increased number of hours in child care settings and often need medication during that time for multiple reasons.  Medication can be crucial to the health and wellness of young children but they can also be very dangerous if given incorrectly; wrong dose, wrong child, wrong time.  This introductory course will discuss the steps of medication administration including labeling, storage, disposal, medical records and administration policy and necessary documentation to keep children safe and healthy. 

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Sound the Alarm: Emergency Preparedness in Childcare

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

This course covers practices to prepare child care providers in the event of an emergency. Whether it is a tornado, immediate medical need, or a water main break, this two-hour course will provide information to get organized and ready!

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Strengthening Families through Positive Connections

Credit Hours: 5 KDHE credit hours

Content Area: Families & Communities

This Kansas Children's Service League eLearning course is made available with a partnership with KCCTO and Kansas Families and Schools Together, Inc.  As a professional who works with children and families, you have unique relationships with parents. You are a trusted expert on child development, and an adult who truly cares for others' children. You may also be one of the first people to notice when a family is struggling. Early care and education professionals can feel empowered in the role they play in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, not just as mandated reporters when a child has already been hurt, but in the many ways professionals can make a difference in strengthening families through specific protective factors and ideas that can be implemented right away. In this course, participants will learn about the strengthening families framework and understand the impact protective factors have on children and families. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) along with child maltreatment will be discussed in relationship to building resiliency and supporting five key protective factors. Finally, participants will be able to identify program strategies that help families build protective factors, and will identify key strategies that can be implemented in programs and homes.

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Supporting Kansas Families: DCF Child Care Subsidy Program

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE credit hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

Content Area: Program Planning & Development

  The DCF Child Care Subsidy Program helps families pay for child care costs.  Families must meet income requirements to qualify for child care assistance, and families use this assistance towards the cost of the care from their chosen child care provider.  This course goes through the requirements and process of becoming a DCF child care provider for low income families that are eligible. 

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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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The Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE Clock Hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

This course will assist early care professionals in understanding the importance of good oral health.   Specifically, participants will learn the importance of keeping children cavity free, strategies for the prevention of bacterial transmission, healthy snacking tips, and how to keep teeth clean and strong, as well as information on group tooth brushing.  Additionally, participants will be provided with numerous resources to assist them in promoting oral health in the child care setting and in the home setting for families.  

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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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Transportation of Children

Credit Hours: 1 KDHE credit hour

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

This course covers the basic requirements and laws for safely transporting children in vehicles.  The course information also covers basic requirements for off-site fieldtrips including transportation by vehicle or walking. The course also includes information about KDHE licensing regulations and best practice standards from Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed.

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Understanding Risk and Promoting Resilience in the First Five Years

Credit Hours: 3

CDA Subject Area: 3 - Social and Emotional Development

Content Area: Health & Safety

Participants will learn how to identify potential risk and protective factors in the children they care for on a daily basis and learn to use positive experiences and nurturing interactions to build relationships that promote resilience in young children. Throughout the course, participants will explore what they can do every day to strengthen resilience in children in their programs, and to recognize and promote the strengths families contribute, as well as building capacity for stronger communities. 

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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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