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  • Academic AND Play-Based: Building Cognitive Skills Through Play

    Research tells us that young children learn best from activities that are embedded into play and routines. However, in a time of increased emphasis on "school readiness", play in early childhood settings is more and more pushed to the side and replaced with "academic" activities such as worksheets that focus on the ABC's and 123's. But did you know that Cognitive Development--the development of our thinking skills--involves so much more than these pre-academic skills? And that ALL cognitive skills, including these pre-academic skills, are best learned through play? This session will introduce participants to the varied thinking skills that are necessary for infant, toddler, and preschool development, as well as ways that these skills can be facilitated through PLAY! Come for an interactive, hands-on learning opportunity that will get you thinking!
  • Active Kids and Active Supervision

    Keeping young children safe is the priority of all early care and education programs. Take an in-depth look at strategies of active supervision both indoors and outdoors. Learn methods for safe outdoor activities such as rules for an outdoor environment and how to recognize outdoor hazards. Allow children to explore freely when you understand active supervision strategies. Complete a playground safety evaluation during the course session.

    This course meets KDHE annual health and safety requirements and is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Advancing the Vision of Inclusion

    Add higher-level knowledge to what you now understand about inclusion of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities in high-quality early care and education programs. Learn about legal foundations for inclusion. Know where to seek guidance related to the rights of children who need inclusion. Know where to look for guidance about the rights of families and professionals related to children who need inclusion. Know how to access no cost or low cost professional development resources that will aid in support of care to young children with disabilities.

    This course is appropriate for early care and education professionals who have a solid understanding of inclusion policies.
  • An Introduction to ASQ-3 – Ages & Stages Questionnaires Third Edition (ASQ-3)

    This course will introduce the ASQ-3 to participants, utilizing different learning styles and strategies (research, practical application practice, role play, group discussions, and development of a program-wide action plan). Participants will leave with the knowledge and materials needed to implement the ASQ-3 into their program.
  • An Introduction to ASQ:SE-2 – Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional

    This course will introduce the ASQ:SE-2 to participants, utilizing different learning styles and strategies (research, practical application practice, role play, group discussions, and development of a program-wide action plan). Participants will leave with the knowledge and materials needed to implement the ASQ:SE-2 into their program.
  • Basics of Child Development

    Gain a basic understanding of child development of children birth to age eight. In this course, you will learn the typical developmental milestones of a child's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth and the importance of supervision as related to a child's development.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's initial health and safety training requirements for basic child development.
  • Behavior and Guidance of Young Children

    Do you know how you, as an early care and education professional, influence the behavior of young children? Do you want a variety of ways to encourage positive behavior in young children? Learn methods of direct guidance and indirect guidance that may prevent common behavior problems. Learn to set positive, realistic goals for a group of young children and maintain rules in ways that help children gain self-control.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Better Brains 1: Foundations in Brain Development and Learning

    Add knowledge to your basic understanding of brain development. Researchers continue to discover new information about the developing brain. When you understand brain anatomy and how the brain develops, you can support early brain development in young children. Explore major development and functions of the brain and how early experiences connect to brain development.

    Your experience with this subject is best when you complete this course before the Better Brains 2: Brain Development and Care of Children course.
  • Better Brains 2: Brain Development and Care of Children

    Add advanced knowledge to your understanding of brain development as a child develops. Children need positive interactions with caregivers in safe, secure environments. They need the opportunity to explore their worlds to develop and strengthen connections in the brain's wiring. Explore how the care of young children can affect the developing brain.

    Your experience with this subject is best when you complete this course after the Better Brains 1: Foundations in Brain Development and Learning course.
  • Better Brains for Babies Part I

    The first years of life are a crucial time for brain development. Researchers have learned that healthy brain development is

    rooted in young children’s everyday experiences. Adults can make a difference in supporting early brain development by

    creating safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments; by building strong, positive attachment relationships; and by

    encouraging exploration. Part I of a 2 part series, covers Brain Anatomy, Brain Development, Experience and Learning.
  • Better Brains for Babies Part II

    The first years of life are a crucial time for brain development. Researchers have learned that healthy brain development is

    rooted in young children’s everyday experiences. Adults can make a difference in supporting early brain development by

    creating safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments; by building strong, positive attachment relationships; and by

    encouraging exploration.

    Part 2 of a 2-part series, covers Physical Well-Being, Attachment, Play, Consistency, and Stress and Trauma.
  • Beyond a Celebration: Exploring Culture in Practice

    If you are an early care and education professional who has a foundation in relationships with families, take this opportunity to further your awareness of culture in the early care and education setting. Examine culture and how bias may affect interactions. Explore cultural reciprocity, strategies for building effective relationships with diverse families, and techniques to improve communication with second language learners and their families.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals with some understanding of building relationships with families.
  • Brain Basics

    "If classrooms are to be places of learning, then the 'organ of learning,' the brain, must be understood and accommodated," writes Leslie A. Hart, consultant, writer, and lecturer about the working of the brain. Explore the combined nature of the brain and behavior. Learn about major brain systems and the basic functions of each system to gain a foundation about brain development appropriate for all early care and education professionals.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Building and Physical Premises Safety

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites injuries as the leading cause of death among children. Know the importance of indoor and outdoor inspections of the environment to keep children safe. Learn safety measures in regards to fire prevention and learn best practices in supervision.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's initial health and safety training requirements for building and physical premises safety.
  • Building Relationships Using Responsive Communication Strategies

    Research has pointed to responsive relationships as the most important factor for positive child development outcomes. Communication skills are essential to building those positive relationships with young children and their families. This training examines research related to responsive relationships and communication, and presents practical strategies to use to improve your communication with children, families, and colleagues.
  • Building Skills in Two Languages

    In the United States, dual language learners are currently the fastest growing population of young children. Early child care professionals play an important role in helping children learn English while supporting their families in maintaining their home language. Explore information and strategies to support dual language learners with vocabulary expansion and meaningful conversations while supporting and celebrating the child's home languages.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Building Skills in Two Languages

    In the United States, dual language learners are currently the fastest-growing population of young children. Early child care providers and teachers play an important role in helping children learn English while supporting their families in maintaining their home language. This course will explore information and strategies to support dual language learners with vocabulary expansion and meaningful conversations while supporting and celebrating the child's home languages.
  • Building Skills Through Art

    Do you want to know how you can support children's development through the arts? In this higher-level course, you will add to your fundamentals of child development by exploring the link between art and physical development. Explore the development of the concept of symbols and art interpretation, as well as cognitive skills, problem-solving, social skills, and creativity—plan to observe children engaged in art activities. Complete activities with children and share about the experience with others during the course. The Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University is a collaborator for this course and shares examples of the many successful early childhood programming activities offered through the museum.

    This course requires activities with children during the course session.
  • Building Your Business: Marketing Your Family Child Care

    Understanding how to market your family child care business can be challenging. Learn general marketing strategies such as identifying and communicating the benefits of your program, understanding target markets, and developing a marketing plan. Gain marketing knowledge adapted with permission from Tom Copeland's Family Child Care Business Curriculum: Marketing.

    This course is appropriate for professionals who own or work in licensed Day Care or Group Day Care Home programs.
  • Child Abuse and Neglect: Identification, Reporting, and Prevention

    Can you recognize signs of child abuse or neglect, including shaken baby syndrome? Take this course to gain information about child maltreatment, abusive head trauma, and learn how to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's initial health and safety training requirements for child maltreatment identification, reporting, and prevention, as well as abusive head trauma.
  • Child Care Transportation Safety

    Learn how to safely transport children in childcare, including proper safety and fit of child safety seats in this foundation course. Learn about policies to help protect children from heat-related and collision-related injuries in vehicles. Gain knowledge about transportation safety for children developed in collaboration with the Kansas Transportation Safety Resource Office.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's initial health and safety training requirements for basic child development.
  • Child Development: Connecting Development to Practice

    Build on your solid foundation in child development regarding children birth to eight years of age. Examine the importance of understanding child development. Learn to link activities to the appropriate developmental stage of the child in the domains of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and communication and language.

    This course is appropriate for early care and education professionals with a solid understanding of child development.
  • Children with Chronic Health Care Needs in Child Care

    Children with special health care needs are often in out-of-home settings for a large portion of their day attending child care programs. Add to your basic knowledge of children with special health care needs to provide the best quality and safest care for a child with special health care needs. In this course, you will learn to develop and implement care plans and find out about emergency planning and transportation for these children.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment annual health and safety training requirements.
  • Developing Resilience Behaviors in Adults and Children

    Research has shown that the ability to idenify one's thoughts about an activating event leads to greater understanding and modification of the emotions and reactions related to those thoughts. All adults working with children have the capacity to act as a role model when handling challenging situations throughout the day. When adults model this resilience behavior, children are given the resources and tools needed to develop and utilize the behavior for themselves.
  • Developing Your CDA Portfolio

    Gain information about the Competency Statements that are requirements for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ Professional Portfolio. Write and receive feedback on some of the Competency Statements as you prepare for the final steps of the CDA application process.

    This course is appropriate if you are working toward a Family Child Care, Infant/Toddler, or Preschool CDA Credential and are close to applying to the Council for Professional Recognition.

    Your experience with this subject is best when you complete this course after the course Introduction to the CDA Portfolio.
  • Discipline with the Whole Child in Mind

    Typical approaches to behavior include threats and punishment – which only focus on the right now. Research has taught us much about how our brains regulate our emotions and either encourage or inhibit learning. This course examines how we can use our understanding of brain science to bring children to a place where they can learn how to manage big emotions. This course will explore connection techniques to promote long term behavioral and relational skills.
  • Don’t Say Don’t, And What to Say Instead: Using Language to Guide Children

    This course will provide participants with specific words, phrases, and practices to avoid when guiding and disciplining children, along with specific words, phrases, and practices to use instead.
  • Emergent Planning for STEAM Activities: Turning Observations into Intentional Teaching Activities

    This course will explore how the power of observation can lead to emerging lesson plans and activities that match each child's individual interests, developmental levels, and needs. A special emphasis will be placed on STEAM activities, and ways that care providers can intentionally plan to further children's abilities to think about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
  • Emotional Literacy

    Research continues to identify emotional intelligence as a strong predictor of academic and career success, making its foundations in early childhood increasingly important. This course focuses on child care practices that teach children emotional vocabulary and help children identify emotions in themselves and others. Additional strategies on talking with parents about emotional literacy are included.
  • Engaging and Partnering with Families: Kansas Family Engagement and Partnership Standards

    Join us in the exploration of the Kansas Family Engagement and Partnership Standards for Early Childhood. This presentation includes completion of the Self-Assessment for Child Care to build a plan to improve family engagement and partnership in child care facilities.
  • Engaging Fathers

    This training focuses on ways that early childhood educators can work alongside and engage fathers in early learning programs.
  • Engaging Meal Times with Infants and Toddlers

    Create responsive, engaging mealtime experiences for infants and toddlers. Discuss how to develop healthy communication with parents regarding their child's nutritional needs. Gain tips and ideas to support picky eaters and ways to encourage healthy eating for young children. Learn about menus, meal planning, and mealtime documentation for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Whether you care for infants and toddlers in family child care or center-based programs, you can enhance mealtime for children through this introductory course.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • Enhancing Communication through #SocialMedia

    With the increase in social media platforms, many early care and education programs are looking for effective ways to use social media to enhance communication with families and other professionals in the field. Explore what to consider when creating a social media policy. Learn about professionalism regarding social media use. Through a variety of videos, take a look at business pages and profiles of popular social media platforms and apps for sharing children's day with families.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Exploring Our World: Creating Infant and Toddler Learning Environments

    Research states the environment is an integral aspect of an infant's and toddler's learning experiences. Whether you care for infants and toddlers in family child care or a center-based program, learn through this introductory course to create a responsive environment. Make your indoor and outdoor child care environments, both developmentally appropriate and aesthetically pleasing for infants and toddlers. Learn to use essential elements for quality space for exploration, education, and socialization.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • Exploring Social and Emotional Development

    Research shows that healthy social and emotional development in young children directly correlates with healthy cognitive development; it is a predictor of success later in life in academics and mental well-being. Learn about developmental skills that foster children's social and emotional progress and how social and emotional skills develop. Find strategies to support and encourage healthy social and emotional development.

    This course is appropriate for early care and education professionals who have a basic understanding of social and emotional development.
  • Family Child Care Environments

    When you are a family child care provider, blending environments for both your family and the early care program can be challenging. Find strategies for providing inside and outside learning environments that support social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Explore what messages the environment sends children and how organization is the foundation of blending necessary learning environments for business while still meeting the needs of your own family.

    This course is appropriate for professionals who own or work in licensed Day Care or Group Day Care Home programs.
  • Family Engagement and Partnership Standards

    Gain information about the five Kansas Family Engagement and Partnership Standards. Explore how this document aligns with other state standards, such as the Kansas Early Learning Standards and explore program practices that support the standards

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Family Engagement in Early Care and Education

    This training focuses on family engagement as a relationship-based process. It explores strengths-based strategies for early childhood educators and programs to engage families in meaningful ways.
  • Family Partnerships

    Examine how to develop partnerships with families as a vital part of providing high-quality early care and education. Learn about family engagement and respectful two-way communication. Identify ways to share power and make decisions with families.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • FLIP IT Extended: Exploring and Implementing the Strategy

    In this higher-level, two-week course, learn the four supportive steps to help preschool to school-age children identify their feelings, learn healthy self-control, and reduce challenging behavior. Gain knowledge about FLIP IT through online work during the first week. In the second week, practice FLIP IT through a combination of online and out-of-class work where you will practice implementing the strategy with the children you work with. This course is designed with permission of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children and in partnership with FLIP IT!® author Rachel Wagner-Sperry, national early childhood mental health specialist.

    This course requires you to currently be working with children to practice implementing the FLIP IT strategy during week two.
  • Foundations for Safe and Healthy Early Care Facilities Module

    Complete Kansas Department of Health and Environment initial health and safety requirements in one course in an extended two-week session. Build foundational knowledge on how to keep children safe and healthy in this module with the following topics:

    • Child Development

    • Keeping Children Healthy: addresses infectious disease and immunizations, bloodborne pathogens, allergic reactions to food and food handling, and administering medication.

    • Keeping Children Safe: addresses building premise and hazardous materials, supervising children, child abuse and neglect, sudden infant death syndrome and safe sleep practices, transporting children, and emergency preparedness.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's initial health and safety training requirements.



    The Foundations for Safe and Healthy Early Care Facilities Module supports the basic understanding of safe and healthy care practices for children in licensed facilities. KCCTO’s policy is that a provider may take the 18-hour module once every 5 years. Additional KCCTO courses are available for you to take to expand your knowledge of supporting the health and safety of children in your child care facility. If you need help choosing courses from KCCTOs wide range of topics, contact the KCCTO office to connect with a Training and Technical Assistance Specialists.



    The Foundations for Safe and Healthy Early Care Facilities Module is also available in Spanish. Use the following link to access the Spanish Module information.
  • Foundations for Safe and Healthy Early Care Facilities Module (en Español) / Módulo de Fundamentos

    Este módulo básico permite a los participantes completar los requisitos iniciales de salud y seguridad de KDHE en una sesión de curso extendida de 2 semanas. El módulo básico incluye información de los siguientes temas del curso:

    • Conceptos básicos del desarrollo infantil.

    • Abuso y negligencia infantil: identificación, denuncia y prevención

    • Prevención y respuesta a emergencias debidas a reacciones alimentarias y alérgicas.

    • Manipulación, almacenamiento y eliminación de materiales peligrosos y contaminantes biológicos.

    • Pasos seguros: administrar medicamentos a los niños

    • Seguridad en la construcción y locales físicos

    • Reducción del riesgo de SMSL y uso de prácticas de sueño seguro

    • Prevención y control de enfermedades infecciosas.

    • Transporte de niños.

    • Haga sonar la alarma: preparación para emergencias en el cuidado infantil

    Para obtener información detallada sobre cada curso en el módulo básico, consulte la descripción individual del curso.

    Este curso es apropiado para todos los profesionales de cuidado y educación temprana.

    Nota: cumple con los requisitos iniciales de salud y seguridad.



    El Módulo de Fundamentos para Instalaciones de Cuidado Infantil Seguras y Saludables ofrece una comprensión básica sobre prácticas de salud y seguridad de niños en centros autorizados. La póliza de KCCTO estipula que un proveedor de cuidado puede tomar el módulo de 18 horas una vez cada 5 años. Tenemos cursos adicionales disponibles para ampliar su conocimiento en como proteger la salud y seguridad de los niños en su centro de cuidado infantil. Si necesita ayuda para elegir un curso de nuestra amplia lista de temas, comuníquese con nuestra oficina para hablar con un Especialista de Capacitación y Asistencia Técnica bilingüe.
  • Foundations of Play with Infants and Toddlers

    Through exploration and wonder, play happens within everyday experiences. Learn the elements of play in children's actions from birth that are often considered the "work" of early learners. Discuss types and elements of play that support learning in both family child care and center-based programs. Examine the importance of recognizing children's interests to foster growth and development. Delve into play environment and materials.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • From the Start: Creating Healthy Spaces for Infants and Toddlers

    Learn to create healthy space for infants and toddlers in this introductory course. Understand responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs. Take a closer look at the routines of mealtimes, diapering and toileting, and rest times. Learn to create schedules that support routines and transitions for infants and toddlers. Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment annual health and safety training requirements.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment annual health and safety training requirements.
  • From the Start: Creating Healthy Spaces for Infants and Toddlers- Community Based

    This introductory course is designed to support infant and toddler staff and caregivers in the creation of a healthy space for infants and toddlers. The course guides participants in understanding responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers through creation of schedules that support routines and transitions. Participants will take a closer look at mealtimes, diapering/toileting, rest times, transitions, and the importance of creating a schedule to meet the needs of infants and toddlers.

    This course is appropriate for professionals who care for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs.

    Please note: Meets KDHE annual health and safety requirements.
  • Germs: When Caring Means Not Sharing

    Learn how infectious diseases spread in early care and education programs in this course. Learn about communicable and non-communicable diseases. Find out about the importance of immunizations. Explore methods to manage the spread of illness, and consider the impact of excluding ill children from child care.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment annual health and safety training requirements.
  • Guiding Infants and Toddlers: Understanding Behaviors

    Study typical developmental behaviors displayed by infants and toddlers. Identify temperament types, and understand the importance of creating goodness of fit for all children, whether in family child care or center-based child care programs. Explore ways to respond effectively during a biting situation, and develop strategies for supporting children who bite and for guiding the behavior of infants and toddlers during daily routines.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • Handling, Storing, and Disposing of Hazardous Materials and Biological Contaminants

    Gain the basics of implementing Standard Precautions when there is the potential of bloodborne pathogens, how to dispose and handle bio contaminant episodes, and ways to store and handle hazardous materials. Gain knowledge about safe practices in this course adapted, in part, with permission from Fight BAC! ® Goes to Childcare.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment initial health and safety training requirements in bloodborne pathogens and hazardous materials.
  • Harvest for Healthy Kids

    Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables are critical for the overall health and well-being of growing children. Help children meet the recommendations for daily fruit and vegetable intake.

    Learn about the Harvest for Healthy Kids curriculum and learn how to implement the curriculum and gain access weekly activity kits.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Help! My horse is in the waste paper basket!: Positive Classroom Management Strategies from birth to school age

    The way you were disciplined as a child, is the way you will discipline yourself as an adult, is the way you will discipline your children/the children you work with. All of the discipline/guidance strategies you learned as a child are, in fact, discipline/guidance strategies - BUT - are they always the most effective discipline/guidance strategies???? Today, we are going to talk about ways to get "your horse out of the waste paper basket" (Talk about different guidance/discipline strategies and their effectiveness) So you can "run the races!" (Successfully implement positive classroom management/discipline/guidance strategies each day).
  • How Teething, Weaning, and Oral Habits Impact Oral Health

    Learn about three events that can have a significant impact on a child's oral health. Take a look at what to expect during the teething process, how to properly wean infants and toddlers, and the advantages and disadvantages of non-nutritive sucking. Find ideas for discontinuation of oral habits such as thumb sucking and pacifier use and gain knowledge for oral health as you care for infants and toddlers in family child care or center-based programs.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • How to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Families

    Learn basic information developed in collaboration with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition about support for families of breastfed infants. Learn about proper handling and storing of breastmilk, behaviors of breastfed babies, and benefits of breastfeeding for the infant, mother, and the community.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • How to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Families

    Learn basic information developed in collaboration with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition about support for families of breastfed infants. Learn about proper handling and storing of breastmilk, behaviors of breastfed babies, and benefits of breastfeeding for the infant, mother, and the community.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • I Need to Move! Promoting Physical Development

    Move beyond basic understanding to a more in-depth look at the physical development of young children. Examine ways that young children need to move to develop their motor skills. Explore large motor movements, tummy time, and fine motor movements with an emphasis on grasp development.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals with basic knowledge of physical development.
  • Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices into Your Early Childhood Program

    This presentation provides information regarding Trauma, Toxic Stress, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Resilience, and Trauma-Informed Care Practices. Participants will be provided data and resources to better understand Trauma-Informed Care Practices and how to best implement them into their program.
  • Inclusion Basics: An Introduction to Welcoming Children with Special Needs into Your Child Care Program

    Child care providers must be well prepared to welcome ALL children into their programs, including those with developmental delays, disabilities and special health needs. This introductory training gives information about the definition of inclusion and terminology related to the special education field, laws and ethics concerning inclusion, benefits of inclusion for children, families and communities, and basic observation and interaction strategies to utilize when working with ALL children.
  • Inclusive Care for Infants and Toddlers

    Understand the process of identifying infants and toddlers with disabilities in this course. Explore strategies for supporting children in their natural environment and working alongside families. Find a brief overview of opioid-addicted infants and learn about available resources to help care for infants and toddlers with disabilities.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • Inclusive Care for Preschool-Aged Children

    Find out the necessary steps to identify children with disabilities and delays, and learn about resources to support them. Learn to meet the developmental needs of all preschool children and gain a better understanding of how to directly help children in an inclusive environment while working alongside their families.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for preschool-aged children in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • Infant and Toddler Child Development

    Explore more in-depth development of infants and toddlers. Learn about the importance of the following areas: attachment, perceptual development, movement, and fine and gross motor skills, brain development, language skills, and social-emotional development.

    Your experience with this subject is best when you complete this course after the Basics of Child Development course.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • Infant Art: Foundations of Creativity

    Understand the importance of art for infants. Learn how to incorporate appropriate art experiences into daily activities in your child care setting. Discuss ways to create environments in family child care or center-based programs rich in beauty, experiences, and exploration of art. Learn the safety and supervision of infants during art experiences and how to choose appropriate art materials.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who care for infants and toddlers in both family child care and center-based programs.
  • Introduction to Designing Environments

    While human relationships play a key role in children's healthy development, physical and social environments also impact children's development. Explore the elements of designing an effective early childhood setting. Learn how physical space and materials of the indoor environment and grouping children influence children.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Introduction to Ethics in the Early Childhood Profession

    In this introductory course, participants will explore the National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethics. This course will provide a foundation for what ethics and core values are in early childhood programs. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about how to solve common ethical dilemmas in the workplace.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Introduction to Menu Planning

    Explore the basic principles and techniques of menu planning. Understand nutritional standards and how to read nutrition labels—gain strategies for introducing new foods to children and gain strategies for expanding food choices for picky eaters.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Introduction to the CDA Portfolio

    Learn the required components of the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ Professional Portfolio. Understand the importance and elements of a professional portfolio, including required Family Questionnaires, the Resource Collection, and writing a Professional Philosophy Statement.

    Take this course if you are working toward a Family Child Care, Infant/Toddler, or Preschool CDA Credential and are close to applying to the Council for Professional Recognition.

    Your experience with this subject is best when you complete this course before taking the course Developing Your CDA Portfolio course.
  • Kansas Early Learning Standards

    Explore the 3rd edition of Kansas Early Learning Standards (KELS) developed by the Kansas Department of Education. Explore how early childhood providers and teachers use the standards to guide their understanding of the developmental sequence of learning for children from birth through kindergarten.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Kansas Early Learning Standards Tool Kit: An Overview

    Kansas Early Learning Standards (KELS) are intended to be a guideline for tracking a child's progress in gaining foundational skills while allowing individual differences in development to shine through. The purpose of the KELS Virtual Toolkit is to provide early care and education practitioners and families with online resources for the appropriate use of early learning standards for children, birth to five years of age, consistent with professional guidelines, and current research.
  • Kansas Early Learning Standards: Communication and Literacy Standards in Practice

    The Kansas Early Learning Standards (KELS) provide a continuum that links early development to school readiness and later learning. This training explores the Communication and Literacy Standards, what they mean, and how to implement them in a play-based learning environment.
  • Leadership Series: Developing People

    If you hold an administrative or director position in an early care and education program, you are eligible for this study of how to find and develop staff. Take this advanced, five-week blended course to gain leadership skills to benefit your team. You combine assigned book readings, online course assignments, and weekly Zoom video conferencing meetings. Join Zoom via webcam or smartphone. Upon registration, receive a personal copy of The Art of Leadership Developing People in Early Childhood Organizations to read and gain practical advice from leading experts in the early childhood field. Learn about selecting, training, and appraising staff as well as promoting teamwork among staff members.

    This course is only available for professionals who hold administrative or director positions in their early care and education program.

    This course has specific registration requirements.
  • Leadership Series: Inspiring Early Childhood Leaders

    If you hold an administrative or director position in an early care and education program, you are eligible for this study of how to create a vision for your staff and implement positive staff changes. Take this advanced, five-week blended course to gain leadership skills to benefit your team. You combine assigned book readings, online course assignments, and weekly Zoom video conferencing meetings. Join Zoom via webcam or smartphone. Upon registration, receive a personal copy of Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Eight Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality by Susan MacDonald. Find strategies designed to support program leaders. Find new ways to reduce levels of stress on yourself and your staff. Move into a unified, engaging system for leading with passion, intention, and purpose.

    This course is only available for professionals who hold administrative or director positions in their early care and education program.

    This course has specific registration requirements.
  • Listen to the Rhythm: Books, Music, and Movement

    Learn music techniques for children up to preschool-age developed with the expertise of Margaret Hooton, early childhood music specialist. Learn that music is more than instruments. Examine the basics of music and movement in regards to pitch, personal space, and general space and extend everyday music and movement activities. Learn how to incorporate your favorite children's book as well as new chants and songs to include with literacy opportunities.

    This course requires activities with children during the course session.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • LIVE Virtual Training: Behavior Guidance: Stating Behavioral Expectations

    Join us for this LIVE Virtual Training about guiding behavioral expectations for preschoolers, toddlers, and mixed-aged groups of children. When children clearly understand what you expect of them, they can more securely play and work within those parameters. In this training, you will explore how and why it is important to state behavioral expectations during activities and routines. You will be introduced to the four steps involved in developing and teaching developmentally appropriate expectations that support children in being successful in meeting appropriate expectations. This virtual training requires you to use a webcam or front-facing camera to create a more interactive and engaging learning experience. Details about access to the training launchpad will be provided via email the day before the virtual training.

    This course includes both asynchronous and synchronous elements.
  • LIVE Virtual Training: Engaging Conversations with Children

    LIVE Virtual Training will be held on Zoom July 21, 2020, at 6:00 pm. Detailed information of how to access the virtual training will be provided in the confirmation email. Conversations are more than just talking; they create opportunities to build a relationship between two people while mutually giving benefits to both children and adults. When you promote conversations, you foster children’s cognitive and social development and enhance their language skills. Join this LIVE virtual presentation to add knowledge to your understanding of benefits and elements of meaningful conversations with children. Learn how to identify opportunities to have conversations with children and strategies to engage children in conversations.
  • LIVE Virtual Training: Following Children’s Lead

    Join us for this LIVE virtual training to learn about engaging children in learning by following their lead. How do you follow children’s lead? Learn what it means to follow children’s lead, explore strategies on how you can follow children’s lead, and discuss examples of how this looks in daily interactions. This virtual training requires you to use a webcam or front-facing camera to create a more interactive and engaging learning experience. Details about access to the training launchpad will be provided via email the day before the virtual training.

    This course includes both asynchronous and synchronous elements.
  • Meaningful Evidence: Understanding Assessment in Early Childhood Programs

    Ongoing assessment of children's growth is part of quality early childhood programs. Engaging families in the assessment process is a vital part of an appropriate assessment for young children. Explore methods to engage families in the assessment process. Learn about the meaningful and appropriate assessment and how assessment provides a way to document children's new skills and integrate the needs of each child into planning. Understand the assessment cycle and gain tips on how to document and integrate assessment information into planning.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Mindfulness for Early Childhood Professionals

    This introductory course explores how practicing mindfulness can reduce the stress that early care and education professionals experience in their daily work with young children and families. The course explores the positive and negative impacts of stress, how resilience helps people manage stress, and how mindfulness practices can be used to improve caregiver’s effectiveness. Participants will explore mindfulness practices they can use daily for themselves as well as some information and activities to use with the young children.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Mindfulness: A Resilience Practice

    Mindfulness is a state of being consciously aware of the present moment, feelings, thoughts and bodily responses. Mindfulness practices have been linked to increased calmness, empathy, and decreased stress. As we know, children and adults experience daily stressors that can become too intense over time without the proper techniques to manage that stress. This course looks at mindfulness practices that foster resilience, and can be used by adults and taught to children.
  • More Than Dress Up

    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. Examine the role of the adult in dramatic play and help families learn the benefits of dramatic play.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Movement Through Music

    It's time to get moving, have fun, and use music! Explore ways to incorporate music into physical activity in the early learning environment both indoors and outdoors. Learn about the effects of screen time on childhood obesity and the importance of physical activity for children to prevent childhood obesity. Record the amount of structured and unstructured time the children engage in.

    This course requires activities with children during the course session.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Next Steps: Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Centers

    Gain knowledge beyond basic emergency preparedness for center-based child care or preschool programs. Take an in-depth look at how to prepare children and programs for emergencies such as winter weather, intruder, and earthquake that could affect children in your care. Evaluate current emergency policies and procedures designed to assist you in emergency situations.

    This course is appropriate for early care and education professionals who work in center-based or preschool programs.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment annual health and safety training requirements.
  • Next Steps: Emergency Preparedness for Family Child Care

    Gain knowledge beyond basic emergency preparedness for family child care programs. Take an in-depth look at planning for emergencies, and explore the variety of situations that family child care programs potentially could experience. Create emergency plans and procedures that will help family child care providers inform parents and prepare and protect children before, during, and after an emergency.

    This course is appropriate for professionals who own or work in licensed Day Care or Group Day Care Home programs.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment annual health and safety training requirements.
  • Not All Pigs Are Pink: Incorporating Process Art into Your Early Childhood Program

    “Can I be done now?”. “Is this right?”. “I can’t do it!”. “Mine doesn’t look like yours!”. These might be some of the things you hear children saying when you get to work on the daily art project. What if you could turn those statements into ones of, “Look what I made!”. “I’m going to make another!”. “Can I have more time?”? This course will lead participants to define and discuss both product and process art, along with exploring methods and resources to implement and facilitate process art into their programs.
  • Observation 1: An Introduction to Observing Children

    Find out why observations of young children are essential to quality care and teaching. In this course, review six key practices for effective observation, and explore the most common observation tools. Learn that conducting observation is only the first part of the process of observation in early childhood programs. Reflecting on observation information and taking action are the other pieces of the process.

    Your experience with this subject is best when you take this course before taking the course Observation 2: Tools for Observing Children—A Guided Practice.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Observation 2: Tools for Observing Children

    Learn to write observation statements that are factual and remove interpretation. Practice using a variety of observation tools such as narrative records, anecdotal records, running records, and time sampling. Explore using checklists, frequency count records, work samples, photographs, and videos to document children's growth and development. Print the observation packet found on the course homepage to use as you practice using observation tools by watching videos.

    Your experience with this subject is best when you take this course after taking the course Observation 1: An Introduction to Observing Children course.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Orientation to Early Childhood

    Gain information about career options available in the early childhood profession. Learn employment requirements for different care settings and about support systems available to early education professionals.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Orientation to the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

    Are you interested in furthering your career while working with young children? Learn the requirements to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, a widely recognized credential in early childhood education. Find out the steps to the CDA, CDA types, training requirements, where to apply, and methods that candidates use to demonstrate knowledge and experience.

    Take this course if interested in working toward a Family Child Care, Infant/Toddler, or Preschool CDA Credential. Please note: You need this course as a prerequisite for the Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities CDA Training Track.
  • Peer To Peer Coaching: The Effective Way to Team Build

    This course provides an opportunity for participants to learn how to have develop new problem solving skills to use with each other. By engaging in this course, participants will learn the importance of their adult relationships, and how to embrace conflict and to have effective and meaningful conversations with each other. A 4 step problem solving guide will be explained and applied.
  • Play: Problems and Interventions

    Learn to recognize children who have play problems and identify six behavior patterns that signal children need help with play. Learn how play problems limit the development of skills that lay the foundation for academic learning. Explore a process for helping children with play problems: observe, reflect, and intervene. Examine this process with required observation of children at play. Learn how child care professionals and teachers use direct support, curriculum activities, and peers to help a child develop play skills.

    This course requires observations of children during the course session.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who know about child development and a basic understanding of play theories.
  • Poison Prevention for Child Care Providers

    Understand what poison is, who is in jeopardy of poisoning, and how to reduce the risk for children in your care. Learn about the benefits of a Poison Control center, and learn the basics of first aid for poisoning.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment annual health and safety training requirements.
  • Portfolios: Celebrating Each Child

    Portfolios are useful, practical tools to aid childcare providers in acknowledging and documenting each child's progress. Find the benefits of creating and evaluating child portfolios in this introduction to children’s portfolios.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Positive Solutions for Families (and Staff!)

    Preventing and addressing challenging behavior in toddlers and preschoolers is a training topic common to families and early care and education providers alike. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) developed an evidence-based, user-friendly parent training series of six sessions to assist early care and education programs and providers in helping families use more positive and effective parenting behaviors, which will in turn promote social and emotional development and prevent or address many challenging behaviors and mental health needs early. This training was developed primarily for parents of toddlers and preschool-age children. http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/training_parent.html
  • Power of Positive Communication

    Whether we are communicating with other adults or children, we generally avoid conflict. We see conflict as a negative experience. What if you had the tools to avoid that negative feeling and could turn conflict into a positive experience? Learn to understand reactions to conflict in order to better manage your attitudes and constructive communication. Examine conflict solutions and develop conflict resolution strategies that foster teamwork and win-win solutions.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Preschool Child Development

    Explore the development of preschool-aged children in the areas of cognitive, physical, language, and social and emotional development from the whole child perspective. Explore the connection between the developmental domains and activities to foster that development and the importance play to a preschooler's learning.

    Your experience with this subject is best when you complete this course after the Basics of Child Development course.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who work with preschool-aged children.
  • Preventing Obesity and Promoting Wellness: Movement

    Add to your basic knowledge of physical development and movement skills in young children. Gain knowledge about the effects of childhood obesity from experts within pediatrics, nutrition, and child development. Find strategies and movement activities that promote wellness within early childhood. Through a license agreement with Child Care Exchange, view videos from experts in their fields and watch scenes from innovative early childhood classrooms that promote wellness and prevent obesity.

    You will need the ability to watch and listen to videos to take this course.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Preventing Obesity and Promoting Wellness: Nutrition

    Add to your basic understanding of nutrition and child development. Gain knowledge about the effects of childhood obesity from experts in pediatrics, nutrition, and child development. Learn strategies and activities to promote proper nutrition through developmentally appropriate practice. Through a license agreement with Child Care Exchange, view videos from experts in their fields and watch scenes from innovative early childhood classrooms that promote wellness and prevent obesity.

    You will need the ability to watch and listen to videos to take this course.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

    If you have basic knowledge of child abuse prevention, increase your knowledge about ways to protect infants from risks of shaken baby syndrome (SBS). In this course, learn the signs, symptoms, and causes of SBS. Gain strategies for coping with crying, soothing, and self-care of infants. Find information on the Period of PURPLE Crying, a typical part of every infant's development, about Kansas SBS prevention efforts, and how to share this information with families.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment annual health and safety training requirements.

    This course is appropriate for early care and education professionals who work with infants.
  • Preventing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Care and Education Settings

    Suspension and expulsion of preschool age children has become a national focus, but do we all recognize it when we see it in early childhood settings? This training examines the definitions of suspension vs. expulsion and differences and similarities in guidance documents from USDHHS, USDoE, and AAP/CFOC. The training also answers the following questions:

    -How do we know if there is a problem in Kansas?

    -Who are the kids getting expelled from childcare and preschool programs, and what happens to them?

    -What can programs/teachers/providers do to prevent suspension and expulsion in early care and education settings?

    Participants will have the opportunity to identify and reflect on their own practices in relation to factors associated with increased use of exclusionary practices in child care and preschool settings and leave with an action plan for improving practices. Extensive resources will be provided including sample program policies aligned with state and federal guidance, an online self-assessment for program leaders that links to specific resources, and extended online professional development resources for staff.
  • Preventing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Care Education

    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 dropouts, and be incarcerated than children who do not. Learn about suspension and expulsion in early childhood programs in this higher-level course. Develop a better understanding of the short and long-term concerns as well as the prevention of suspension and expulsion. Gain resources including sample program policies aligned with state and federal guidance, an online self-assessment for program leaders linked to specific resources, and extended online professional development resources for staff.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease

    Gain information about infectious disease and how to implement infection controls to manage the spread of illness. In this foundation course, learn the importance of immunizations, appropriate hand hygiene, limiting the spread of microorganisms through appropriate diapering and toileting procedures, and when to exclude a child due to illness.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's initial health and safety training requirements for infectious disease and immunizations.
  • Prevention of and Response to Emergencies Due to Food and Allergic Reactions

    Learn how to serve food safely in early education and child care programs. In this foundation course, learn about food allergies, about daily management of a food allergy, and how to prepare for a food allergy emergency. Advance your food-handling skills with knowledge adapted with permission from Core Four Practices of the Fight BAC! Food Safety Education Partnership.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's initial health and safety training requirements for emergencies due to allergic reactions.
  • Proactive Environmental Supports to Enhance Routines and Schedules for Children

    This presentation provides information regarding the importance of relationships, observation, along with concrete visual supports to manage and enhance the daily routines and schedules in your infant/toddler classroom

    or program.
  • Proactive Interaction Techniques and Teaching Strategies to Enhance Routines and Schedules for Children

    This presentation provides information regarding the importance of relationships, observation, and specific techniques and strategies to manage and enhance the daily routines and schedules in your infant/toddler classroom or program.
  • Process and Art Creation

    Creativity is the act of learning something new. Explore the creative process and how to support the development of creativity in young children. Process art versus product art: What is the difference, and why does it matter? Learn strategies to support process art experiences for young children. Plan to use children’s art work during this course.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Promoting Family Engagement with Infant and Toddler Families

    If you care for infants and toddlers in family child care or center-based programs, find how to develop and grow relationships with their families. Understand the challenges of family engagement. In this course, find ways to provide events and opportunities for family engagement in unique and individual ways.

    This course is appropriate for early care and education professionals who work with infants and toddlers.
  • Recognizing and Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness

    Learn about common causes of homelessness and the impact that homelessness has on children and families. Explore the laws and regulations regarding access to education for children experiencing homelessness and how they relate to child care providers. Learn to build relationships and support families experiencing homelessness.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Reducing the Risk of SIDS and Using Safe Sleep Practices

    Learn the six safe sleep practices to use in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in early care facilities. Through this foundation course, examine safe sleep practices and environmental factors of concern to those who care for infants in family child care and center-based programs. Review the elements of a Safe Sleep Policy for your program.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's initial health and safety training requirements for SIDS and safe sleep.
  • Respectful Teaching: A Responsive Approach to Infant and Toddler Learners

    Respect is the foundation of infant and toddler learning and caregiving. This introductory will introduce the importance of respectful approaches to how infants and toddlers learn and thrive in early care experiences. This course looks at the elements of respect, the importance of unhurried time, and understanding what respect should like with every day experiences.

    This course is appropriate for early care and education professionals working with children from birth to the age of 3.
  • Responding with Families to Developmental Concerns

    This training explores engaging families when they or educators have concerns that a child is at risk for a disability or developmental delay.
  • Responsive Planning for Infants and Toddlers

    Within the foundation of relationships and positive interactions, this course provides an insight into the process of responsive planning for infants and toddlers. Participants will gain an awareness of the importance of developing a responsive curriculum and understand the process of creating and implementing responsive lesson plans. Additionally, participants will explore how to create an environment that supports responsive planning.
  • Responsive Planning for Infants and Toddlers

    Within the foundation of relationships and positive interactions, this course provides an insight into the process of responsive planning for infants and toddlers. Participants will gain an awareness of the importance of developing a responsive curriculum and understand the process of creating and implementing responsive lesson plans. Additionally, participants will explore how to create an environment that supports responsive planning.
  • Safe Steps: Administering Medication to Children

    Medication can be crucial to the health and wellness of young children, but it can also be dangerous if given incorrectly, such as the wrong dose, wrong child, wrong time. In this foundation course, learn the steps of medication administration, including labeling, storage, disposal, necessary documentation, and administration policy needed to keep children safe and healthy.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's initial health and safety training requirements for administering medications in facilities.
  • School-Age Care: Guidance for Youth Development

    Build your understanding of youth growth and development, and look at factors that affect youth behavior. Examine the connection between the behavior of school-age youth and adult guidance strategies. Explore the importance of communication with managing school-age children's behavior.

    Your experience with this subject is best when you take this course after taking the course School-Age Care: Introduction to Behavior and Guidance.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who work with school-aged children.
  • School-Age Care: Introduction to Behavior and Guidance

    Build on your understanding of youth development, and learn about behavior and guidance for school-aged children. Explore the importance of understanding youth growth and development to improve interactions. Examine the importance of building relationships and communication as an essential element for guiding school-age children.

    Your experience with this subject is best when you take this course before taking the course School-Age Care: Guidance for Youth Development.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who work with school-aged children.
  • Science for Infants and Toddlers

    When we start science with children at an early age, and provide opportunities for fun and supportive science , we are encouraging children to have a life long learning of discovery! Children are natural scientists and we need to support them through their learning by offering an age appropriate science environment and materials for them to safely explore. This course will focus on the importance of fostering early science skills in infants and toddlers, as well as, providing techniques and tools for caregivers for implementation of science in the infant and toddler environments.
  • STEM for Babies and Toddlers

    What is STEM? This presentation provides an overview of developmentally appropriate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning for babies and toddlers. A review of brain basics, cognitive development and the importance of play is included.
  • Strengthening Business Practices, Module 1: Budgets, Projections, and Planning for Center-Based Child Care Providers

    The purpose of this training is to strengthen child care providers' foundational knowledge of fiscal terms, concepts, and practices. It encourages providers to realize the importance of fiscal planning to the sustainability of their business operations. It provides tips and best practices to help break down fiscal processes into manageable steps.
  • Strengthening Business Practices, Module 1: Budgets, Projections, and Planning for Family Child Care

    The purpose of this training is to strengthen child care providers' foundational knowledge of fiscal terms, concepts, and practices. It encourages providers to realize the importance of fiscal planning to the sustainability of their business operations. It provides tips and best practices to help break down fiscal processes into manageable steps.
  • Strengthening Business Practices, Module 2: Financial Reports and Internal Controls for Center-Base Child Care Providers

    The purpose of this training is to strengthen child care providers' foundational knowledge of fiscal terms, concepts, and practices. It encourages providers to realize the importance of fiscal planning to the sustainability of their business operations. It provides tips and best practices to help break down fiscal processes into manageable steps.
  • Strengthening Business Practices, Module 2: Financial Reports and Internal Controls for Family Child Care

    The purpose of this training is to strengthen child care providers' foundational knowledge of fiscal terms, concepts, and practices. It encourages providers to realize the importance of fiscal planning to the sustainability of their business operations. It provides tips and best practices to help break down fiscal processes into manageable steps.
  • Strengthening Business Practices, Module 3: Marketing Your Program for Center-Based Child Care Providers

    This training helps child care administrators and providers improve their ability to develop a marketing plan and use marketing tools to communicate with families about the benefits of their program. This training reinforces the belief that sound business practices improve the sustainability of child care businesses.
  • Strengthening Business Practices, Module 3: Marketing Your Program for Family Child Care

    This training helps family child care providers improve their ability to develop a marketing plan and use marketing tools to communicate with families about the benefits of their program. This training reinforces the belief that sound business practices improve the sustainability of child care businesses.
  • Strengthening Business Practices, Module 3: Marketing Your Program for Family Child Care Cohort

    This training helps family child care providers improve their ability to develop a marketing plan and use marketing tools to communicate with families about the benefits of their program. This training reinforces the belief that sound business practices improve the sustainability of child care businesses. This course is offered as a three-part series with small cohort of participants.
  • Strengthening Business Practices, Module 4: Recruiting and Retaining Staff for Center-Based Child Care Providers

    This training supports child care administrators in their efforts to strengthen systems of staff recruitment and improve their ability to retain quality staff. This training reinforces the belief that sound business practices improves the sustainability of child care businesses.
  • Strengthening Families through Positive Connections

    This course is designed for professionals who have a solid foundation in working with families and protective factors. The Kansas Children's Service League eLearning course is made available with a partnership with KCCTO and Kansas Families and Schools Together, Inc. 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.

    This course is appropriate for early care and education professionals who have basic knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences, protective factors and working with families.

    Please Note: Meets KDHE annual health and safety requirements.
  • Successful Naptime for Children Ages 1-5 Years

    Explore the benefits of naptime for children ages 1 to 5 years of age. Add to your basic understanding of child development and appropriate practice, and gain naptime strategies. Identify ways to create a high-quality naptime routine and learn how to plan for children who do not nap.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment annual health and safety training requirements.
  • Supporting Infant and Toddler Temperaments

    Participants will learn more about their temperament and the temperaments of the infants and toddlers enrolled in their program through the utilization of the Infant Toddler Temperament Tool (IT3). Participants will leave being able to complete the tool and use the results to obtain ""Goodness of Fit"" and activity suggestions.
  • Supporting Kansas Families: DCF Child Care Subsidy Program

    Learn the process and program requirements for becoming a Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) child care provider for families eligible for DCF child care assistance. Learn how the DCF Child Care subsidy program helps eligible families pay for child care costs. Understand how families meet income requirements and qualify for child care subsidies.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals and relative care providers.
  • Supporting Relationships Through Engaging Environments

    An engaging environment filled with child-guided experiences and adult support plays a central role in children's development of social-emotional competence. Add to your basic understanding of social and emotional development. Explore the relationship between the child care environment and social-emotional development in young children and gain strategies to support social-emotional learning in large groups, small groups, and individual children.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals who work with preschool-aged children.
  • The Power of Routines

    We all thrive on routines and rituals. A day in the life of a child care provider, or teacher, is full of transitions, and having a predictable routine makes children feel safe. A child that feels safe, and is prepared for the many transitions they experience throughout the day is a happy child. A prepared child care provider can ensure that the number of new learning opportunities offered keep children happy and engaged in learning, which helps with the flow of the day.
  • The Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth

    Understand the importance of good oral health for children in this introductory course. Learn the benefits of keeping children cavity-free, and find strategies for the prevention of bacterial transmission. Create an action plan to implement a tooth-brushing routine into the daily schedule. Find tips for healthy snacks that promote oral health and gain numerous resources to assist in promoting oral health in the child care setting.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Tips & Tools for Contracts and Policies

    Whether you are a seasoned early childhood professional, or just starting your career, learn the importance of contracts, procedures, and policies for family child care programs. Learn family-friendly ways to create and implement contracts and policies that are easy to understand, fair, and comprehensive. Find how to ensure that your program's contracts and policies meet state licensing, legal requirements, and Kansas Department for Children and Families requirements.

    This course is appropriate for professionals who own or work in licensed Day Care or Group Day Care Home programs.
  • Transportation of Children

    Learn basic procedures for safely transporting children in vehicles in this foundation course for early care and education professionals. Know basic requirements and best practices for taking children off-site, including transportation by vehicle or walking.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's initial health and safety training requirements for transporting children by foot or vehicle.
  • Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Learn about trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including homelessness, in this course. Review the definition of trauma and ACEs. Examine the lasting impacts from early adverse experiences, and find strategies for developing resiliency in young children.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's annual health and safety training requirements for basic child development.
  • Trauma, Toxic Stress and Resilience- Part 2

    This presentation provides information regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Toxic Stress, and Resilience. Participants will be provided data and resources to better understand ACEs and Toxic Stress: it's prevalence and effects on children. In addition, data and resources on Resilience and it's importance in counteracting the effects of ACEs and Toxic Stress will be provided.
  • Trauma, Toxic Stress, & Resilience – Part 1

    This presentation provides information regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Toxic Stress, and Resilience. Participants will be provided data and resources to better understand ACEs and Toxic Stress: it's prevalence and effects on children. In addition, data and resources on Resilience and it's importance in counteracting the effects of ACEs and Toxic Stress will be provided.
  • Understanding Children’s Behavior as Communication

    This training focuses on ways that early childhood educators can partner with families to understand and respond to children's behavior as communication.
  • Understanding Risk and Promoting Resilience in the First Five Years

    In this higher-level course, build on your strong foundation of understanding risk and protective factors for young children. Build on prior knowledge of child abuse and neglect risk factors and social and emotional development. Learn to identify potential risk and protective factors in the children you care for daily and learn to use positive experiences and nurturing interactions to build relationships that promote resilience in young children.

    Take this course and earn clock-hours towards Kansas Department of Health and Environment's annual health and safety training requirements for basic child development.
  • Understanding Social Emotional Development

    Providers will be introduced to the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Pyramid Model. They will be able to define social emotional development. Child care providers will describe how social emotional development unfolds in the context of caregiving relationships.
  • Understanding Temperaments of Young Children

    A child's temperament influences his or her style of interaction and the way that child understands and experiences the world and the people in it. Learn about three temperament traits: adaptable, cautious, and feisty. Discuss goodness of fit (compatibility of a person's temperament with their surrounding environment). Understand the traits of the various temperaments and how adjustments can be made in your approach or environment when working with these various temperaments.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.
  • Using Interactive Media in Early Learning

    As technology use continues to grow, knowledge of how to use electronic media and devices, referred to as Digital Literacy, has become as important as book awareness and handling. Teachers and care providers are in the position to take the lead in creating positive digital literacy activities by limiting screentime, interacting with children during screen use, and being intentional in choosing how children are going to access media and what learning goals can be enhanced through technology. This training will address practices to select appropriate media for early childhood programs, as well as strategies to increase interactions to help meet child goals.
  • Using Observations to Build Children’s Developmental Capacity

    This course will guide participants in defining the what, why, and when of observations. The importance of relationships and developmentally appropriate practices in quality observations. Participants will begin to apply the observational principles of “watch” and “reflect”, leading them to write objective, developmental observations and assign corresponding developmental milestones to observations. Finally, participants will then utilize this information to create and implement individualized, developmentally appropriate activities
  • Using Portfolios to Build Children’s Developmental Capacity

    "Using Observations to Build Children's Developmental Capacity" is a PREREQUISITE to this course.

    This course will guide participants through identifying the ways in which children learn best. Participants will leave with information about what portfolios are, the advantages to using portfolios in their program, review suggested/sample documents to put in portfolios, and develop an action plan to implement the use of portfolios into their classroom/program.
  • Why Dramatic Play?

    Dramatic play is central to children's healthy development and learning; it is creative and imaginative. Play allows children to break through the restrictions of reality. We want to make sure we are encouraging children to use their imaginations both inside and outside.
  • Why Fine Motor?

    Providers will understand what and why fine motor is important in the learning environment. They will understand how activities support fine motor development. They will understand what the environment should contain. How to take fine motor outdoor. The role of the child care provider and how to include parents in fine motor learning.
  • Working with Children in a Mixed Age Program

    Children grow and learn naturally in mixed-age groups. However, it can be challenging to balance safety, active learning, and the individual needs of each child with mixed ages in one group. Examine strategies and adaptations for meeting the needs of a mixed-age group of children in family child care or in center-based programs. Study how to plan learning activities that include children of mixed ages and mixed developmental levels.

    This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.