Behavior & Guidance of Young Children

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE clock 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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Family Child Care Environments

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE clock 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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Power of Positive Communication

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE clock hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

Content Area: Professional Development & Leadership

Communication is a part of daily life.  Understanding what positive communication is and learning strategies for implementing positive communication can help as we interact with children, families, and other professionals.  Conflict and disagreements are also a part of life.  This course explores understanding reactions to conflict, and how to approach problem-solving to find resolutions to situation that support relationships.  

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Process and Art Creation

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE clock hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence

Content Area: Learning Environment & Curriculum

What is the process of art and how do children learn through art?  This course will provide new ideas and techniques 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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Teaching Strategies to Enhance Transitions

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE clock hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence

Content Area: Learning Environment & Curriculum

Are cleanup times and other transitions stressing you out?  Transitions are a necessary part of each day.  These times can be stressful and frustrating for both children and caregivers, but there are strategies that can help reduce the stress and make transitions more efficient and smooth.  This course explores why transitions are challenging and discuss strategies for before, during, and after transitions to help make these periods more effective and add to children's learning.

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Understanding Temperaments of Young Children

Credit Hours: 3

CDA Subject Area: 3 - Social and Emotional Development

Content Area: Interactions with Children & Youth, Learning Environment & Curriculum

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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