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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Brain Basics

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE clock 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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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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Family Partnerships

Credit Hours: 4 KDHE Clock Hours

CDA Subject Area: 4 - Relationships with Families

Content Area: Families & Communities

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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Infant and Toddler Child Development

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE clock 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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Infant Safe Sleep Practices

Credit Hours: 2 KDHE Clock Hours

CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area: Health & Safety

This course meets KDHE licensing requirements for SIDS prevention and Safe Sleep Practices and is one of the 3 courses required by licensing.Learn about the six safe sleep practices to utilize in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in child care settings. Content also covers environmental factors and the creation of a Safe Sleep Policy for your program.

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Introduction to Designing Environments

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE clock 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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Literacy Connections: Environmental Print

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE Clock Hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence

Content Area: Learning Environment & Curriculum

As children's literacy experiences build and expand, so do the skills that enable a child to learn the meaning of symbols and how they relate to their world. Environmental Print is the letters, symbols and words that we see all around us; where we live, shop, travel to, and learn. It includes traffic signs, food labels, menus, and business signs. Used in a print rich early childhood setting, environmental print can be a tool to create enthusiasm for language and pre-reading. This course will discuss the benefits of using environmental print and the ease of incorporating it into your program with multiple ideas to get you started.

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Power of Positive Communication

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE clock 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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Process and Art Creation

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE clock hours

CDA Subject Area: 2 - Physical and Intellectual Competence

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

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Supporting Relationships through Engaging Environments

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE clock 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 clock 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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Tips & Tools for Contracts & Policies

Credit Hours: 4 KDHE clock hours

CDA Subject Area: 5 - Program Management

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

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Understanding Temperaments

Credit Hours: 3 KDHE clock 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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