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Child Growth and Development from Infancy to School-Age
As a child care provider, it is important to have an understanding of the developmental stages that children go through during their early years. This understanding serves as the foundation for providing the highest quality of care. During this 2-hour course, you will learn the stages that children go through and the milestones they exhibit from birth through the school-age years. This course was developed and produced by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.  
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Developing Appropriate Learning Environments for Infants and Toddlers
Child care providers have a great influence on what infants and toddlers see, hear, touch, taste, feel, and smell while children are in their care. Since children learn through their experiences, it is important that the environments to which they have access are safe, responsive, and meaningful. This 2-hour course examines several aspects of appropriate environments for infants and toddlers, including: Health and safety, space and furnishings, learning areas, outdoor play, creating language rich environments, the social emotional environment, and the structure of infant and toddler programs. This course was developed and produced by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Fostering Children's Self-Esteem
Helping children develop a healthy self-esteem is an important goal of early childhood education. Children with a healthy self-esteem, compared to their peers with an unhealthy self-esteem, tend to be happier, more confident in their abilities, and less afraid of failure. Students who enroll in this course will learn about the concept of self-esteem, how to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy self-esteem, and how to foster children?s self-esteem in early childhood settings. This course qualifies for 1 clock hour of credit.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Helping Children Resolve Peer Conflict
Dealing with conflict between children can be extremely frustrating for child care providers; however, peer conflict is an entirely normal part of growing up. Students who enroll in this course will learn about the positive and negative aspects of childrenĀ“s conflict, why children engage in frequent conflict with their peers, and how to effectively manage childrenĀ“s conflicts by teaching them age-appropriate conflict resolution skills. This course qualifies for 1 clock hour of credit.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Introduction to Infant and Toddler Social Emotional Development
Social emotional development begins at birth and continues throughout life, providing a foundation for meaningful relationships and learning. This 2-hour course is designed to introduce child care providers to the process of infant and toddler social emotional development, including key concepts such as temperament and attachment which affect a young child's ability to develop strong social and emotional skills. The course includes an emphasis on the importance of healthy relationships with caregivers for optimal social emotional development to occur. Content used in this course was obtained, with permission, from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University. This course was converted into an online format by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
More Outside Play Please: Importance of Outside Play
"Getting the wiggles out" is not the sole purpose of outdoor play. Active play is essential for not only healthy development, but also for many other reasons. Unfortunately, outdoor play is not a priority for some schools. Research clearly shows outdoor play helps children to develop strength and coordination, make connections to nature, and satisfy curiosity and interest. This 2-hour course will help teachers understand the importance of outdoor play and how they can make it a priority in their daily curriculum. This course addresses both safety aspects such as playground standards, inspections and equipment as well as addressing the teaching side of playgrounds. This module will present information of facilitating outdoor play, planning of curriculum and observation of that play. Funding for this online training was provided by the Workforce Solutions- Gulf Coast Workforce Board as part of their Early Care and Education Quality Improvement initiative. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Pay First Certificate Fee : 12.00
More Than the A,B,C's: Language and Literacy Development for Young Children
This 2-hour course has been designed to help teachers develop an understanding of how language and literacy develops from the infant years through the preschooler years. Definitions of important language and literacy concepts will be presented. Teachers will learn how to develop strategies for creating language and literacy rich environments and develop strategies that support second language learners with developmentally appropriate practices. Additionally, teachers will learn how to integrate language and literacy experiences into the early childhood classroom. Funding for this online training was provided by the Workforce Solutions- Gulf Coast Workforce Board as part of their Early Care and Education Quality Improvement initiative.  
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Pay First Certificate Fee : 12.00
Routines and Environments that Support Social Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers
There are a number of strategies that can be used to intentionally support the social emotional development of infants and toddlers. This 2-hour course is designed to present a sampling of those strategies to child care providers. The primary strategies addressed in this course include creating responsive routines, designing appropriate physical environments, and improving the emotional literacy of children in care. Content used in this course was obtained, with permission, from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University. This course was converted into an online format by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Supporting Child Growth and Development
The preschool years are incredibly important years of development and growth for a young child. In this 1-hour course the student will learn more about a child?s development during those years. The course will provide the student with an overview of 4 main areas of child growth and development (Cognitive, Language, Physical and Social/Emotional), and offer practical tips on how best to support children's development through these early years. Funding for this online training was provided by the Workforce Solutions- Gulf Coast Workforce Board as part of their Early Care and Education Quality Improvement initiative.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Pay First Certificate Fee : 12.00
Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development
Many experts believe that healthy social-emotional development serves as the basis for children to develop the skills they need to succeed in life. This includes how to pay attention, cooperate, and get along with others. This 1-hour course will help you learn more about children's social-emotional development during the preschool years. In addition to providing you with a general overview of the topic, this course will offer some practical tips on how to best support children's development in these key areas. Funding for this course was provided by Office of Title V and Family Health, Texas Department of State Health Services using Title V Maternal and Child Block Grant Funds. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
The Value of Play for Preschool Children
This course examines the role of play in contributing to the healthy development of preschool-age children. Students who enroll in this course will learn why play should be an important component of every child care program, how to organize indoor and outdoor play space, and how to involve children in fun, creative, and inexpensive play activities. This course qualifies for 1 clock hour of credit.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Understanding Infant and Toddler Development
Research indicates that the first three years of life are critical for physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development. During this 2-hour course, child care providers will learn about developmental patterns in infancy and toddlerhood, the three key domains of development, practical strategies for encouraging optimal development, and how to recognize signs of potential developmental delays in very young children. This course was developed and produced by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE.  
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free