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Child Care Courses: Guidance and Discipline

Positive Guidance and Discipline
One of the most challenging aspects of caring for children is deciding upon a style of discipline that is appropriate, effective, and in the best interest of each child. Students who enroll in this course will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of various disciplinary styles and explore strategies for setting and enforcing healthy limits. This course qualifies for 1 clock hour of credit.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Positive Guidance: Why, What, and How?
Guidance and discipline issues are one of the most challenging aspects of any early childhood teacher?s work. This 1-hour course will help the student become more knowledgeable about what contributes to problem behaviors in the classroom, and how to work with children most effectively to promote positive behaviors. The student that takes this course will discover the connection between the classroom environment and the children's behaviors. 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
Responding to Challenging Infant Toddler Behavior
Infants and toddlers engage in challenging behaviors as a way of communicating that they have unmet needs. This 2-hour course is designed to help child care providers recognize, understand, and develop responses to these types of behavior. This course emphasizes the importance of identifying the meaning of behavior and of working with a team to fully assess and address challenging infant and toddler behavior. 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
Responsive Interactions and Guidance
Early childhood practitioners strive to establish warm and secure relationships with the children in their care. This module, which can be part of a 6-part Pre-Service training series, focuses on Core Competency 2: Responsive Interactions and Guidance from the Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners. Participants will explore strategies for getting to know individual children, building strong relationships with families, recognizing the importance of exploration and play, providing scaffolding to support learning in all areas, and helping children learn positive social and emotional skills. 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: 4 hr Course Price: Pay First Certificate Fee : 30.00
Shared Responsibility for Behavior Guidance
Children who develop strong social emotional skills in early childhood tend to achieve greater success later in life. One of the most important functions of early care and education is to create experiences that intentionally encourage optimal social emotional development. This course, part 4 in an 8- part series of modules designed for completing the necessary educational requirements for a CDA renewal, explores stages of social emotional development, stages and types of play in early childhood, strategies for supporting pro-social behavior, motivation, and integrating literacy and music experiences into the curriculum specifically to foster children's social emotional skills. 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: 6 hr Course Price: Pay First Certificate Fee : 30.00
Trouble in the Classroom: Overcoming Challenging Behaviors in the Early Childhood Classroom
In this 2-hour module, we will examine common disruptive behaviors such as biting, aggression, non-compliance, separation anxiety, and impulse control. This course will help you develop strategies to help children achieve positive behavioral outcomes. Through the course, you will develop a personal behavior management plan. Each behavior will be examined through the eyes of an infant (0-12 months), toddler (12-24 months), two year old (24-36 months), three year old (36-48 months), and four year old (48-60 months). This is important because at certain ages these behaviors are completely developmentally appropriate while at other ages they are a sign of behavioral concerns. 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