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Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome): A Guide for Child Care Providers
Abusive head trauma, which includes head injuries from child abuse such as Shaken Baby Syndrome, is the leading cause of death in cases of child abuse in the United States. This 2-hour course will help you better understand the dangers of abusive head trauma and how to take steps to protect the children in your care from this type of abuse. 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
Age-Appropriate Nutrition, Feeding, and Support for Breastfeeding
As a child care provider, you play a vital role in helping infants and young children develop healthy eating patterns that can benefit them well into their adult years. During this 2-hour course, we will focus on the importance of good nutrition for infants and young children. You will be presented with information that is intended to help you gain a better understanding of age appropriate feeding practices, breastfeeding recommendations, methods for appropriate bottle feeding, transitioning to solid foods, and general nutrition recommendations for young children. 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
Age-Appropriate Physical Activity for Children
Age-Appropriate Physical Activity for Children is a 2-hour course that is part of a series of online trainings designed to help you, as child care providers and directors, implement current, research-based best practices in your child care environments. During this course, you will learn why regular activity is crucial for children of all ages, how to match specific activities to stages of development, and how to modify activities for children with special needs. 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
Basic First Aid: Protecting the Well-Being of the Children in Your Care
Protecting the well-being of children should be the first priority of any child care program, and one that cannot be taken lightly. Because children are children, injuries cannot always be prevented; however, providing a safe environment along with careful supervision greatly decreases the likelihood of a child becoming injured while in your care. This 2-hour course addresses best practices in basic first aid in child care settings. 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
Caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Working effectively with children with developmental disabilities or children with special health care needs requires a unique set of skills and knowledge. This 2-hour course will help you learn how to serve these children in child care settings. 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: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 14.00
Child Abuse and Neglect: A Guide for Child Care Professionals
Each year, nearly a million cases of child maltreatment, which includes both abuse and neglect, are confirmed, and many more probably go unreported. Maltreatment has a long-term impact on the affected child, and also carries heavy costs for families, communities, and society as a whole. This 2-hour course is designed to give child care professionals, including caregivers and administrators, the tools to prevent, identify, and report child abuse and neglect among the children in your care. 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
Childhood Immunizations
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines, or immunizations, are the most important public health intervention in history because they have saved millions from death and have prevented hundreds of millions from once crippling and deadly diseases. This 1- hour course is designed to help you gain a better understanding of childhood vaccinations, including the benefits, requirements, and the diseases they prevent. 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
Common Childhood Illnesses Part 1: Common Symptoms and Complications
Children in child care facilities are two to three times more likely to acquire infections and illnesses that affect their health than children who are kept at home. Because of that, child care providers must constantly monitor the children in their care to keep illnesses from spreading to the other children and workers in their facility. This 1-hour course is designed to help you improve your ability to recognize Common Childhood Illnesses.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Common Childhood Illnesses Part 2: Respiratory Illnesses and Rashes
Children in child care facilities are two to three times more likely to acquire infections and illnesses that affect their health than children who are kept at home. Because of that, child care providers must constantly monitor the children in their care to keep illnesses from spreading to the other children and workers in their facility. This 1-hour course is designed to help you improve your ability to recognize Common Childhood Illnesses.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Common Childhood Illnesses Part 3: Zoonotic and Other Illnesses
Children in child care facilities are two to three times more likely to acquire infections and illnesses that affect their health than children who are kept at home. Because of that, child care providers must constantly monitor the children in their care to keep illnesses from spreading to the other children and workers in their facility. This 1-hour course is designed to help you improve your ability to recognize Common Childhood Illnesses.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Controlling Asthma Triggers in the Child Care Environment
Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood illnesses. This course gives a basic overview of what happens in the body during an asthma attack, discusses common asthma attack triggers, and covers a variety of strategies child care providers can use to reduce the number of asthma triggers in their indoor environments. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Emergency Planning for Child Care Providers
This 2-hour course is designed to help you understand the process of becoming prepared for emergencies that might affect your program, thus fulfilling one of the fundamental tasks of any child care provider: to create a safe and healthy environment for the children in your care. 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
Ensuring the Health and Safety of Infants and Toddlers in Child Care
One of the most important responsibilities of infant and toddler caregivers is to keep children safe and healthy. This 2-hour course is designed to help caregivers: identify and remove potential hazards in infant and toddler environments; incorporate healthy practices into the daily routine, especially during activities such as feeding, diaper changing, hand washing, and napping; learn to properly clean and sanitize objects and surfaces in the child care environment; and handle minor and major emergencies that arise while children are in care. 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
Feeding Young Children with Special Food Needs in Child Care Settings
This course "Feeding Young Children with Special Food Needs in Child Care Settings" is intended for child care providers, parents, families, teachers, county agents and other professionals working with these children. This 1.5 hour course addresses the special food needs for medical conditions for preschool and kindergarten children. It is of utmost importance for the parents of children with special medical conditions (food allergies/intolerances, hyperactivity,choking, diabetes, and developmentally challenged) to provide the child care providers with the following: dietary meal plans and self-care instructions from their physician and dietitian with any special dietary requests for meals/snacks; and any special feedings or medications that they must be given to assist them in feeding all children in child care settings.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Food Safety in the Classroom
There are many things one can do to help prevent foodborne illnesses from occurring, especially in children. This course is targeted towards child caregivers to discuss food safety practices in the preschool environment.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Germ Fighting Gone Green
Children in child care are 2-3 times more likely to acquire an infectious disease compared to children NOT in out of home care. This 1- hour course is designed to help you gain a better understanding of how to fight germs that invade your child care setting with earth friendly options. Our objectives are to increase the use of cleaning products that have fewer health risks; to increase the use of the least toxic disinfecting and sanitizing products and methods to control infection; and finally to determine the when?, where?, and why? of disinfecting surfaces. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Grow Sun Smart - Reducing risks for skin cancer in child care settings
With over one million new cases diagnosed each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Studies have shown that 80 percent of lifetime sun exposure can occur before the age of 18, childhood is a crucial period for awareness and prevention. A large proportion of lifetime exposure occurs in childhood therefore, targeting childcare settings can be an effective way to reduce ultraviolet (UV) exposure. It is important to protect young children from UV exposure as well as educate children with lifelong sun safety behaviors in order to reduce the risks of skin cancer. This 1- hour course is designed to help you gain a better understanding of how to Grow Sun Smart. This short educational module will teach us how we can all Grow Sun Smart, by minimizing sun exposure and reducing the risk of skin cancer at our child care centers. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Health and Safety: The First Line of Defense
The importance of a safe and healthy environment for children is of vital importance. This 1-hour course will provide teachers with the necessary tools to implement safe and healthy practices in their schools, both inside and outside. Students will learn about disease risks, hand washing procedures, sanitation, and supervision measures that must be maintained for children?s safety. A brief review of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Shaken Baby, and Child Abuse and Neglect issues are included. 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
Healthy Eaters: Infant and Toddler Nutrition in Child Care Settings
From the moment of conception, the human body depends on nutrition for growth, development, and long-term survival. Adequate nutrition during early childhood is one of the key ways to ensure healthy growth and development. This 1-hour course is designed to familiarize child care providers with the nutritional needs of infants and toddlers and the best strategies for meeting these needs. 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: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Healthy Habits: Encouraging Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Young Children
Obesity rates in the U.S. have increased dramatically over the past several decades. As a result, health professionals are cautioning that we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. This 1-hour course is designed to help child care providers understand the importance of developing healthy nutrition and physical activity habits in young children and to equip them with specific strategies to encourage these habits in their child care programs. 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
Infection Control in Child Care Settings
Infection Control in Child Care Settings is a 2-hour course that is part of a series of online trainings designed to help you, as child care providers and directors, implement current, research-based best practices in your child care environments. During this course, you will learn how to fight germs that invade your child care setting, how to reduce the incidence of infection among children and staff, and how to apply basic infection control measures. 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
Influenza-Like-Illnesses: Ways to avoid and prevent them in your child care setting
Children in child care facilities are two to three times more likely to acquire infections and illnesses that affect their health than children who are kept at home. Because of that, child care providers must constantly monitor the children in their care to keep illnesses from spreading to the other children and workers in their facility. This 2-hour course is designed to help you improve your ability to recognize and prevent influenza-like illnesses.  
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 14.00
Injury Prevention and Child Safety in Child Care Settings
Injuries are a serious threat to the health and well-being of children. Young children are at high risk for many injuries that can lead to disability and even death. This 1-hour course will help child care providers gain a better understanding of the subject of child safety and how to prevent injuries to the children in their care. 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
Managing Common Childhood Illnesses in Child Care
Management of Common Childhood Illnesses, including Food Intolerances and Allergies is a 2-hour course that is part of a series of online trainings designed to help you, as child care providers and directors, implement current, research-based best practices in your child care environments. During this course, you will learn how to manage common childhood illnesses, food intolerance, and allergies. 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
Medication Administration in Child Care: Ensuring Children's Safety
Medication Administration in Child Care: Ensuring Children?s Safety is a 2-hour course that is part of a series of online trainings designed to help you, as child care providers and directors, implement current, research-based best practices in your child care environments. This course is designed to provide you with information that will help you safely administer medications to children in your child care program. 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
Mini Talks about Mini Folks: Frequently Asked Questions on Child Nutrition
Answers to common child nutrition questions will be addressed. Questions discussed are: Is it the parentsĀ“ (or the childĀ“s) responsibility to determine how much food the child should eat? Is it normal for young children to refuse new food and how can I get him/her to try new foods? How can I help my overweight child? How can I get my child to eat more food? Should my child take a vitamin supplement? Should I allow my child to have sugar/sweets? What kind of milk is best for my child? How much juice can my child have? Is it okay for my child to have soft drinks? 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 10.00
Oral Health: Building Healthy Teeth and Gums in the Childcare Setting
Establishing good oral-health habits early ? rather than treating problems after the fact ? is critically important for children?s well-being. As a child care provider, you are in unique position to help children and parents understand the importance of good oral health. This 1-hour course will help you gain a better understanding of the issue, including specific advice on how to care for children?s teeth and gums. 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
Poison Prevention and Safety in Child Care Programs
Knowing the risks associated with poisoning, taking steps to minimize them, and having a plan for how to respond in the event of a poison emergency are critical to upholding the commitment to providing a safe environment for all children. During this 2-hour course, you will be provided with a working knowledge of poison risks and procedures for preventing and responding to poison emergencies in child care settings. 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
Reducing Asthma and Lead Risk in the Indoor Environment
This 2-hour course is designed to help you gain a better understanding of ways to reduce environmental triggers to asthma and lead risks found in homes and childcare facilities. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE.  
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 14.00
Safe Sleep: Reducing the Risk of Sleep-Related Infant Death in Child Care
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 and 12 months old. This 2-hour course will help you learn how to create a safe sleep environment for infants, thus reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also called SIDS, and other sleep-related causes of death that affect infants. 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
Snacks & the Preschool Child: Why, What & How
This lesson discusses the importance of snacks in the eating plan of preschool children. It discusses: why snacks are important, what kinds of foods should be served for snacks, and how to encourage children to eat healthful foods. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Ten Behaviors That Promote a Heathy Weight in Preschool Children
Behaviors supporting a healthful weight in children will be discussed in context of their supporting research and recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Also discussed are sample preschool eating patterns recommended by the USDA MyPlate. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 5.00