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Courses:

An Introduction to Inclusive Child Care for Preschool and School-Age Children
This 2-hour course is the first in a series of online trainings designed to help child care providers and directors gain a better understanding of how to create an inclusive child care environment for preschool and school-age children with special needs. During this course, you will be presented with an in-depth look at inclusive care, why it should be a goal of every program, what you actually do in inclusive care, and what a typical day looks like in such a 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE.  
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Activity-Based Support for Children with Different Developmental and Functional Needs
An important aspect of inclusive child care is offering children the opportunity to be fully engaged in activities that will promote their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. This 2-hour course examines key components of an appropriate environment for infants and toddlers, focusing specifically on how materials and activities can be modified, if necessary, to ensure that children with different developmental and functional needs are successful in the child care setting. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Activity-Based Support in Inclusive Preschool and School-Age Child Care
All children need opportunities to play, but for children with disabilities, some types of play may be challenging ? if not impossible ? without adjustments to the environment, materials, or activities. During this 2-hour course, we will discuss how all children benefit from play and ways to make play activities accessible for children of all abilities in preschool and school-age child care programs. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
An Introduction to Inclusive Child Care: All Children Belong in a Natural Environment
This 2-hour course is the first in a series of online trainings designed to help child care providers and directors gain a better understanding of how to create an inclusive child care environment for infants and toddlers with special needs. The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to the concept of inclusive child care for infants and toddlers. During the course, participants will be presented with an in-depth look at the process of inclusion, examining laws and regulations that govern this process. Moreover, strategies will be discussed to help child care professionals promote inclusive child care practices in home- and center-based 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Diapering and Toilet Learning in Inclusive Infant-Toddler Care
Self-help routines such as diapering, toilet learning, and handwashing can help promote attachment, appropriate self-regulation, positive self-esteem, and autonomy. This 2-hour course explores regulations and best practices related to diapering, toilet learning, and handwashing, and suggests ideas for modifying these routines to meet the needs of children with disabilities in an inclusive infant or toddler 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Emergency Preparedness for Children with Special Needs
One of the most important features of any child care program is the extent to which the program and its staff are able to create a healthy and safe environment for all children. Part of creating such an environment is being prepared for unexpected emergencies. Child care facilities that have an emergency plan in place and practice it on a regular basis are better able to protect the children in their care. The purpose of this 2-hour course is to provide the basic guidelines necessary to develop a disaster preparedness plan for child care facilities that currently enroll or, at some point in the future will enroll, infants and toddlers 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Establishing a Healthy and Safe Environment for Preschool and School-Age Children with Special Needs
This 2-hour course is part of a series of online trainings designed to help child care providers and directors gain a better understanding of how to create a healthy, safe, and inclusive child care environment for preschool and school-age children. During this course, we will discuss how to establish such an environment through daily practices that ensure the health and safety of children with and without disabilities. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Strategies for Caring for Children with Challenging Behaviors
Dealing with challenging behavior is one of the most difficult aspects of providing care for young children. This 2-hour course is designed to help child care professionals learn more about why infants and toddlers use challenging behavior, what they can do to prevent this behavior, and how to effectively respond when prevention is not enough. Additionally, this course will specifically address challenging behavior in infants and toddlers with special needs, and how caregivers can respond appropriately and effectively. In essence, this course is designed to give child care providers the tools needed to understand, recognize, and respond to challenging behavior. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Strategies for Caring for Children with Sensory Integration Issues
Every day we use our senses to learn from each other and our environment. Our senses not only help us understand the world around us; they actually help shape our behavior. But what happens when our senses mislead us? The purpose of this course is to explore how sensory processing, sensory integration, and sensory processing disorders can affect a young child's development. During the course, participants will learn about specific strategies that can be used to help children with sensory integration issues reach their full developmental potential. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Strategies for Caring for Preschool and School-Age Children with Challenging Behaviors
This 2-hour course is part of a series of online trainings designed to help child care providers and directors gain a better understanding of how to create an inclusive child care environment for all children. During this course, we will learn why children use challenging behavior, what you can do to prevent this behavior, and how to effectively respond when prevention is not enough. We will also talk specifically about challenging behavior in children with special needs, and how caregivers can respond appropriately and effectively. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Strategies for Caring for Preschool and School-Age Children with Sensory Integration Issues
This 2-hour course is part of a series of online trainings designed to help child care providers and directors gain a better understanding of how to create an inclusive child care environment for preschool and school-age children. In this course, we will explore how sensory processing, sensory integration, and sensory processing disorders can affect a child?s daily activities and overall development. The purpose of this course is not to diagnose a child with a disorder, but rather to become educated in how to help children with sensory issues. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Strategies for Helping Preschool and School-Age Children Develop Self-Help Skills in the Inclusive Child Care Setting
This 2-hour course offers an overview of self-help development in preschool and school-age children, and ways you can actively promote these skills in your inclusive child care program. We will discuss best practices related to self-help skill development, and ideas for modifying self-care routines to meet the needs of children with disabilities in your inclusive child care classroom. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Strategies for Partnering with Families of Children with Special Needs
During this 2-hour course, we will address challenges faced by parents of a child with a disability, discuss effective communication strategies, explore ways parents can participate in your program, and identify strategies for gaining support for inclusion from parents of children who do not have disabilities. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Strategies for Partnering with Parents of Children with Special Needs
Building partnerships with parents takes hard work, and it has many rewards. The purpose of this 2-hour course is to explore various aspects of building partnerships between early childhood professionals and parents of children with special needs. During the course, participants will learn about the challenges that may occur when parents have a child with special needs, effective communication strategies that can be used to build stronger relationships with parents, ways parents and families can participate in child care programs, and specific strategies for gaining support from parents of children in their programs who do not have disabilities. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Supporting Positive Peer Interactions in Inclusive Child Care Settings
All children, regardless of ability, benefit when they are fully involved in programs that facilitate positive interactions between their peers and caring adults. The purpose of this 2-hour course is to explore strategies that will help child care professionals promote positive social interactions among all children in their care, including those with disabilities and other special needs. During this training, participants will examine the benefits of positive peer interactions, focusing specifically on steps that can be taken to teach and promote the skills young children need to develop healthy peer relationships. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Supporting the Establishment of Strong Peer and Adult-Child Relationships in the Inclusive Child Care Environment
All children, regardless of ability, benefit when they are actively involved in programs that encourage positive interactions with peers and caregivers. The purpose of this 2-hour course is to learn strategies to promote positive social interactions among all children, including those with disabilities and other special needs. During this training, we will talk about the benefits of positive peer and caregiver interactions, looking specifically at steps you can take to teach and promote the skills children need to develop healthy relationships. 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. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free