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Courses:

A Classroom Where Everyone Belongs
Early childhood classrooms are diverse settings and teachers need to have the tools and understanding to be able to work effectively with children with a range of developmental abilities, disabilities, and backgrounds. This 1-hour course will assist you in serving the diverse needs of children in child care settings. The course will address the laws that protect families and children, and discuss how best to serve families with children with special needs. 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
Being a Life Long Learner as an Administrator and Leader
Becoming an effective leader is an ongoing, life-long process of learning, trial and error, and reflection. This 2-hour course is designed to provide you with the tools to grow as a learner, as you lead others in the effective, high quality care of young children and their families.The training will focus on five essential learning and life skills identified by Ellen Galinsky in Mind in the Making. We will identify, describe, and apply five skills that you already have, and which you can develop to a higher level of understanding as you apply them to your work. 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
Effective Communication Strategies
As a teacher, each day, you have many opportunities to interact with parents and coworkers. Each workplace interaction is an opportunity to build respectful professional relationships. This 2-hour course has been designed to help you learn how to use effective communication strategies to use with parents and co-workers. The course will allow you to have a deeper understanding of the causes of communication conflicts, and how to resolve them. 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
Embedding the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct in Everything You Do
The National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct can serve as an excellent guide for how we interact with children, families, colleagues and the community. This 2-hour course is designed to help you learn more about day-to-day use of the code. In addition to providing you with an overview of the topic, this course will offer some practical tips on how to make the code an everyday part of your center life. 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
Establishing Positive Partnerships with Parents
This course is designed to assist child care providers in establishing positive partnerships with parents. Students will examine topics such as how to conduct initial parent-caregiver meetings, how to handle disagreements with parents, and how to maximize parental involvement in child care settings. This course qualifies for 1 clock hour of credit.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : 7.00
Establishing Positive Relationships with Families
Cooperation between families and child care providers is a vital step toward giving infants and toddlers the best possible start in life. This 1-hour course is intended to offer child care providers a variety of strategies for encouraging families to become involved in their children?s care, with an emphasis on ongoing, respectful communication. 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
How Do I Design Effective Training For My Staff?
Developing a comprehensive staff development program can be a daunting task. As with all gigantic tasks, breaking it down into steps can streamline the process and provide useful information. This 2-hour course will provide useful information to program directors looking to improve their staff development program. During this course, participants will develop methods and explore strategies for identifying center and staff training needs. Additionally, this course will present effective adult learning strategies that will assist the program director in developing effective training plans. 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
How to Build Effective Partnerships with Families
This 1-hour course has been designed to assist the student in building positive and productive relationships with families in their centers. Students that take this course will examine how language and cultural differences can impact their relationships with families, and will help students work through how to develop successful communication techniques to use with their own families, even when there are disagreements. 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
How to Organize and Implement Collaborative Staff Meetings
Leaders of early childhood organizations have many important responsibilities. One of these includes continually sharing new information related to the day-to-day operation of the organization with the staff. The main purpose of staff meetings is to allow the staff opportunities to explore knowledge, skills, challenges, and actions necessary for improving their organization. This 2-hour course is designed to help you learn how to conduct high-quality staff meetings. 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
Leadership 101: The Basics of Maintaining an Effective Child Care Program
Child care centers that have detailed plans and policies in place are better able to protect young children that are in their care. This 1-hour course is designed to help provide beginner directors with the basic tools to address these foundational issues. Other essential issues such as, hiring, recruiting, and maintaining quality staff are also discussed. The course will additionally review professionalism and leadership styles, as these are important components of a well-run organization. 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
Leadership 1: Do No Harm: Minimizing Risk in Early Childhood Settings
Ensuring the overall safety and well-being of children is crucial to the effectiveness of early childhood care and education programs. In order for young children to learn and develop optimally, they must feel both emotionally and physically safe. This course, part 1 of a 3-part leadership series, primarily focuses on Core Competency 4: Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Environment from the Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Administrators. 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
Leadership 2: Leading For Quality
The job of leading an early childhood care and education program has many components, and you as the leader set the tone for everything that happens in your program. Strong leaders need to understand their role in the program, implement program assessment tools and use the data to drive program improvement. This course, part 2 of a 3-part leadership series, focuses primarily on Core Competency 1: Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Organization from the Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Administrators. 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
Leadership 3: Curriculum Planning and Child Assessment
Effective administrators help practitioners in their programs set up an environment that is appropriate for children's developmental needs and plan and implement curriculum and activities that are aligned with state early learning guidelines, culturally responsive, inclusive for all children, families, and staff, and based on a sound model of planning, assessment, and modification. This course, part 3 of a 3-part leadership series, focuses primarily on Core Competency 5: Implementing a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Environment from the Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Administrators. 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
View From the Door: Creating Welcoming, Respectful, Work Environments for EC Professionals
By the time the teacher completes this 1-hour course, they should be able to recognize the significance and importance of the environment of the school as a whole and their personal interactions and communication with staff, parents, and children. The physical environment of a program can have either a positive or a negative impact on the well-being of those in the program. The goal of a program is to have a positive environment for ALL. This course will help teachers identify the ways to make the environment more inviting through different modes of communication that take place daily in schools. This course will help teachers to understand their role in that communication process, and making their environment a better place to be for everyone. 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