Upcoming Events
**2020-2021 Individual Membership Registration
Access to all self-paced/on-demand events for one low price of $99. Over 60 courses. Over 200+ hours of course content. Content is relevant for all age groups including infant/toddler, preschool, school age and family child care homes. All courses are approved by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education. Membership is valid through June 30, 2021.
*Basic School Age Care-BSAC- Self-Paced/On Demand -online (.5 CEU/5 CHC)
Participants in this event will work at their online at their own pace. An instructor is available for technical support and content questions via course software, telephone, email, or text messaging if assistance is needed. BSAC is a 5 hour introductory level training event for school age care professionals that are new to the field. The training includes the following modules, but not limited to health, safety, nutrition, environmental design, developmentally appropriate activities and guiding child behavior. This course is required for school age care professionals working in licensed program.
ADHD & The Developing Child -self paced, online .3 CEU/3 hours
Do you struggle getting children to focus and pay attention? This learning event will provide insight how children with ADHD may struggle and feel. We will also discuss the history and prevalence of ADHD along with the frustrations that you feel and discover strategies to help both you and the children to alleviate everyday stressful situations. Participants attending this learning event will be able to distinguish between myths from facts about ADHD, identify characteristics of each type of ADHD, and list strategies for helping all children.
Anger & Aggression in Young Children Online Self Paced (.5 CEU/5 hours)
Everyone gets angry. All early education professionals have had or will have experiences with angry and aggressive behaviors as well as children who act aggressively. These behaviors are a concern because handling the situation involves more than one child. Have you had children with aggressive behaviors in your classroom or program? How do you handle these types of situations? Which behaviors do you consider to be unacceptable and aggressive? Attend this learning event to define the myths and facts about childhood violence, help children describe physiological changes caused by stress in their bodies, summarize the levels of agitation, state possible reasons for anger and aggression in young children and lastly, create strategies and solutions for coping with angry and aggressive behaviors
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Putting the Pieces Together Online Self Paced (.5 CEU/5 hours)
Are you puzzled by autism spectrum disorders? Do you need strategies for your classroom for children with limited communication and social skills? Individuals on the autism spectrum have a neurobiological condition which makes them all quite unique. In this learning event recognize, explore, and investigate characteristics of individuals of all ages in child care settings who have been identified on the autism spectrum, explore stimming behaviors and the reasons that individuals with autism utilize those behaviors and identify strategies and tools to use for communication, social skills, and as well as types of interventions for behaviors.
Basic School Age Care- BSAC- Self Paced/On Demand-online 5 hours (.5 CEU)
Participants in this event will work at their online at their own pace. An instructor is available for technical support and content questions via course software, telephone, email, or text messaging if assistance is needed. BSAC is a 5 hour introductory level training event for school age care professionals that are new to the field. The training includes the following modules, but not limited to health, safety, nutrition, environmental design, developmentally appropriate activities and guiding child behavior. This course is required for school age care professionals working in licensed program.
Basic School Age Care-BSAC-Self-Paced/On Demand Course (.5 CEU/5 hours)
Participants in this event will work at their online at their own pace. An instructor is available for technical support and content questions via course software, telephone, email, or text messaging if assistance is needed. BSAC is a 5 hour introductory level training event for school age care professionals that are new to the field. The training includes the following modules, but not limited to health, safety, nutrition, environmental design, developmentally appropriate activities and guiding child behavior. This course is required for school age care professionals working in licensed program.
Bite Marks Online Self Paced On Demand Online (.5 CEU/5 hours)
How do you handle a child that bites another child? Why is this happening? What do you tell the parents of the child who has been bitten and the child who is biting? Where can you find classroom strategies that will work? You may feel frustrated when you have an epidemic of biting and understandably so! It is reported that humans are more physically aggressive between the ages of 24 and 30 months than at any other time in their lives. Biting can be a simple developmental phase as a result of undeveloped language skills. Biting can also be a sign of alarm or high frustration. Where biting is happening with older children or is frequent and intense significant steps need to be taken to deal with the underlying emotional cause of the biting. After attending this course, participants will be able to state the relationship between child development and biting, describe different types of biting and identify practical strategies to utilize in their classroom. Participants will also create an action plan for an early education environment involving a biter and list effective communication strategies with families.
Body Image: Children, Teens & Mental Health-self paced, on demand online 5 hours-.5 CEU)
How do you feel about your body? Did you immediately answer “Great!” with a smile? If not, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Body image is a very common issue for children, youth, and even adults. Media sources portray a specific body type wherever we are and it’s easy to see how children, teens and adults can feel bad about their bodies and physical characteristics. Building a positive body image can counteract the negative images that may be felt or the images that we compare ourselves to. Attend this learning event to discover the definition of body image, factors that influence body image, gender differences that affect body image, and strategies to improve self esteem.
But I WAS Listening... Auditory Processing Disorder -self paced online (.3 CEU/3 hours)
The impact that auditory processing disorder can have on a child reaches from their ability to read to their social interactions with others. How often do you have a child ask you to repeat something that you’ve said, have you thought that a child wasn’t really listening, or that a child gives you an answer that is complete off topic? We’ve probably all experienced this and some children have difficulties processing incoming information more so than others. Attend this learning event to discover the skills involved in auditory processing, describe the possible indicators of auditory processing disorder, participate in a simulation to create your own definition, and identify classroom accommodations for children with auditory processing difficulties.
CACFP Required Training for SW Sponsored Facilities ONLY
This training is required for all sites participating in the CACFP and Southwestern Child Development Commission is the Sponsoring Agency. A certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion. No CHCs will be given for this training and no CEUs will be awarded for completion of this learning event.
Children With Incarcerated Family Members Online Self Paced On Demand (.5 CEU/5 hours)
Has a child said to you, “My ____ (mom/dad) is in jail.”? What was your response? Do feel like you are ready to answer all of the difficult questions that children may ask when they experience the incarceration of a family member? How many children have a parent or family in jail/prison? Are you aware of all of the emotions that children feel when they experience the incarceration of a family member? What happens when the family member is released from jail/prison? How does that affect the child and the family? The incarceration of a family member is an extremely difficult situation and has been identify as an “adverse childhood experience” or ACE. This learning event will equip early education professionals with ways to contribute to the lifelong success and positive outcomes of children with an incarcerated family member.
Children's Health and Safety Essentials-Self Paced Online (.5 CEU/5 Hours) SALE $15!! Half Price!!!
This training meets the Health and Safety requirements for the following categories: 1. Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunization; 2. Administration of medication, with standards for parental consent; 3. Building and physical premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury such as electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic; 4. Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event; 5. Precautions in transporting children, if applicable; 6. Hazardous materials storage
CLASS: What Should I Know? (Online Self Paced 2 hours- .2 CEU)
What exactly is the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and what do you need to know about it? Do you feel slightly overwhelmed by all of the different assessment types and sometimes get confused about what to do? You are not alone. Attend this learning event for an overview of the CLASS and begin to feel more confident and equipped with information to help you succeed. This learning event is designed as an introductory overview to the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). Participants will gain an understanding of the areas and dimensions captured by the PreK CLASS and why the CLASS is used in North Carolina’s Quality Improvement efforts as well as define the CLASS observation process.
Classroom Rules and Behavior Expectations Self Paced/On Demand (2 hours-.2 CEU)
Creating rules seems easy enough, but are your rules doing enough for you? Rules should help make your job easier by telling the children the desired behaviors for your classroom. Classroom rules are a critical component of proactive teaching strategies and allow early educators to be successful in managing their classrooms. Classroom rules establish boundaries for behavior and for the children in your group and should be linked to the appropriate expectations of children's behavior. Sharing the rules with families can also help increase the lines of communication and respect and help families know what is expected of their children.
Components of Early Literacy and Language Self Paced Online (.5 CEU - 5 hours)
Do you struggle getting children interested in reading? Do the children understand all of the different functions and forms of print? There are a variety of different ways that the children demonstrate their knowledge and use of the components of literacy. This learning event will explore those classroom activities to create a deeper understanding of what children are learning as they gain knowledge through play. The teacher’s role is more than facilitator, it is an active participant and role model in the children’s learning and love of literacy. After attending this event, participants will be able to list approaches to early learning, name components of literacy, describe activities that depict children’s knowledge of components of literacy, discuss the teacher’s role for each component of literacy, and match the research to each corresponding component of literacy.
Confessions of a Picky Eater-Self Paced online (.2 CEU/2 hours)
What do you do with the children in your group who only eat tiny bites of their food? What if they don't eat anything at all? What do you tell their parents? Mealtimes can be stressful times for both you and the children. This learning event will offer strategies to help make mealtimes a little more pleasant for everyone.
Dimensions of Dual Language Learners-Self Paced On Demand (.5 CEU/5 hours)
Supporting dual language learners in quality early care and education programs. An introduction for early educators of children birth through school age.
Early Care & Education CAN Help: Rebounding and Recovering from Trauma Self-paced /online (.2 CEU/2 CHC)
Children have a difficult time adjusting to change, who doesn’t! Change can make us feel powerless and helpless. In children, this is because they lack the ability to protect themselves or others, and they feel intense fear or insecurity Young children and even school age children are beginning to develop coping skills, but often do not have all of the language to fully express all of these intense feelings during traumatic times. The early care and education setting can be a place for rebounding and recovery as children’s play may reflect all aspects of the event. Through reenactment and observation we can see how children are feeling and help them work through those feelings by guiding discussions and answering their questions. The role of the early educator is essential to their wellbeing. The physical environment and materials along with planning and thoughtful and intentional interactions can aid in the recovery of children.
Eww... The Flu! Self-Paced On Demand (.2 CEU/2 hours)
This training meets the requirements for the Health, Safety and Nutrition (I) the prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunization). Eww!! The flu! No one wants to get the flu. Do you get a flu shot (influenza vaccine) to help prevent keeping yourself from getting the flu each year? That can often be a controversial question. How old does a child need to be in order to receive a vaccination for influenza? Among children, influenza vaccination remains especially important for those younger than 5 years of age and those of any age with an underlying chronic medical condition such as asthma, juvenile diabetes, cardiac disease, immunosuppression, or neurologic disorders. These children are at higher risk of serious complications if they get the flu. Participants attending this learning event will be able to identify signs and symptoms of influenza, describe how influenza is transmitted, and list strategies for prevention and control of influenza in early care and education environments.
Exploring the ECERS R: An Overview- Self Paced online (5 hours .5 CEU)
Have been told that an assessment is upcoming? Do you worry whether or not you will merely just survive the day or do you want your classroom to thrive and shine brightly? It is important to learn the details and stay current and know what is expected in during an Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales-Revised Edition (ECERS-R) assessment. It’s acceptable to ask questions and to ask for help! This learning event is designed to give participants foundational knowledge of the ECERS Revised Edition to start building a solid core and firm groundwork to get started on preparation. It is recommended that participants have a copy of the ECERS R. Participants will be able to discuss the items and indicators as described in the ECERS Revised Edition, describe furnishings, arrangement of space, and materials recommended for a high quality learning environment, define frequently used terms in the ECERS R, and ultimately reflect on their own classroom and practices in regard to the ECERS R to implement a high quality environment.
Fire Safety in Early Care and Education -Prevention & Response- Self Paced/On demand (.1 CEU/1 hour)
This 1- hour learning event presents strategies and best practices for promoting fire safety in the early care and education environments. Presentation topics will cover the dangers of fire in early care and education along with recommendations for evacuation policies and procedures, maintaining a safe environment, and teaching young children about fire safety. Participants will be able to state procedures involved in fire related situations for early care and education and describe prevention strategies to decrease the likelihood of fire-related emergency situations.
First Steps to Orientation: The Initial 2 Weeks of Employment Self Paced- Online (.3 CEU/3 Hours)
Orientation to the field of early education is essential for all early educators. As you go about your daily routines, being able to provide a safe, high quality care environment while understanding the basics of child development will make your job easier. Newly employed early educators are required to be trained on certain topics in the first 2 weeks of employment. Participants in this learning event will describe ways to provide adequate supervision of children in both indoor and outdoor environments, list ways to prevent shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma, write a statement describing the importance of preventing and managing of infectious diseases, including immunizations, and list the necessary precautions in transporting children. In addition, early educators will need to learn the specific policies and procedures of their employer by working directly with an administrator outside of this learning event. This learning event will also instruct new early educators on how to access the required course for recognizing, responding to, and reporting child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment. Participants will read handouts, view videos, complete online assignments, attend time required, and pass a post knowledge assessment with a score of 90% with unlimited order to earn the .3 CEU for this learning event. An additional 2 hours of credit is earned by taking the PCAN (Prevent Child Abuse Training-Link Provided in course, no additional charge)
Fostering Language Development Beyond Open Ended Questions-Self Paced Online (.5 CEU-5 hours)
How many questions do you ask a day? How many questions does the average 5-year-old ask every day? Questioning can encourage language development and critical thinking skills. Other than open ended questions, which we know are great ways to build relationships and learn about the children, what other types of questions and questioning strategies do you use? This learning event will guide participants through the stages of language development for children birth to 5 years old and select quality children books that will promote and extend children language development. Early educators will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own teaching strategies to focus on language, learning and higher order thinking skills.
From Nosebleeds to Needlesticks-Encounters with Bloodborne Pathogens- Self Paced On demand Online (5 hours-.5 CEU)
This training meets the Health and Safety requirements for the following categories: Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biocontaminants and Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunization; Every day, bloodborne pathogens are the result of infections by disease-causing microorganisms. There are specific actions and procedures that must be taken to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) Standards. These procedures make every workplace safer, but they are also necessary to keep every employee safe from risks of bloodborne pathogens. You might be wondering if you are at risk and what are the diseases that are most commonly transmitted through bloodborne pathogens? What do you do in an actual incident involving blood or body fluids? Does your facility have an exposure control plan? Participants attending this event will be able to answer these questions as well as identify the bloodborne pathogens of primary concern, list ways that bloodborne pathogens can enter a person’s body, sequence the steps in proper removal of disposable gloves, and select the most appropriate responses in an exposure incident simulation. Course requirements to earn the CEU certificate include attending online session, handouts, video vignettes, interactive online activities, and a passing a post knowledge assessment with a score of 90% or higher (multiple attempts allowed).
Funding Effective School Age Programs (.2 CEU/2 hours) online - self paced/on demand Holiday Half Price Sale !!!
Finding funding is one of the hardest parts of running an effective school age program. Between making payroll, purchasing materials, and pursuing special program initiatives, securing program income requires school age professionals to be resourceful and creative. Join other like-minded school age leaders in learning easy and effective ways to utilize untapped funding resources in your local community and throughout the state. School age professionals of all experience levels will leave with the tools necessary to recognize and access the funding opportunities needed to make their afterschool or summer camp program thrive.
Gang Awareness-Online Self Paced (.5 CEU/5 Hours)
This training meets the requirement for Health, Safety and Nutrition (VII) emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event (such as violence at a child care facility), within the meaning of those terms under section 602(a)(1) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5195a(a)(1)); Do the children play outside in the communities near you? Is it safe for them to do so? Is there graffiti or tagging nearby? Have you ever wondered if those are truly the signs of gang activity or just kids spray painting on the walls? This learning event will help bring clarity to the appeal behind gangs as well as discussing if there are any positive role models in gangs. This course will also give insight into the indicators of certain numbers, signs, and symbols have meaning with different gangs. Participants will discuss and feel the different reasons that children and youth join gangs, distinguish between the different characteristics of various street gangs, list strategies to identify early indicators of gang involvement or gang influence, and explore tips for parents and schools to help prevent or reduce gang activity.
Getting Familiar with Foundations- Online Self paced .2 CEU-2 hours
This course is designed for anyone who wants to increase or refresh their knowledge of the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development.! Have you already taken the 5 hour Foundations course but perhaps it has been several years and you need to refresh your skills and memory? Or maybe you are new to the early education profession and you are just beginning to explore the Foundations book and you would like to be prepared before you attend a 5 hour class. This class is for anyone! You will discover the age levels covered in Foundations, locate the strategies for each domain/subdomain, and identify the guiding principles in Foundations
Go the Extra Mile: Building & Sustaining Relationships with Families self paced .5 CEU
What does it mean to provide good customer service to the families of the children? Are you portraying a friendly image? Does attitude count? How are first impressions made about you, your classroom, or the facility where you work? Creating lasting first impressions are important, but only if they are favorable! Communication through body language and voice inflection speaks volumes to others. It's not what you are saying as much as how you are saying it! What are the barriers to always providing excellent services? How do we overcome those barriers? Let's learn together how to reap the benefits of providing exceptional service to families! Participants attending this learning event will be able to list the key components to providing professional service, describe effective communication techniques, identify steps to building relationships with families, answer real life scenarios that keep relationships intact, and list strategies to increase the bond between families and the early childhood facility.
Healthy Brains for Babies- self paced/on demand .2 CEU/ 2 CHC Holiday Half Price Sale
Can infants experience stress?  How?  Reducing stress, building relationships and opportunities for play are critical components in infant brain development. The first 3 years of life are crucial to brain development for infants and toddlers. Providing experiences and opportunities for safe exploration are exciting and essential for healthy brain development.  Establishing relationships for secure attachment is another critical component of healthy brain development.  Attend this learning event to be able to list at least 4 factors that may influence brain development, state the importance of forming attachments with infants and young children. and provide an example of play-based learning in an everyday activity
Homelessness in Afterschool (.2 CEU/2 hours) online -self-paced/on demand
Children did not ask to be homeless. They did not create that situation. Some have been born into homelessness. They may live in cars, tents, unoccupied dwellings, or “double-up” with other families. They may have witnessed abuse (or been abused), violence, stealing, someone dying and much more. Children in homelessness may need food, a warm place to sleep, a bath. Above all they need someplace that provides stability and orderliness to their life. Your afterschool program can provide that. Join us to learn about the federal act that helps homeless children and youth stay in school, potential warning signs of homelessness and strategies you can implement in your before/afterschool program immediately to help meet the needs of this population.
How to Handle Hard to Handle ParentsSelf Paced online (.5 CEU/5 hours)
Have you ever been confronted by a parent? Have you ever wondered, “Why is this parent yelling at me?” Have you ever thought, “no wonder the child acts the way they do!” From time to time all staff will be faced by a difficult, demanding, or overbearing parent. From behaviors such as challenging teaching styles to accusations of bullying; some parents can be very intimidating or even aggressive. This learning event is suitable for newly hired and seasoned staff as well as support and administrative staff. Join today to examine effective ways of handling real-life examples of difficult situations. Real situations will be studied and appropriate solutions reviewed. Participants will discuss face to face communication strategies as well as telephone contact techniques. After attending this event, participants will be able to describe types and characteristics of hard to handle parents or families, provide appropriate responses to a variety of scenarios, differentiate between labeling behavior and describing behavior, define the active listening process and qualities of an active listener, list strategies that may diffuse a tense situation, practice reflect listening,
Human Trafficking...is Happening-self paced online on demand (5 hours/.5 CEU)
Human trafficking is a real and growing problem in the United States and all over the world. It is most likely happening in a location near you. From rural to urban environments, predators prey on those most vulnerable. Through a multitude of strategies and tactics these predators prey on children, teens and adults. Human trafficking can be difficult to detect unless educators are trained to recognize the signs. Can you differentiate between human trafficking and human smuggling? Can you describe the types of human smuggling? Attend this interactive online, self-paced training at your convenience and learn about human trafficking that is happening!
Infant Mental Health: The Basics of What and Why-self paced online (2 hours/.2 CEU)
Why are we just now hearing about this so frequently? What research foundations is this based on? Why is infant mental health important to early educators? How can early educators support infant mental health in their classrooms? If you’ve been asking these types of questions, this training is for you! By the end of this learning event, participants will be able to define infant mental health, state the research foundations for infant mental health, describe any existing barriers that may exist for implementing infant mental health practices and identify the foundations of research for the origins of infant mental health.
Infantile Spasms: Little Seizures-Big Consequences self-paced online (.2 CEU-2 hours)
What’s all the fuss about infantile spasms? Although rare, these seizures can cause long-term damage to an infant’s developing brain. Why are these seizures often mistaken for other conditions? What are the signs and symptoms to look for in an infant? Participants in this learning events will identify the signs and symptoms as well as list the various causes and potential consequences of infantile spasms. We will also discover the importance of early diagnosis and practice watching for signs and symptoms. Join this learning event today to help spread awareness of infantile spasms.
Infants and Toddlers in the Outdoor Environment-Self Paced/on demand Online (2 hours-.2 CEU)
What do infants and toddlers gain from outdoor experiences? What can early education professionals like yourselves do to fully engage infants and toddlers in outdoor play and learning? Attend this learning event to explore the multiple benefits of outdoor play and learning for infants and toddlers, design safe outdoor play spaces, and create new strategies for outdoor learning experiences for the infants and toddlers in your care.
Language Acquisition & Planning Alignment with NC FELD -self paced online (.5 CEU/5 hours)
Language development begins with children’s ability to understand what others are communicating to them. Young children understand much more than they can say and then they gradually learn to express themselves through cooing, babbling, gestures, and crying. Further development brings words, sentences and rules of grammar. What is the role of the early educator throughout all of this and how do you create a learning environment to stimulate all learners? Alignment of planning and activities with NC Foundations of Early Learning and Development (NC FELD) may feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Align planning and development with language acquisition in this learning event! We will also explore theories of language acquisition, the stages of language development and list strategies to create an intriguing environment for all learners.
Lesson Planning for Preschool with Foundations -online self paced .2 CEU/2 hours
Do you align you lesson plans with Foundations? Are you intentional in planning activities? Do you need help connecting the goals and indicators to the activities you've created? Attend this learning event to discover Foundations as a helpful tool for creating developmentally appropriate activity and lesson plans. Leave knowing how to use children's preferences while planning activities and align those with the goals and indicators in Foundations. Participants will also be able to define children's preferences, match activities on a lesson plan to goals and indicators in Foundations and view scenarios and align with goals and indicators in Foundations.
Making Sense of Sensory Processing Disorder-Self Paced Online On Demand (5 hours/..5 CEU)
How many senses do you really have? What are your senses telling you right now? Do you know anyone picky, clumsy, extra sensitive or fidgety? We all learn through our senses and sensory processing is how we make sense of information inside of our own bodies and information from the external environment. Sensory issues affect all kinds of people and may be referred to as Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction. This learning event will provide participants with information on behaviors and concerns that may be associated with SPD and will also focus on strategies to implement in the environment that may help all children, not just those diagnosed with SPD. After attending this learning event, participants will be able to define sensory processing disorder, list associated concerns and behaviors, identify current research findings, differentiate between the various sensory systems, and create and implement age and developmentally appropriate teaching strategies.
Mechanics of Mathematics-Self Paced Online (.5 CEU-5 hours)
How is mathematics taught in early care and education? What are some strategies for effective, intentional instruction? What are some ways to engage the families in developing the mathematical skills of the children? Most importantly, what are some ways to make this fun so that the children want to learn math? Children really are eager to explore mathematical concepts and it is our job to provide them enriching opportunities in the early care and education environment. Talking, planning, and experiencing mathematics in everyday use will help children acquire a positive attitude, skills, and knowledge! Participants attending this learning events will discover the 5 components of mathematics, ways to involve families in the child’s learning process, discuss the teacher’s role for each of the 5 components, dive into the research behind mathematics, its use and importance in early care and education, and design a strategy to assess children’s learning for each component of mathematics.
Methamphetamines & the Effect on Children -Self Paced on demand online (5 hours-.5 CEU)
What exactly is crystal meth? How is it affecting the children in early education? Do you know all of the different street names for meth? Why and how do people use meth? Can it be prescribed legally? What are the effects of a child living in a meth lab? On an unborn fetus? If you work with young children, these are answers that you’ll want to know! This learning event will provide the history of meth, the effects of meth on the user, to the children, and participants will also discover the various forms of methamphetamine, the reasons meth is popular, the dangers of meth exposure to children of varying ages and create strategies to implement for children who may have been exposed to meth.
NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development (NC FELD) -online-self-paced/on demand (.5 CEU/5 CHC)
This training will provide participants with an introduction to Foundations, North Carolina’s new Early Learning and Development expectations, how they are structured, and how to implement them in early childhood settings. Participants will construct the knowledge by embedding the expectations in daily classroom planning and practice. Participants will engage in simulations, hands on practice, small and large group activities, discussion and lecture. Full participation is required in order to earn the CEU for this learning event. After attending this learning event, participants will be able to: define learning expectations, identify the NC Foundations for Early Learning, demonstrate how NC FELD reflects knowledge of child development, describe expectations of any age level according to ages and stages of development, create scenarios reflecting child development expectations seen in everyday classroom environments, describe practical uses of NC FELD for individualized and differentiated instruction, state the alignment of NC FELD to state standards, and create a plan for effective communication with parents and stakeholders regarding NC FELD and appropriate expectations for young children.
Nitpicking: Headlice Helpline self paced online (2 hours/.2 CEU)
This training meets the requirement for the Health, Safety and Nutrition requirement (I) the prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunization). Does the thought of head lice make you itch and scratch? Of course, it does! Are you aware that the American Academy of Pediatrics has some new recommendations as of 2016 regarding the exclusion of children with nits from schools? Does everyone with head lice experience symptoms? Families and children experiencing head lice as well as classrooms need support along with treatment options that dispel the myths and misconceptions regarding head lice. Attend this learning event to help support children, families, and classrooms and stop the nitpicking!
No Hero in Heroin-Self Paced On Demand Online (.5 CEU - 5 hours)
Are you worried about why people are overdosing on heroin? How prevalent is heroin? What is an opioid anyway? And really, is it 1970, isn't that why heroin was popular?
No Screen Required: Using Coding & PreCoding to Enhance Early Math & Literacy Skills (2 hours- .2 CEU) online self paced
Turn taking, giving and following directions, communication along with early math and literacy skills are a foundation of not only child development but skills needed for future success. These are all skills that can be gained through coding and precoding activities. Attend this event to discover inexpensive and easy ways to incorporate coding games and activities into your preschool or school age classroom without use of technology. Participants attending this learning event will be able to define coding, identify skills learned through coding games and activities; and select activities that incorporate coding and precoding skills without use of technology.
Nuts, Trees, & Bees-Oh My! Allergens in Early Care * Education (5 hours-.5 CEU) Self paced on demand
This training topic meets the Health Safety and Nutrition requirements for (IV) the prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions. Food allergies are a growing safety and concern that affects children and adults. How many individuals do you know with some type of allergy? What are they allergic too? What medications and precautions do they need to handle their allergic reactions? Allergic reactions to foods have become the most common cause of anaphylaxis in community health settings. What will you do if a child accidentally eats a food allergen while in your care? What if a child or individual with an undiagnosed allergy, has an allergic reaction while in your care? Being proactive and prepared for such an occurrence creates a safer, calmer, and higher quality environment than being reactive and unprepared!
Objective Observation & Authentic Assessment in Early Childhood online self paced (3 hours-.3 CEU)
What is the difference between objective and subjective? How do you write great observation notes when observing children to use in discussions with parents and other documentation? This learning event gives you hands on practice and feedback to enhance your skills! Assessment isn't testing...
Only 1 U: Suicidal Youth-Self Paced online (5 hours/.5 CEU)
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in today's youth. Why is it so important to create a safe environment for all students? What can we do, as educators, to help prevent suicide? How do you talk to suicidal youth? What are the risk factors and warning signs... all this and more!
Pick Your Personality: Effective Interactions with Coworkers Self Paced Online -.3 hours/.3 CEU
Personalities.  So unique and so different.  We need them all.  Have you ever wondered why some people can handle certain situations easily and other people stumble over their words in a similar situation?  Are you often envious of others who can find just the right things to say at just the right time to defuse a difficult situation?  We need all different types of personalities to provide to balance to our day.  Each person models to those we teach that it is acceptable to be yourself.  Attend this learning event to identify different personality types indicated in an online personality assessment and select appropriate responses in workplace scenarios based on personality strengths.
Powerful Professional Development: Creating Learning Outcomes and Pre/Post Surveys
You have created some great professional development events and have been told, that now you need learning outcomes and pre/post surveys to accompany those events.  How do you decide what the learning outcomes will be for an event?  What makes a learning outcome measurable anyway? How do you measure them?  Do the pre /post surveys have anything to do with the learning outcomes? What strategies do you use to assess mastery of learner knowledge? If these are the questions you have been asking and trying to get answered, let’s work together. Collaboration is going to be the key to success!
Preventing Injuries in Early Care and Education self paced online (.2 CEU-2 hours)Holiday Half Price Sale!!
'Teacher, teacher! I need a band aid. I have sand in my eye. I've got a splinter. I fell down. Her knee is bleeding!' How often do you hear these statements? Prevention and treatment of unintentional injuries is a major responsibility of early education professionals. This is all best achieved through proper procedures, best practices, and active supervision along with knowledge of facility policy. Participants attending this event will describe best practices for various incidents aligned with facility policy, list commonly occurring incidents, and provide appropriate responses to scenarios that may occur and involve different types of accidents or incidents in early care and education.
Professionalize Yourself-Self Paced On Demand (2 hours - .2 CEU)
Do you want to be seen as a professional? How do you describe your job with young children? The first steps in gaining recognition as early education professionals from others is to first recognize, describe, and conduct ourselves as professionals. Be seen as a professional by creating a professional development plan, maintaining a professional development portfolio, and presenting yourself as a professional in a career with young children. After this training, participants will be able to define professionalism in their own words, design a professional development plan based on performance outputs and appraisals using the 5 steps to creating a professional development plan and list the processes involved in creating and maintaining a professional portfolio.
Rest Time Reluctance-Self Paced Online (.2 CEU/2 hours)
Do you have children who are reluctant or restless at rest-time? Do you need new routines or strategies to add to your current rest-time ritual to make things run more serenely? Children who do not get enough rest may be inattentive, impulsive, and easily distracted, but how much sleep do children even need? Are they getting enough or too much? Find out the challenges that may be causing rest-time reluctance in this interactive online, self-paced/on demand learning event. In this learning event, participants will focus on strategies to create and maintain a high quality environment for rest-time routines, determine sleep challenges of young children that may be causing reluctance, and create alternative planned activities to meet the needs of all individual children.
Second Steps to Orientation: Within the First 6 Weeks of Hire-Self Paced Online (.6 CEU/6 Hours)
Ongoing professional development and education along with learning practical knowledge about the facility where you are now employed is essential to becoming successful in your new career as an early educator. In addition, to the topics required in the first 2 weeks of employment, newly hired early educators are also required to be trained on additional topics within the first 6 weeks of hire. Participants attending this learning event will review the facility's purpose and goals, describe the role of both State and local government agencies in regulation of child care, the impact on the operation of a center along with the availability as a resource, and state the early educator's obligation to cooperate with representatives of State and local government agencies during visits and investigations. Participants will describe how to maintain a safe and healthy environment, properly administer medication, read and review the NC Child Care Laws, list prevention and response procedures due to food and allergic responses, summarize information on enhanced standards, and state the importance of criminal history mandated reporting.
Shaking Hurts: Abusive Head Trauma-Self Paced On Demand (2 hours-.2 CEU)
This training meets the requirements for the Health, Safety and Nutrition (VI) prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma. Abusive Head Trauma or Shaken Baby Syndrome is the leading cause of death in cases of child abuse in the United States. Do you know why and how these injuries occur? This learning event will provide a definition of abusive head trauma along with the immediate symptoms and long-term effects of shaken baby syndrome. Participants who attend this event will also be able to list strategies to decrease the risk of shaken baby syndrome in an early education environment as well as communicate the danger of shaken baby syndrome to parents with accompanying strategies to reduce the risk to their children.
Skills for Success: Fret Free Transitions to Kindergarten- Self-Paced/On line/On demand (.3 CEU/3 CHC)
Transitioning to Kindergarten can be a frightening and challenging time for many young children. Whether they've attended preschool or stayed at home with a relative, all soon-to-be kindergarteners are at least a little afraid of the unknown. Early education professionals have the tools and resources to reassure children and their families that they can be prepared.  Early educators can help families reassure children by guiding them through the skills children should have when they enter kindergarten and providing activities to encourage children to learn and practice those skills with family involvement.  Participants attending this course will restate the essential skills recommended for successful transition to Kindergarten, identify physical and cognitive skills recommended for success, and create a list of activities to share with families. The instructor has no proprietary interest in the design, development, or marketing of this learning event.
Smile at Me: Oral Health Self Paced On Demand (.2 CEU/2CHC)
When does a baby’s first tooth break through the gums? How many primary teeth do most children and adults have? Is tooth decay an infectious disease? What do early educators need to know about oral care injuries and prevention? This training will provide the answers to these questions and more. Attend to learn about tooth development, promoting oral health and hygiene in ways that are more than tooth brushing, and also learn what to do in case of injuries and accidents involving oral care. This learning event will also provide information on activities, ideas and strategies to incorporate in your classroom, Participants will identify reasons why oral health activities should be included in early care and education, discuss the importance of incorporating activities into their classroom that promote oral health as well as describe the role of the early educator in situations involving oral care injuries and injury prevention
Stay With Me: Continuity of Care for Infants and Toddlers-Self Paced online (.2 CEU/2 hours)
The practice of continuity of care involves ensuring that each infant and toddler interacts primarily with one or two adults in an early care and education setting. This creates for many benefits for children, teachers, and parents. Continuity enhances communication, family partnerships and, children’s feelings of safety and security. Are you aware of the numerous benefits of continuity of care for infants and toddlers? Are there barriers to providing continuity of care? Attend this learning event to be able to define continuity of care, list the benefits, state the relationship between continuity of care and building relationships with parents, as well as list strategies to overcome barriers that may exist
Studying the SACERS U: An OverviewSelf Paced-On Demand (.5 CEU-5 Hours)
This interactive self-paced online course is focused on using the SACERS U as a tool to promote designing quality school age learning environments for all types of programs. Use of the SACERS U as such a tool is a benefit to a program, as well as an on-going process. Attend this learning event to explore the different indicators and items found in the SACERS Updated Edition, define the common terms found throughout, list materials and supports needed to create a quality school age environment, and reflect on your own practices and room arrangement to overcome challenges, set goals and sustain quality for yourself and the children in your program. The benefits of sustained quality will show through the children’s desire to attend and through their behavior in your program!
Tackle Turnover Before Turnover Tackles You-Online Self Paced (.3 CEU/3 hours)
Which employees are more likely to stay and which are more likely to leave? What is the average staff turnover rate in early care and education? How does this affect you and your facility? What steps are in your power to slow down the turnover rate of staff at your facility? Participants in this learning event will discover the most common reasons employees leave, determine strategies for staff satisfaction using Maslow’s hierarchy of Needs and Hertzberg’s 2 Factor Theory, describe possible motivation for employees to remain, and list low cost, practical strategies that may increase staff morale. Participants must attend the required course length, read handouts, watch videos, answer online questions, and pass a post knowledge assessment with a score of 90% or higher (multiple attempts allowed) to earn the CEU certificate.
Take a Tour of Tourette Syndrome Online Self Paced (2 hours/.2 CEU)
What constitutes an involuntary tic? Can these ever be controlled? Is Tourette Syndrome a behavioral or neurological disorder? Does Tourette Syndrome worsen as a child gets older? What, if any, is the cause of Tourette Syndrome? This learning event will provide a tour of Tourette Syndrome including, but not limited to, symptoms, different types of tics, how it is diagnosed with the onset being between ages 3 and 9 years of age and importantly, the child’s perspective on how Tourette Syndrome makes them feel. Attend this learning event to acquire practical strategies for children of all ages in early care and education environments with a focus on the school age years
Teaching Intentionally-Self paced, on demand online (5 hours - .5 CEU)
What one characteristic seems to be prevalent among outstanding teachers?  Intentionality.  Doing things on purpose in their classrooms, during their planning, and interacting with the children. Are you an intentional teacher?  Would you like to find out? What are intentional teaching practices?  Are there guiding principles for teaching intentionally?  What part does self-reflection have in teaching intentionally, if any?  After attending this learning event, participants will be able to define and describe the use of an intentional curriculum, restate questions an intentional teacher could use for self-reflection, list the main principles of intentional teaching, and create intentional teaching strategies to encourage initiative and curiosity, engagement and persistence, as well as reasoning and problem solving.
Teaching Tootling vs Tattling-Self-paced On Demand (.2 CEU- 2 hours)
Have you grown weary of tattling? ? Have you been searching for new, innovative strategies to use to combat tattling in your environment? Tattling is developmentally appropriate, so let’s give the children a positive outlet and encourage them to TOOTLE! What’s a tootle? The very opposite of a tattle! Use tootles to encourage tattles to become positive remarks in and watch your environment become a more cooperative, kinder and happier place! Attend this online, self-paced/on demand learning event and discover all about tootles! Participants will leave this event with their own definition of a tootle, the steps in the process to teaching tootling as positive peer interaction, and be able to describe practical strategies and examples to start using right away!
Teambuilding Basics -online self-paced (.2 CEU/2 CHC)
Have you ever wondered why some teams function really well together and some fall apart after a few weeks? There really is a well proven method to setting up, creating, and maintaining a team. Can your team run like a well-oiled machine, or do you have a squeaky wheel and often run out of grease? Developing, creating and maintaining a team takes work, TEAMWORK! Learn how to evaluate your team and value everyone as an important and integral asset to your team. As a result of attending this learning event, you will identify the stage of development of a team, develop interactive activities for team building at each stage of development, along with naming the 5 key points to successful goal setting for teams.
The Power of Redirection Online Self Paced (.2 CEU/2 hours)
'Redirecting children's behavior is a proactive teaching strategy that can be used to help with classroom management and can allow an early educator to successfully divert a potentially challenging behavior or stressful situation into a more peaceful one or into a more acceptable behavior.  When used with other proactive strategies, these can be powerful teaching tools to assist with classroom management.  Participants attending this learning event will be able to list the potential benefits of using redirection as a classroom management strategy, identify the types of redirection, and match the type of redirection to common classroom situations.
Transitions: Creating Smooth Moves-Self Paced on demand online (2 hours-.2 CEU)
Cleaning up, lining up, moving between activity areas and different spaces... are these the troublesome times of day for you or your group of children? Do you need strategies to make these times go a little bit smoother? Often times just a few simple tricks can help your day run better and you and the children will have a much better day and week! Use these strategies over and over to see improvement in your routines long term!
Turn Time Out Into Time In self paced on demand Online (2 hours-.2 CEU)
'Go To Time Out!'  Then the longest 3 minutes of screaming, kicking, and crying of the day erupt. Time Out can be a huge power struggle, especially for a strong-willed child and time out is hard on sensitive children. Most of the time, they don't even work to change the behavior and you are stuck in an endless loop of misbehavior, time out and frustration. What do you do? Let's try turning Time Out into Time In! In this learning event, we will explore what exactly is a time in and what are the benefits to children as opposed to use of time out and we will identify some alternative strategies when there are challenges to implementing time in in the early care and education setting. Sign up today to help manage your classroom environment!
Up in Smoke or Vape-self paced on demand (.2 CEU/2 hours)
This training has been approved to meet the Building and physical premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury such as electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic. Health Consequences of Smoking, Vaping, and Air Quality on the Human Body. E-cigarette use among youth and young adults has become a public health concern. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarettes. Are e-cigarettes safer than conventional cigarettes? How exactly does an e-cigarette work? Is it legal for a teen to use an e-cigarette? Why would someone choose to vape rather than smoke a traditional cigarette? Smoking is now prohibited on the premises of a child care center in North Carolina and e-cigarettes have been added to the smoking restrictions for staff. Attend this training to distinguish between second and third hand smoke, their affects on air quality, describe how an e-cigarette works and the dangers of smoking e-cigarettes.
Yakety Yak! These Kids Talk Back & Other Daily Dilemmas -Self Paced On Demand (.5 CEU- 5 hours)
Changes in routines, home-life, and event seasons can create changes in behavior. Learn practical real-world strategies for daily situations identified by early educators just like yourself. You won't walk away empty handed!
Zero in on Zika Virus-Self Paced on Demand (2 hours/.2 CEU)
This training meets the requirement for the Health, Safety and Nutrition requirement (I) the prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunization). Let’s face it, all diseases can be a little bit frightening. You hear it on the news, so do children who happen to be nearby and that can be even more frightening. Does the Center for Disease Control have a registry for pregnant women? What are the effects of zika virus on unborn babies or is it too early to know? If we feel anxious as adults, imagine how children must feel. Overwhelmed, scared and confused, just to name a few! Children can often be scared to ask questions or perhaps do not know the questions to ask and the terminology used may often be medical terms and hard to comprehend. Together, as early education professionals, we can work with families and children to help children alleviate their fears and anxieties by first truly understanding the situation and terminology ourselves and then helping children talk through the situation.