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Care Courses offers online training classes and book courses for child care providers, home visitors and parents. Use our childcare
professional development clock hours for most US States continuing education inservice requirements and registries, for CDA Certification (Child Development Associate Credential), for CDA Renewal and for NAC Renewal. All our professional development courses give both Clock Hours
and CEUs toward CDA Renewal. Care Courses also offers Spanish courses in correspondence book format.
Our informative child care training programs can be completed
anywhere and at any time. Study at home, at the park, or wherever is most convenient for you. Then go online
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Child Development and Guidance
20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs
Child Development and Guidance Course Description:
This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Learn the typical
developmental characteristics of children from birth to 6 years of age,
techniques of positive guidance, how to use daily routines and schedules to meet children's developmental needs, manage transitions with ease, plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum, and promote children's development through interesting activities. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.
This course is available in both Spanish and English. Click here for the Spanish version. Usted también puede leer este curso en Español.
Lesson Titles: How Children Develop; The Developing Child: Infants and Toddlers; The Developing Child: the Preschool and Transition Years; Positive Guidance; Routines, Schedules, and Transitions; Promoting Child Development Through Activities
Please note: You need only ONE of the formats listed above. Choose either CourseBook OR Online Course format.
Core of Knowledge/Core Competency/Training Category Info Pages: Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont, Washington State and Wisconsin
Attention New York Students: Check here for New York specific clock hours for this course.
Topics Covered in Child Development and Guidance:
Comments on Child Development and Guidance:
- How children develop
- Typical developmental characteristics
(behaviors and skill development) and needs of infants (birth to 12
months), toddlers (1 year to 2½ years), preschoolers (2½ to 5), and
transition (5 to 6 years)
- Ways caregivers can meet the needs of infants
- Checklists for use in assessing the developmental progress
of individual children
- Positive guidance Why children need guidance
meaning of terms relating to guiding children's behavior
- Techniques of
- Ways to help children develop a positive self-concept,
and strategies for dealing with disruptive, non-compliant, and
- Routines, schedules, and transitions between
- Elements of a typical daily schedule for early childhood
- Why routines are important for children's development
routines for children's days at an early childhood facility
- Reasons why
transitions are often troublesome Ideas for ensuring pleasant
transitions that contribute to children's development and learning
to promote child development through activities
- The meaning of
developmentally appropriate curriculum
- Guidelines for developmentally
appropriate curriculum planning
- Goals for young children's development
- Strategies to promote child development
- How to develop and use lesson
- Ways to create developmentally appropriate learning environments
- Suggestions for selecting toys and play equipment to meet children's
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- British Columbia, Canada
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- Dallas, Texas
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Care Courses Information:
Care Courses offers over 70 professional development courses in English, 16 in Spanish, and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate of completion. The CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.
Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours (and CEUs for CDA renewal) granted by a course (assuming you pass each lesson/chapter with a 70% or better). Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.
Clock hours and CEUs are documented on original Care Courses certificates of completion mailed through the US Post Office. All course formats receive an original mailed certificate. Once you have completed a course and submitted your answers to us you can expect to receive your certificate within 1-3 weeks (depending on the grading & certificate option you choose).
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