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Early Childhood Stress: Serious Stress in Children's Lives

5 Clock Hours / 0.5 CEUs

Early Childhood Stress: Serious Stress in Children's Lives

Early Childhood Stress: Serious Stress in Children's Lives Course Description: 

This course applies to children of all ages. 

Learn the effects of serious stress - including a parent's military deployment, natural disasters, serious illness and hospitalization, and homelessness - on children. Also covers children's characteristic reactions to serious stress, and strategies for helping children cope with stress and fear. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing Early Childhood Stress: Serious Stress in Children's Lives you will be able to identify signs of stress in children; explain techniques for responding to children’s needs during and following times of stress; explain the effect a parent’s military deployment, poverty and homelessness, natural disasters, relocation and other serious stressors can have on children; and list strategies for reducing stress in children, including relaxation techniques.


[Please note: Much of the material in this course is excerpted from our course Stress and Day Care, a 25-clock-hour course. If you are interested in a longer course with a more in-depth discussion of stress, you may wish to take the 25-hour course.]



Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursTraditional CEUsQuantityTuition 
ECS-13N9 CourseBook English50.5 $34.00
ECS-23N9 Online Course English50.5 $34.00

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, MinnesotaMissouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New YorkOregon, Vermont, Washington State and Wisconsin

NAC: The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential.

Topics covered in Early Childhood Stress: Serious Stress in Children's Lives:
  • Characteristic reactions of children and their families to a parent's military deployment 
  • The effect a parent's military deployment can have on children 
  • Children's needs during the various phases of a parent's military deployment
  • Strategies for helping children cope with the stress of separation from a parent during military deployment 
  • The effects of homelessness on children 
  • The effects of special health needs, including illness and hospitalization, on children 
  • Strategies for helping children who experience serious illnesses or hospitalizations 
  • The effects of natural disasters on children 
  • Ways to respond to children's needs during and following a disaster 
  • Strategies for helping children cope with fears
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Instructional methodology: 
Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Final Course Multiple Choice Quiz.

Student Comments on Early Childhood Stress: Serious Stress in Children's Lives:

"I greatly appreciate Care Courses [Early Childhood Stress: Serious Stress in Children's Lives, Creating Schedules and Routines, Sanitation for Disease Prevention, ADHD, Stress and Day Care, Infants in Child Care]. The subjects you offer are very diverse. I need that. My county does not offer a wide selection of classes. Most of the classes are repeats from the year before. Plus most of the information they teach in the classes I have had in college. So once again it's just a repeat of what I have had in past years. I very seldom learn any thing new. But, with your courses I learn all kinds of new and interesting information. Your courses take a different, more in-depth approach into child care. I like that a lot. Once again thank you for having your courses available to us." - Swansea, South Carolina

"I received my order on the 3rd and am very pleased with prompt delivery and the course content (all three courses). I have been an Early Head Start (prenatal to three) home visitor for 8 and 1/2 years and my first experience with Care Courses was three years ago when I needed CEUs to renew my CDA and the self-paced courses worked well for me. Each program year we are required to complete 40 hours of training and although several of the hours will be completed through agency trainings I wanted some training in areas that are directly related to areas of concern with my current caseload. The three courses [Early Childhood Stress, Nurturing Children's Self-Esteem and Witnesses to Violence] that I am now taking do that.  Thank you."
- Norway, Maine


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Care Courses offers over 60 professional development courses 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.

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To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

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