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Learning Centers

10 Clock Hours / 1.0 CEUs

Learning Centers

Learning Centers Course Description: 

This course applies to toddlers and preschoolers. 

Bound to get your creative energy flowing, this course will help you create an exciting child’s world that will make a pleasant and productive atmosphere for both you and the children in your care. Course discusses children's characteristics; how children learn and develop, what children need to learn; how to create functional learning centers; and how to relate lesson plans to learning centers. Numerous suggestions for hands-on learning experiences included: play dough recipes, art centers, cooking centers, family centers, water play, and an in-depth section devoted to blocks. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Learning Centers you will be able to explain the importance of learning centers to child care facilities; and name what good learning centers include. Read more.


Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursTraditional CEUsQuantityTuition 
LCE-13Q9 CourseBook English101.0 $48.00
LCE-23Q9 Online Course English101.0 $48.00

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


Topics Covered in Learning Centers:
  • The conditions that must be present for learning to take place
  • The function and benefits of learning centers in early childhood facilities
  • What a functional learning center does
  • How to help children understand the use of learning centers
  • How to interpret a program built around learning centers to parents
  • Ways to match learning centers to young children's developmental needs
  • Ways to set up functional learning centers
  • How to create goal-directed lesson plans
  • Ways to develop lesson plans around themes
  • Ways to build lesson plans around books
  • What primary learning centers every early childhood facility should have
  • What primary learning centers should contain
  • How to include some secondary learning centers even in a small facility
  • How to manage the use of learning centers
  • The importance of hands-on learning for young children
  • Ways to use water play, science activities, unit blocks, and large blocks in early childhood facilities
Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read English.

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

Assessment methods: Final Lesson Multiple Choice Quizzes and Short Essay Assignments.

Comments on Learning Centers

"We have a small facility, but reading this gave me ideas for expanding our centers." – Brookfield, Wisconsin 

"This is my first home study course.  I thought it was very thorough and I truly enjoyed and learned a lot. The way the material was presented was interesting and fun. As an art teacher I especially enjoyed the art section.  I am applying what I learned."  - Smithville, Texas

"I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how wonderful your courses are and how much I enjoyed doing them.  As a CDA candidate I am required to have 120 clock hours.  For five hours of credit I had to take a day off of work, drive two hours there and two hours back.  The last one I took my car broke down and was stuck two hours away for three days.  I was so discouraged.  The day after the car incident my boss handed me one of your brochures that had just come in the mail.   What timing!  At the rate I was going (with courses scheduled about once a month that I could attend) it would be at least another year before I could file for my CDA.  This all happened the end of April.  By doing your courses I can now file for my CDA in four weeks.  (Unfortunately, your courses do not include multimedia First Aid that I am due to renew!) But not only did your coursework enable me to get my CDA much sooner - I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.  They were interesting and taught me so m much more than I usually learn at classes.  Plus, I have the workbooks to use for references.  Thank you so much! P.S. A special thank to Maxine Edwards!  Her course was a delight!! I got into trouble with my family because I could not put it down once I picked it up. (My bowling team was not thrilled either - I brought it on league night and had to be constantly reminded that it was my turn to bowl!) - Barnegat, New Jersey 

"This course was very interesting. I have learned a lot about the different centers. I will be adding more to my block center. My children really like to build with blocks, but I never knew it was such a important area. thanks for all the great ideas." - Glencoe, Minnesota

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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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