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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 IACET CEUs toward CDA Renewal.

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The Road to Reading

12 Clock Hours / 1.2 CEUs

The Road to Reading

The Road to Reading Course Description: 

This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. 

Learn ways to facilitate children's early language and literacy development and to engage parents in the process. Course covers tips for reading aloud to children, including tip sheets you can share with parents, wonderful ways to include reading and writing in your daily curriculum and an annotated book-list. Engaging and fun suggestions include setting up a postal service within your center, creating loaner book backpacks, and many other ideas. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing The Road to Reading you will be able to explain the importance of language in children's lives; explain long-term benefits of early literacy development; and select developmentally appropriate books for children. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
RTR-13N9 CourseBook English121.2 $50.00
RTR-23N9 Online Course English121.2 $50.00

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: AlabamaDelawareMarylandMinnesotaNew YorkOregonSouth Carolina, and Vermont.

Topics Covered in The Road to Reading:  

  • Long-term benefits of early language and literacy development
  • Strategies to facilitate and support early language and literacy accomplishments
  • Characteristics of good books for children
  • Milestones on children's road to reading
  • Ways to explain developmentally appropriate early literacy development practices to parents
  • System for monitoring the use of literacy-development strategies in the classroom
  • Ways that projects enhance literacy development
  • Strategies for helping second-language learners achieve language-learning success
  • Strategies for helping children develop writing skills
  • Ways to engage parents in their child's early literacy development
  • Annotated list of children's books
  • Tip sheets to share with families relating to reading aloud to children

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read English.

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

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

Comments on The Road to Reading:

This is the first course that I have taken from Care Courses & I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very informative, current with today's society, & easy to access on the computer. I like getting my test results immediately. I look forward to enjoying other courses for my training requirements in Tennessee. - Memphis, Tennessee

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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.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

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.

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 10 business days (depending on the grading & certificate option you choose).

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