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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.

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 to complete and submit your coursework. Our friendly, knowledgeable instructors offer unlimited free student support by phone or email, and are always happy to help!

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Learning Outcomes for The Art of Child Care

Lesson 1: The Effective Teacher/Caregiver

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to

  • describe important responsibilities of effective early childhood caregivers and teachers when it comes to respecting children;
  • recognize the importance of close, emotionally-involving relationships for young children’s social and emotional development;
  • explain elements of interpersonal relationships that influence emotional well-being;
  • distinguish appropriate from inappropriate responses to child behaviors.

Lesson 2: Helping Young Children Learn

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to

  • identify characteristics of an academic curriculum for young children;
  • identify characteristics of a developmentally appropriate early childhood program;
  • distinguish between academic and developmentally early childhood programs;
  • discuss the benefits of giving children choices;
  • recognize ways to help children develop thinking skills;
  • explain important considerations for conducting observations that assess children’s skill level and how to meet their learning needs.

Lesson 3: Building Healthy Self-Esteem

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to

  • describe what is meant by self-esteem;
  • distinguish methods that help build self esteem from methods that don’t;
  • recognize the long-term effects of caregivers’ and teachers’ interactions with children;
  • identify methods that help develop healthy self-esteem in children and methods that contribute to low self-esteem in children;
  • recognize that time out is negative and harmful practice that is damaging to children’s self-esteem.

Lesson 4: Promoting Social Development

After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to

  • identify ways to emphasize prosocial goals in your early childhood setting ;
  • identify strategies for helping children understand other people’s feelings;
  • describe terms related to social attitudes, strategies, and behaviors;
  • identify how to support children in developing prosocial attitudes and behaviors.

Lesson 5: Facilitating Social Problem Solving

After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to

  • recognize the importance of a classroom environment that encourages children to practice social problem solving and positive social behavior;
  • indicate how social problem solving works best;
  • explain how social problem solving can benefit children and teachers;
  • identify specific language skills;
  • identify effects of caregiver responses on children’s social and emotional development.

Lesson 6: Sharing the Joy of Discovery

After completing Lesson 6, you will be able to

  • list discovery activities that relate to a preschool age appropriate nature study topic;
  • explain what skills each discovery activity can help children develop;
  • recognize the value of discovery activities and boxes;
  • explain relationship thinking;
  • recognize process skills;
  • identify ways adults and caregivers can support children’s learning;
  • explain how to help children learn about nature and the life cycle;
  • explain how caregivers can help children develop respect for nature.

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