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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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Learning Outcomes for Child Development and Guidance

Lesson 1: How Children Develop

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to

  • explain basic principles of children’s development;
  • describe how young children develop in each developmental domain;
  • explain the importance of nutrition for children’s development;
  • explain the importance of opportunity for children’s development;
  • identify strategies for recognizing and reporting developmental delays and disabilities.

Lesson 2: The Developing Child: Infants and Toddlers

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to

  • explain typical developmental characteristics (behaviors and skill development) of infants;
  • describe the needs of infants;
  • identify techniques for meeting the needs of infants;
  • explain typical developmental characteristics (behaviors and skill development) of toddlers;
  • describe the needs of toddlers;
  • identify techniques for meeting the needs of toddlers.

Lesson 3: The Developing Child: the Preschool and Transition Years

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to

  • explain typical developmental characteristics (behaviors and skill development) of children between 2 ½ and 6 years of age.

Lesson 4: Positive Guidance

After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to

  • explain techniques of positive guidance;
  • identify strategies for helping children develop a positive self-concept;
  • identify strategies for dealing with disruptive, noncompliant, and aggressive behaviors.

Lesson 5: Routines, Schedules, and Transitions

After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to

  • name the elements of a typical daily schedule for early childhood programs;
  • explain why routines are important for children’s development;
  • identify strategies for developing daily routines for children’s at an early childhood facility;
  • list reasons why transitions are often troublesome;
  • identify strategies for pleasant transitions that contribute to children’s development.

Lesson 6: Promoting Child Development Through Activities

After completing Lesson 6, you will be able to

  • explain what is meant by curriculum and developmentally appropriate curriculum;
  • identify guidelines for developmentally appropriate curriculum planning;
  • explain how curriculum planning relates to child development and fits within a daily schedule;
  • identify goals for young children’s development at your early childhood program;
  • identify strategies for promoting child development;
  • choose lesson plans for developing all domains of development;
  • choose developmentally appropriate environments, toys, and games at your early childhood program.

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