Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviors

There are key factors and practices, called universal supports, that benefit all children, however some children with challenging behavior also benefit from individualized supports. Caregivers who intervene early to address challenging behaviors are fostering positive outcomes for children, their families, and society. This course builds upon your foundational knowledge of developmentally appropriate behaviors, prevention strategies and providing individualized care. The final two lessons address practices for coaches and program administrators.

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Sexual Development & Behavior in Children and Youth

Sexual development and behavior follows a developmental path and is influenced by children’s diverse environments and experiences. This course will guide your understanding of factors that shape sexual development, how to build a program that promotes healthy sexual development in children and youth, and developmentally appropriate responses to all types of sexual behavior, including sexual behavior challenges or problematic sexual behavior.

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Trauma-Informed Care in Child Care Settings

Approximately twenty-five percent of children have or will experience trauma, the effects of which can impact developmental growth and healthy outcomes. Learn about the different types of trauma and how to identify symptoms of trauma exposure. Understand how a trauma-sensitive environment and trauma-informed practices can mitigate the effects of trauma on children and youth. Learn about the impact of caring for those affected by trauma and distinguish the difference between job stress and burnout as you develop your own wellness and self-care plan.

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Social Emotional Learning for Teachers

Staff members in care settings are often stressed. When staff members learn strategies to identify and manage their stress, it increases their overall well-being. This course helps people reflect on how stress works in their bodies, how they typically respond to stress, and introduces stress-reduction strategies such as belief disputation, emotional reappraisal, controlled breathing and visualization. Learn ways to help build resiliency in yourself, and support a resilient workplace for your coworkers and the children in your care.

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Supporting Language Diversity: Direct Care

Given the large number of languages spoken in the U.S, it is very likely that you will serve children, youth, and families who speak a language that is unfamiliar to you. Your own communication skills and language strengths will be called upon frequently. If you speak a language other than English, this course will help you use those strengths in your work with children. If you do not speak a language other than English, this course will give you strategies to build a language-rich classroom and program.

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Supporting Language Diversity: Coaching

Given the large number of languages spoken in the U.S., it is likely that your program will serve children, youth, and families who speak a language unfamiliar to you or your staff. Capitalize on the strengths that bilingual and multilingual staff bring to your program by fostering a culturally diverse and language-rich environment for children and families. Help mono-English speaking staff members create language-rich programs that support children and families from a range of backgrounds.

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Essentials in Child Care Food Service

The Essentials in Child Care Food Service course provides training for food service staff working in child development centers or school-age and youth programs. The seven-lesson course details important aspects of food service in child care settings and covers the following topics in detail: menu planning; family-style dining; preparation & presentation; inventory management; hygiene & sanitation; temperature control; and pathogens & allergens.

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Creating Gender Safe Spaces

Learn the facts about gender identity and development. This course contains information, strategies, activities, and resources to construct inclusive programs for all children, including those who are gender-expansive or LGBTQ. Create spaces where all children feel authentic and safe to ensure the development of healthy self-esteem. Lessons one through five provide key information for all program staff, while lesson six provides additional details for administrators and training & curriculum specialists.

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Sexual Development & Behavior in K-12 Students

Sexual development and behavior follows a developmental path and is influenced by children’s diverse environments and experiences. This course will guide your understanding of factors that shape sexual development, how to build a program that promotes healthy sexual development in children and youth, and developmentally appropriate responses to all types of sexual behavior, including sexual behavior challenges or problematic sexual behavior.

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Child Abuse Identification & Reporting for Support Staff

Annually, 650,000 children are victims of child abuse or neglect in the United States. As a support staff member in a child development or youth program, you have an obligation to recognize, report, and prevent child maltreatment. Learn to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect, your legal and ethical obligation to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect, procedures to make a report, resources available after making a report, and program features and policies that keep children safe from harm.

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Child Abuse Prevention for Support Staff

Your first responsibility as a support staff member in a child or youth program is to keep children safe from harm. This includes protecting children from harm that may occur in your program. Important strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect include learning about typical child development and behavior, ways to promote children’s social and emotional skills, positive guidance techniques, and recognizing inappropriate discipline or punishment. Learn more about these strategies and how to ensure the safety of your program space.

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