Course Information All children need opportunities to play, but for children with disabilities, some types of play may be challenging - if not impossible - without adjustments to the environment, materials, or activities. During this 2-hour training course, we will discuss how all children benefit from play and ways to make play activities accessible for children of all abilities in preschool and school-age child care programs. This online course was developed and produced by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.
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Maintaining the health of young children – and setting them up with lifelong healthy habits – are critical elements of a quality early childhood program. This course provides an overview of the Texas Healthy Building Blocks recognition program for early care and education settings that have demonstrated a commitment to promoting early childhood health. It is aligned with the guidelines of the Texas Healthy Building Blocks recognition program.
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This course is designed to help child care providers and directors gain a better understanding of how to create a healthy, safe, and inclusive child care environment for preschool and school-age children. You will learn how to establish such an environment through daily practices to ensure the health and safety of children.
Guidance and discipline issues are two of the most challenging aspects of any early childhood teacher’s work. Explore what contributes to problem behaviors and how to work with children to promote positive behaviors. Examine the effects of the classroom environment on children’s behaviors.
Becoming an effective leader is an ongoing, life-long process of learning, trial and error, and reflection. Reflect on the five essential learning and life skills you currently possess and develop them to a higher level as you lead others in effective, high quality care of young children and their families.