The majority of children ages 5 and younger who have not started school spend time in the care of someone other than their parents, often while their parents are working. Since this is also the period during which children’s brains are most rapidly developing, the experiences children have in those care arrangements can have a lasting impact on their lives. The professional field that provides this valuable service has gone by many names – day care, child care, preschool, pre-k, early learning, child development, etc. No matter the name, these are the settings where over a million Texas children learn and grow every day. We use the inclusive term early education in recognition of the fact that for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers every experience is a learning experience.
Promoting Early Education Quality (PEEQ) is a statewide program of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension dedicated to encouraging the adoption of research- and evidence-based practices at all levels of the early education field. This program provides an extensive selection of professional development tools for early childhood professionals aligned with state-mandated training requirements and industry standards, including in-person training events hosted by County Extension Agents across the state, instructor-led virtual training opportunities, and a robust library of self-paced online courses.
In addition to training teachers, caregivers, and administrators, it also provides training for various groups who provide technical assistance for the early childhood workforce, such as Child Care Health Consultants, Texas Healthy Building Blocks Technical Assistance Consultants, and Child Care Regulation staff. PEEQ collaborates with other state agencies, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders on a variety of initiatives to improve Texas’ early education systems.
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Course Information Guidance and discipline are two of the most challenging aspects of any early childhood teacher's work. This online course explores what contributes to problem behaviors in the classroom, and how to work with children most effectively to promote positive behaviors. It examines the connection between the classroom environment and the children's behaviors. Funding […]
Creating healthy habits is a critical element of quality early childhood programs. This course reviews practices that promote physical activity in young children. It is aligned with Texas Healthy Building Blocks recognition criteria and was developed with support from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Providing a broad overview of 4 main areas of child growth and development, this course offers practical tips on supporting children’s development. Key findings from brain research and its relevance to the care of young children is briefly explored, as well as the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP).
Infants’ experiences early in life literally influence the physical structures of the brain, opening the way for patterns of thought and behavior for the rest of a child’s life. This 1-hour course addresses critical topics related to caring for the youngest and most vulnerable population of children, infants and toddlers.
Infants and toddlers engage in challenging behaviors as a way of communicating that they have unmet needs. Enroll in this online course to learn how to recognize, understand, and develop responses to these types of behavior as well as working with a team to fully assess and address challenging infant and toddler behavior.
One of the most challenging aspects of child care is deciding upon a style of discipline that is appropriate, effective, and in the best interest of each child. Students will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of various disciplinary styles and explore strategies for setting and enforcing healthy limits.