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Social-Emotional Health of Children

On Demand Professional Development Modules

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This lesson focuses on what you can do to build positive relationships with all children – even the ones who challenge you. Learn about temperament traits and how to use them as a tool to help you understand behavior and develop ideas to meet the needs and interests of children and youth. (K2.13 C2, CDA 3) 2 hours

Special moments should occur more often than celebrating children’s birthdays or when developmental milestones are reached. This lesson will help you discover how to create special moments with infants and toddlers every day. Learn how to turn diaper changing and other routine tasks into special moments that you share with each child. (K2.2 C2, CDA 3) 2 hours

Important life skills for children include learning effective ways to handle their anger. This lesson takes a developmental look at anger. Examine the common roots of angry feelings in children, infants, preschoolers, and in adult caregivers. Learn strategies to handle anger in positive ways and to reduce anger triggers in your program. (K2.13 C1, CDA 3) 2 hours

It is often the permanent trauma children face, such as death or loss, that challenges early educators and caregivers. What should we do or say? What do children really understand about death? Death stops educators in their tracks and reminds them how little their background in education or life experiences prepare them for understanding and responding to the children in their care. Although child care professionals are not experts in grief counseling and support, there are strategies to consider for supporting children. (K1.2 C2, CDA 3) 2 hours

Early Intervention (EI) consists of services and supports designed to help children who have developmental delays/special needs, and their families. Because early educators work so closely with children, they play an important role in identifying and supporting children’s developmental strengths and challenges. This module focuses on understanding Early Intervention services and the pivotal role early education providers play as part of the EI team. Awareness of EI helps! (K1.3 C2, CDA 8) 2 hours

High quality inclusion programming supports the education and care of children with disabilities alongside their typically-developing peers. Yet many educators feel that they are not equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for understanding and implementing inclusion practices for the children they care for. What does inclusion mean in an early childhood setting? Begin the inclusion conversation today. Explore the meaning and awareness needed to promote high quality inclusion practices. (K1.3 C2, CDA 8) 2 hours

The emotional and social skills learned as infants and toddlers have lifelong influences on a person’s ability to make friends, control emotions, work through challenges, succeed in school, and nurture healthy family relationships. This module describes best practices to support the development of emotional and social skills in infants and toddlers. Self-assessment tools are provided to evaluate current practices and determine areas for improvement. (K1.7 C3 CDA3) 2 Hours

Teachers support children’s emotional development by helping and guiding them as children learn about how to talk about their feelings and manage their emotions. This module focuses on how teachers can support preschoolers' emotional understanding and problem solving skills. The module reviews ideas and strategies that help children talk about their feelings, understand other’s feelings, and manage strong emotions. (K2.13 C1 CDA3) 2 hours

This lesson takes a step-by-step approach to helping children learn to solve their own problems. Topics include recognizing emotions, identifying methods for dealing with conflict, and techniques to use with children as they develop socially and emotionally. (K2.13 C1, CDA 3) 2 hours

This lesson focuses on forming and sustaining relationships with children and families. Relationships play a critical role in social-emotional development beginning in infancy. You will consider ways to build positive, nurturing, responsive and dependable relationships with the young children in your care. This module introduces evidence-based practices for use with infants and toddlers suggested by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for of Early Learning (CSEFEL). (K1.1 C1 CDA3) 2 hours

This module focuses on understanding social-emotional development and the importance of relationships. Explore how social-emotional skills develop and strategies to support its growth. This module introduces evidence-based practices for use with infants and toddlers suggested by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for of Early Learning (CSEFEL). (K1.1 C1 CDA3) 2 hours

Supporting children’s social and emotional development is key to school readiness and overall healthy growth and development. This lesson introduces evidence-based emotional literacy practices for use with infants and toddlers suggested by the Pyramid Model and resources from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). K2.13 C1 CDA3 (2 hours)

Supporting children’s social and emotional development is key to school readiness and overall healthy growth and development. This lesson introduces evidence-based emotional literacy practices for use with preschoolers suggested by the Pyramid Model and resources from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). K2.13 C1 CDA3 (2 hours)

Normal stress is considered a natural part of healthy development and is even needed to learn how to cope with adversity and build resiliency. Severe stress, on the other hand, can be harmful to the well-being of both adults and young children. By recognizing stress and stress types, practices can be built to reduce stress and effectively plan for stress-related problems. Discover optimistic ways to think and to plan for stress to add strength and empowerment, as opposed to fear and worry. (K7.5 C1, CDA1) 2 hours

A child experiences many transitions while in child care – not just moving from one activity to another, but also moving into and out of groups and programs. This lesson looks at the different transitions a child may experience such as enrolling in a new child care program, moving to a new room in an existing child care program or leaving a program. Learn how practitioners can support children during these transitions. (K1.2 C1, CDA 3) 1 hour