On Demand Lessons

Sleep is as essential to good health as nutrition and physical activity. Researchers continue to discover ways in which sleep affects health in children. Recent connections have been made between sleep and hormone regulation as it relates to the risk of obesity. Association between brain development, cognitive and behavioral effects are areas of interest as well. This lesson explores the relationship of sleep and health including helpful tips and recommendations for age-specific requirements. (K7.3 C1, CDA 1) 2 hours

Out-of-school programs and early care settings are seeking ways to build excitement and relevance into their programming. Project-based learning (PBL) is an answer to that need. This lesson provides an overview of the phases of PBL, planning guide, and examples of how staff members in a variety of settings facilitate child-directed investigations. As learners read the content, review the videos, and complete reflection assignments, they will begin to sketch out a preliminary inquiry plan to implement in their own care setting. (K2.7 C2, CDA 2) 2 hours

Exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in young children affects the developing brain in ways that may impact behavior, cognitive development and physical health. As research uncovers greater knowledge and understanding of how ACEs can modify the brain, the need to implement practices that counterbalance the influence of the stress response is key to effective interventions. This module explores the impact of ACEs on the brain and offers strategies that incorporate brain-based approaches to enable more positive outcomes for young children who have experienced ACEs. (K1.4 C2, CDA3) 2 hours

Adventurous play goes by many names—messy play, nature-based play, big body play. It is exciting to children, meeting important development needs, but facilitating this type of play can be a challenge to the staff of regulated early care programs. This module presents the research behind and strategies for supporting young children as they make choices and assess risks during highly physical, sensory-rich play. It presents examples of rigorous, big body play in a variety of care settings. (K2.4 C2, CDA 2) 3 hours

Children who experience adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) face an increased risk for social-emotional, physical and mental health issues. ACEs include abuse, neglect, poverty and other traumatic experiences encountered before the age of eighteen. This module promotes the awareness and understanding of trauma in young children and families and discusses the role of early care and education professionals in nurturing resilience in the children and families in their care who experience ACEs. (K3.5 C1, CDA3) 2 hours

This lesson is about exploring advocacy to deepen our understanding of the early childhood system, and to deepen our roles as early childhood professionals. Find out about the variety of advocacy roles and multiple resources that help to prepare you for, and learn about, advocacy. (K6.10 C1, CDA 6) 1 hour

Esta lección es acerca de cómo usted puede comprender y apoyar las necesidades de los padres de los niños bajo su cuidado. Aprenda cómo puede responder a las necesidades de las familias de una manera útil y comprehensiva. (K3.5 C1 CDA4) 1 hora

This lesson simplifies art appreciation, making it easy for early childhood professionals to offer these experiences to young children. Learn how to introduce and to talk with children of all ages about key factors that define art and elements that make up art forms. Discover creative ways to talk with children about their art work and how to acknowledge the art work of others. (K2.15 C1 CDA 2) 2 hours

(for Center Directors) This lesson focuses on the need and requirements for child-staff ratios in early care facilities. A step-by-step process is included to analyze and determine staffing needs. (D6.6 C2) 2 hours

Todos los profesionales del cuidado infantil son responsables de mantener a los niños en su cuidado sanos y seguros. Las personas que cuidan y enseñan a los niños necesitan saber 1) cómo crear espacios seguros, 2) utilizar prácticas seguras con los niños, 3) desarrollar e implementar estrategias diarias de prevención y gestión de enfermedades, y 4) tener un plan para mantener a los niños seguros en caso de emergencia. Este módulo de seis horas, ofrece una visión general de todos los temas de salud y seguridad necesarios de Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) (Cuidado de y Desarrollo de los Niños Block Grant (CCDBG). (K7.1 C1, CDA1) 6 hours

This lesson outlines the 21st Century Skills education reform model, its components and goals. Learners will review the rationale behind this educational movement as well as effective strategies and examples of ways to integrate traditional content learning (3 R’s—reading, writing, and arithmetic) with 21st Century Skills learning (4 C’s—critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation). (K2.9 C2, CDA5) 2 hours

Research documents that the pre-kindergarten skills that most impact a child’s future academic success are math skills and yet only 58 seconds of the typical 5-hour preschool day is spent on math activities. More than half of all three-year-old classrooms offer no math experiences. Gain confidence and learn proven strategies and programming ideas for weaving math into emergent and teacher-led curriculum. Receive resources to support math talk that can significantly improve a child’s success. (K2.15 C2 CDA2) 2 hours

This lesson explores the developmental stages of block play and how block play influences math, science, and literacy skills. Learn how to include block play in your program and discover how this type of play is an opportunity for children to develop social and emotional skills. (K2.15 C1, CDA 8) 1 hr

This lesson examines the benefits of developing community partnerships to start and maintain quality out-of-school time programs. This lesson provides ideas and strategies to assist providers in identifying and building supportive community partnerships that allow programs to maximize resources that can benefit children, families, the program and the community. (K3.9 C2, CDA 6) 2 hours

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

Studies show that well-educated, skilled caregivers are the basis for quality care and learning programs. The CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential is one of many ways to build knowledge and expertise as an early childhood professional. This lesson provides an introduction to understanding the CDA Credential, the CDA process, and its possible fit as a professional development path for the early educator. (K6.5 C1, CDA6) 2 hours

When play problems occur over and over, child care practitioners need to be able to step back and look critically at their space arrangement to see if that is the source of the problem. Explore some key elements to consider in child care space arrangement that include types of spaces and their uses, and arranging activity areas in a room to meet the goals of your program. (K2.1 C2, CDA 1) 2 hours

This lesson explores child assessment techniques in early childhood programs. Discover what factors to consider when choosing or developing assessment tools and resources. Learn how assessment can be used for lesson and program planning. Understand the role of the early childhood practitioner and families in the assessment process. (K4.7 C1, CDA7) 2 hours

This lesson explores what it means to understand and apply various learning theories in the classroom and in teaching. Discover what concepts to consider when determining activities, lessons, and materials that are appropriate for an age group and for individual children. (K1.2 C1, CDA 8) 2 hours

The fourth goal in the Let’s Move! Child Care Initiative is to provide (offer) healthy beverages. Calories found in beverages count just like calories in food so it is important to make sure that the healthiest choices are offered. With so many beverage options now available, the choices can be confusing to parents and caregivers. Child care providers will learn appropriate beverage options for children in their care, the benefits of healthy beverages and strategies for how best to transition to serving them. (K7.12 C2, CDA 2) 2 hours