New in On Demand…

Adventurous Play: The Whys and Hows; Dealing with Bed Bugs in Child Care Environments; PYD Mastery: Professional Development and Leadership; Toilet Skill Development: Support Children’s Learning

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For early care professionals

Adventurous Play: The Whys and Hows

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

Dealing with Bed Bugs in Child Care Environments

Bed bugs are commonly introduced into child care settings, and may become established without proper preventive steps. Although bed bugs do not cause disease, they are considered a threat to health and safety, and they alarm staff and families. This module provides information, activities, and guidelines to assist child care providers in the prevention and safe elimination of bedbugs, and in how to communicate effectively about bed bugs with staff and families. (K7.1 C1, CDA1) 2 hours

Toilet Skill Development: Support Children’s Learning

Children’s toilet skill development begins with adults who understand and recognize the signs that tell them children are ready to learn to use the toilet. Supporting children’s development to learn to use the toilet involves the child, family, and early care and education (ECE) professional working together to guide the child in a sensitive and responsive way. (K1.1 C1, CDA8) 2 hours

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PYD Mastery: Professional Development and Leadership

This mastery module is for current program administrators in out-of-school programs serving 5- to 18-year-olds, and for those who wish to advance into an administrative role. Administrators will explore how to model ethical standards of behavior; how to practice and train staff in continuous learning; how to identify potential staff leaders and provide leadership development opportunities; and how to advocate for resources to sustain high quality programs for children, youth, and families. (K6.9, C2) 2 hours.