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Safety Tips for Young Children

Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L

November 26, 2018

This article guides the reader through tips on how to prevent accidents and injuries in the car, home, and at play for young children. A special section will also be presented specifically for wanderi...   Read More


Supporting Teachers in Addressing Challenging Behavior: A Team Approach (a workshop for Directors & Administrators of EC programs)

Barbara Kaiser, MA

November 21, 2018

To be effective, leaders must be self-reflective—think about who they are, become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and look for ways to develop their own and their staff’s competencies and...   Read More


Visual Supports

Kimberly Norris, BS, MEd

October 26, 2018

Visual supports are especially helpful to use with young children who have autism or who may have communication difficulties. This course will describe designing and utilizing visual supports in the e...   Read More


Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation: A Guide for Administrators

Amanda Schwartz, PhD

October 22, 2018

From a child's first day in a program, staff gather information about the best ways to meet his or her needs. Make screening, assessment, and evaluation part of your program's culture to improve teach...   Read More


Essentials for the New Early Childhood Teacher

Amber Tankersley, PhD

October 10, 2018

Helpful information for new early childhood teachers to know when starting a new position.   Read More


Understanding and Supporting Children with Anxiety

Aimee Kotrba, PhD

September 26, 2018

Anxiety is becoming one of the most concerning childhood diagnoses, and one that impacts children in the classroom, therapy room, and community setting. Dr. Kotrba presents up-to-date information on h...   Read More


Keeping Children and Staff Healthy: Ways to Manage the Spread of Illness

Amanda Schwartz, PhD

September 4, 2018

Young children are more likely to catch and spread minor illnesses as they build their ability to fight infections. Early education programs can do a lot to manage the spread of disease by promoting h...   Read More


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) - Impact on Children and Families

Dan Dubovsky, MSW

August 2, 2018

Editor’s note: This text-based course is an edited transcript of the webinar, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) - Impact on Children and Families, presented by Dan Dubovsky, MSW.Learning O...   Read More


Trouble with Transitions? 5 Essential Ways to Prevent Challenging Behavior

Barb O'Neill, MEd, EdD

July 24, 2018

Strategies you can use to create foundations for transitions in your classroom to prevent challenging behavior.   Read More

We Create Magic: Experiences and Environment for Infant/Toddler Classrooms

Karen Deerwester, MA, EdS

July 23, 2018

Examples and ideas for creating magic and meaningful play-based exploration and discovery experiences for infants and toddlers.   Read More


Circle Time Success

Liz Moore, MEd

July 20, 2018

Strategies and supports for helping young children participate in circle time activities.   Read More


Autism Basics

Kimberly Norris, BS, MEd

July 16, 2018

This course examines autism through the lens of child development.   Read More

How to Grow a Young Child's Listening Brain

Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT

June 26, 2018

A description of hearing and listening from a neurological perspective, along with practical suggestions for enriching an infant, toddler and young child's auditory brain for the attainment and advanc...   Read More


Baby Picasso: Art with Infants and Toddlers

Natasha Crosby Kile, MS

June 12, 2018

Art with infants and toddlers is more than just cute hand or footprint projects — it is brain-building at its finest! Get some new ideas about art activities that you can do with your children, and...   Read More


Foundational Skills and Activities for Handwriting

Dena Bishop, OTR/L

April 17, 2018

This course details the multiple foundational motor and perceptual skills required for handwriting such as bilateral coordination, visual spatial relations, visual motor skills and grip patterns. The...   Read More

Feeding Tips for Young Children

Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L

April 17, 2018

The developmental stages of feeding and practical tips for teaching young children how to eat.   Read More


Early Mathematics for Pre-K

Caitlin Frazier, MS

April 17, 2018

This course includes strategies to use in order to build on children’s intuitive, informal notions and encounters in order to foster strong foundations in mathematical thinking.   Read More


Developmental Skills for Handwriting

Dena Bishop, OTR/L

April 17, 2018

This course contains information on the skills necessary for handwriting and understanding child development in context to handwriting.   Read More

Budget Friendly, Creative Play Ideas Targeting STEM Standards in the Early Childhood Classroom

Amber Tankersley, PhD

April 17, 2018

Teachers of young children are always searching for new and creative ideas that target important early childhood skills. This course focuses on locating and using inexpensive materials to incorporate...   Read More


Behavior or Sensory? Understanding Challenging Behavior

Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L

April 17, 2018

A framework for better understanding challenging behavior including how to identify target behavior, create a hypothesis, and create an intervention plan.   Read More