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  • Developmentally appropriate assessment is an ongoing process you engage in daily through your relationships with individual children as you observe & document, reflect & plan and share & discuss with the family how best to support their children’s development. During this course, you will explore each part of this ongoing process of assessment.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $45
    CLOCK HOURS: 10

  • Passion for working with children is a cornerstone in your line of work, but as an early childhood professional, you also need to look the part, act the part and keep a positive attitude. Whether it is your first day on the job or you have years of experience, professionalism is essential for success as you work with children, their families and your colleagues. Join us as we take an in-depth look at what it really means to be an early childhood professional. Are you ready for the challenge? This course requires reading the book, “Being a Professional” by Gigi Schweikert, which will be mailed to you within 7 business days of registering for this course.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $25
    CLOCK HOURS: 4

  • Everyone working in a child care center has a role to play in the business’s success. In this course, you will learn about licensing rules, legal requirements and best practices for starting up and running a child care center business that you should be aware of to help your program have a strong future.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $25
    CLOCK HOURS: 5

  • If you’ve worked with young children for more than a few days, you have probably encountered some challenging situations that required you to make decisions. In this course you will learn how using the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct can give you guidance for handling the tough issues that come up on a daily basis in your work with young children and their families.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 3

  • Communication and teamwork is not always easy, but it is necessary as an early educator. When everyone is committed to being part of a strong team, your program will be a more efficient, enjoyable place where children and adults can be successful in school, work and life. This course requires reading the book, “Becoming a Team Player” by Gigi Schweikert, which will be mailed to you within 7 business days of registering for this course.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $25
    CLOCK HOURS: 3

  • This course will walk you through the process of capturing your hopes and dreams for the future of your early care and education program and any dreams you have for yourself as an individual. You will learn powerful, yet simple, techniques to accomplish goals and take steps in the direction of creating an early care and education program that helps prepare children for school and life.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $25
    CLOCK HOURS: 5

  • Diversity is a reality. As communities in North Dakota continue to grow more multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual, so will your program. In this course, learn how to work with families from all backgrounds to build relationships, reduce conflicts and support children’s sense of cultural identity.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 5

  • Development is so important in the early years that you do not simply want to hope that children get all of the opportunities they need to learn. You want to put a long-term plan in place to make sure learning happens. Your plan for children’s learning is called curriculum. Curriculum is everything that goes on in your program, from the moment a child arrives until she leaves. In this course you will explore the characteristics of an effective curriculum so you can ensure that you are giving children all of the opportunities they need to grow and develop.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $45
    CLOCK HOURS: 10

  • Children are born learners. Most children set out to explore their world eagerly and with curiosity. Early childhood is a period of never-ending possibilities. Yet, making a difference in children’s lives is not assured. In order for young children to learn and develop optimally, you must provide them with high quality care and education. The framework for high quality care and education is known as developmentally appropriate practice (DAP). This course will assist you in learning about DAP and using the DAP principles and guidelines in your teaching and caregiving practices to provide high quality learning experiences for all children in your care.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 3

  • The environment for infants and toddlers is the most important part of your program! The environment doesn’t just include your physical space, furniture, and materials. Instead, the environment is like a puzzle made of several different pieces: secure relationships, child development, health and safety, comfort, organization, routine care, interest areas, outdoor space, and schedules. You will explore each of these “pieces” during this training.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $45
    CLOCK HOURS: 10

  • The environment for preschoolers is the most important part of your program! The environment doesn’t just include your physical space, furniture, and materials. Instead, the environment is like a puzzle made of several different pieces: secure relationships, child development, health and safety, comfort, organization, routine care, interest areas, outdoor space, and schedules. You will explore each of these “pieces” during this training.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $45
    CLOCK HOURS: 10

  • The environment for young children is the most important part of your family child care program! The environment doesn’t just include your physical space, furniture, and materials. Instead, the environment is like a puzzle made of several different pieces: secure relationships, child development, health and safety, comfort, organization, routine care, interest areas, outdoor space, and schedules. You will explore each of these “pieces” during this training.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $45
    CLOCK HOURS: 10

  • One of the benefits of being a family or group licensed early educator is that you can set up and run your business however you want. In this course, you will learn legal requirements and best practices to help you as you write your contract and policies, build relationships and market your business and plan for a strong financial future.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $45
    CLOCK HOURS: 10

  • Getting Started is an introductory course to help you get your career in early care and education off to a great start and make a positive impact on young children’s lives. Learn about child development, responsive interactions, safe and effective environments, health and nutrition plus abuse and reporting. This training satisfies the basic child care requirement for staff at Department of Human Services licensed centers, school-age programs, preschools, groups and family child care programs as well as self-declaration provides and must be completed within the first three months of hire.
    REGISTRATION FEE: Free
    CLOCK HOURS: 15

  • Some of the behaviors that adults find frustrating are a normal part of child development. Based on the 10 Steps to Positive Discipline, this course will help you understand what’s behind children’s challenging behavior and your own reactions to it. You will learn how to model and teach the behaviors that you want to see from children in your program.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $25
    CLOCK HOURS: 8

  • It’s easy to think of child homelessness as a problem that happens somewhere else. However, North Dakota’s rate of child homelessness is 25th in the nation. Learn about the reasons behind child homelessness, how being homeless affects children’s development, and what you can do to help.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 1

  • It’s natural to have concerns about caring for a child with special needs. You know it’s the law and the right thing to do, but it can still be hard to know where to start. In this course, you’ll learn strategies for including children of all abilities in your program.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 2

  • When you are knowledgeable about child development and learning, you can predict what children of a particular age group will typically be like, what they will (and will not) be capable of and what strategies will most likely promote their development and learning. In this course, you will explore 10 principles of development and learning and learn how to use this knowledge in your program.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 3

  • Whether you are new to the field or have lots of experience, the process of planning for your own professional development is important. But how can you figure out what professional development you need or how to get started? During this course you are going to discover how you can have it all – helping children reach their full potential while also advancing your own skills, knowledge and career options.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 2

  • Families come in many forms, from a variety of cultures, ethnicities and belief systems. As an early educator, you have the opportunity to build relationships that can positively impact children and their families for a lifetime. In this course you will discover what you can do to build relationships and engage with families. This course requires reading the book, "Partnering with Families" by Gigi Schweikert, which will be mailed to you within 7 business days of registering for this course.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $25
    CLOCK HOURS: 3

  • Early care and education programs can lead the way in educating young children and their families on the importance of staying active and eating healthy. You can help children build healthy habits by ensuring your program is a healthy environment for children to learn. This course will illustrate your role in helping to prevent childhood obesity.
    REGISTRATION FEE; $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 2

  • From day one, children are eager and determined to understand how the world works. They do this through play. In this course, you will learn about the importance of play and the benefits of play and the benefits of taking those important experiences outdoors.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 2

  • Healthy eating is necessary for healthy development. That’s why it’s so important to offer children healthy food choices; options that will nurture their bodies and fuel brain development. In this course you will learn more about what you can do to promote nutrition and healthy choices for young children.
    REGISTRATION FEE; $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 2

  • Young children have a variety of food and meal experiences. These experiences shape the relationship children have with foods as they enter school, through adolescence and into adulthood. Making the mealtime environment positive and healthy (both nutritionally and socially) is key to forming a child’s eating habits. Early care and education environments are the perfect place to teach, support and foster healthy eating behaviors.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 2

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between one month and one year old. Each year, about 4000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidental suffocation, and unknown causes. Come learn about the steps you can take to support and promote safe sleep and reduce the risk of SIDS for children in your care.
    REGISTRATION FEE: Free
    CLOCK HOURS: 1

  • Whether or not you currently care for a child with special care needs, you need to be prepared. Learn about some of the most common special health care needs and what practices and policies your program can put in place to care for the health needs of all children.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 3

  • Watching, protecting and interacting with children varies according to the specific needs of each child, each activity and the hazards in the environment. Supervision is not the same for everyone and everything. This course will help you learn about active supervision and what you can do to keep children safe.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 2


Face-to-Face and Eager-to-Learn Courses

Face-to-Face and Eager-to-Learn courses are available at scheduled dates and times. View a full list of Child Care Aware of North Dakota trainings that can be searched and sorted by keyword at ndgrowingfutures.org.

A Great Place to Work: Creating a Healthy Organizational Climate

Thursdays, January 24, January 31, and February 7, 2019 | 6:30 pm to 8:30 PM
Fargo, ND

Early childhood program administrators often have a global impression that things are going well or not so well at their center, but they lack specific information on just which areas contribute to those impressions. This 3-part training looks closely at how ten dimensions of organizational climate help shape the quality of work life for staff. Through thought-provoking questions and engaging exercises, you’ll learn how to assess the organizational climate of your program, consider the unique role perspective plays in shaping work attitudes and behavior, and implement specific strategies that will help you create a great place to work.
REGISTRATION FEE: $70
CLOCK HOURS: 9

Tackling Everyday Dilemmas

Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:00 am12:00 pm
Dickinson, ND

If you’ve worked with young children for more than a few days, you have probably encountered some challenging situations that required you to make decisions. Gossiping teachers, children who don’t nap, parents who bring sweets for snack: join us to learn how using the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct can guide you as you navigate these everyday dilemmas.
REGISTRATION FEE: $28
CLOCK HOURS: 3

From the Inside Out: The Power of Reflection and Self-Awareness

Tuesdays, February 5, 12,19, 26, and March 5, 2019 | 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Online (Eager to Learn)

The quest for excellence begins with an inner quest to discover who we are – our passions, values, talents, personal resources, and even those annoying habits we might prefer not to acknowledge. Having a better understanding of ourselves is the first step toward achieving a better relationship with others. Throughout this course you will have an opportunity to reflect on where you are in your journey through adulthood, determine the gap between your current and your ideal work environment and become a self-mentor for envisioning new possibilities for the years ahead. While this course is intended for directors and assistant directors of center-based early care and education programs, most of the topics and activities included in this course will be just as relevant to anyone working in the field of early care and education. The required book will be mailed to the address in your Growing Futures account within 10 business days of the start date of this course. You will need the book to complete this course.
REGISTRATION FEE: $75
CLOCK HOURS: 16

Purposeful Planning

Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:00 am4:00 pm
Devils Lake, ND

Teaching young children is hard work that requires thoughtfulness, knowledge, and attentiveness. Join us to receive tips and tools to write weekly plans and develop goals that are intentional, child-focused, and responsive.
REGISTRATION FEE: $49
CLOCK HOURS: 6

Nurturing Creativity

Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00 pm9:00 pm
Fargo, ND

During the early years, young children are continually demonstrating their amazing creative abilities. As an early educator, you have the amazing opportunity to value, support, and design an environment that nurtures young children’s creative abilities, a place where children are able to think, explore, play with ideas, and be courageous in their innovations. Join us to learn what you can do to nurture young children’s creativity and watch their confidence grow.
REGISTRATION FEE: $28
CLOCK HOURS: 3

Understanding Preschoolers

Mondays, March 18, 25, April 1, and 8, 2019 | 7:30 pm to 8:15 PM
Online (Eager to Learn)

This course will help you to see the world through preschoolers’ eyes so that you can provide the best care possible for them. You will learn how to create a more preschool appropriate routine and program, respond to and guide children in effective ways and develop a deeper appreciation of their unique personalities and temperaments. The required book will be mailed to the address in your Growing Futures account within 10 business days of the start date of this course. You will need the book to complete this course.
REGISTRATION FEE: $50
CLOCK HOURS: 12

Transition Magician

Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:00 am12:00 pm
Grand Forks, ND

Wouldn’t it be nice if transitions could be mastered by a simple wave of the wand? Come discuss and learn skills and strategies to guide young children through daily activities and transitions.
REGISTRATION FEE: $28
CLOCK HOURS: 3

Tackling Everyday Dilemmas

Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:00 am12:00 pm
Jamestown, ND

If you’ve worked with young children for more than a few days, you have probably encountered some challenging situations that required you to make decisions. Gossiping teachers, children who don’t nap, parents who bring sweets for snack: join us to learn how using the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct can guide you as you navigate these everyday dilemmas.
REGISTRATION FEE: $28
CLOCK HOURS: 3

Creating a Caring Environment

Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:30 am12:00 pm
Dickinson, ND

Teasing and bullying can affect a child’s learning, physical health, and emotional well-being. Creating a caring environment in your program reduces the possibility that children will assert themselves through this negative behavior. Join us to explore tools and strategies to help you create a climate of mutual respect and empathy where all children feel safe, comfortable, and welcome.
REGISTRATION FEE: $25
CLOCK HOURS: 2.5

Helping Children Handle Stress

Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:00 am12:00 pm
Minot, ND

Stress is a hot topic today. We read about stress, and we talk about how it affects our own well-being, but only recently have we begun to think about and study stress in relation to young children. Stress affects children’s behavior, learning, and development. Join us to learn strategies for helping children overcome adversity and become resilient.
REGISTRATION FEE; $21
CLOCK HOURS: 2

Helping Children Handle Stress

Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:00 pm3:00 pm
Jamestown, ND

Stress is a hot topic today. We read about stress, and we talk about how it affects our own well-being, but only recently have we begun to think about and study stress in relation to young children. Stress affects children’s behavior, learning, and development. Join us to learn strategies for helping children overcome adversity and become resilient.
REGISTRATION FEE: $21
CLOCK HOURS: 2

Helping Children Handle Stress

Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:00 pm3:00 pm
Grand Forks, ND

Stress is a hot topic today. We read about stress, and we talk about how it affects our own well-being, but only recently have we begun to think about and study stress in relation to young children. Stress affects children’s behavior, learning, and development. Join us to learn strategies for helping children overcome adversity and become resilient.
REGISTRATION FEE: $21
CLOCK HOURS: 2

Helping Children Handle Stress

Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:00 pm3:00 pm
Dickinson, ND

Stress is a hot topic today. We read about stress, and we talk about how it affects our own well-being, but only recently have we begun to think about and study stress in relation to young children. Stress affects children’s behavior, learning, and development. Join us to learn strategies for helping children overcome adversity and become resilient.
REGISTRATION FEE: $21
CLOCK HOURS: 2

Creating a Caring Environment

Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:00 pm3:30 pm
Minot, ND

Teasing and bullying can affect a child’s learning, physical health, and emotional well-being. Creating a caring environment in your program reduces the possibility that children will assert themselves through this negative behavior. Join us to explore tools and strategies to help you create a climate of mutual respect and empathy where all children feel safe, comfortable, and welcome.
REGISTRATION FEE: $25
CLOCK HOURS: 2.5

Developing Children's Literacy and Language Skills

Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2019 | 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Online (Eager-to-Learn)

In this interactive, instructor facilitated course you will learn tips for arranging and equipping your early care and education setting to invite children to listen, talk, read, and write. Learn the stages children go through as they develop listening, talking, reading, and writing skills, and gain basic information on early language and literacy.

Eager-to-Learn courses are instructor-led, online courses with weekly chat sessions, message board postings and email reflections.
REGISTRATION FEE: $50
CLOCK HOURS: 16

SIDS and Safe Sleep Practices

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6:30 pm7:30 pm
Jamestown, ND

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between one month and one year old. Each year, about 4000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidental suffocation, and unknown causes. Come learn about the steps you can take to support and promote safe sleep and reduce the risk of SIDS for children in your care.
REGISTRATION FEE: $10
CLOCK HOURS: 1

SIDS and Safe Sleep Practices

Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:00 am10:00 am
Grand Forks, ND

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between one month and one year old. Each year, about 4000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidental suffocation, and unknown causes. Come learn about the steps you can take to support and promote safe sleep and reduce the risk of SIDS for children in your care.
REGISTRATION FEE: $10
CLOCK HOURS: 1

Purposeful Planning

Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:00 am4:00 pm
Bismarck, ND

Teaching young children is hard work that requires thoughtfulness, knowledge, and attentiveness. Join us to receive tips and tools to write weekly plans and develop goals that are intentional, child-focused, and responsive.
REGISTRATION FEE: $49
CLOCK HOURS: 6

ChildcareAlive!: Shaping the First Five - Health Eating and Active Play

Saturday, April 6, 2019
10:30 am12:30 pm
Grand Forks, ND

ChildcareAlive! is a program and community initiative focused on preventing childhood obesity by shaping the eating and physical activity habits of children in early care and education settings. This 2-hour, face-to-face training introduces the new “ChildcareAlive!: Shaping the First Five” Guide, including 12 Nutrition and Active Play Lessons that engages children and families with the ultimate purpose of promoting healthy weights for young children. Participants will learn best practices for teaching children about nutrition and leading them in structured physical activity. Each participant will also receive a copy of the 120-page ChildcareAlive! Guide at the conclusion of this training.
REGISTRATION FEE: $21
CLOCK HOURS: 2

SIDS and Safe Sleep Practices

Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00 am10:00 am
Minot, ND

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between one month and one year old. Each year, about 4000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidental suffocation, and unknown causes. Come learn about the steps you can take to support and promote safe sleep and reduce the risk of SIDS for children in your care.
REGISTRATION FEE: $10
CLOCK HOURS: 1

SIDS and Safe Sleep Practices

Monday, April 15, 2019
6:30 pm7:30 pm
Dickinson, ND

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between one month and one year old. Each year, about 4000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidental suffocation, and unknown causes. Come learn about the steps you can take to support and promote safe sleep and reduce the risk of SIDS for children in your care.
REGISTRATION FEE: $10
CLOCK HOURS: 1