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Face-to-Face and Online, Instructor-Led training 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.

September 2019


Online, Self-Paced Trainings

E-learning courses are available online on an on-going basis 24/7. 
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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
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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: 3
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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

  • Cognitive development is the way children think, approach learning, develop understandings about the world and use what they learn to solve problems. In this course, you will learn about typical cognitive development of infants and toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children, as well as ways you can support children’s cognitive development.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 1.5
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • Working with families is an important aspect in your work as an early educator. A child’s home environment greatly influences what goes on in an early care and education program. This course will introduce you to the six characteristics of the family as a system that are relevant to your work as an early educator.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 1
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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
    LEVEL: 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • Language development is the ability to listen to, understand and use words. Children use language in their daily efforts to communicate with others, build relationships, think and solve problems, express their emotions and learn about the world. In this course, you will learn about typical language development of infants and toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children, as well as ways you can support children’s language development.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 1.5
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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: 2
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 1

  • Sometimes physical development is taken for granted because it is assumed that it happens automatically. This isn’t true! Physical development is just as important to learning as any other area of development. In this course, you will learn about typical physical development of infants and toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children, as well as ways you can support children’s physical development.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 1.5
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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
    LEVEL: 1

  • This course (formerly know a Continuous Quality Improvement) 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
    LEVEL: 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
    LEVEL: 1

  • Social-emotional development is the base of all other development. The early childhood years are a critical time for positive social-emotional development! In this course, you will learn about typical physical development of infants and toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children, as well as ways you can support children’s social-emotional development.
    REGISTRATION FEE: $15
    CLOCK HOURS: 1.5
    LEVEL: 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
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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
    LEVEL: 2