Training Catalog

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Face-to-Face and Online, Instructor-Led Trainings

Face-to-face and online, instructor-led training events have been temporarily suspended.


Online, Self-Paced Trainings

Online, self-paced courses are available online on an ongoing basis 24/7. 

You have three months from the date of registration to complete any online, self-paced course. If you do not complete all coursework within this time, you will need to re-register and start the course from the beginning. Extensions will not be granted.

Effective March 1, 2021: All training sponsored by Child Care Aware® of North Dakota will be available at no cost through June 30, 2021.

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**Book Courses
Some online, self-paced courses require a book to complete the course, which will be listed in the course description. Once you have completed registration for a book course, the book will be mailed to you within 7 business days of registering for the course. Please make sure your mailing address is current in your Growing Futures account as this is the address we will mail your book to. 

  • Big Body Play, the sometimes rowdy, always very physical running, rolling, climbing, tagging, jumping, grabbing and wrestling that most children love and many adults try to shut down, can and should be an integral part of every early care and education program. Learn how to organize the physical environment, set rules and policies, and supervise the play to balance children’s fundamental needs with your responsibility as an early educator to keep them safe.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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.
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 3
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 1.5
    LEVEL: 1

  • A family conference is an opportunity to discuss the child's and the family's experience in your program. Sharing information with families about their child and inviting them to share their joys and concerns helps you and families better understand and meet the needs of their child. In this course, you will learn how to prepare for and conduct successful family conferences.
    CLOCK HOURS: 1
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 4
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 3
    LEVEL: 2

  • From CD players to laptops, technology is everywhere. When used appropriately, it can be a great resource for you to utilize. It's up to you to determine the best ways to use technology in your program in meaningful ways. In this course you are going to learn about technology options and ways to use them appropriately with the children in your program, as well as a communication tool to use with staff and families.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    LEVEL: 1

  • Dual language learners (DLLs) are children under the age of five who have at least one parent or guardian who speaks a language other than English at home and are mastering their native language while learning English at the same time. In this course, you will learn about strategies to teach dual language learners and how to support and involve their families.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    LEVEL: 1

  • Young children are affected by their environments. The types of materials, furniture and the ways in which they are arranged influence how children behave, learn and grow. Creating a supportive environment takes time, planning and reflection. In this course you will learn the eight elements of effective environments and how to incorporate each element into your program. This training has been adapted from the courses "Effective Environments for Infants and Toddlers," "Effective Environments for Preschoolers" and "Effective Family Child Care Environments."
    CLOCK HOURS: 3
    LEVEL: 2

  • Outdoor environments offer children opportunities to explore, create, move and develop an appreciation for nature. Outdoor play is essential for children's health and well-being, and the time they spend outdoors every day is just as important as the time they spend learning inside. In this course you will learn how to set up a safe, engaging outdoor environment to support children's learning and development.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 10
    LEVEL: 2

  • Family style dining is a meal service approach that early care and education programs can implement to address childhood obesity prevention as well as support children in developmentally appropriate mealtime experiences. Every type of early care and education program can be successful with family style dining by preparing the program, adults and children before implementing this meal service approach.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    LEVEL: 2

  • An essential task for early educators is to individualize the care given to each child so they are all successful in their own way. You cannot help each child reach their full potential by applying a "one-size-fits-all" approach. While individualizing and planning for the children in your care is not an easy task, it is an essential one so that each child can be successful.
    CLOCK HOURS: 3
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 1.5
    LEVEL: 1

  • Children develop and learn best in programs that respond to their individual skills and interests. Observing children is one of the best ways to get the information you need to be able to do this. In this course you will learn why, how, when and where to observe, as well as how to document your observations. This course has been adapted from the course "Assessing Young Children."
    CLOCK HOURS: 3
    LEVEL: 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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    LEVEL: 1

  • 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. Choosing a curriculum is a big decision. With so many options available, where does a person begin? In this course you will tackle the important questions, so you make a decision that feels good and gives children the skills they need to be prepared for school and life. This course has been adapted from the course "Curriculum."
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 1.5
    LEVEL: 1

  • Play is essential for children’s overall healthy development. Children learn about themselves, other people, and the world by playing. As they play, children acquire language, learn to solve problems, learn to control their behavior, and explore social roles. In this course, you will learn how you can enrich children’s play by understanding how children play, ways you can plan for play and strategies for interacting with children during play.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    LEVEL: 1

  • Life in an early care and education program is filled with activities that promote learning and development. Many of these activities are repeated day after day as well as provide a structure for the day. Despite the large amount of time that is spent daily on these activities, they are not always valued as much as teacher-led activities, group time and free play. In this course you will learn how routines, schedules and transitions are as essential and important as any other aspect of a child's day.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    LEVEL: 2

  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 3
    LEVEL: 2

  • Well-trained and experienced staff are the key to early care and education program quality. But every director knows that finding these teachers is a huge challenge. Skills in recruiting, interviewing and orienting new teachers are ones that every director needs. During this course, you will learn practical and effective techniques to help you find teachers with the right fit for your program’s particular needs.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    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.
    CLOCK HOURS: 2
    LEVEL: 2

  • Stress and trauma affect children’s behavior, learning and development. Understanding how your body responds to stress enables you to recognize it in young children and to provide responsive care to protect children from stress and help children and their families cope with it.
    CLOCK HOURS: 4
    LEVEL: 2