This course focuses on the importance of attachment and the role that relationships play in the healthy development of young children. Early care and education professionals have a significant role in the lives of the children with whom they work and can influence their lives in positive ways through healthy attachment relationships.
BEAM (Bridging Education and Mental Health) is an intervention model and conceptual framework developed for use by teachers/caregivers, with the assistance of a BEAM coach. It uses strategies from the educational (positive behavioral support) and mental health (therapeutic) perspectives to address social-emotional development on four different levels.
Whether you've been in child care for one week or for 10 years, at some point you've had to guide a behavior that disrupts your daily routine. Join us in an interactive look at challenging behavior and your role in working through it based on your own experiences and background.
This course will examine the important role that emotional regulation plays in a young child's positive mental health. Impulse control is a key emotional milestone that is critical to a child's self-esteem and social relationships with peers and adults. This course includes strategies that are part of a program's physical and emotional setting as well as common interactions that encourage self-regulation.
The purpose of the Positive Supports Rule is to improve the quality of life for individuals who receive services from any program that is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services by requiring the use of person-centered principles and positive support strategies. Since early care and education programs in Minnesota are licensed under Rule 2 (Family Child Care) or Rule 3 (Center-based Child Care) through the MN Department of Human Services, the Positive Supports Rule is applicable to these programs. The purpose of this self-study course is to begin to increase understanding of how the PSR is to be applied in early care and education programs.
Research on the rates of expulsion and suspension due to challenging behaviors in early care and education programs has brought national attention to the importance of supporting children, families and early care and education professionals. This self study highlights research findings and promising practices for supporting the early childhood community and intervening in challenging behaviors
Through daily interactions and observation of how a child plays, learns, speaks and moves, early care and educational professionals can monitor developmental milestones that help to indicate whether a child is following a trajectory of expected development in each developmental domain and promote continued development. This self study focuses on the development of the communication skills of infants and toddlers. Many practical strategies and resources to help early care and education professionals best support the infants and toddlers in their programs are included within the course.
According to the American Psychological Association, approximately half of the children in the United States experience some type of traumatic event during their childhood. Many children experience more than one trauma and some live in environments in which they are exposed to trauma on an ongoing basis. It is more than likely that some of these children are attending early care and education programs. Thus, it is important for early care and education professionals to have some basic knowledge about trauma and how to support children who have experienced or are currently experiencing trauma.