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Child Care Provider Online Course

Learn Practical Skills At Home

Your comprehensive lessons are clear and well-organized; easy to follow, yet challenging and engaging at the same time. Each lesson begins with an introductory note from your instructor, plus a preview outlining the subject matter and study objectives.

Next comes the reading assignment from your beautifully illustrated text, lesson book or supplemental references. Practice exercises help you check and review the key concepts you've learned. Then, turn in your open-book exam for the lesson, whenever YOU are ready.

As a student in The Professional Child Care Provider Program, you’ll receive these accessories. Use them while you study, and after graduation. They’re included with your course, at no additional cost:

  • ABC’s of Baby Care slide guide gives you quick access to the symptoms and treatment of 18 of the most common baby ailments.
  • First Aid for Children slide guide helps you deal with many minor ailments and injuries, from burns to insect bites.
  • 12” x 18” Marker Board and Marker. A great teaching tool that easily wipes clean.
  • First Aid Kit includes first aid guidelines, ice pack, tapes, bandages, sterile gauze, antiseptic wipes, and vinyl gloves, all in a carrying case.

Deann Deloney: Child Care Provider Instructor PCDIMeet Your Instructor

Deann Deloney is editor and chief instructor of the Professional Child Care Provider Program. She is also the director of a child development center accredited by The National Association for the Education of the Young Child, which maintains the highest standards in the field. With more than 15 years of experience in child care, she has hired, trained, and supervised staff; created and developed academic and enrichment programs; and managed marketing and fiscal matters.

She, along with our staff of caring, courteous career educators, will give you careful guidance through your studies. If you have questions or need help along the way, just write, call, fax, or E-mail us 24 hours a day. We'll give you prompt, personal assistance.

What You’ll Learn Lesson By Lesson in this Course

Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Lesson 2: Introduction to Early Childhood Education Defining early childhood education; understanding the importance of early interactions, experiences, and developmental milestones; identifying the different roles and positions available to educators in the early childhood field; describing the role of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in early childhood education programs.
Lesson 3: Safe and Healthy Environments The importance of health and safety; potential safety hazards in indoor classrooms as well as outdoor play areas; steps to maintain the safety of the educator as well as the children; steps to be taken in the event of an emergency; safety practices to employ while planning and conducting field trips; accommodations when caring for children with special needs; the importance of protecting and promoting the health and well-being of children, staff, and their families; universal precautions and other safety habits; the importance of good nutrition; the signs and symptoms of illness and disease.
Lesson 4: Developmentally Appropriate Environments Why childcare providers should provide developmentally appropriate learning environments that meet the needs of both the children and the adults that care for them; age-appropriate activities for children in different developmental categories, as well as activities that enhance self-esteem and promote positive feelings toward learning; transition activities that avoid known problem times during the program day; the purpose of learning centers and active play areas within the classroom space.
Lesson 5: Past, Present, and Future Research into the lasting benefits of early childhood education; different types of childcare and preschool programs and the age groups these programs are designed to serve; important individuals and key theories that have influenced early childhood education; trends, movements, and laws that have shaped early childhood education.
Lesson 6: Developmentally Appropriate Practices The characteristics of human growth and development; the principles and guidelines of developmentally appropriate practice as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); principles of practice derived from theories of learning and development and how these principles inform decisions about effective practice; the role of play in children’s development and learning and how teachers support play; how an intentional teacher supports a child’s growth and development.
Lesson 7: Celebrating Diversity How teachers adapt curriculum to meet the needs of individual learners at various learning levels; how teachers can create a culturally sensitive curriculum; the factors that influence the personal development and individual needs of each child.
Lesson 8: Children and Their Families Modern family structures and the role of the family in child development; elements that promote effective partnerships between teachers and families, including reciprocal relationships, two-way communication strategies, and goal setting; the elements of a caring community of learners and the role of the teacher in creating this community; the teaching pyramid model and how it is used to create a caring community, promote social competence, and address challenging behaviors; how teachers organize the learning environment and daily schedule to help children do their best while preventing behavior problems.
Lesson 9: Curriculum The definition of curriculum, the characteristics of scientifically based curriculum, and the indicators of effective curriculum; the role of performance standards in curriculum planning; different approaches to curriculum planning; teaching strategies that help children achieve important learning and developmental goals and motivate them to learn; how teachers create various contexts for learning in an intellectually engaging learning environment; how teachers use grouping as an instructional approach; how teachers use play as a teaching context for learning; different ways that teachers can appropriately use technology with young children.
Lesson 10: Assessments The definition of assessment and how to describe the different reasons for conducting assessments; different types of assessments and indicators of their effectiveness; the primary purposes for assessing young children; effective strategies for observing and recording evidence to support children’s learning and development; how to use assessment strategies to improve learning outcomes and individualize teaching; standardized testing and appropriate and inappropriate uses of standardized tests.
Lesson 11: Planning for the Mind How young children develop language; how children acquire a second language; the key early literacy skills that predict success in the language arts; the curriculum and teaching strategies that promote early literacy; equity issues in early education and strategies to narrow achievement gaps in math and science; how cognitive development relates to mathematics and science.
Lesson 12: Planning for the Heart and Soul How young children develop socially and emotionally; the role of play in social and emotional development and learning; effective strategies for teaching children social problem-solving skills; the content of the early childhood social studies curriculum and effective, developmentally appropriate strategies for teaching social studies.
Lesson 13: Building Stronger Families The definition of resiliency and what it means to be resilient; the key protective factors that a child needs to develop resiliency; ways to strengthen families.
Lesson 14: Program Operations The responsibilities of a childcare program manager; the minimum qualifications for childcare providers; the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition and the requirements that must be met to receive this credential; the components of a comprehensive background screening; the type of information typically found in staff and family handbooks; the definition of accreditation and why this concept is important to childcare centers.
Lesson 15: Professional Growth Factors to consider when deciding to pursue a career as either a caregiver to infants/toddlers or a teacher to preschool/kindergarten age children; the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and how it should be used; important advocacy roles of early childhood professionals; the obligations and commitments that early childhood professionals make to the children in their care.

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