Course Descriptions, Credits and Fees


Instructor-Led Courses and Descriptions

"Health and Safety Training for Child Care Professionals - 10 hr course

Caring for young children involves many commitments and responsibilities. Research shows that the early years set the stage for all future development. In this training, three key components of providing a safe, nurturing and professional child care environment will be covered: Child Development, Safe Sleep Practices, and Mandated Reporting. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.

Section 1: Child Development. (3 inservice hours). In this section, child care professionals will learn about developmental patterns in infancy and toddlerhood, key domains of development in early childhood, and practical tips on how best to support children's development through these early years.

Section 2: Safe Sleep Practices. (2 inservice hours). In this section, child care professionals will increase their knowledge about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and learn how to create a safe sleep environment to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Section 3: Child Abuse, Abusive Head Trauma and Neglect. (5 inservice hours). In this section, child care professionals will define the categories and identify signs and symptoms of child abuse, neglect, and abusive head trauma. In addition, participants will identify appropriate responses to suspected abuse or neglect, discuss what to do in the event of child disclosure, and understand the Kansas mandated reporter laws.

Note: This course is approved by Child Care Aware of Kansas for 1.0 hours of early childhood CEUs and for 10.0 hours of KDHE inservice.

Cost: $25.00 for inservice hours, $50.00 for CEU credit.


"Child Abuse and Neglect Recognizing, Responding and Reporting" (for Child Care Providers) - 15 hr course

Participants in this course will be able to define the categories of abuse and neglect, including shaken baby syndrome, and identify signs and symptoms of the various types of abuse and neglect. In addition, participants in this course will identify appropriate responses to suspected abuse or neglect, discuss what to do in the event of child disclosure, and understand Kansas mandated reporter laws. This course is specifically geared toward child care providers in the state of Kansas. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.

Note: This course is approved by KDHE for 15.0 hours of inservice, and by KS Child Care Aware for 1.5 hours of early childhood CEUs and by a variety of colleges for 1.0 hours of undergraduate credit.

Cost: $25.00 for inservice hours, $50.00 for CEU credit or college credit (note that $50.00 for college credit is in addition to the tuition paid directly to the college).


“Bullying Prevention and Response” - 15 hr course

Participants in this course will understand the types of bullying and consequences for bullying behaviors. Participants will understand the dynamics of behaviors and the roles of target, bulliers and witnesses. Participants will identify intervention strategies that deal with bullying behaviors they may encounter and develop prevention strategies to use in early childhood to prevent bullying behaviors before they start. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.

Note: This course is approved by Child Care Aware of Kansas for 1.5 hours of early childhood CEUs and for 15.0 hours of KDHE inservice, and by a variety of colleges for 1.0 hours of undergraduate credit.

Cost: $25.00 for inservice hours, $50.00 for CEU credit or college credit (note that $50.00 for college credit is in addition to the tuition paid directly to the college).


"Learning and Teaching Through Multiple Intelligences" - 15 hr course

Multiple Intelligence theory acknowledges that different people have strengths in differing abilities. It explores children's various intelligences in areas not recognized or exercised within the traditional classroom. In this course, participants will discover the advantages of teaching methods that engage multiple intelligences and explore ways to implement them. Participants will learn about Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, and will discuss each of the eight intelligences. Learners will gain insight into their own preferred learning style and be able to apply that information to creating rich environments for the children they serve. Learners will create a lesson plan incorporating multiple intelligences in a subject area of their choice and identify the intelligences woven into that lesson. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.

Note: This course is approved by Child Care Aware of Kansas for 1.5 hours of early childhood CEUs and for 15.0 hours of KDHE inservice, and by a variety of colleges for 1.0 hours of undergraduate credit.

Cost: $25.00 for inservice hours, $50.00 for CEU credit or college credit (note that $50.00 for college credit is in addition to the tuition paid directly to the college).


“Understanding Children's Temperament” - 15 hr course

Temperament differs from other individual attributes such as intelligence, motivation or interests. Those describe what people do and why they do it. Temperament refers to how they do it. Participants in this training will receive an overview of the nine temperament traits and the variety of influences on temperament styles. Challenging temperaments including the flexible, fearful, and feisty styles will be discussed. Participants will assess a child’s temperament as well as their own temperament to compare for a goodness of fit. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.

Note: This course is approved by Child Care Aware of Kansas for 1.5 hours of early childhood CEUs and for 15.0 hours of KDHE inservice, and by a variety of colleges for 1.0 hours of undergraduate credit.

Cost: $25.00 for inservice hours, $50.00 for college credit or CEU credit (note that $50.00 for college credit is in addition to the tuition paid directly to the college)


“Strengthening Families: Understanding Risk and Protective Factors” - 10 hr course

Strengthening Families is a new, cost-effective, doable strategy to prevent child abuse and neglect. The strategy engages early childhood professionals in working with families to build protective factors around children. This course will discuss the five protective factors, focusing on methods that early care and education professionals can utilize in daily practice. Participants will identify risk factors that a child may experience and problem-solve ways to help overcome these factors. Participants will also identify methods for engaging themselves and their communities to promote the five protective factors. In addition, participants will participate in strategic planning and goal setting for their program. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.

Note: This course is approved by Child Care Aware of Kansas for 1.0 hour of early childhood CEUs and for 10.0 hours of KDHE inservice.

Cost: $20.00 for inservice hours, $45.00 for CEU credit


"Childhood Obesity and Good Nutrition" - 15 hr course

Caregivers of young children are crucial to helping children to develop into healthy individuals. Each child needs nutrients to keep them growing and strong, environments to play safely in and adults to guide their growth and development. In this course participants will describe the common reasons for obesity and the complications of being overweight or obese. Participants will examine the new food pyramid, known now as My Pyramid, and will discuss their responsibility in encouraging healthy eating habits and will list ways to integrate learning activities about healthy eating into daily routines. In addition, participants will list appropriate movement activities that will encourage and support development and learning in children and will list ways to share information on healthy eating and active living with parents and families.

Note: This course is approved by Child Care Aware of Kansas for 1.5 hours of early childhood CEUs and for 15.0 hours of KDHE inservice, and by a variety of colleges for 1.0 hours of undergraduate credit.

Cost: $25.00 for inservice hours, $50.00 for college credit or CEU credit (note that $50.00 for college credit is in addition to the tuition paid directly to the college)


"Supporting Children's Learning Through Play" - 15 hr course

Play and children are often paired together when discussing early childhood programs. When you hear the word ‘play’ what image comes to mind? How many times a day in your work with young children do you use the word ‘play’? In this course, participants will define play and list characteristics of play. Participants will learn why play is important in children’s development and be able to identify the developmental domains and milestones that affect children’s learning through play. In addition, participants will understand social and cognitive stages of play as well as the behavior children exhibit in those stages

Note: This course is approved by Child Care Aware of Kansas for 1.5 hours of early childhood CEUs and for 15.0 hours of KDHE inservice, and by a variety of colleges for 1.0 hours of undergraduate credit.

Cost: $25.00 for inservice hours, $50.00 for college credit or CEU credit (note that $50.00 for college credit is in addition to the tuition paid directly to the college)


"Family Child Care Business Practices" - 15 hr course

Operating a successful family child care business may sound simple, but most experienced providers will share that there is much more to it than they originally may have thought. It takes a variety of skills, strengths and knowledge. In this course, participants will learn methods for promoting their child care business. Participants will gain tips for keeping careful records and learn strategies for reducing the risks of doing business. Participants will understand the importance of regular communication with parents as well as the importance of making notes as events occur. Participants will learn about and have an opportunity to develop both a contract and provider policies for their business, and will review best practices for displaying professionalism in the child care field. This course provides a good foundation for professionals new to the business of family child care, but is also applicable to those who have been in the business for years. The best way to learn is from each other… join us!

Note: This course is approved by Child Care Aware of Kansas for 1.5 hours of early childhood CEUs and for 15.0 hours of KDHE inservice. It is also approved for 1.0 hour of undergraduate college credit through Cloud County Community College and Labette Community College.

Cost: $25.00 for inservice hours, $50.00 for CEU credit or college credit (note that $50.00 for college credit is in addition to the tuition paid directly to the college).


"Caring for Children with Special Needs" - 15 hr course

Disabilities are a natural part of the human experience. Perhaps you’re a center child care provider who has a child with a disability in your program this year. Perhaps you’re a home provider who has never encountered a child with special needs. Perhaps you work in child care or an early childhood program, and the newest kid enrolled in your program uses a wheelchair. Or maybe you run an afterschool program—-which now includes a third grader with serious behavioral challenges. Maybe you’re a …. Well, you get the idea. Your professional life now includes addressing the needs of individuals with special needs, or maybe you just want to learn more to be prepared for the future. In this course, participants will review child development milestones and understand how to recognize early signs of early childhood delays. Participants will cover guiding terms, laws and principles regarding special needs, including common questions and answers for child care providers. Participants will learn about observation and assessment, and will learn what behaviors should be recorded as well as strategies for ways to document observations. In addition, participants will understand the importance of communicating with families, determine what information is important to communicate, and identify community agencies and resources available to families and caregivers working with children and special needs.

Note: This course is approved by Child Care Aware of Kansas for 1.5 hours of early childhood CEUs and for 15.0 hours of KDHE inservice, and by a variety of colleges for 1.0 hours of undergraduate credit.

Cost: $25.00 for inservice hours, $50.00 for CEU credit or college credit (note that $50.00 for college credit is in addition to the tuition paid directly to the college).


"Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome" - 5 hr course

It is normal for babies to cry and babies will cry for many reasons. A baby’s crying can be very upsetting. Babies are completely dependent on their caregivers for survival. It is important for you to understand what to expect in terms of infant crying, and to plan in advance for how you will handle crying. As an early childhood professional you also have an important role in teaching others. Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a form of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) that occurs when a young child is violently shaken or shaken and impacted against a hard or soft surface. In this course, participants will understand signs and symptoms of SBS, review why babies are shaken, think through a child’s development and how SBS may impact that development, and review Kansas prevention Efforts. In addition, participants will learn about the Period of PURPLE Crying, and understand their role in helping to educate and prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Note: This course is approved by Child Care Aware of Kansas for 0.5 hours of early childhood CEUs and for 5.0 hours of KDHE inservice.

Cost: $20.00 for inservice hours, $45.00 for CEU credit

Self-Paced Courses and Descriptions


“Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition & Reporting”

Participants enrolled in this course will be able to define the various types of abuse and neglect, and identify signs and symptoms of the different types of abuse and neglect. This course is a self-paced course with no instructor. Students work on the course at their own pace. Course length is approximately 1 hour. Please note that this course is NOT approved by KDHE for early childhood professionals or licensed child care provider credits, and does not meet the 2.0 hour licensing requirement by KDHE for child care professionals. It is designed for social workers, foster parents, and others licensed by BSRB.

Cost: $10.00


“Home Visitor Safety Training for Workers”

This course discusses the various safety measures one must take to ensure personal safety when conducting home visits. Sections include home visitor preparation including checklists and sign-in/sign-out procedures, boundaries, building trust with families, aggressive clients, and incident reporting practices. This course is a self-paced course with no instructor. Students work on the course at their own pace. Course length is approximately 1 hour.

Cost: $10.00


“Supporting Adoptive Families: Understanding the Issues and Feelings of Adoption (A Training Curriculum for Adoptive Families)

This course discusses the various characteristics and values that are held by successful adoptive families, what the experiences and needs are for children who are adopted, and how to advocate for and access needed community support services in the areas of education, mental health, and self-care. This course is a self-paced course with no instructor. Students work on the course at their own pace. Course length is approximately 1.5 hours.

Cost: No charge


“Supporting Adoptive Families: Understanding the Issues and Feelings of Adoption (A Training Curriculum for Professionals Working with Adoptive Families)

This course discusses the various characteristics and values that are held by successful adoptive families, what the experiences and needs are for children who are adopted, what research has found to be the best practices to support adoptive families, and how to understand and enhance community capacity to support adoptive families among critical issues. This course is a self-paced course with no instructor. Students work on the course at their own pace. Course length is approximately 1.5 hours.

Cost: $10.00


“Critical Issues of Methamphetamines”

This self-paced course will provide participants with information about methamphetamine and the related child endangerment issues. General information including signs someone is using meth, meth lab indicators, effects on children living in a meth environment, and safety for workers and home visitors will be covered. This course is a self-paced course with no instructor. Students work on the course at their own pace. Course length is approximately 2 hours.

Cost: $10.00

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