Early Care and Education Course Grid

Early Childhood
Early care and education courses are developed for child care providers. The minimum number of training hours for a child care provider is 15 hours annually. The number of hours for each course are listed. If you have questions about a course, please contact your Training Coach, or use the Contact Us button at the bottom of the page. If you are registering yourself, click For Myself to add the course to your cart. If you do not already have an account, you will be prompted to create the account during the checkout process. If you are registering one or more people, choose For Groups, and follow the check-out steps to manage a group.

Course List

Introduction to Orientation for FCS Teachers

FCS teachers must complete this training in order to issue the Orientation certificate to their high school students. Current credentialed trainers who are a level 3, 4 or 5 who plan to conduct the 6 hr. Orientation for early care and education staff must complete this virtual Training-Of-Trainers. NOTE: Registration closes for this event on June 3 at Noon

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June 17, 2024 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) This is a virtual training and you will receive an email with the Zoom link once you are registered. Pre-Requisite(s): Certificate of completion for ECOOL (Early Care Orientation On-Line) or verification of completing the 6-hr orientation face-to-face dated between June 2022 - June 2024. Once you complete the pre-requisite, please email the completion certificate to bambi.cliffe@uky.edu by June 10, 2024 . Registration for ECOOL can be found here: https://www.hdilearning.org/product/early-care-orientation-online-ecool-ld/  There is also a pre-assignment for this course that will be emailed to you on 6/3/2024 and due 6/10/24. Details will be in the email. Please see event details and pay later options below. The coupon code (FCS2024) will also work to register for the ECOOL (ONLY FOR USE FOR PARTICIPANTS IN THIS ROUND OF INTRO TO ORIENTATION). NOTE: ECOOL has a $30 registration fee.      
This training introduces concepts of developmentally appropriate practices supported by the School Age Care Environment Rating Scale - Updated (SACERS-U). It is intended for school age program administrators and school age teachers that are interested in learning more about utilizing developmentally appropriate practices in the school age setting. This training will help you understand the basics about how the SACERS-U is used in Kentucky, obtain resources that support quality practices in the school age classroom, and gain knowledge of developmentally appropriate concepts that support a high-quality environment.
Completion of ECE 108: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood – Awareness and Respect is required to take this training. Participants will learn the importance of incorporating non-biased materials and activities that reflect children’s lives and expand their understanding of diversity.
This training continues our journey in advancing equity in early childhood and focuses on the topic of culturally responsive interactions for children. This training builds on what you have learned in Advancing Equity in Early Childhood – Awareness and Respect.  In this training, you will continue to reflect on your own attitudes, beliefs, and biases as you learn strategies to provide positive interactions that support children’s development and welcome each child’s unique background.  Trainees will learn the importance of building each child's identity and belonging, strategies for positive and emotionally supportive interactions, and how to prevent and respond to negative interactions such as stereotypical or biased thinking. Trainees will continue to self-reflect to consider their background, culture, knowledge, and biases and implement an improvement goal relating to interactions. This training is geared towards infant, toddler, preschool, or school-age staff. An application activity will be required for the completion of the training and will focus on creating a goal to support children through culturally responsive interactions. Before taking this training, completion of Advancing Equity in Early Childhood – Awareness and Respect is required. 
This training introduces concepts of developmentally appropriate practices supported by the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale 3rd Edition (ECERS-3). It is intended for early childhood administrators and preschool teachers interested in learning more about utilizing developmentally appropriate practices in the preschool setting. This training will help you understand the basics of how the ECERS-3 is used in Kentucky, obtain resources that support quality practices in the preschool classroom, and gain knowledge of developmentally appropriate concepts that support a high-quality environment.
Provider CCAP Billing Basics (July 2022) is designed to give child care providers an introduction to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and the CCAP billing process. All Licensed, Certified and Registered providers participating in CCAP will need to complete this training and provide documentation of completion to the CCAP Billing Section once during each year of operation and upon change of the staff member submitting billing information. Providers need to retain a copy of the documentation of completion for their files. CCAP provides payment assistance on a sliding income scale for eligible families, allowing them to gain employment and remain employed. You will receive 1 clock hour of credit in ECE-TRIS upon the completion of this course.
Trauma is an emotional response to an event.  We all experience trauma at some point; however, some individuals bounce back from trauma better than others. All children can learn tools to increase their resiliency to support them in times of crisis. Throughout this training, participants will learn more about trauma, the symptoms of trauma and the impact of trauma on child growth and development, as well as how to build resiliency in children to limit the impacts of trauma. This course is required for the Infant and Toddler Credential and School Age Youth Development Credential.
This course is a follow-up to ECE 125 Introduction to the Kentucky Strengthening Families Initiative. You must complete that course before beginning this one. This course will focus on implementing the Protective Factor of Social Connections within any setting that serves young children and their families. Families who have positive social connections seek timely assistance from people they have learned to “count on” and are empowered to give back through satisfying, mutually beneficial relationships. Supportive social connections help buffer families from stressors and support nurturing parenting skills that promote secure attachments in young children.
According to NAEYC, above all else, we shall not participate in practices that are disrespectful, degrading, or emotionally damaging to children. A foundational awareness of our own potential for bias is key to ensuring that teachers show respect to children and to themselves. This introductory training will provide participants with the knowledge to begin working to advance equity in their Early Childhood Education settings. Trainees will learn the definitions of key terms, how equitable learning supports young children’s identity development, and the impacts of implicit bias in early childhood. Trainees will engage in self-reflection to consider their own background, culture, knowledge and biases and to return with goals for future growth. This training is geared towards infant, toddler, preschool, or school-age staff.
Training Description: In this self-paced course, participants will learn about the importance of Professional Development for early childhood educators. They will be introduced to the Kentucky Career Lattice, and the Kentucky Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. Participants will learn about SMART goals, characteristics of high-quality professional development, and create their own Annual Professional Development Plan.
Kids love to experiment and explore the world around them. Using scientific concepts related to energy, moment of inertia, and air flow, this training will teach school age teachers how to implement several activities into lesson plans. Each activity will encourage children to use the scientific method to make predictions and observe outcomes about how to things go.
This training will help you gain skills in understanding the importance of authentic assessment and how you can use the information you gather in a variety of ways. This training does not focus on a specific assessment tool but gives you a solid background in assessment so that you can use the tools you already have or choose a tool in the future. When you return to the workplace you will be able to explore the assessment tool that is used in your workplace, practice strategies learned to gather more information about children, and apply assessment in lesson planning. Satisfactory completion of an application activity will be required before receiving completion credit.
How directors communicate with current and potential employees, families, and children is vital to promoting and inclusive environment. How we communicate can either exclude or include individuals. Inclusive communication includes both verbal and written communication. During this training you will learn more about what inclusive communication is, strategies to support inclusive communication in meetings, documents, and when working with teachers and families. Participants will create a goal of how they will implement inclusive communication in their program.
Description: This training will help you gain skills in understanding the importance of authentic assessment and how you can use the information you gather in a variety of ways. This training does not focus on a specific assessment tool but gives you a solid background in assessment so that you can use the tools you already have or choose a tool in the future. When you return to the workplace you will be able to collect relevant developmental information about a child to communicate with the family and others, use collected information to plan for the child’s progress, and plan periodic assessments and monitor ongoing progress. Satisfactory completion of an application activity will be required before receiving completion credit.
Como proveedor de Educación Temprana, juegas un papel critico en la salud y bienestar de los niños. Además, estás en el lugar indicado para identificar si algún niño necesita ayuda especifica en su proceso de desarrollo. Este curso en línea, Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, te ayudará a cumplir tu rol, brindándote las herramientas y prácticas necesarias para monitorear el desarrollo de los niños que cuidas, e informar apropiadamente a sus padres.
This course is for early care and education professionals working with children and families up to 5 years of age. The aim is to promote the vision that every child is constantly learning and can explore their interests at their own pace if given the proper support, including children with disabilities. Ultimately, this exploration of interests can evolve into hobbies or activities that eventually become potential career paths. This course will also assist in deepening your understanding of your role in creating a respectful, supportive, and collaborative partnership with families in your program. This training meets the KY ALL STARS standard for family engagement: staff complete professional learning activities to strengthen family engagement.
This course is a follow-up to ECE 125 Introduction to the Kentucky Strengthening Families Initiative. You must complete that course before beginning this one. This course will allow you to focus on implementing the Protective Factor of Parental Resilience within your classroom or childcare center. Families who are resilient bounce back and can provide more nurturing care which in turn promotes secure emotional attachment and healthy development in their children. This course will involve personal reflection, gathering feedback, intentional family interactions and will provide resources.
As an early care and education provider, you play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of children. You are also very well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. This online training course, Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, will help you fulfill this role by providing tools and best practices for monitoring the development of children in your care and talking about it with their parents. The Kentucky version of this training adds a section on Kentucky resources, and upon course completion, you will be issued 1 early care and education clock hour in ECE-TRIS.
Cost: FREE
This training will introduce participants to the Kentucky Strengthening Families (KYSF) Initiative and share ways to apply components of this approach to any setting that serves young children and their families. Participants will learn the importance of the Kentucky Strengthening Families Initiative, including the six (6) Guiding Premises, the six (6) Protective Factors, how to change their perspective when working with families, and identify Protective Factors that they would like to strengthen within their organization and their work with families.
This is the third in a series of 3 modules on Sign Language especially designed for Early Childhood Educators, Children’s Librarians and Families of Young Children. This course includes  videos, practice time,  reflection questions,  a Facebook Community, as well as resources  and printables that will assist you in including sign language elements in your family or program.
This is the second in a series of 3 modules on Sign Language especially designed for Early Childhood Educators, Children’s Librarians and Families of Young Children. This course includes  videos, practice time,  reflection questions,  a Facebook Community, as well as resources  and printables that will assist you in including sign language elements in your family or program.
Welcome!  This is the first in a series of 3 modules on Sign Language especially designed for Early Childhood Educators, Children’s Librarians and Families of Young Children. This course includes  videos, practice time,  reflection questions,  a Facebook Community, as well as resources  and printables that will assist you in including sign language elements in your family or program.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education Professionals. ECE 107 is the fourth in a series dedicated to challenges, impacts, and prevention of suspension and expulsion in child care settings. 107 will build on the content from ECE 101, 102, and 103. This 2-hour course focuses on practical application of prevention strategies which will help increase the threshold for decision-making regarding the necessity of external transitions for children, with the intention of reducing and/or eliminating suspension and expulsion in child care settings.
The ECE 105 course image features the course name, the child care aware logo, and an image of an adult holding the hand of a child.
1 hour online course. Family Interaction Training (FIT) Training is a set of three modules (ECE 104, 105, & 106) based on an evidence-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) course.  These courses provide information to help early care and education providers learn Key Concepts and Strategies of FIT. The modules and videos provide an overview of how to work with families on each of the strategies and how to apply these principles to your own early care and education setting. The goal of FIT is to share the evidence-based practice that promotes positive behaviors in young children.
The ECE 105 course image features the course name, the child care aware logo, and an image of an adult holding the hand of a child.
1 hour online course. Family Interaction Training (FIT) Training is a set of three modules (ECE 104, 105, & 106) based on an evidence-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) course.  These courses provide information to help early care and education providers learn Key Concepts and Strategies of FIT. The modules and videos provide an overview of how to work with families on each of the strategies and how to apply these principles to your own early care and education setting. The goal of FIT is to share the evidence-based practice that promotes positive behaviors in young children.
The ECE 104 course image features the course name, the child care aware logo, and an image of an adult holding the hand of a child.
1 hour online course. Family Interaction Training (FIT) Training is a set of three modules (ECE 104, 105, & 106) based on an evidence-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) course.  These courses provide information to help early care and education providers learn Key Concepts and Strategies of FIT. The modules and videos provide an overview of how to work with families on each of the strategies and how to apply these principles to your own early care and education setting. The goal of FIT is to share the evidence-based practice that promotes positive behaviors in young children.
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Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This 2-hour course will introduce you to the general characteristics of children with a visual impairment, and describe how you can include children with a visual impairment in your early care and education setting.
This 1.5-hour course is for early intervention providers only. Participants will learn about the role of KY’s Early Childhood Standards for children aged birth to three years, in relation to your assessments, measurement of child progress, and federal funding for early intervention.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. Third in a three-part course series. This one hour course explains how child care providers can take steps to prevent challenging behavior from happening in the first place. These steps can lead to a reduction in external transitions. This third and final module of the series uses examples and ideas to explain how to work with children showing challenging behavior.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This three hour course examines the impact of external transition. Children in early child care settings experience transitions for various reasons. Research suggests that external, center-to-other-setting transitions can have negative impacts on young children, families, and child care centers.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. Second in a three-part course series. This one hour course examines how moving from one child care setting to another has an impact on child care programs. Children in early child care settings experience transitions for various reasons. Research suggests that external, center-to-other-setting transitions can have negative impacts on young children, families, and child care centers.
?‍? Target Audience: Early Care and Education Professionals ? One Hour Course ? Universal Design Strategies First in a three-part course series. This one hour course examines how moving from one child care setting to another has an impact on both children and families. Children in early child care settings experience transitions for various reasons. Research suggests that external, center-to-other-setting transitions can have negative impacts on young children, families, and child care centers.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This one hour training module is intended to help professionals engage children in meaningful play experiences. This course will offer evidence-based information and short vignettes to demonstrate intentional teaching strategies when engaging young children in play.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This 5-hour online course introduces providers to the administration and scoring of the HELP®, a curriculum-based assessment approved for use for KEIS providers and published by VORT Corporation.
This 6-hour online course fulfills the mandatory orientation requirement for early care and education professionals in Kentucky. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Division of Child Care’s (DCC) new regulatory requirement for each center to ensure that every staff member has received training on first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This 4-hour online course introduces providers to the administration and scoring of the CCITSN, a curriculum-based assessment approved for use for KEIS providers and published by Brookes Publishing.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. In this 3-hour training, administrators will learn how to create video clips and talking pictures that can be used to: 1) demonstrate best practices; 2) strengthen effectiveness of classroom observation and staff coaching; and 3) expand opportunities to document children's learning and share with families.
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Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This 1-hour course is an introduction to creating accessible spaces for children with special needs in early care settings. The course includes interactive, low budget ideas for successfully integrating children with special needs in all areas and activities. This course explores various ways to improve room arrangement for inclusive activities.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This 3-hour course will introduce how emotional health is defined, why it is important, key relationships that influence young children's emotional development, and the components of emotional health, including temperament styles.
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Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This 1-hour course is an introduction to understanding self-regulation in young children.
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Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This course will introduce you to the general characteristics of children with Down syndrome, outline what inclusion means, and then describe how you can include children with Down syndrome in your early care and education setting.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. In this one hour online course, learners will be introduced to the 5 evidence based behaviors comprising the 5-2-1-0 message and complete the Let's Move Child Care checklist. Content will focus on how the behaviors can be supported in the Early Care and Education classroom through practice, policy and environment modifications.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This one hour training module is intended to help professionals engage children in meaningful play experiences. This course will offer evidence-based information and short vignettes to demonstrate intentional teaching strategies when engaging young children in play.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This brief introduction to the Kentucky All STARS standards is a required training in order to be eligible to receive quality incentives in the ALL STARS quality rating and improvement system. Informational session, no hours assigned.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This two hour online course explains healthy eating best practices. The content focuses on increasing knowledge and awareness of healthy practices and their impact on young children. During this session participants are expected to increase their knowledge, awareness and motivations to work towards healthy change.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. In this two hour online course, learners will understand best practices for physical activity for children birth through school age.
The ECE 109 course certificate features bold blue and red circles, as well as a cascade of the ERS book covers.
?‍? Target Audience: Early Care and Education. ? Kentucky All STARS: Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) is a course designed for all those caring for young children.  It looks at the foundation of the ERS, how the different ERS scales are set up into Subscales, Items and Indicators.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This two hour online course explains healthy eating best practices. The content focuses on increasing knowledge and awareness of healthy practices and their impact on young children. During this session participants are expected to increase their knowledge, awareness and motivations to work towards healthy change.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This two hour online course includes information to support ECE professionals in key areas of self-care and wellness including adult nutrition, physical activity and stress management.
Participants will recognize the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies and explore ways supporting breastfeeding can enhance their program or family child care home.
Target Audience: Early Care and Education. This one hour training module is intended to help professionals engage children in meaningful play experiences. This course will offer evidence-based information and short vignettes to demonstrate intentional teaching strategies when engaging young children in play.