These courses are for individuals with advanced experience and levels of education in early child care. This includes lead teachers, site directors, owners, and others with extended field experience working directly with children and programs that serve young children.
Advanced courses are offered to anyone, free of charge.
Infant and Toddler Educators
Critical Competencies for Infant‐Toddler Educators™ provides opportunities for educators to practice critical interactions with young children that support and nurture their social-emotional, cognitive, language, and literacy development.
Infant Toddler Standards: Arkansas CDELS provides educators with a foundation in the early learning standards and with strategies for applying the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months into the classroom.
Pre-K Early Literacy (formerly Pre-K ELLA) gives early educators the tools they need to provide an appropriate literacy program and demonstrates opportunities to engage children in meaningful experiences to produce a strong literacy foundation.
This course assists early educators through learning the scientific inquiry method and mathematics processes while sparking curiosity and giving educators the tools to help young children explore their world in a developmentally appropriate way.
Pre-K Social-Emotional Learning gives early educators the skills to build warm relationships with children, parents, and co-workers. This course helps early educators prevent challenging behavior and learn how to manage disruptive behavior.
Pre-K Standards: Arkansas CDELS provides educators with a foundation in the early learning standards and with strategies for applying the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months into the preschool classroom.
All Early Childhood Educators
CLASS® Group Coaching is available in two age groups—Infant/Toddler and Pre-K. These courses both utilize the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) and focus on the domains and dimensions of classroom quality with the CLASS® tool.
This course focuses on early language and literacy and the effect of relationships and life events in promoting cognitive, social, and emotional development, increasing school readiness, and influencing beliefs about child-rearing and development.
Early Childhood Inclusion: Every Child Belongs blends evidence-based practice from early childhood education with special education. Learn the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to meet the needs of all children across a range of abilities.
Observation and Assessment: Arkansas CDELS focuses on the value of learning about children as individuals through observation while developing an ongoing assessment process and making informed decisions about planning daily activities for children.
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect consists of 3 units that offer practical information to help early educators reduce child abuse and neglect by promoting positive parenting and healthy development in children through the use of protective factors.
Strengthening Families™ makes positive outcomes more likely for young children and their families, and reduces the likelihood of child abuse and neglect by engaging families, programs, and communities in building the five key Protective Factors.