Child Development: Five to Eight

The goal of Child Development: Five to Eight is to improve the quality of care for children from ages five to eight. Early educators will gain an understanding of the unique developmental needs of the school-age child and that they require a different approach to teaching, supervising and entertaining. In addition, early educators will have the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques to provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment.


Child Development: Five to Eight helps early educators:

  • Understand the unique developmental needs of the child from five to eight years in the areas of social and emotional, cognitive, physical, and language
  • Discover a different approach to teaching, supervising and entertaining school age children
  • Understand the needs of children who are exceptional
  • Identify quality school-age programs
  • Communicate with families
  • Demonstrate skills and techniques to provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment

Child Development: Five to Eight includes the following lessons:

  1.   Concepts in Child Development  4 hours
  2.   Language Development  2 hours
  3.   Cognitive Development  2 hours
  4.   Social and Emotional Development  2 hours
  5.   Physical Development  2.5 hours
  6.   Children Who Are Exceptional  2.5 hours

Child Development: Five to Eight offers the following to all participants:

  • Up to 15 hours of professional development credit from the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)
  • Available for anyone to enroll in FREE OF CHARGE
  • FREE course materials and access to in-depth content, including a participant manual and other resources
  • Up to 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU), upon request
  • Certificate of Completion and Verification of Training Hours, upon request
  • Opportunity to collaborate and build community engagement with other industry experts

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) approves all courses provided by Early Care and Education Projects for professional development credit. However, the awarding of professional development credit is based solely on the discretion of your local school district. Learn more by reviewing the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development (Feb 2016).

Visit the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) to find available courses or call (800) 632-8754.


Contact Jennifer Bowman to find out more.

Jennifer L. Bowman
Jennifer L. Bowman
(RSSV)-Research & Service Units
Training Advisor
Early Care & Education Projects