This course is designed to be completed in no less than 30 hours. It includes modules on the following:

  1.   Professional Practice 
  2.   Valuing Each Child and Family
  3.   Child Growth & Development
  4.   Celebrating Child Growth
  5.   Curriculum and Learning Environments
  6.   Family & Community Partnerships
  7.   Healthy Practices: Part I
  8.   Healthy Practices: Part II
  9.   Interaction & Guidance
  10.  Supporting Children for Life Success


There are 10 modules to complete to earn your certificate. 

  • You will need to be able to DOWNLOAD & PRINT, as well as SCAN & UPLOAD documents in. If you are not able to do this, please do not sign up for this course, as you will not be able to successfully complete the course.
  •  Along the way and at the conclusion of each module, you will complete quizzes to show your proficiency and understanding of the material presented. You must pass each quiz with a 100% score to move on to the next page or module.
  • Additionally, you will be required to participate in discussion boards with other learners and the instructor.


Refund Policy: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

  • There are no refunds for incomplete courses.
  • If you purchased the incorrect course, please contact us within 12 hours of purchase. If you haven't opened the course/ have not started the course, we will be happy to refund you the full amount.
  • If you change your mind about the course after you have started it, we will give you a credit for the full amount to use on another course. However, once you have started the course, we do not provide any refunds.

About the instructor

Early Childhood Education Instructor

Miriam Dressler

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    How To Navigate This Course

    • Tips to successfully complete this course

  • 2

    Welcome to the Child Care Basics Course!

    • Some Useful Information

    • Introduce Yourself!

  • 3

    Module 1: Professional Practice

    • Professional Practice - Learning Outcomes

    • What is Professionalism?

    • The Professional Teacher

    • Innovation in Washington State

    • Professionalism

    • Professional Self-Assessment

    • The WACs

    • WAC Hunt

    • Professional Development

    • The Heart of the Teacher

    • Dear Me!

    • Module 1 Quiz

  • 4

    Module 2: Valuing Each Child & Family

    • Valuing Each Child & Family - Learning Outcomes

    • Cultural Diversity in America

    • Cultural Volcano Quiz

    • Components of Human Diversity

    • How Does This Help Me?

    • Family Structures

    • Family Structure Feedback

    • Classroom Practices

    • In Your Classroom

    • Attitudes and Practices

    • What Not To Do!

    • Supporting Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in The Classroom

    • Building Partnerships

    • Family Communication

    • More on Effective Communication

    • If You Were The Parent...

    • Module 2 Quiz

  • 5

    Module 3: Child Growth & Development

    • Child Growth & Development - Learning Outcomes

    • The Principles of Child Growth & Development

    • Understanding NAEYC's Principles of Child Development

    • Child Development Terminology

    • Developmental Milestones

    • How I Learn!

    • Preschool Milestones

    • Developmental Milestones: Ages 3 - 5

    • Developmental & Individual Needs

    • Developmental Q&A

    • Age-Appropriate Behavior Scenarios

    • Brain Development Facts

    • More About Serve & Return Interactions

    • What Are Executive Functions?

    • This Is Your Brain On Stress!

    • What Do You Know About Stress?

    • Helpful or Harmful?

    • Module 3 Quiz

  • 6

    Module 4: Celebrating Child Growth

    • Celebrating Child Growth - Learning Outcomes

    • Why Observe Children in the Classroom?

    • Observation & Assessment

    • Observation & Scaffolding

    • Observing Children in your Classroom

    • What Do You Observe?

    • Objective vs Subjective

    • Developmental Screening & Assessment

    • Your Ethical Responsibilities

    • Module 4 Quiz

  • 7

    Module 5 - Curriculum & Learning Environments

    • Curriculum & Learning Environments - Learning Outcomes

    • Child-Centered Environments

    • Assessing Your Learning Environment

    • Managing The Flow in the Early Childhood Classroom

    • Planning for a Successful Learning Environment

    • The Learning Environment

    • Developmentally-Appropriate Environments

    • What's It For?

    • Effective Communications

    • Effective Communication Scenarios

    • Module 5 Quiz

  • 8

    Module 6 - Family & Community Partnerships

    • Family & Community Partnerships - Learning Outcomes

    • Introduction

    • For Families: What Children Learn

    • Families as Teachers

    • Building Partnerships

    • Both Sides of the Story: Teacher & Parent

    • Both Sides of the Story

    • Resources for Families and Educators

    • Helping Children and Families with Separation

    • Separation Anxiety Plan

    • Conflict Resolution

    • Volunteers in the Classrooms

    • Module 6 Quiz

  • 9

    Module 7 - Healthy Practices | Part I

    • Healthy Practices - Learning Outcomes

    • Introduction

    • WAC Compliance

    • Strengthening Families

    • Helping Families

    • Signs of Abuse & Neglect

    • Shaken Baby Syndrome

    • Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect

    • Dealing Child Abuse & Neglect

    • Safety Hazard

    • Safe or Unsafe?

    • Disinfecting & Sanitizing

    • Weak or Strong?

    • Module 7 Quiz

  • 10

    Module 8 - Healthy Practices | Part 2

    • Wellness, Nutrition & Fitness - Learning Outcomes

    • Hand Washing

    • Proper Hand Washing

    • Diapering

    • Diaper Changing Procedures

    • Food Handling

    • Nutrition

    • Food Service & Nutrition

    • Food Allergies

    • Dental Care, Physical Activity, and Sleep

    • Health & Fitness

    • Appropriate Practices for Illness, Medications, Emergencies, and Disasters

    • Module 8 Quiz

  • 11

    Module 9 - Interactions & Guidance

    • Interactions & Guidance - Learning Outcomes

    • Building Connections with Children

    • Special Time

    • What Happened?

    • Maximizing Children's Learning

    • How Children Learn

    • Positive Behavior Models

    • Cultural Responsiveness

    • Implicit Bias

    • Positive Strategies

    • Less Effective Responses

    • Off-Track Behavior

    • Setting Limits with Young Children

    • Handling Off-Track Behavior

    • Positive Guidance Policy

    • Appropriate Responses to Children's Behaviors

    • Appropriate Teacher Responses

    • Expulsion of Children

    • What Does The WAC Say?

    • Module 9 Quiz

  • 12

    Module 10 - Supporting Children for Life Success

    • Supporting Children for Life Success - Learning Outcomes

    • When Stress Becomes Toxic

    • The Effects of Stress

    • Brain Science - The Upstairs & Downstairs Brain

    • How You Act and Respond Matters

    • Understanding The Child's Developing Brain

    • Neurons That Fire Together...

    • Adverse Childhood Experiences

    • ACEs: More To Know

    • Understanding ACEs

    • How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

    • More About Toxic Stress

    • Homelessness and ACEs

    • Causes of Toxic Stress

    • Ready To Learn

    • The Science of Resilience

    • Self-Care Inspires Compassion

    • Developing Self-Regulation and Self-Care

    • Reflecting on Your Self-Care

    • Regulating Emotions

    • Self-Regulation Activities

    • Managing Challenging Behaviors

    • Connecting Feelings To Behaviors

    • You're Launching Bright Futures

    • Module 10 Quiz

    • The End

    • Request for Certificate

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