Early Learning Online Training

Cost effective & convenient online learning for early childhood professionals

  • Early Learning Online

    No travel, substitutes, or late nights
  • Participate from any computer with Internet access
  • Approved for Iowa Child Care Professional Development Credit

Upcoming Trainings

To register for any of the following trainings, go to the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry. Click on Search Trainings. Select ‘Iowa State University Extension’ as the training organization. Then search by city and type 'Online' as the city.

2014
April 3 - 30
Instructor:  Michele Kostelecky  
Looking for an effective way to train new child care center and preschool staff? The New Staff Orientation (NSO) program is an exciting curriculum offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The NSO curriculum provides new center staff a full, center-based orientation that can be initiated immediately, on-site and with director supervision and input. The 30 unit curriculum includes brief 15 minute video observations and lessons. Each lesson is designed to be easily completed by staff during nap time or other small blocks of time as staff/child ratios permit. 30 topics provide a great introduction to quality child care. 
 
In order for you to use this free curriculum with your new staff members, directors or administrators must complete a 6-hour introduction training to learn how to implement the New Staff Orientation(NSO) curriculum. You can register for this course through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry or through our website. The trainings will be listed on these sites a few months before they are to occur.  

April 9
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Early Signs of Autism: What Directors Need To Know
Instructors: Malisa Rader and Lori Hayungs
Directors, join us for a discussion on developmental milestones and red flags for atypical child development. Learn information on early signs of autism and resources, and tips for sharing concerns with families and discussing with staff. NAC approved class.

April 30
8:30-10:00 p.m.
The phrase “children are naturally scientists” is one we hear often. Their curiosity and need to make the world a more predictable place certainly drives them to explore and draw conclusions and theories from their experiences. But left to themselves, they are not quite natural scientists. Children need guidance and structure to turn their natural curiosity and activity into something more scientific. Learn and share how you practice science in your early childhood program to engage children in rich scientific inquiry.

May 7
7:30-9:30 p.m.
I Want! I Want!! I WANT!!! Building Good Consumers
Instructors: Phyllis Zalenski and Sandra McKinnon
Advertising captures children's attention. Take a close look at what advertising doesn't want you to know. Learn the effects of marketing on children.

May 14 - June 10
Instructor:  Michele Kostelecky  
Looking for an effective way to train new child care center and preschool staff? The New Staff Orientation (NSO) program is an exciting curriculum offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The NSO curriculum provides new center staff a full, center-based orientation that can be initiated immediately, on-site and with director supervision and input. The 30 unit curriculum includes brief 15 minute video observations and lessons. Each lesson is designed to be easily completed by staff during nap time or other small blocks of time as staff/child ratios permit. 30 topics provide a great introduction to quality child care. 
 
In order for you to use this free curriculum with your new staff members, directors or administrators must complete a 6-hour introduction training to learn how to implement the New Staff Orientation(NSO) curriculum. You can register for this course through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry or through our website. The trainings will be listed on these sites a few months before they are to occur.  

May 31
8:30-10:00 p.m.
Instructors: Lori Hayungs & Malisa Rader
Tackling those feisty traits can be a challenge. This class will give tips and techniques on how to work through those feisty tantrums.

Sept. 3, 10, 17
7:30-9:00 p.m
Eco-Healthy Child Care® series
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Kristi Cooper, Donna Donald, Joy Rouse, Sandra McKinnon, & Lori Hayungs
Research increasingly shows that the first few years of life are extremely important in shaping a child's future health and development. Since children spend significant periods of time in child care facilities, limiting exposures to environmental health threats in these settings is essential. Child care providers can make small changes that make a big impact on the children in their care. Eco-Healthy Child Care® helps early childhood learning environments to be as healthy, safe, and green as possible by reducing exposure to toxins.

Computer Requirements

To participate in the online training, you must have the following:

  1. A computer - Windows or Macintosh
  2. An active Internet connection - High speed (at least 512 kbps download speed) is recommended for optimal experience
  3. Speakers
  4. Flash player - a free download from the Adobe website
  5. Adobe Reader - a free download from the Adobe website
  6. Printer (optional - you may want to print handouts and materials)
Check your computer

Visit our online training connection page to test your computer’s ability to participate. If the diagnostic test finds that important software is missing from your computer, you will be automatically provided with a link to download the required software.

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