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
Aug. 27 
1:00-2:30 PM
Instructors: Lori Hayungs& Malisa Rader
Target Audience: Directors, Administrators
Delivery: Live online
Planning your child care activities around the needs of your children is important. Join us to learn how to utilize your assessment tools to plan in a way that supports the growth and development of the children in your care.  NAC approved class.

 
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
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
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.

 
Sept. 4   
7:30-9:00 PM
Instructors: Cindy Thompson & Sandra McKinnon
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
This session will emphasize children's need for physical activity, explore nature's benefits for children, and highlight free resources plus additional learning opportunities to enhance outdoor experiences for adults and young children.

 
Sept. 11
7:00-9:00 PM
Instructors:  Nancy Clark & Holly VanHeel
Target Audience:  All
Delivery:  Live Online
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction can make a difference for the child, whether it can be treated or worse.  Can you administer an epinephrine pen?  Can you identify when an epi-pen should be used?    We will identify common food allergens and potential sources of food allergens for the children you care for.  Explore ways to identify allergens in foods, the need to prevent food allergy reactions in the childcare setting and how to manage food allergies.  The top eight food allergens will be identified and enhanced with building label reading skills. 

 
September 17-
Oct. 14, 2014
New Staff Orientation Director’s Training
Instructor:  Malisa Rader 
Target Audience: Directors, Administrators
Delivery: Asynchronous online
For center directors or administrators only. Looking for an effective way to train new child care center and preschool staff? The New Staff Orientation(NSO) program is an exciting curriculum providing 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 curriculum.  Your early childhood center will receive points on the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) by participating in the NSO program. NAC approved class.

 
Sept. 24  
8:00-9:30 PM
Instructors: Malisa Rader& Lori Hayungs
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
Learn how an outdoor classroom along with a nurturing adult can address childhood issues like obesity and diabetes while developing valuable learning skills across all domains. Discover the ten guiding principles of a Nature Explore® outdoor learning space and how to support your outside space in becoming Nature Explore® certified.

 
Sept. 30  
6:30-8:30 PM
Instructor: Barb Fuller
Target Audience:  All
Delivery: Live online
Good nutrition does not have to be expensive. Child care providers will learn strategies to save on their food expenses while incorporating new ideas into menu planning and food shopping. CACFP approved class.

 
Oct. 22
8:00-9:30 PM
Instructors: Malisa Rader& Lori Hayungs
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
Grown-ups—including teachers—tend to underestimate preschoolers' capacity to learn scientific principles as well as the length of time they'll spend exploring such ideas. However, there are no greater natural scientists and engineers than young children -- they are inquisitive and naturally learn as they play. Building on children’s early STEAM competencies through intentional use of materials and questions promotes higher-level thinking and can make a difference for vulnerable children. Let’s support every child to be a Scientist, Techie, Engineer, Artist and Mathematician!

 
Nov. 12
7:00-9:00 PM 
Instructors: Phyllis Zalenski & Sandra McKinnon
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
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.

 
Nov. 19 
1:00-2:30 PM
Instructors: Malisa Rader& Lori Hayungs
Target Audience:  Directors, Administrators
Delivery: Live online
Many early childhood professionals try to help children feel confident by praising them, but overusing praise can actually lower children’s self-esteem and make them more competitive and less cooperative. Learn how encouragement is more successful than praise at building children’s self-esteem, motivation to work, and cooperation with others. Practice changing your staff’s praise statements into better validating reflective listening statements.  NAC approved class.

 
Dec. 10
8:00-9:30 PM 
Instructors: Lori Hayungs& Malisa Rader
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
Physical aggression can be challenging as a child care provider. It can also be extremely frustrating for the child. This class focuses on how to use language development knowledge to curb aggressive behaviors.
2015
 
Jan. 28  
8:00-9:30 PM
Instructors: Lori Hayungs& Malisa Rader
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
Fascinated by the brain development of young children? Us too! Come learn with us what we know about the thinking capacity of those young brains!

 
Feb. 4 
7:30-9:30 PM
Instructors: Sandra McKinnon & Phyllis Zalenski
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
Children’s understanding about money starts at an early age. Learn how to share money FUNdamentals with preschoolers through activities, books, everyday conversations, and by being an important role model.

 
Feb. 25 
1:00-2:30 PM
Instructors: Lori Hayungs& Malisa Rader
Target Audience: Directors, Administrators
Delivery: Live online
Leading a team can be extremely rewarding and challenging at the same time. Learn how to understand your team and utilize their temperament to create a well-functioning winning team. NAC approved class.

 
Feb. 25 
8:00-9:30 PM
Instructors: Malisa Rader& Lori Hayungs
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
Grown-ups—including teachers—tend to underestimate preschoolers' capacity to learn scientific principles as well as the length of time they'll spend exploring such ideas. However, there are no greater natural scientists and engineers than young children -- they are inquisitive and naturally learn as they play. Building on children’s early STEAM competencies through intentional use of materials and questions promotes higher-level thinking and can make a difference for vulnerable children. Let’s support every child to be a Scientist, Techie, Engineer, Artist and Mathematician!

 
Mar. 25
8:00-9:30 PM 
Instructors: Lori Hayungs& Malisa Rader
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
Physical aggression can be challenging as a child care provider. It can also be extremely frustrating for the child. This class focuses on how to use language development knowledge to curb aggressive behaviors.

 
Apr. 22  
8:00-9:30 PM
Instructors: Malisa Rader& Lori Hayungs
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live online
Learn how an outdoor classroom along with a nurturing adult can address childhood issues like obesity and diabetes while developing valuable learning skills across all domains. Discover the ten guiding principles of a Nature Explore® outdoor learning space and how to support your outside space in becoming Nature Explore® certified.

 
May 27 
1:00-2:30 PM
Instructors: Malisa Rader& Lori Hayungs
Target Audience:  Directors, Administrators
Delivery: Live online
Adding chopsticks and kimonos to the dramatic play area and making tortillas are the easy parts of honoring and respecting diversity. This workshop will focus on how to support your staff in honoring  diversity in their work with children and families while following the fundamental anti-bias concept of “We are all the same; we are all different.” Take a step forward in your own journey to being an effective anti-bias administrator by reflecting on diverse views related to children, childrearing, education and development. NAC approved class.

 

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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