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.

 2016
Oct. 26
1:00-2:30 PM
Child Development Theory: Session 1
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Discover whether you align more closely with Piaget, Vygotsky, Skinner or other theorists in this session 1 review of child development theory.
 
Oct. 26
8:00-9:30 PM
Child Development Theory: Session 1
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Discover whether you align more closely with Piaget, Vygotsky, Skinner or other theorists in this session 1 review of child development theory.
 
Nov. 7
6:30-8:30 PM

 

Don’t Give Kids A Tummy Ache!
Instructors: Vera Stokes, Katie Knobbe
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Is it the flu or a food borne illness?  How does food become unsafe?  How do we protect the children we care for from food borne illnesses?  Find answers while learning the basics of preventing food borne illnesses.
 
Nov. 3, 10, 17
1:00-2:30 PM
Eco-Healthy Child Care® for Directors
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Kristi Cooper, Joy Rouse, Cindy Thompson, Sandra McKinnon, Mackenzie Johnson
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 administrators can get their team on board to 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.
 
Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6
7:00-9:00 PM
Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R)
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Joy Rouse
Target Audience: Family Child Care
Delivery: Live Online
The Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R) is a nationally recognized scale that assesses the quality of early childhood programs. Home providers can earn points in the Iowa Quality Rating System by attending this series. Each registered participant MUST attend all 4 ONLINE sessions and complete all class assignments. If you miss a session you have dropped the course and must retake the entire series.
 
Nov. 30
1:00-2:30 PM
Child Development Theory: Session 2
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Discover whether you align more closely with Montessori, Maslow, Bowlby or other theorists in this session 2 review of child development theory.
 
Nov. 30
8:00-9:30 PM
Child Development Theory: Session 2
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Discover whether you align more closely with Montessori, Maslow, Bowlby or other theorists in this session 2 review of child development theory.
 2017
Jan 12, 19, 26, 29, Feb. 2
7:00-9:00 PM
Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R)
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: Family Child Care
Delivery: Live Online
The Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R) is a nationally recognized scale that assesses the quality of early childhood programs. Home providers can earn points in the Iowa Quality Rating System by attending this series. Each registered participant MUST attend all 4 ONLINE sessions and complete all class assignments. If you miss a session you have dropped the course and must retake the entire series.
 
Jan. 19
6:15-8:15 PM
Spend Smart Eat Smart in the Child Care Business
Instructors: Barb Fuller & Rachel Wall
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Good nutrition does not have to be expensive. In this online training, childcare providers will learn strategies to save money on their food expenses while incorporating new ideas into menu planning and food shopping.
 
Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 3, 13
7:00-9:00 PM Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS-R)

Instructors: Malisa Rader, Cindy Thompson

Target Audience: Infant/Toddler Center Staff & Directors

Delivery: Live Online

The Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS-R) is a nationally recognized scale that assesses the quality of infant and toddler programs. Center administrators can earn points in the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) by attending this series. These trainings are approved for renewal hours for the National Administrator Credential (NAC). Each registered participant MUST attend all 4 sessions and complete all class assignments. If you miss a session, you have dropped the course and must retake the series.
 
Jan. 25
1:00-2:30 PM
Dramatic Play: Beyond the Prop Box
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Learn how children grow and develop through dramatic play. Recognize how to “Set the Stage” for an appropriate dramatic play experience. Encourage dramatic play in your learning environment through prop boxes. Children love to express themselves and exercise their imaginations and props can help them interact and cultivate important social skills. Receive some different ideas to extend dramatic play beyond “house” and “babies” in an inexpensive and easy way.
 
Jan. 25
8:00-9:30 PM
Dramatic Play: Beyond the Prop Box
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Learn how children grow and develop through dramatic play. Recognize how to “Set the Stage” for an appropriate dramatic play experience. Encourage dramatic play in your learning environment through prop boxes. Children love to express themselves and exercise their imaginations and props can help them interact and cultivate important social skills. Receive some different ideas to extend dramatic play beyond “house” and “babies” in an inexpensive and easy way.
 
Feb. 1, 8, 15
7:30-9:00 PM
Eco-Healthy Child Care®
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Kristi Cooper, Joy Rouse, Cindy Thompson, Sandra McKinnon, Mackenzie Johnson
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.
 
Feb. 22
1:00-2:30 PM
What Were They Thinking? Brain Development in Young Children
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Fascinated by brain development of young children? Us too! Let’s talk about what those young brains really know. 
 
Feb. 22
8:00-9:30 PM
What Were They Thinking? Brain Development in Young Children
Instructors: Malisa Rader Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Fascinated by brain development of young children? Us too! Let’s talk about what those young brains really know. 
 
Mar. 22
1:00-2:30 PM
Why Not Praise? Moving from Good Job to Encouraging Statements
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
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.
 
Mar. 22
8:00-9:30 PM
Why Not Praise? Moving from Good Job to Encouraging Statements
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
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.
 
Apr. 19
1:00-2:30 PM
Literacy & Language: Learning on the Go
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
We know literacy and language skills are built in early childhood, but it can be hard to make the time to “teach” these skills. Come explore how to incorporate literacy and language into everyday things you already do! 
 
Apr. 19
8:00-9:30 PM
Literacy & Language: Learning on the Go
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
We know literacy and language skills are built in early childhood, but it can be hard to make the time to “teach” these skills. Come explore how to incorporate literacy and language into everyday things you already do! 
May 24
1:00-2:30 PM
Stress Less for Success!
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Feeling stressed? This online webinar class will teach you to spot your “stress barometers” and provide you with a variety of tools effective for managing stress while cultivating a positive state of mind – leading to a happier, healthier you in your personal life and a more successful early childhood professional.
May 24
8:00-9:30 PM
Stress Less for Success!
Instructors: Malisa Rader, Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live Online
Feeling stressed? This online webinar class will teach you to spot your “stress barometers” and provide you with a variety of tools effective for managing stress while cultivating a positive state of mind – leading to a happier, healthier you in your personal life and a more successful early childhood professional.

 

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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