Early Childhood Training

The Corporate & Community Education Department invites you to continue your education through specialized training offered at Black River Technical College through the Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education. Our department provides professional development in several key areas to improve the quality of education for young children throughout Arkansas.  Provided in several classes are a variety of extra materials and resources available to all participants.

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The Child Development Associate Program (CDA) is for the individual who works with children from birth through five years of age and has become credentialed qualified caregivers following this national format.  The CDA qualified person is able to meet the specific needs of children, and works with families and other adults to nurture a child\’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework.

What is a CDA?

A Child Development Associate is an individual who has successfully completed a CDA assessment and has been awarded the CDA Credential. She/he is able to meet the specific needs of children and works with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child
development framework.

CDAs have demonstrated competence in their ability to meet the CDA Competency Goals through their work in a center-based, home visitor or family child care program. In addition, an individual who has demonstrated competence in meeting bilingual CDA criteria is a CDA with a bilingual specialization.

Requirements:

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  • 9 Credit Hours
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED
  • Have 480 hours of professional experience working with children within the past five years
  • Have completed 120 clock hours of formal childcare education in eight CDA subject areas

Select a CDA Setting

Persons wishing to seek a CDA credential must select one of the following settings for CDA Assessment:

  • Center-based preschool – licensed or registered child care center serving children aged 3 through 5 years
  • Center-based infant/toddler setting – licensed or registered child care center serving children aged under 3
  • Family/child care setting – licensed or registered family child care home serving children 5 years old or younger
  • Bilingual setting – child care program that has specific goals for achieving bilingual development in children and in which two languages are consistently used in daily activities

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Curriculum:

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  • Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
  • Steps to advance children\’s physical & intellectual development
  • Positive ways to advance children\’s social & emotional development
  • Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
  • Strategies to manage an effective program operation
  • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
  • Observing & recording children\’s behavior

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Ten hours of basic orientation training for child care workers is being offered through a program provided by the University of Arkansas in collaboration with secondary vocational centers, post-secondary vocational-technical schools, technical institutes, technical colleges, and community colleges.

Who Should Attend

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  • All child caregivers who have had little or no previous childcare training
  • FREE 10 hours (1.0 CEUs) Quality childcare training
  • Participant Materials
  • Interaction with other caregivers
  • Opportunity for Professional Development
  • Certificate of Completion with 1.0 ceu\’s
  • Completing CCOT is a requirement of anyone interested in applying for a CDA Scholarship

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What are the benefits of CCOT?

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  • Quality child care training
  • Opportunity for professional development
  • Interaction with other caregivers
  • Participant materials and certificate of completion
  • Graduates become eligible for CDA scholarship funds
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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Curriculum

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  • Early Care and Education as a Profession
  • Best Practice for the Developing Child
  • Guiding Children
  • Children\’s Health
  • Children\’s Safety

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A primary resource in promoting literacy are Preschool teachers.  Each day they have opportunities to engage children to develop skills to become proficient readers and writers.   The Pre-K  Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas (Pre-K ELLA) Specialized training is offered to early childhood professionals.  Pre-K ELLA is a 30 hour (3.0 CEUs) course designed covering 16 lessons, opportunity for professional development and interaction for those teachers of 3 to 5 year old students.

Purpose

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  • Advance teacher understanding of how 3-to-5 year old children develop language and literary skills
  • The importance of child development
  • Present tools and techniques teachers can use in their classrooms
  • Transfer Pre-K ELLA teacher training into children\’s everyday experiences and activities
  • Assist teachers in developing strategies for family involvement in language and literacy experiences at home
  • Make language and literacy experiences enjoyable for teachers, families and children

Curriculum

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  • The Foundation for Language and Literacy Learning
  • Creating Learning Environments That Are Literacy Rich
  • Supportive Social & Emotional Environments
  • Assessment through Observation & Portfolios
  • Language Development
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Role of Play in Promoting Language and Literacy
  • Fostering children\’s literacy development through the family
  • Storytelling
  • Dramatic Play and Creative Drama
  • Environmental Print
  • And More!

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This Pre-K Standards course provides early childhood professionals a foundation in the early learning standards, strategies for implementing the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards in classrooms through knowing children, preparing the environment, curriculum planning, and ways to support and engage families.   The Pre-K Standards is a free 21-hour (2.1 CEUs) in-depth training that focuses on children 36 through 60 months.

Purpose

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  • Understand how to use the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months
  • Provide current and continued theory and research in regards to child development

Curriculum

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  •  Introduction and Overview of the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months
  • Knowing Children: Theory and Research
  • Knowing Children: Child Development
  • Preparing the Environment
  • Topics of Study: Approach to Curriculum Development
  • In-depth Exploration of a Topic of Study
  • Engaging Families

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Provides teachers of 3-to-5 year-olds specialized training to advance understanding of how children develop social and emotional skills.  This 45 hours (4.5 CEUs) Specialized training is offered as FREE training in 15 lessons to build warm relationships with children, families, and co-workers; create productive classroom climates; prevent challenging behavior; manage disruptive behavior; and teach new skills to children so they enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Purpose

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  • Advance understanding of how children develop social and emotional skills
  • Present techniques for developing positive relationships
  • Provide tools and strategies for implementing preventive classroom practices
  • Enhance knowledge and skills
  • Present methods for implementing intensive individualized interventions

Curriculum

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  • The Foundation of Social-Emotional Learning
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Temperament
  • Influences on Social-Emotional Learning I & II
  • Building Positive Relationships
  • Classroom Preventive Practices I, II & III
  • Understanding Behavior I & II
  • Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies I & II
  • Intensive Individualized Interventions I & II

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Provides early childhood educators specialized training to understand how everyone can succeed at math and science.  This 30 hours (3.0 CEUs) Specialized training is offered as FREE training in 10 lessons to early childhood educators identify the skills and concepts that can be used to investigate the world and the importance of in-depth investigations of meaning topics over time.

Purpose

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  • Understand that everyone can be a scientist
  • Identify skills and concepts to investigate the world
  • Understand the importance of in-depth investigations

Curriculum

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  • The Foundation of Math and Science with Young Children
  • Theory and Research: How Children Explore the World
  • Inquiry and Processing Skills
  • Math and Science Learning Environment
  • Numbers and Patterns
  • Physical Science and Life Science
  • Geometry and Measurements
  • Earth Science and Nature
  • Projects: Investigation and Exploration
  • Projects: Documentation

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This 6 hours (0.6 CEUs) Specialized training is offered as FREE training to early childhood educators critically analyze the connection between the K-12 Arkansas Academic Standards and the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months.  Also provided is an overview of the K-12 Arkansas Academic Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts.

Curriculum

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  • Overview of the Arkansas Academic Standards (The What, Why and How)
  • Arkansas Academic Standards for English Language Arts
  • Arkansas Academic Standards for Mathematics
  • Arkansas Academic Standards and the Future

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CCE-CH101: Childcare Orientation Training CCOT, 1.0 CEUs
10 hours Lecture
CIP Code 13.121

CCOT is designed to pr50ovide child caregivers with the basic knowledge needed to guide children safely through a variety of daily educational experiences. CCOT Objectives include understanding the characteristics of quality child care programs, identifying the responsibilities of a caregiver, recognizing professionalism in child care, describing best practice, understanding the stages of child development, procedures for fighting germs, promoting children’s health, identifying ways to prevent injuries, maintaining a safe environment and describing guidance techniques.

CCE-CH102: Pre-K Ella, 3.0 CEUs
30 hours lecture
CIP Code 13.121

The goal of Pre-K ELLA Training is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to implement developmentally appropriate experiences that promote emergent literacy skills for children prior to the entry into Kindergarten.

WF01-2019NC: Pre-K Ella: 3.0 CEUs
30 hours lecture

CCE-CH103: Pre-K SEL, 4.5 CEUs
45 hours lecture
CIP Code 13.121

The goal of Pre-K Social Emotional Learning (Pre-K SEL) is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to build warm relationships with children, parents and co-workers; create positive and productive classroom climates; prevent challenging behavior; manage disruptive behavior and teach children new skills so they enter kindergarten ready to learn.

CCE-CH104: Pre-K Standards, 2.1 CEUs
21 hours lecture
CIP Code 13.121

The purpose of Pre-K Standards Training is to help early childhood professionals understand how to use the AR Child Development and Early Learning Standards by offering 21 hours of in-depth training focusing on children 36 through 60 months.
Helps early childhood educators understand how to implement the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards.

  • Introduction and Overview of the AR Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 months
  • Knowing the Children
  • Preparing the Environment
  • Planning and Implementing Activities
  • Selecting Topics of Study Through Observation and Assessment
  • In-Depth Exploration of a Topic of Study
  • Engaging Families and Communities

CCE-CH105: Pre-K Math and Science, 4.5 CEUs
45 hours Lecture
CIP Code 13.121

Provides teachers of three to five-year old’s with an interactive learning experience focused on how young children learn. Teaches math and science concepts appropriate for young children, and the application of math and science concepts through in-depth study of interesting topics.

CCE-CH106: Cradling Literacy, 2.4 CEUS
24 hours Lecture

Cradling Literacy is a free, twelve-session specialized course designed to help early childhood teachers understand and develop skills to support early language and literacy development in children aged birth to five. This training will demonstrate how relationships can affect brain development and how culture and reflection can bridge differences in beliefs about child-rearing and child development.

CCE-CH107: The Growing Brain: From Birth to 5 Years Old, 1.5 CEUs
15 hours

  • Unit 1: Brain Basics
  • Unit 2: Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development
  • Unit 3: Communication and Language Development
  • Unit 4: Cognition and Executive Function
  • Unit 5: Social–Emotional Development
  • Unit 6: Understanding Behavior
  • Unit 7: The Everyday Play

CCE-CH108: Family Services Certification, 0.6 CEUs
6 hours lecture

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