Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System.
Child Care Training Courses
For Child Care Providers, Parents & Child Care Licensing Staff
Professional Development Training for Infant & Toddler Caregivers
  • The online courses listed below are designed for child care professionals who care for infants and toddlers
  • 9 courses (15 clock hours), covering a variety of infant & toddler topics, can be enrolled in and/or completed at your convenience
  • All courses are free of charge once you have created a Free Account
Child Care Courses for Child Care Licensing Staff

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Brain Development, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and Abusive Head Trauma: Shaken Baby Syndrome

Infants' experiences early in life literally influence the physical structures of the brain, opening the way for patterns of thought and behavior for the rest of a child's life. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the leading cause of death in babies between the ages of 1 month and 1 year. Abusive Head Trauma: Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is the group of signs and symptoms experienced by very young children who are shaken. In 25% of diagnosed SBS cases, the victim's injuries will prove fatal. SBS is completely preventable. This 1-hour course addresses each of these critical topics related to caring for the youngest and most vulnerable population of children, infants and toddlers. Caregivers will learn how to optimize development and minimize risk to the children in their care. This course was developed and produced by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

credit hours: 1 hr course price: FREE certificate fee: FREE

Introduction to Infant and Toddler Social Emotional Development

Social emotional development begins at birth and continues throughout life, providing a foundation for meaningful relationships and learning. This 2-hour course is designed to introduce child care providers to the process of infant and toddler social emotional development, including key concepts such as temperament and attachment which affect a young child's ability to develop strong social and emotional skills. The course includes an emphasis on the importance of healthy relationships with caregivers for optimal social emotional development to occur. Content used in this course was obtained, with permission, from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University. This course was converted into an online format by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

credit hours: 2 hr course price: FREE certificate fee: FREE

Routines and Environments that Support Social Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers

There are a number of strategies that can be used to intentionally support the social emotional development of infants and toddlers. This 2-hour course is designed to present a sampling of those strategies to child care providers. The primary strategies addressed in this course include creating responsive routines, designing appropriate physical environments, and improving the emotional literacy of children in care. Content used in this course was obtained, with permission, from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University. This course was converted into an online format by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

credit hours: 2 hr course price: FREE certificate fee: FREE

Understanding Infant and Toddler Development

Research indicates that the first three years of life are critical for physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development. During this 2-hour course, child care providers will learn about developmental patterns in infancy and toddlerhood, the three key domains of development, practical strategies for encouraging optimal development, and how to recognize signs of potential developmental delays in very young children. This course was developed and produced by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: FREE certificate fee: FREE

Establishing Positive Relationships with Families

Cooperation between families and child care providers is a vital step toward giving infants and toddlers the best possible start in life. This 1-hour course is intended to offer child care providers a variety of strategies for encouraging families to become involved in their children?s care, with an emphasis on ongoing, respectful communication. This course was developed and produced by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

credit hours: 1 hr course price: FREE certificate fee: FREE

Ensuring the Health and Safety of Infants and Toddlers in Child Care

One of the most important responsibilities of infant and toddler caregivers is to keep children safe and healthy. This 2-hour course is designed to help caregivers: identify and remove potential hazards in infant and toddler environments; incorporate healthy practices into the daily routine, especially during activities such as feeding, diaper changing, hand washing, and napping; learn to properly clean and sanitize objects and surfaces in the child care environment; and handle minor and major emergencies that arise while children are in care. This course was developed and produced by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

credit hours: 2 hr course price: FREE certificate fee: FREE

Healthy Eaters: Infant and Toddler Nutrition in Child Care Settings

From the moment of conception, the human body depends on nutrition for growth, development, and long-term survival. Adequate nutrition during early childhood is one of the key ways to ensure healthy growth and development. This 1-hour course is designed to familiarize child care providers with the nutritional needs of infants and toddlers and the best strategies for meeting these needs. This course was developed and produced by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

credit hours: 1 hr course price: FREE certificate fee: FREE

Responding to Challenging Infant Toddler Behavior

Infants and toddlers engage in challenging behaviors as a way of communicating that they have unmet needs. This 2-hour course is designed to help child care providers recognize, understand, and develop responses to these types of behavior. This course emphasizes the importance of identifying the meaning of behavior and of working with a team to fully assess and address challenging infant and toddler behavior. Content used in this course was obtained, with permission, from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University. This course was converted into an online format by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

credit hours: 2 hr course price: FREE certificate fee: FREE