Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System.
Child Care Training Courses
For Child Care Providers, Parents & Child Care Licensing Staff
Infant & Toddler Care Training for Parents & Families
  • The online courses listed below are designed for parents and families who care for infants and toddlers
  • 8 courses (10 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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Build Your Bones: Osteoporosis - Prevention and Treatment

Keeping your bones healthy should be at the top of your list of real health concerns. Did you know that there is a need to learn how to build your bones to prevent osteoporosis-a debilitating disease in which the bones become weak,fragile, and break easily from no apparent reason. This course will provide you the research-based information and facts about osteoporosis, how to detect the disease, prevention and treatment which includes fall prevention, nutrition, exercise and need to take any medications suggested by your physician. Also, you will learn about the resources that are recommended to provide you with continuing knowledge about this nutrition-related health issue. 

credit hours: 2 hr course price: FREE certificate fee: 7.00

Handling Infants' and Toddlers' Challenging Behavior

Infants and toddlers sometimes behave in ways that can be confusing and even upsetting for the adults in their lives. In this 1-hour course we will learn what challenging infant and toddler behavior looks like and why it happens, and ways you can work together with your child?s caregivers to prevent and respond to challenging behavior. 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

What Parents Need to Know about Infant and Toddler Development

Understanding how your child develops and knowing what behaviors to expect are important steps toward helping your child grow to his or her fullest potential. This knowledge can help you engage your child in meaningful activities designed to encourage his or her growth, and can help you understand why your child care provider encourages certain activities while your child is in care. Knowing what typical development looks like can also help you determine whether or not your child might be experiencing a developmental delay and need extra support. This 2-hour course will show you how development takes place for infants and toddlers, and will give you some ideas of how to apply this knowledge to make your child?s child care experience the best it can be. 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 the Home Environment

By the time your child is about 4 years old, he will have established his own preferences and habits related to food. Creating a healthy eating environment, both at home and in child care, for your infant or toddler is the best way to help him develop healthy eating habits that will likely last into adulthood. In this 1-hour course, we will give you specific suggestions for meeting your infant?s or toddler?s nutritional needs, teaching healthy habits and attitudes related to food, and what to look for to ensure your child care program is making healthy choices for your child. 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

Infant and Toddler Social Emotional Development

Your infant or toddler develops in many different areas simultaneously. Social emotional development refers to how your child learns to manage and express her own emotions and interact with others. Her social emotional growth as an infant or toddler affects her development in all other areas, and will have an impact on her relationships with others for the rest of her life. In this 2-hour course, we will discuss what social emotional development is, why it is important, ways you and your child care provider can work together to encourage healthy growth in this area, and possible warning signs that your child might be struggling with social emotional development. 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

Making Home a Place for Learning

Infants and toddlers learn and grow rapidly in a variety of areas. Knowing how this learning takes place can help you make choices to promote healthy growth. In this 1-hour course, we will discuss several aspects of how your child learns and what you and your child care provider can do to ensure that your child develops to his fullest potential. 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

Parent-Caregiver Communication in Child Care Settings

Placing your infant or toddler in child care can be challenging. Building strong relationships with your child care providers can make the experience easier on you and on your child. To make the most of your child?s time in child care, you will need to establish trust and communication with her caregivers. In this 1-hour course, we will give you specific suggestions for developing trust, respect, and cooperation, and for handling difficult conversations. We will also talk about ways you can become even more involved in your child?s 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

Selecting Child Care: A Guide for Parents

Choosing a child care program for your infant or toddler can be a difficult task. Knowing what to look for in a program can help make this decision easier. In this 1-hour course, we will discuss the types of curriculum, guidance and discipline, child-caregiver interactions, environments, activities, materials, and caregiver characteristics you should look for to find the best possible child care experience for your very young child. 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