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An Introduction to Inclusive Child Care: All Children Belong in a Natural Environment

This 2-hour course is the first in a series of online trainings designed to help child care providers and directors gain a better understanding of how to create an inclusive child care environment for infants and toddlers with special needs. The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to the concept of inclusive child care for infants and toddlers. During the course, participants will be presented with an in-depth look at the process of inclusion, examining laws and regulations that govern this process. Moreover, strategies will be discussed to help child care professionals promote inclusive child care practices in home- and center-based settings. This course was developed and produced by the Texas A&M 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 by the Texas Workforce Commission. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

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

Activity-Based Support for Children with Different Developmental and Functional Needs

An important aspect of inclusive child care is offering children the opportunity to be fully engaged in activities that will promote their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. This 2-hour course examines key components of an appropriate environment for infants and toddlers, focusing specifically on how materials and activities can be modified, if necessary, to ensure that children with different developmental and functional needs are successful in the child care setting. This course was developed and produced by the Texas A&M 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 by the Texas Workforce Commission. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

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

Diapering and Toilet Learning in Inclusive Infant-Toddler Care

Self-help routines such as diapering, toilet learning, and handwashing can help promote attachment, appropriate self-regulation, positive self-esteem, and autonomy. This 2-hour course explores regulations and best practices related to diapering, toilet learning, and handwashing, and suggests ideas for modifying these routines to meet the needs of children with disabilities in an inclusive infant or toddler program. This course was developed and produced by the Texas A&M 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 by the Texas Workforce Commission. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

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

Supporting Positive Peer Interactions in Inclusive Child Care Settings

All children, regardless of ability, benefit when they are fully involved in programs that facilitate positive interactions between their peers and caring adults. The purpose of this 2-hour course is to explore strategies that will help child care professionals promote positive social interactions among all children in their care, including those with disabilities and other special needs. During this training, participants will examine the benefits of positive peer interactions, focusing specifically on steps that can be taken to teach and promote the skills young children need to develop healthy peer relationships. This course was developed and produced by the Texas A&M 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 by the Texas Workforce Commission. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

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

Strategies for Caring for Children with Challenging Behaviors

Dealing with challenging behavior is one of the most difficult aspects of providing care for young children. This 2-hour course is designed to help child care professionals learn more about why infants and toddlers use challenging behavior, what they can do to prevent this behavior, and how to effectively respond when prevention is not enough. Additionally, this course will specifically address challenging behavior in infants and toddlers with special needs, and how caregivers can respond appropriately and effectively. In essence, this course is designed to give child care providers the tools needed to understand, recognize, and respond to challenging behavior. This course was developed and produced by the Texas A&M 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 by the Texas Workforce Commission. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

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

Strategies for Caring for Children with Sensory Integration Issues

Every day we use our senses to learn from each other and our environment. Our senses not only help us understand the world around us; they actually help shape our behavior. But what happens when our senses mislead us? The purpose of this course is to explore how sensory processing, sensory integration, and sensory processing disorders can affect a young child's development. During the course, participants will learn about specific strategies that can be used to help children with sensory integration issues reach their full developmental potential. This course was developed and produced by the Texas A&M 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 by the Texas Workforce Commission. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

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

Strategies for Partnering with Parents of Children with Special Needs

Building partnerships with parents takes hard work, and it has many rewards. The purpose of this 2-hour course is to explore various aspects of building partnerships between early childhood professionals and parents of children with special needs. During the course, participants will learn about the challenges that may occur when parents have a child with special needs, effective communication strategies that can be used to build stronger relationships with parents, ways parents and families can participate in child care programs, and specific strategies for gaining support from parents of children in their programs who do not have disabilities. This course was developed and produced by the Texas A&M 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 by the Texas Workforce Commission. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

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

Emergency Preparedness for Children with Special Needs

One of the most important features of any child care program is the extent to which the program and its staff are able to create a healthy and safe environment for all children. Part of creating such an environment is being prepared for unexpected emergencies. Child care facilities that have an emergency plan in place and practice it on a regular basis are better able to protect the children in their care. The purpose of this 2-hour course is to provide the basic guidelines necessary to develop a disaster preparedness plan for child care facilities that currently enroll or, at some point in the future will enroll, infants and toddlers with special needs. This course was developed and produced by the Texas A&M 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 by the Texas Workforce Commission. A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. 

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