Online Family & Group Training Modules –
To complete the Online Modules, you must have access to the Internet. Assignments are submitted via Google docs or via email per instruction with each module.
The Virtual Lab School empowers professionals as they build their knowledge and skills around research-based practices in child and youth care and development. This approach to professional development and learning includes:
- Expert Narratives
- Research Based Practices
- Streaming Video
- Reflective Questions
- Downloadable Activities & Resources
The Virtual Lab School online lessons are public domain and used with permission. The following online modules were developed by Ohio State University , the U. S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The research-based content and professional development resources are free and available to all. If you would like Child Connect for Family Success to check your assignments, give feedback, and provide a Certificate of Completion, you will need to pay a processing fee in the amount of $25.00 payable to Child Connect for Family Success for each 8-hour module. Please note the Module number for the online checkout and that there are no refunds on this processing.
You can choose from the following modules:
1. Safe Environments – Promote excellence in your family child care by protecting children and families from injury and minimizing hazardous risks. In this course you will learn about materials, environments, supervision, safety rules, ratios, sleep practices, child abuse, emergency preparedness, injuries, trips away from the program, and vehicle safety.
2. Healthy Environments – Healthy environments are critical for children’s development. In this course you will learn how to create and maintain healthy environments for children from birth to 12 years of age, and how to implement hygiene practices to prevent disease. You will learn strategies to ensure daily healthy checks, as well as strategies to support children’s and families’ mental health needs. The importance of healthy nutrition and physical activity will also be addressed.
3. Learning Environments – Your ability to meet the diverse needs of children and families depends largely on the learning environment in your family child care home. This course will help you plan engaging interest areas and also address how to designed indoor and outdoor spaces that support learning. You will also learn how to select developmentally appropriate materials, as well as how to create a flexible, but predictable, daily schedule.
4. Physical Development – As a family child care provider, you partner with families to promote an active lifestyle. In this course you will deepen your understanding of typical physical development at throughout childhood and how to respond to developmental concerns. You will also learn how to support physical development and plan developmentally appropriate activities for all children.
5. Cognitive Development – In this course, you will learn about cognitive development, interactions that promote learning, engagement, what and how children learn from birth to 12 years of age. You will learn about supporting brain development, developmental milestones, the importance of relationships, culture, learning materials, and using research.
6. Communication & Language Development – Communication skills are vital to the overall learning and development of all children. In this course you will learn about communication milestones and what to do if you have concerns about a child’s development. You will also learn strategies to maintain effective communication with families and how to create a communication and language-rich environment.
7. Creative Expression – Childhood is a time of tremendous growth in creative expression. This This course will help you learn how to plan indoor and outdoor experiences that promote children’s creativity, as well as how to select culturally responsive materials for all learners. Your role as a creative family child care provider will also be addressed. You will learn how to ensure that your philosophy and environment cultivate creativity in children and families.
8. Self & Cultural Understanding – Children’s sense of self is shaped as they interact with their families, providers, and peers. In this course you will learn about how children develop a sense of self and the importance of resilience in your work as a family child care provider. You will also learn about the influence of culture and ways to support children’s sense of self through experiences, activities, and the environment. Self-care practices and stress reduction will also be addressed.
9. Social & Emotional Development – Social-emotional skills are essential in the healthy development of children. In this course you will learn about social-emotional milestones and what to do if you have a concern about a child’s social-emotional development. This course will also address the impact high-quality environments have on social-emotional development, as well as the role you play as a responsive, nurturing family child care provider.
10. Positive Guidance – Positive guidance impacts the healthy development of children. In this course you will learn about typical behaviors of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children, as well as effective strategies for preventing an addressing challenging behavior. You will also learn how to create a high-quality environment and developmentally appropriate experiences to maximize positive interactions.
11. Family Engagement – Family members are the most important people in young children’s lives. This course will help you view families as a system, implement family-centered practice, and build positive relationships with families. You will learn appropriate ways to share and collect information with and from families. Supporting families of children with special needs, military families, and families facing challenges will also be addressed.
12. Program Management – In this course you will learn about how your many roles and responsibilities as a family child care provider directly contribute to the quality and organization of your program. Working collaboratively with other providers and community members, the importance of being a life-long learner, and aligning curriculum with assessment will also be addressed. You will learn how to use evaluations to improve outcomes for children and families and practical tips for managing your family child care home.
13. Professionalism – In this course you will learn about what it means to be a professional family child care provider. Traits of professional providers, ethical practices that reflect professionalism, and the importance of professionalism when working with children and families will be addressed. You will learn how to nurture your own sense of professionalism, how goal-setting and evaluation can contribute to continuous program improvement, and the importance of self-care in your practice.
14. Child Abuse: Identification & Reporting – Approximately 600,000 U.S. children are victims of child abuse or neglect each year. As a family child care provider, you are obligated to recognize, report, and prevent abuse and neglect. This course will help you recognize, report, and prevent child abuse that occurs in the home, in your program, and in other settings. You will learn about your legal and ethical obligation to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect, procedures for making a report, and important steps you can take to build resilience in yourself as well as in children and families.
15. Child Abuse: Prevention – Your first responsibility is to keep children safe from harm. In this course, you will learn important strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect. These include learning about typical child development and realistic expectations for preschool children, helping children express their emotions appropriately in order to solve social problems, responding positively to challenging behavior, and ensuring the safety of your program space.