Online Preschool 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 for Preschool. Families trust you to help their children learn and grow. Most importantly, though, they trust you to provide a safe place for their children. Your most important job is to keep children safe each and every day. This course will teach you how to protect children, families, and staff from harm. There are eleven lessons in this course. You will learn about toys and materials, environments, supervision, safety rules, ratios, sleep practices, child abuse, emergency preparedness, injuries, trips away from the program, and vehicle safety.
(2) Healthy Environments for Preschool. Healthy environments are critical for preschoolers’ development. In this course you will learn how to create and maintain healthy environments for all preschoolers, 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 for Preschool. Preschool children thrive in learning environments that are designed with their unique needs and interests in mind. This course will help you plan engaging interest areas and also address how indoor and outdoor spaces are designed to support learning. You will also learn how to select developmentally appropriate materials, as well as how to create a flexible, but predictable, classroom schedule.
(4) Physical Development for Preschool. The preschool years are an important time of physical activity and development. In this course you will learn about typical motor skill development and what to do if you are concerned about a child’s development. You will also learn how to plan indoor and outdoor experiences that promote physical development and support families and children as they pursue an active lifestyle.
(5) Cognitive Development. Children usually follow predictable patterns in how they grow and learn. Knowing and understanding these patterns allows Preschool teachers to encourage discovery, exploration, experimentation, and problem solving. These experiences help children learn how to learn. You will learn about cognitive development, interactions that promote learning, engagement, what and how children learn in preschool, exploration and problem solving, planning, inclusion, and embracing ethnicity and culture.
(6) Communication Language and Thought. Communication skills are vital to the overall learning and development of preschool 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. The preschool years are a time of tremendous growth in creative expression. This course will help you learn 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 preschool teacher will also be addressed and help you learn how to promote creativity in your workplace.
(8) Self and Cultural Understanding. Preschool children’s sense of self is shaped as they interact with their families, teachers, and peers. In this course you will learn about how young children develop a sense of self and the importance of resilience in your work as a preschool teacher. You will also learn about the influence of culture and ways to support preschoolers’ sense of self through experiences, activities, and the environment. Self-care practices and stress reduction will also be addressed.
(9) Social and Emotional Development. Social-emotional skills are essential in the healthy development of preschool 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 preschool teacher.
(10) Positive Guidance. Positive guidance impacts the healthy development of preschool children. In this course you will learn about typical preschool behaviors and effective strategies for challenging situations. 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 roles and responsibilities as a direct care staff member contribute to the quality and organization of your program. Working collaboratively with your colleagues, planning and implementing developmentally appropriate experiences, and aligning curriculum with assessment will also be addressed. You will learn how to use evaluation data to improve program outcomes for children and families and how to be a reflective staff member.
(13) Professionalism. In this course you will learn about what it means to be a professional staff member. Traits of professional staff members, 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 and the importance of self-care in your practice.
(14) Child Abuse Prevention. Your first responsibility as a child development professional is to keep children safe from harm. This includes protecting children from harm that may occur in your program. In this course, you will learn four important strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect. First, you will learn about typical child development and how to develop realistic expectations for preschool children. Second, you will learn about how to help children develop the social skills they need to express their emotions appropriately, ask for help when needed, and solve social problems. Third, you will learn about appropriate ways to respond when you find a child’s behavior challenging. Finally, you will learn how to make sure your program is a safe space for preschool children.