Below you will find a listing, and course description of all of the Early Childhood Education Classes in the category of Community. Not all courses are offered each semester. See the official schedule for courses that are open for registration. Most of the courses are also available as customized/contract training classes for your organization. Contact the Early Childhood program for more information.
Building partnerships with families, ECH195 , hours: 3
Join us as we highlight key techniques for building strong connections with families, which are linked to early education program success.
CCA: Having Fun with Little Ones, ECH138, hours: 1.5
Little children are fun people. This class covers the kinds of fun activities adults can provide to keep children active and happy. We will talk about stories, songs, and toys that help children enjoy themselves while learning how to play together in a friendly way. We will talk about what little ones can and should be learning during these precious early years. After all, learning should be fun.
Creating a Child-Friendly Community Service Project, ECH234, hours; 2
Learn steps and components of organizing and cultivating successful community service opportunities between children in your care and your community. Join us as we examine actual projects and their process so you can create meaningful experiences in your early childhood setting. Levels I-III (0.2 CEUs)
Connecting with Parents, ECH033 , hours: 3
Participants will be aware that regular respectful communication with parents helps to nurture and maintain relationships that support children, practice active listening and effective speaking skills, and develop observation skills to assess the individual child and programs.
Creating a Peaceful Classroom, ECH178, hours: 3
Join us as we focus on specific guidance and communication strategies, which foster peaceful interactions in the classroom used to resolve everyday conflicts. We will also identify activities and rituals, which promote relaxation and a close classroom community.
Creative Problem Solving with Parents, ECH060 , hours: 4
Parent communication is one of the toughest parts of the child care business. Brainstorm problems, role play, and present solutions as we examine types of communication and tools for problem solving.
Daily Doses of Dad, ECH162 , hours: 3
Research has demonstrated that children benefit when men are involved in their lives. Some of the positive aspects of being raised in a happy, two-parent family are that children tend to show more empathetic, compassionate responses and, in general, are more successful in relationships with others. Learn how to involve dads or dad “figures” to round out a child’s daily experiences.
Everybody Plays, Everybody Wins: Gross Motor Skills, ECH176 , hours: 3
Learn noncompetitive gross motor games and activities that build physical strenght and awareness, language skills, release energy, and support peer cooperation. Levels I - V (0.3 CEUs).
Family Child Care Pre-Service Module Six, ECH169 , hours: 4
This course is designed as an introduction to the basic concepts of community relationship building for family child care providers. Topics include relationships with children and families, cultural awareness and partnerships with community organizations.
Green Beans: A Teachers Guide to Going Green, ECH215, 3hrs
Going Green and eating healthy organic foods has never been easier. Organic produce is a healthy alternative for adults, and even more crucial for children. How can teachers introduce organic living to the children in our care? This class will provide ideas for “going green.” It is important to begin to introduce elements of green living gradually within the classroom activities and then to continue these themes on an ongoing scaffold basis. Organic living options are all around us, from clothing made from organic materials, to green home renovations. Start introducing “green” into your classroom’s lifestyle.
Green Beans: Recycle, Reuse, and Repurpose, ECH213, 3hrs
Explore ways to cut down on materials that we use and discard. Discuss consumer goods and their disposability. Examine our roles as consumers; how to think through our purchases, evaluate the quality of items we purchase, consider repairing rather than replacing items, and ultimately contributing less junk to the county landfills. Reusing means that something old could be used again. It may not be used in the previous way, but with ingenuity the item may contribute to a new and valuable use. Brainstorm reusing materials and create a comprehensive list of possibilities.
Green Beans: From Pulp to Paper, ECH216, 3hrs
Investigate the value of paper and its cost to our environment. The main focus of this class is to explore paper recycling. Most used paper is thrown away in landfills or is burned. If we recycle paper, we save the landfill space and use these valuable wood fibers again. An alternative to discarding old newspaper, office paper, or unwanted wrapping paper is to turn it into a piece of art by making new paper with it.
How to Become an Effective Home Visitor, ECH177, hours: 6
A Home Visiting Program is one in which para-professionals go into families home to deliver educational and social services on an individualized basis. Learn how this unique process is structured and tracked over time to support a variety of educational goals, as well as building self sufficiency within the family unit.
How to Raise a Positive Child in a Negative Environment, ECH066 , hours: 4
The course examines methods of instilling solid and wholesome values to generate positive, appropriate, respectful and culturally acceptable behaviors and interactions. Adults have the responsibility to provide positive role models for children to follow. This course focuses on helping parents and child care providers to recognize and utilize the many opportunities afforded by daily life to teach and reinforce ‘best practices” for building positive, constructive, character building behaviors in young children.
Individualized Children’s Portfolio Development: Learn To Observe and Document Behaviors, ECH180, total of 7 hours:3 hours Child Development
2 hours Professionalism
2 hours Community
Researchers and educators have identified the need to assess baseline information about children’s abilities and individual developmental levels in order to plan useful classroom activities. When this information is attained, teachers can plan to address and design lessons that support each child’s emerging skills. During recent years, the value of developing Individualized Child Portfolios has become a popular and valuable strategy for documenting and measuring achievement toward learning goals. This class presents formats and methods for developing these portfolios and sharing the information with families.
Male Mentors for Little Learners, ECH102, hours: 4
Young children need positive interactions with males beginning at a young age, in order to learn how to interact in positive ways themselves. This class explores opportunities for providing positive male mentors within the classroom experience, and through utilizing community resources.
Managing 21st Century Family Challenges: Seeking Serenity, ECH187, hours: 3
Today's family must deal with a variety of unique challenges. Technology appears to be taking over our lives. The media bombards viewers with negativity. Children at very young ages have cellular phones, perpetual computer access, sophisticated video-gaming equipment, and mobile technologically generated music vying for their attention. How do we establish and maintain a sense of safety, security and familial unity in the midst of all of this noise? This interactive discussion provides some practical guidelines and suggestions for creating peace.
OneUp: Module 8, Relationships with Families and Professionals , ECH115 , hours: 5
Caregiving is difficult work and requires skills in may arenas. Constructive communication is essential to quality settings. This session focuses on communicating with parents and coworkers to build positive relationships and eliminate stress in the child's environment.
Parenting, Partnering, Empowering: Connecting Parents and Community, ECH050 , hours: 3
The phrase "it takes a village to raise a child" is used to describe the value of teachers connecting with the community as contributing members of an educational team. Children can learn to be a part of the larger community as they engage in multi-faceted community gatherings and events. Community members can also serve as meaningful resources to support parenting skills and family advancement. Learn to use local resources to maximize your early childhood program.
Parents and Teachers Talking Together, ECH175, hours: 3
This class explores skills and techniques to assist early childhood educators in having productive parent/teacher conferences. Discussion will focus on ways to build trust with, elicit parent responses, and include their ideas when setting learning goals for their young children. Emphasis will be placed on the process of planning realistic, attainable goals that are developmentally appropriate and mutually agreed upon with parents.
Time Management for Families, ECH067 , hours: 3
Children feel safe when they experience regular, predictable schedules. This course will present models and strategies for caregivers to establish productive and reasonable routines. Well designed schedules will be provided to demonstrate how to maximize the experiences for children in care, including time frames and specific activities. This course will include information about time management which will be useful for both the family home and during the school/child care day.
Understanding and Dealing with Modern Family Issues, ECH058 , hours: 4
Explore how we look at families and how children's behavior can arise from an existing "family issue." Learn to use a review cycle to become more objective. In groups, you'll process an issue and give a presentation.
What Dads Need to Know about Nurturing Children, ECH107 , hours: 6
Join other dads and other male care providers as we attempt to clarify the modern dad's role in the family structure. This six-hour class opens a forum for dads to help define their role in the present family environment. Emphasis is on helping dads identify and clarify their roles. Based on the latest scientific research, this multimedia presentation is an informative and emotional experience.