Staff training is important, and not just because it is required in order to maintain licensure. Training is also key to offering high quality services and maintaining a successful child care operation.
There are many places where child care professionals can buy quality training programs. But there are also some excellent training opportunities that are available for free, like those below. Also, all of the programs below have been approved for continuing education credit by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.
Your first stop for free programs should be ProSolutions Training, which offers twenty courses, each of which requires 1-2 hours to complete.
Stewards of Children is a 2-hour training in child sexual abuse recognition, response, and prevention. It is provided at child care centers and other locations by the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and is an excellent complement to Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment. More information about Stewards of Children is available in the video below, and from ECU'sTEDI BEAR Children's Advocacy Center at 252-744-8334.
Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns is a 1-hour online training from the federal Centers for Disease Control. As described in the video below, the course is designed to help child care professionals identify kids with possible developmental delays, and to help professionals talk with parents about them.