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Professional Development Study Kits

Training Legend

Training Descriptions



 Training Levels
 Basic = Most appropriate for entry-level professionals who are new to early childhood and/or school-age care. Basic Level Training covers a foundational  understanding and demonstration of developing skills.
 Intermediate = Most appropriate for professionals who have at least (2) years of experience and 120 hours of training in child development, and are moving  toward more formal education. Intermediate Level Training includes expanding knowledge and application, and refining skills.
 Advanced = Most appropriate for professionals who have at least three (3) years of experience and 30 credit hours in child development. Advanced Level  Training focuses on a more thorough knowledge and understanding of developmentally appropriate practice and highly effective application and  demonstration of skills.

 DHR Minimum Standards Training Areas
 CD = Child Development
 HSUP = Health, Safety, and Universal Precautions
 QCCL = Quality Child Care and Licensing
 CCPF = Child Care Professional and the Family
 LD = Language Development
 PDG = Positive Discipline and Guidance
 AM = Administration and Management

 CDA (Child Development Associate) Content Areas
 Planning a safe, healthy environment to invite learning
 Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
 Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
 Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
 Strategies to manage an effective program operation
 Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
 Observing and recording children’s behavior
 Principles of child growth and development

 Alabama Pathways Core Knowledge Areas (CKA)
 CGD = Child Growth and Development
 HSN = Health, Safety and Nutrition
 LEE = Learning Experiences and Enrichment
 DIV = Diversity
 COA = Child Observation and Assessment (Planning for Individual Needs)
 ICFC = Interaction with Children, Families and Communities
 PPD = Personal and Professional Development
 MA = Management and Administration

 CCDF Training Areas
 1.  Prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunizations)
 2.  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) prevention and use of safe sleep practices
 3.  Administration of medication
 4.  Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
 5.  Building and physical premises safety, including identifying electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic
 6.  Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and abusive head trauma
 7.  Emergency preparedness and response planning for natural or man-caused events
 8.  Handling and storage of hazardous materials, including correct disposal of bio-contaminants
 9.  If applicable, appropriate pre-cautions in transporting children
 10. First-aid and CPR
 11. Recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect
 12.  Identifying and serving homeless children and their families
 13.  Promoting the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children, including those related to nutrition and physical activity, using      scientifically-based, developmentally appropriate and age appropriate strategies
 14.  Caring for children in geographic areas with significant concentrations of poverty and unemployment
 15.  Implementing behavior strategies, including positive behavior interventions and support models that promote positive social and emotional  development and reduce challenging behaviors, including reducing expulsions of preschool-aged children for such behaviors
 16.  Engaging parents and families in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways to expand their knowledge, skills and capacity to be meaningful partners  in supporting their children’s positive development
 17.  Understanding early neurological development
 18.  Using data to guide program improvement
 19.  Supporting positive development of school-age children
 20.  Improving the quality of programs and services for infants and toddlers

 Target Age Groups
 Infants = Birth to 12 months
 Toddlers = 1 and 2 year olds (13 to 36 months)
 Preschoolers = 3 and 4 year olds
 School-agers = 5 to 12 year olds
 ALL = Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and School-agers

 Updated Nov. 2016