Online Course Descriptions

Online Course Registration

To register for an online course, log on to www.EarlyCareInstitute.com. Once you have successfully created an account, click on the class that you would like to take. From there, you should be directed to pay for the class through PayPal. Once all fees have been paid, you will have immediate access to the course. If you experience any technical difficulties you can email support@earlycareinstitute.com or call Childcare Management Solutions. The Office registration hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Office hours for Wednesday are 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.

45 Hour Infant/Toddler Methods & Materials Course MD
This course introduces the major concepts, principles, theories and research related to the development and care of children birth to three years of age. Participants will learn to create a healthy and safe environment for care and early learning, by applying the principles of infant/ toddler growth and development.

24 Hour CKO-Family Childcare Start Up Course MD
This course is designed for those who would like to open a family child care facility in their home. Topics include: child development, curriculum, health, safety and nutrition, special needs, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, record keeping, professionalism, and community resources.

18 Hour Course (1st Year Providers) MD

SIDS Course MD
This training session will prepare each participant to help increase awareness of SIDS by talking with others about the impact of SIDS and risk-reduction.

9 Hour Communications Course MD
This workshop will assist participants in understanding the communication process, the responsibilities of communication from the sender to the receiver, and the personal barriers that we create. Participants will recognize the importance of effective communication in the ECE environment.

Emergency Preparedness Course MD
This six hour course is designed to meet the requirements of as stated in Maryland Senate Bill 356 and the COMAR regulations by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care. Family child care facilities and centers are responsible for emergency plans, shelter in place procedures, relocation guidelines, parent notification and coordination with local authorities during a time of emergency.  They are also responsible for addressing the needs of the children, including those children with special needs.  Providers are also required to train their staff and conduct emergency drills. Participants must complete an emergency plan for their facility and that plan has to be approved by the training agency to receive credit for the course.

Other Core of Knowledge Online Courses

Creating a Computer Literacy Program for Young Children
This course is designed to assist early child care professionals in the understanding of the steps involved in planning and implementing a computer literacy program.

Computer Skills for Child Care Professionals
This course is designed to assist early child care professionals in the understanding of the basic functions of the computer and how the computer can be used in their child care program.

Recognizing Children with Special Needs
The purpose of this training is to help providers in identifying some special needs among children in their care. This is not intended to make any types of diagnosis, but to observe children’s development and be able to have conference with parents, as to the need for professional assistance.

Attitude is Everything
The focus of this training will be to examine what works and what doesn’t in the communication process, problem solving and parent expectations.

Recognizing and Understanding the Signs of Child Abuse
This course is designed to help early child care professionals in the identification of child abuse and neglect, the factors that contribute tot his maltreatment of children, several types of child abuse and neglect and ways to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Advanced Health & Safety Issues
This interactive training will address health and safety topics that will meet the needs of family child care providers, center staff and support staff. This six hour course provides discussions on advanced topics in health, safety and nutrition including health policies, obesity, playground safety, nutrition and physical activity.

Basic Tax & Record Keeping

Administrative Approaches to Problem Solving
Upon completion of this training, participant will be able to:
Understand appropriate health and safety practices and procedures and the importance of implementing and abiding by them
Understand the importance of meeting the health and safety needs of all children
Understand child care terminology and the MSDE COMAR Health & Safety Practices

Coping and Managing Stress in the ECE Environment
This course is designed to understand stress levels, how stresses affects children’s behavior and understand how to improve self-management skills

Goals Priorities & Timetables

Team Building in an ECE Environment
This workshop will help teachers develop positive communication skills, provide supportive ideas to enhance teacher motivation, professionalism, and develop team-building skills.

Strategies for Developing Discipline
This workshop will provide the participant with effective strategies to guide children’s behavior.

The Value of Play
Participant will explore the importance of play and the role that educators can contribute in preparing their curriculum.

Stages of Children: Birth to Three (Ages & Stages)
The class will focus on the developmental growth and development of babies from birth to three. Participants will understand the stages of development and how to engage babies for their optimum development.

Helping Children Cope with Stress and Deal with Their Feelings
This seminar will assist early care providers in identifying the physical, emotional and nutritional aspects of stress and techniques for stress management for children.