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Childcare Provider Resources

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The early years of child’s development are critical for successful navigation in life. High quality, well-educated child care providers are essential in this process. This is why Wildcat Extension District offers regular opportunities for childcare providers to further their knowledge and earn KDHE hours.

Contact: Chuckie Hessong, Family & Child Development agent, for information or requests for childcare provider trainings chuckiehessong@ksu.edu or 620-724-8233.

Available Training Topics:

Child Abuse and Neglect: Identification, Reporting and Prevention, 3 KDHE hours

Course content includes recognizing the types and signs of abuse and neglect, steps in reporting suspected child abuse and neglect and prevention strategies that include appropriate expectations and guidance of young children for child care providers and families. This course meets the licensing (KDHE) training requirements for Abusive Head Trauma and Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention and is one of the 3 courses required by licensing.

Behavior and Guidance, 3 KDHE hours

This course focuses on a variety of ways to encourage positive behavior in young children.  It considers the caregiver as the key to guidance and outlines methods of direct and indirect guidance and setting and maintaining rules.  In addition it describes common behavior problems, and tips to guide children towards more positive behavior.

Introduction to Child Development, 3 KDHE credit hours

This course covers the basic information about child development and the three developmental domains; physical, cognitive and social emotional for infants through preschool.  Included is information to link child development to age appropriate activities. This course meets the licensing (KDHE) training requirements for information on the development of young children birth to five and is one of the 3 courses required by licensing.

JOIN OUR CHILD CARE PROVIDER MAILING LIST TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON UPCOMING TRAININGS OFFERED IN THE WILDCAT EXTENSION DISTRICT!!!

Online Resources:

Parenting Press

Parenting is a tough job, and for more than 35 years Parenting Press have been creating materials to make the job easier for parents, caregivers, counselors, teachers, and child care professionals.

Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child

Generates, translates, and applies knowledge in the service of driving science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity in the United States and throughout the world.

Heckman Group

Research. Data. Lectures. Advocacy. Resources available to promote the value of investing in early childhood development.

National Extension Network

Practical parenting information from the nation's largest and oldest network of universities.


Video Resources:

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