CDA Bridge Bundle: Infant/Toddler - online course

CDA Bridge Bundle: Infant/Toddler - $300

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IACET accredit provider CEUs

3 CEUs


The 30-hour Bridge Bundle for Maryland Child Care Providers is a specialized training program designed to help child care professionals in Maryland who already hold a 90-hour certification complete the additional training required to obtain the Child Development Associate's (CDA) Credential. This program is particularly valuable for individuals who have completed the 45-hour Growth and Development training and the 45-hour Infant/Toddler Curriculum training and are now looking to advance their careers and increase their earning potential in the field of early childhood education.

Here are the key components and details of the 30-hour Bridge Bundle:

  • Target Audience: Maryland child care providers who already possess a 90-hour certification with completion of the 45-hour Growth and Development and 45-hour Infant/Toddler Curriculum training.
  • Purpose: The primary purpose of this training program is to provide the remaining 30 hours of required training needed to meet the prerequisites for obtaining the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.
  • CDA Credential: The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is widely recognized in the field of early childhood education and serves as a valuable qualification for professionals seeking career advancement. It demonstrates a commitment to high-quality care and education for young children.
  • Course Content: The 30-hour Bridge Bundle covers essential topics related to early childhood education and development, including:
    • Understanding developmental milestones of young children.
    • Designing and implementing effective learning experiences that encompass social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
    • Accommodating children with special needs.
    • Nurturing a professional attitude and approach in the childcare setting.
  • Online Format: The course is offered online, allowing participants to access the training materials and complete the program at their own pace, within a specified timeframe.
  • Interactive Instructor Support: Learners receive support and guidance from instructors throughout the course, ensuring that they can effectively grasp and apply the concepts presented.
  • Portfolio Review: Included in the training is a portfolio review, which is a critical component of the CDA Credentialing process. A well-prepared portfolio showcases a candidate's competence and experience in working with young children.
  • Resources and Handouts: Participants have access to over 100 resources and handouts that supplement the training content, helping them better understand and apply what they've learned.
  • Career Advancement: Completing the CDA Credential for Preschool teachers opens up new career opportunities and can lead to increased earning potential in the early childhood education field. It signifies a commitment to excellence in providing care and education to young children.

B. Objectives / Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this training, the learner will be able to:
  1. Give examples of tools that record and communicate critical information to other staff and families.
  2. Give examples of developmentally appropriate musical activities for children.
  3. Identify factors that influence learning in a child's physical environment.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how chronic illness can affect development.
  5. List resources and the referral process for infants and toddlers with a suspected/diagnosed disability.
  6. Define mental health and its Indicators in infants and young children.
  7. Identify strategies for working with children with special needs.
  8. Demonstrate understanding of how to assess and meet the needs of children with special needs.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of the components of a curriculum.
  10. Identify the components of positive relationships with children, co-workers and families.
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of culture and diversity in relation to school readiness.
  12. Understand the relation between how material and equipment selection assist with lesson plan development and implementation.
  13. Demonstrate an understanding of how to foster self-regulation skills in children.
  14. Recognize that children develop independence at different stages.
  15. Identify and use community resources to support learning.
  16. Identify the differences between developmental screening and assessments.
  17. Recognize the importance of the use of developmental screenings.
  18. Demonstrate understanding of inclusionary practices for anxiety in the child care setting.
  19. Define and identify common signs and behaviors of children and youth with fetal alcohol syndrome.
  20. Define Adverse Childhood Experiences and identify its effects on child development
  21. Demonstrate understanding of strategies that utilize good time management practices for teachers and child care providers.
  22. Demonstrate understanding of using assessment and observations for short and long term goal development for ages birth to three.
  23. Recognize the importance of music in both child development and curriculum.
  24. Recognize the importance of knowing the stages of development.
  25. Recognize the importance of problem solving and conflict resolution strategies with community members and families
  26. Describe the importance of learning centers in the early childhood education environment.
  27. Describe the stages of grief and the different ways children react to grief and stress.
  28. Identify theorists of guidance and discipline
  29. Explain the possible causes and results of traumatic brain injury in infants and young children.
  30. Give examples of strategies teachers can use to communicate with parents regarding challenging behaviors.
  31. List community resources, supports, and referrals for anxiety.
  32. Identify Jean Piaget's stages of cognitive development.
  33. Identify assessment tools.
  34. Define and identify common signs and behaviors of children and youth with developmental disabilities.
  35. Demonstrate understanding of inclusionary practices for cerebral palsy in the child care setting.
  36. Demonstrate understanding of inclusionary practices for developmental disabilities in the childcare setting.
  37. List community resources, support, and referrals for developmental disabilities.
  38. List community resources, supports, and referrals for cerebral palsy.
  39. Demonstrate an understanding of prenatal development and its impact on child development.
  40. Demonstrate understanding of inclusionary practices for autism spectrum disorder in the child care setting.
  41. Identify the basic musical milestones in children aged from birth to 5 years.
  42. Identify strategies to increase scientific inquiry in the infant and toddler classroom
  43. Define the term inclusion and how it relates to the child care environment and practice for all ages.
  44. Demonstrate an understanding of creating a successful block center by identifying the various types of blocks, describing an effective block center setup, and recognizing the various stages of block play.
  45. Define resilience and identify ways it helps young children overcome toxic stressors.
  46. Recognize informal and formal assessments to plan activities, individualize programs, and improve program quality.
  47. Identify elements of a successful infant/toddler classroom.
  48. List community resources, supports, and referrals for fetal alcohol syndrome.
  49. Demonstrate understanding of inclusionary practices for fetal alcohol syndrome in the childcare setting.
  50. Give examples of ways to collaborate with other professionals involved in the care and education of all children and youth.
  51. Define and identify common signs and behaviors of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  52. List community resources, supports, and referrals for autism spectrum disorder.
  53. Define and identify common signs and behaviors of children and youth with anxiety.
  54. Define and identify common signs and behaviors of children and youth with cerebral palsy.
  55. Demonstrate an understanding of emergent curriculum.
  56. Demonstrate understanding of scaffolding as a method for individualized learning.
  57. Recognize the needs of individualized learning for infants and toddlers.
  58. Distinguish how to adapt arts and crafts for younger children and children with different abilities.
  59. Demonstrate an understanding of the information that should be communicated regularly with staff, parents, and the community
Criteria to earn CEUs:
Certificates are awarded when the following criteria have been met by the learner:
  1. Class has been paid in full
  2. All material has been reviewed
  3. All review questions and final test have been completed with a passing score of 80% or higher.
Learning Assessment Method:
Learners will be assessed through questions after every section is completed. Learners will not be allowed to proceed to the next section of the training until all questions have been answered correctly. Learners will be presented with a final test composed of true/false and multiple choice questions. Upon successful completion of the training, learners will receive their certificate by email.

Learning Methodology:
Online material will be presented in the form of slides, accompanied with speech. Videos will be used to demonstrate ideas and concepts. Charts and tables will be used for illustration.

Logistics/Required Technology:
A stable internet connection is required for the completion of this course. Users are highly encouraged to take their online course on Google Chrome on either a laptop or desktop computer. Speakers and/or headphones are also required to hear speech.

Payment Policy:
Payments need to be made in full. No refunds will be issued after starting the class.

Proprietary or conflict of interest disclosure:
Unless otherwise stated in the course description none of H & H subject matter experts and editor has any conflict or proprietary interests related to the material they prepared in this course.

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Information about this training

Hours breakdown

10.5 CD/13.5 SN/3 PRO/3 CUR

Topics / Categories

Special needs
Child development
Not Applicable

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