Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services

2022 Training Legend

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 Performance 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) Subject Areas

1. Planning a safe, healthy learning environment

2. Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development

3. Supporting children’s social and emotional development

4. Building productive relationships with families

5. Managing an effective program

6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism

7. Observing and recording children’s behavior

8. Understanding principles of child development and learning

Target Age Groups

Infants = Birth to 12 months

Toddlers = 1 and 2 year olds

Preschoolers = 3 and 4 year olds

School-agers = 5 to 12 year olds

ALL = Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and School-agers

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 precautions 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

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

Register Online for Classes

Please note that training classes have specific open enrollment periods. Registration will be OPEN on the 15th of the month prior to classes and will close 1 week prior to class.