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 Best Care Connected Online Childcare Training 

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Best Care Connected is an online professional development course that provides five hours of verified training through the Professional Development Registry (PDR). The online course format includes interactive elements and audio recording.

Each lesson will equal 1 hour of PDR verified credit.

Best Care Connected is available from October 16th to September 16th.

How to Access Best Care Connected:

  1. To access the course, go to the courses.uaex.edu website.
  2. When you are ready to get started, log in or create an account.
  3. Once you log in, please “click” on the Best Care Connected link under the course category titled Online Child Care Courses.
  4. You are now on the Best Care Connected course home page. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and select the "Best Care Connected 2018-2019" link to enroll
  5. Please be sure to complete the registration form, pass the quiz with an 80% or above, and complete the evaluation form under each lesson.
  6. Once you have completed the course, you will need to print or save as a pdf the completion certificate.

The hours that you have completed will be reported to the PDR for credit. We ask that you allow 30 to 45 days for credit to show on PDR.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for a $10 fee upon completion of the course. You can receive 0.1 CEUs for each lesson/hour that you complete. There is a section in the course on how to receive them.

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Best Care Connected Courses for 2018-2019:

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Building Parent-Teacher Partnerships Through Effective Communication:

Establishing a partnership between you as the teacher and parents of the children in your care is very important.  It supports the overall development of children, and creation of a consistent daily routine. In this lesson, participants will learn:
  • Keys of effective communication
  • How to build communication with parents
  • Ways to help parents feel comfortable
  • Involving parents in the classroom
  • Communicating outside the classroom
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Your Best Money Moves:

Money management tips can help Early Childhood Educators increase financial stability and create a more stable home life. In this lesson, participants will learn:
  • What a budget is and how to create one
  • How financial goals are related to budgeting
  •  Ways to teach children about budgeting
  • Practical ways to budget for your classroom or child care facility.
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Allergies and Asthma:

Food allergies and asthma can be a scary experience both for the child and the child care provider. It is important to be prepared for  possible food allergies and asthma related problems you could encounter. In this lesson, participants will learn:
  • Describe what asthma and allergies are.
  • Learn more about triggers for asthma and allergies.
  • Identify asthma and allergy “attacks” and what needs to be done to treat symptoms.
  • Learn about resources that can be used to provide a safe and friendly environment for children with allergies and asthma.
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Farm to Classroom:

Children do not always have the opportunity to see where their food comes from first hand. Showing children where their food comes from can improve their overall health.  In this lesson, participants will learn:
  • What is considered farm to classroom.
  • How farm to classroom activities can benefit their children.
  • Different strategies for teaching farm related information to children.
  • How to get a farm to classroom programs started in their school/facility.
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Children Transitioning: Getting Children Ready for the Next Classroom:

Is it time to move the child up to the next stage? Are they prepared? Transitions are scary for anyone so it is important that providers help get their children ready and put their minds at ease about the next step. In this lesson, participants will learn:
  • What current research says in transitioning children to the next classroom
  • Tips for making it an easy transition at every stage
  • How to best prepare all children for kindergarten.
  • Strategies and Resources that you can use in the classroom to help children with transitions.

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