Webinars and STG Resources

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Prenatal Development
Description: By definition, prenatal development is the process in which an embryo or fetus gestates during pregnancy, from fertilization until birth. A healthy pregnancy has a direct influence on the health and development of a newborn child. Programs such as Early Head Start (EHS) strives to have the greatest impact on participating children by offering supportive services as early in life as possible. The prenatal period of growth and development has a lasting impact on the child's potential for healthy growth and development after birth. In order to support pregnant families, providers need to have a fundamental understanding of prenatal development.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: fertilization, zygote development, 1st trimester, 2nd trimester, 3rd trimester, delivery
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the general development that occurs in each trimester.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the critical windows of development that occurs during prenatal development.

Brain Development
Description: Through Brain Wonders, a training developed by Zero-to-Three, participants will get a glimpse into the neurophysiological development of the brain. New brain research has changed the thinking about how brain development affects child development, particularly social-emotional development. See how neurophysiological fits with theoretical conjectures and how we can begin to think about how this should translate research into classroom practice.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: major brain systems, prenatal development, plasticity, brain growth, healthy brain development influences
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the physical appearance of the brain.
  2. Participants will be able to explain the function of the four major brain systems.

Services to Pregnant Women
Description: A healthy pregnancy has a direct influence on the health and development of a newborn child. Early Head Start (EHS) strives to have the greatest impact on participating children by offering supportive services as early in life as possible. The prenatal period of growth and development has a lasting impact on the child's potential for healthy growth and development after birth. Early Head Start programs provide services to pregnant women and their families through the child's first three years of life. Early, continuous supports and services provide the best opportunity for:

  • healthy pregnancies and positive childbirth outcomes;
  • supportive postpartum care for the parents and child;
  • fully involving fathers in the lives of their very young children; and
  • nurturing and responsive care during infancy.

Services to Expectant Families
Description: In this webinar, the key elements of serving expectant families in Early Head Start will be explored.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: performance standards, pre-natal and post natal education for parents and community partnerships
Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will review Head Start Performance Standards related to serving expectant families
  • Participants will gain an understanding of eligibility and enrollment of expectant families
  • Participants will review strategies for working with teen parents, parents with disabilities and multigenerational families

Motor Development
Description: As children develop, the ability to explore their environment helps them make sense of the world around them. The actions of infants and toddlers in the world guide their perception of the world, just as their perception of the world guides their action in it. Individual differences mark the timing of developmental changes. Increasingly, developmental psychologists have shifted their focus away from simply documenting perceptual and motor milestones toward understanding how these changes occur and how the domains of perception and action constantly and seamlessly interact to produce unique, individual pathways of development. This webinar will provide a brief overview motor development and those factors that can promote or inhibit healthy development during infancy and toddlerhood.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: Influences, environment, psychosocial relationship, cognitive relationship, conditions that affect typical development, milestones, visual perception, auditory perception, tactile-kinesthetic perception
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify major motor milestones during the toddler years.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the three types of perception.

Cognitive Development
Description: Cognitive development is defined as the development of intelligence, conscious thought, and problem-solving ability that begins in infancy. It was once believed that infants lacked the ability to think or form complex ideas and remained without cognition until they learned language. It is now known that babies are aware of their surroundings and interested in exploration from the time they are born. From birth, babies begin to actively learn. They gather, sort, and process information from around them, using the data to develop perception and thinking skills. Cognitive development refers to how a person perceives, thinks, and gains understanding of his or her world through the interaction of genetic and learned factors. Among the areas of cognitive development are information processing, intelligence, reasoning, language development, and memory. In this webinar, an overview of the key developmental tasks will be provided.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: Piaget's substages, accommodation, assimilation, equilibrium, object permanence
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to name the six substages of infant development.
  2. Participants will be able to define accommodation, assimilation, and equilibrium.
  3. Participants will be able to describe object permanence.

Language Development
Description: Speech and language are tools that humans use to communicate or share thoughts, ideas, and emotions. The most intensive period of speech and language development for humans is during the first three years of life, a period when the brain is developing and maturing. These skills appear to develop best in a world that is rich with sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to the speech and language of others. This webinar will provide an overview of the development of language that occurs in infancy and toddlerhood.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: speech, language, stages of communication development (prelinguistic, onset of language, word combination)
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define language and speech.
  2. Participants will be able to name the stages of communication development in infancy and toddlerhood.

Self-Regulation
Description: When infants and toddlers are incapable of meeting their own needs, they depend upon the external regulation that comes from attentive, caring adults. It is in the context of this loving attention that a special bond grows between the dependent child and the adult. A responsive adult provides the stimulation that helps the child's brain develop the capacity for creating and maintaining healthy emotional relationships. In this installment of the webinar series, the focus will be on the interactions that help infants and toddlers begin to develop self-regulation.
Length: 1 hour
Topics:
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define self-regulation.
  2. Participants will be able to name that states of arousal and alertness.
  3. Participants will be able to describe appropriate expectations for self-regulation in infants and toddlers.

Psychosocial Development (2 parts)
Description: Psychosocial development refers to one's psychological development in and interaction with a social environment. The individual is not necessarily fully aware of this relationship with his or her environment. It was first commonly used by psychologist Erik Erikson in his stages of social development. Contrasted with social psychology, which attempts to explain social patterns of behavior in a general sense, the term "psychosocial" can be used to describe the unique internal processes that occur within the individual.

Part One: In the first part of this two part webinar, the psychosocial development of infants and toddlers will be discussed.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: Erikson's theory of psychosocial development, Bowlby's theory of attachment
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define psychosocial development.
  2. Participants will be able to define attachment.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and describe the psychosocial stages of infants and toddlers.

Part Two: In the second part of this two-part webinar, a continuation of the discussion of the psychosocial development of infants and toddlers will occur.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: self-efficacy, self-help, gender identity and awareness
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define self-efficacy, self-help, gender identity and awareness.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the stages in development of self-control.

Integrating Math Across the Curriculum
Description: Math helps children find meaning in their environment. In play, daily routines, and other meaningful activities, children question, analyze, and talk about their discoveries. Mathematics is an area where many English language learners accelerate because they can manipulate materials, as well as their bodies and hands, to practice math skills. Last, but by no means least, math knowledge, interest, and skills are basic to children's success in school. In this webinar, focus will be on fundamental math concepts and ideas to integrate math in all areas of your curriculum.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: fundamental preschool math concepts, math teaching strategies, learning center materials
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to name fundamental concepts of math.
  2. Participants will be able to explain the importance of developing math skills in children
  3. Participants will be able to identify several strategies to implement in the classroom that will encourage math skill development in children
  4. Participants will be able to develop ideas for integrating math throughout the classroom environment

Home Visiting (2 parts)
Part One Description: Home Visiting is an early childhood intervention that can enhance parenting and promote the growth and development of young children. Home Visiting strengthens families by:

  • expanding parent/caregiver's knowledge and skills to nurture child development
  • promoting growth and healthy development of young children; and
  • connecting families to resources in the community

Length: 1 hour
Topics: key performance standards related to home visiting and the importance of establishing professional boundaries as relationships are developed
Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will review Head Start Performance Standards related to Home Visiting
  • Participant will identify key components of establishing positive professional relationships with Head Start families

Part Two Description: In the second part of this webinar, the essential elements of a home visit will be explored as well as the importance of linking home visits to socializations
Length: 1 hour
Topics: structuring home visits, linking home visits to socializations, home visitor safety and stress management
Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will explore the essential elements of a home visit.
  • Participants will review ways to structure home visits in order to include both parent and child issues/topics
  • Participants will understand the importance of linking home visits to socializations
  • Participants will learn strategies to stay safe and reduce stress while home visiting.

Working with Teen Parents
Description: The United States has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world. Just under 1/3 of all girls in the United States will get pregnant in their teenage years. Here are a few facts about teen pregnancy:

  • Unmarried teenagers having children account for 24 percent of all unmarried expectant mothers.
  • More than 2/3 of all teenagers who have a baby will not graduate from high school.
  • Billions of dollars are spent taking care of teenage mothers and their children and they are more likely to be in the poverty bracket.

Understanding the characteristics of teen parents and the challenges that face them can help service providers design programs that meet their specific needs.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: adolescent development, the teen's environment
Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will review adolescent developmental milestones.
  • Participants will explore challenges teen parents may face.
  • Participants will gain strategies for working with teen parents.

Child-Adult Interactions Part One (2 parts)
Part One Description: Research indicates that they way adults interact with children plays a very important role in children's learning and development. These studies demonstrate that in classrooms where teachers are responsive, guiding, and nurturing, children take more initiative and are more likely to be actively involved and persistent in their work. In the first part of the webinar, the importance of quality child-adult interactions and the impact on child development will be the focus.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: child adult interaction, evidence-based practice
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able identify components of quality child-adult interactions.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the impact of quality child-adult interactions on child development.

Part Two Description: In the second part of the webinar, conversational styles of children, roles that teachers play during interactions with children and strategies that can be used in the early childhood classroom on a daily basis will be the focus.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: conversational styles, roles of teachers
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe various communication styles.
  2. Participants will be name various roles teachers play.

Intentional Teaching (2 parts)
Parts One and Two Description: Robert Slavin, Co-Director of the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk, Johns Hopkins University, asserts that, while there is no formula for good teaching, the one attribute that seems to be characteristic of outstanding teachers is intentionality, doing things on purpose (Slavin, 2000, p. 7). In this two part webinar, the focus will be on teaching practices that are evidenced by research that can lead towards more effective teaching.
Length: 1 hour
Topics: intentionality, effective teaching strategies, evidence-based practice
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn the difference between “adult-guided” and "child-guided” learning, and will be able to describe effective intentional teaching practices.
  2. Participants will learn how to construct meaningful lesson plans for children by combining knowledge about curriculum content, development, and children's interests.