Below you will find a listing, and course description of all of the Early Childhood Education Classes in the category of Health, Safety and Nutrition. Not all courses are offered each semester. See the official schedule for courses that are open for registration. Most of the courses are also available as customized/contract training classes for your organization. Contact the Early Childhood program for more information.
Common Childhood Illnesses and Conditions, ECH184, hours: 3
Designed for anyone who cares for children, this course presents an overview of many common childhood illnesses and conditions, what symptoms to look for, plus typical treatment courses and their potential side effects.
Each New Day: Mental Health in ECE Programs I , ECH043 , hours: 8
Learn to objectively evaluate the mental health issues that affect staff performance in early childhood education program. Identify daily routines and program policies that enhance and support good mental health. Develop practical strategies to use resources to support the positive mental health of staff working in early childhood education settings.
Each New Day: Mental Health in ECE Programs II , ECH044 , hours: 8
Learn more about mental health in child development settings. Identify stress factors and potential ways to manage them. The purpose of this course is to extend and expand upon the concepts and strategies introduced in Part I. Prerequisite: Each New Day: Mental Health in ECE Programs I.
Eating the Alphabet: Teaching ABC’s With No-Bake Cooking, ECH150 , hours: 3
C is for cookie. That’s good enough for me….cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C. It worked for the Cookie Monster and it can work for you, too! Young children are learning with their senses, so creating fun with foodstuffs makes good sense - all five of them! This class takes a fun approach to introducing alphabet letters and sounds through creating delicious snacks that can be made anywhere. Combine science, math and literacy in one yummy session.
Emergency Preparedness Training ECH172 6hrs
This course provides information about handling emergency situations beyond the everyday bumps and bruises that occur in child care settings. The class focuses on development of a comprehensive and specific written emergency plan to follow in the event of a local, state, or national emergency. This plan may be developed for center-based care settings, family child care homes, and informal provider programs. The course includes an “emergency backpack,” which includes materials, procedures, and local and national contact information for all participants. With young children’s lives at stake, all care providers have the responsibility to be prepared.
Family Child Care Pre-Service Module Three, ECH164 , hours: 4
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of health, safety, and nutrition for family child care providers. Topics include emergency preparedness planning, menu planning, and specific issues of concern for the health and safety needs of children.
Fun With Food--Meaningful Mealtimes with Young Children, ECH054 , hours: 4
Young children need frequent nutritious snacks and meals to keep them healthy and happy. Learn how to make these food experiences pleasant. Learn how concepts and conversations can be nurtured and directed during meals.
Green Beans: An Introduction to the GO GREEN Rating Scale for Early Chilhood Education Settings,, ECH226, hours: 8
Come and learn about ways to understand the concept of Going Green. The class introduces an easy to use evaluation scale to support teachers and administrators in implementing environmental practices within child care settings to promote green, healthy, living. Topics include air quality, hygiene, body care products, lead and other contaminants.
Green Beans: Eating Lean and Green, ECH214, 3hrs
Investigate the many ways to integrate a healthy and nutritious lifestyle within and throughout daily classroom activities. It’s important to help children foster a healthy relationship with food at an early age, and cooking is a great way to do so. Include kids in meal preparation. While children learn about the fundamentals of cooking, they can also learn about the produce they are cooking with. Create fun, unique, organic snacks together.
How to Enrich Your Child’s Life, ECH093 , hours: 6
Children deserve a childhood. By focusing our children’s attention on non-childhood issues, we deny them the natural opportunity to live freely and discover their unique personality. Adults need to help children separate from negative images, media and non-constructive feelings. This course explores techniques to help children enjoy and fully engage in their early childhood experience.
Identify Basic Nutrition, Health and Safety Needs for Young Children, ECH181, hours: 6
Preschool children have specific nutritional and physical needs. They are active most of their day. Learn about the best practices in the field of early education regarding what foods to serve young children, and how to plan for safe activities that promote positive health, hygiene and physical development.
Introduction to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), ECH065, hours: 4
This course will explore the most current facts about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The cause's of this syndrome in which infants under one year of age die suddenly, while sleeping, has not been determined. There are, however, suggested actions which are thought to lower the risk of SIDS commonly referred to as “crib death”
Medication Administration Training ECH257 6hrs
This course will provide you with an overview of medication administration procedures in child care centers and family child care homes. Topics include practices and procedures for administering over-the-counter and selected prescription medications to children in care in accordance with state child care licensing requirements, observation methods, recording procedures, forms and schedules, and safe handling techniques.
Nutrition and Active Living ECH273 3hrs
This course is designed for professionals in the education or childcare career field and provides instruction on nutritional and physical needs of children to promote overall wellness. Topics include nutritional needs of all children, promoting healthy growth and development, strategies to inform families on providing nutritional food items, developing physical games and large motor activities to promote physical growth.
Nutrition for Healthy Children: Module I ECH276 3hrs
This course provides basic concepts of healthy nutritional choices, food safety, and diversity of cultural eating habits. You will develop a plan for optimal health outcomes based on current nutritional information. Topics include the importance of portion and serving size in children’s daily diet. This class defines the impact of healthy nutritional choices and physical activities in promoting wellness
Nutrition for Healthy Children: Module II ECH277 3hrs
This course provides basic concepts of healthy nutritional choices, food safety, and diversity of cultural eating habits. You will develop a plan for optimal health outcomes based on current nutritional information. Topics include the importance of grains, dairy, and proteins in children’s daily diet. This class defines the impact of healthy nutritional choices and physical activities in promoting wellness.
Nutrition for Healthy Children: Module III ECH278 3hrs
This course provides basic concepts of healthy nutritional choices, food safety, and diversity of cultural eating habits. You will develop a plan for optimal health outcomes based on current nutritional information. Topics include the importance of salt, sugar, and oils in children’s daily diet. This class defines the impact of healthy nutritional choices and physical activities in promoting wellness
OneUp: Module 7, Environment: Health and Safety, ECH114 , hours: 5
Infants and toddlers are explorers. The environments that they inhabit are educational laboratories for them. This renders our youngest children at high risk to hazards that we may not even realize. This session focuses upon the many ways to " baby proof" learning environments to maximize health and safety.
Serving Nutritional Meals on a Limited Budget, ECH053 , hours: 4
The food pyramid will serve as the basis for developing snacks and meals that meet the nutritional needs of young children. Samples and examples of healthy snacks will provide you with a hands-on approach to food preparation.
Teach Your Child to Meditate to Achieve Health & Happiness, ECH094 , hours: 6
We all know what happens when we refuse to tune up our automobiles engine, don’t we? Do we know what happens when we fail to tune up our body’s engine? Think about it. It may surprise you how much these too engines have in common. In this course you will learns how to help tune and recharge your body’s engine so that you can get the best possible performance out of it at every turn. When children learn and practice meditation techniques, they calm down and approach their lives in a more thoughtful, circumspect manner. Learning becomes a pleasant event.
Teaching Children's How to Manage Fear, ECH106 , hours: 3
Teaching children how to manage fear is an important duty of today's parents and childcare providers. Recent science helps us understand the negative effect fear has on the growth and development of children in our care. This three-hour course will help parents and childcare providers understand the nature of fear and explore ways to counteract the mental and emotional harm it can do to developing children.
Tearless Toileting Tips, ECH103 , hours: 3
The adventure of toilet training can be a difficult experience for both parents and children. Learn some strategies to help everyone involved have a more comfortable transition period. This class explores the social attitudes and pressures place upon families and young children to " conform" to imposed timelines for toileting and factors influencing children's readiness to use the toilet. Gain knowledge about handling the individual child's personal fears, temperament, and natural learning curve to encourage acceptable behaviors.
Yoga & Youngsters, ECH123 , hours: 6
Yoga has been recognized as a powerful means to developing physical strength, flexibility and dexterity. This class introduces teachers to some very basic Yoga positions that are comfortable for most people. These postures demonstrate a variety of ways to move and stretch our bodies. Yoga can calm and relax as well as energize individuals. Yoga activities can take place indoors or outside increasing the total gross motor opportunities in classroom settings. Balance, coordination and spatial perception and orientations will be strengthened through learning and practicing basic Yoga stretches.