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The ASQ:3 developmental screening tool is a reliable, valid tool to understand children’s progress for development (gross motor, fine motor, communication, problem-solving, and self-help skills). This parent-reporting tool is flexible for implementation and inexpensive to maintain within your program (just the cost of copying the forms). It can be used for children ages 1 month to 5 1/2 years. This tool is one of four developmental screening tools recommended by the Office of Childhood-DESE.

This course provides information on developmental milestones, supporting families and child development, and how to implement the ASQ:3 according to the standards determined by the publisher. 

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The ASQ:SE2 social-emotional screening tool is a reliable, valid tool to understand children’s progress for social-emotional development and the factors that affect children’s behavior. This tool is flexible for implementation and inexpensive to maintain within your program (just the cost of copying the forms). It can be used for children ages 1 month to 6 years.  This tool is one of four social-emotional screening tools recommended by the Office of Childhood-DESE.ASQ:SE2 training offers content on social-emotional development, supporting families and social-emotional learning, and how to implement the ASQ:SE2. 

PreK 3-5 yrs
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Second Step® Early Learning (EL) is a curriculum designed to promote social-emotional learning (SEL) for preschool age children (3 – 5 yrs) in the classroom and home. It does this by creating opportunities to build children’s self-regulation skills and social-emotional competence. This curriculum is appropriate as a Tier 1 support for typically developing children. 

This is a lesson-based approach to SEL which includes the materials and guidance to teach weekly skills that build on each other, practice of self-regulation and executive function skills, integrated practice of these skills within the classroom, and support for parent engagement and practice at home. Each curriculum kit includes weekly theme cards and unit cards, posters, feelings Cards, puppets, Join In and Sing CD, Listening Rules Cards, and teaching materials notebook.  The curriculum kit is provided for teachers in a full-time role in the classroom, leading daily activities and routines.  Other professionals such as directors, behavior support, and specialists like OT or SLP may receive a Supplemental kit which includes items so these professionals can support daily lessons and skills.

Second Step® aligns with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework and evaluation shows an increase in executive functioning skills when compared to a control group.

Home Visitors
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SEL with a Conscious Approach to Discipline course is designed for Home Visitors and their work with families. This course will focus on understanding the relationship between the brain and behavior to better understand how to promote healthy competencies and respond to conflict.  With this approach, the adult first manages their own emotions so they can respond to the child’s feelings and provide the support they need to develop important social-emotional competencies:  self-awareness, social awareness, self-regulation, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.  Throughout the course, participants will understand the ways this information can be applied to their interactions with family members to increase family engagement.

The course includes current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices. Materials provided for this class include the Conscious Discipline® Parent Education Curriculum Handbook.

Child Care Providers
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This Social Emotional Learning training, for childcare providers and staff, is centered on increasing caregivers’ self-awareness and management of their thoughts, feelings, and actions. These skills enable caregivers to promote social-emotional competencies and also respond to conflict and challenging behavior that is developmentally appropriate. Caregivers will learn about brain development and effective strategies to help children to manage their own emotions, learn from their mistakes, and make different choices in the future. This course is based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices.

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Missouri Milestones Matter is a free developmental monitoring tool.  Developmental monitoring enables professionals and families to work together to understand children’s development and to access resources when there is a concern about a child’s progress.  With this course, you will understand how encourage families to observe their children’s development and the strategies which promote further development.  This training is an excellent first step for programs/centers that are not yet using a developmental screening tool or to be used in conjunction with a formal developmental screening tool, for example, the ASQ:3 and ASQ: SE2.

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This is an online, on-demand training for professionals and programs working with families with children from Birth through kindergarten entry in the state of Missouri. The Best Practices in Family Engagement course will help prepare you to partner with families to promote positive outcomes for children and families. Best practices are methods or activities based on knowledge gained from research and evidence in the field of education. The 5 best practices in family engagement have been proven over time to increase support for children’s learning at home, empower families, and improve family well-being (Youth.gov, n.d.).  It is through efforts for communication, cooperation, and collaboration between early care and education professionals and families that the child’s development is effectively promoted.

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This is an online, on-demand training for professionals and programs working with families with children from Birth through kindergarten entry in the state of Missouri. The Best Practices in Early Care and Education for Professionals and Programs will help prepare you to identify and understand the activities of high-quality early childhood programs. Best practices are methods, or activities, based on knowledge gained from research and evidence in the field of education.  The 12 best practices in early care and education programs are existing efforts and activities determined over time to make the biggest difference for positive outcomes for children and families.   

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