Free Online Courses for Infant & Early Childhood Care Providers on Social-Emotional Competence

The courses were designed using the evidence-based Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children which promotes and supports infant and early childhood mental health and the social emotional development of all children.

Course Titles

  • Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments
  • Social and Emotional Assessment and Targeted Social Emotional Strategies
  • Intensive Interventions

The courses were designed using the evidence-based Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children which promotes and supports infant and early childhood mental health and the social emotional development of all children. As reflected in these three courses, the Pyramid Model takes a tiered public health approach to providing universal supports to all children to develop social emotional skills, targeted supports to those at risk, and intensive interventions for those who need them. All supported by an effective workforce, receiving training and coaching to support these practices in their settings. These self-paced interactive courses are rich with user-friendly training materials, videos, and print resources.

The first course, Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments, introduces the Pyramid Model, explores the relationship between challenging behavior and social emotional development, examines our attitudes about challenging behavior, and builds positive relationships between children and families. Adults interacting with children in a range of settings within diverse disciplines, including early intervention providers, early educators, families, and other professionals, gain new insight to the meaning behind challenging behavior and how to address it appropriately.

The second course, Social and Emotional Assessment and Targeted Social Emotional Strategies, provides information on implementing effective social emotional teaching strategies within the classroom. These strategies help infants and toddlers learn to express emotions appropriately, solve problems, and build friendships. Participants learn why teaching social emotional skills is important, when it is appropriate, which skills to teach, and how to teach them.

The last course in the series, Intensive Interventions, provides information on implementing individualized interventions for children who do not respond to regular intervention strategies implemented in the classroom. Most children will not need this level of support although some children need extra attention and individualized plans to support them to acquire the skills of self-regulation and positive peer and adult interaction. Participants learn to identify the functions of challenging behavior, how family trauma can impact a child’s expression of behavior, how to implement a behavior support plan, and how to support their team through the Pyramid Model during these scenarios in their classroom.

Family Voices Want to Know What You Think

In partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Voices, Inc. (National) is hosting 3 focus groups for families of #CYSHCN to learn about what they know and what more they want to know about flu vaccines.  The focus group will be held virtually, in English, on April 28 from 3 to 4:15 pm. Families will receive a $125 stipend in thanks for their time. Please complete the survey on the flyer linked below if you are interested, and share with others in your networks!

Family Voices and the American Academy of Pediatrics want to know what families think about influenza (flu) vaccinations for their children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).
When it comes to flu vaccines for CYSHCN:
•What information does your family want to know?
•What concerns might your family have?
•What type of messaging would help your family understand the importance of a flu vaccine?
•How would you like to learn about flu vaccines to make an informed decision for your CYSHCN?
•Who is your most trusted source of information about the importance of a flu vaccine for your CYSHCN?
Families Voices is convening a focus group to learn what families know AND what else they want to know about flu vaccines for CYSHCN.
•The focus group will be virtual, in English, and will last 75 minutes.
•Participants will receive a $125 stipend in recognition of their time.
• The information learned during the focus group will be shared with the AAP. Your name and any personal identifying information about your child and family will not be shared or reported.
To be eligible to participate, you must be:
• 18 years or older and the parent/caregiver of a CYSHCN that is younger than 18 years old.
The Focus Group will take place on:
Wednesday, April 28, 2021. 3 4:15pm ET; 2 2:15pm CT; 1 2:15pm MT; 12 1:15pm PT
If interested, please complete the survey at Families by 8pm Wednesday , April 21.
Note: Invitations to participate in the focus group will depend on your child’s diagnosis, geography, race, and ethnicity to ensure we hear from families who are representative of the population of the country. Only the focus group participants will receive a stipend.