Needs Based Program Planning

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Needs Based Program Planning      

Tuition: $38.00

This 4 Hour package includes the following courses:

1) Introduction to Planning Activities (1 hour)

2) Getting Started with Program Planning (1 hour)

3) Factors Affecting Learning (2 hours)


This is a non-CEU Course.  ** DEL MERIT Approved STARS ** 

Mobile Devices: This course MAY be mobile friendly. However, because every device is different, we are unable to guarantee compatibility.  Our student support staff is unable to provide technical support when students are attempting to use an iPad, tablet or cell phone to complete an online course. Use of an iPad, tablet, or cell phone is at your own risk. 

Training Delivery Method:  Online 

Content Focus Group:  

  • Infant
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-Age

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education Training

Training Level: 2

Training Language(s): English


 Currently Enrolled Students *


1) Introduction to Planning Activities      

1 Hour

Washington STARS credit: Curriculum and Learning Environment (1 hour)

CDA Content Area: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development (1 hour)

Description:  (1 hour) Online Self-Paced – Open Enrollment * Good early childhood program planning focuses on children’s learning styles and characteristics. It often organizes important concepts into themes. It also tailors learning experiences to children’s ages and stages of development. It requires detailed planning and flexibility. This course will review the important aspects of program planning, including goals, learning activities, balancing activities, open-ended art vs. crafting and play materials.


2) Getting Started with Program Planning      

1 Hour 

Washington STARS credit: Curriculum and Learning Environment (1 hour)

CDA Content Area: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development (1 hour)

Description:  (1 hour) Online Self-Paced – Open Enrollment * In order to establish daily routines, early childhood programs should follow a daily schedule. A schedule will ensure the consistency that young children need and also help teachers encourage all areas of development by planning a wide range of activities. Children understand it as a routine; it is the way in which they learn what will or will not happen next.  In creating schedules, it is also important to provide a healthy balance for children, between group times, quiet activities, indoor and outdoor play. This course will introduce the importance of the daily schedule, lesson plans and transitions. We will also discuss the dilemma of including homework in the schedule for school age children.  This course covers topics relevant to infant through school-age child care.



3) Factors Affecting Learning      

2 Hours

Washington STARS credit: Program Planning and Development  (2 hours)

CDA Content Area: Effective Program Operation (2 hours)

Description:  (2 hours) Online Self-Paced – Open Enrollment * Program planning involves taking each child’s strengths, ability levels, capabilities, and temperament into consideration. This information gives teachers and caregivers the tools they need to create a well-balanced program that values diversity, respect, and inclusion. The following course will assist in planning program activities for students with different learning styles, exceptionalities, and temperaments.



2) Student enrollments are activated between 8 am and 9 pm PST, 7 days a week. It can take up to 30 minutes after enrollment for your courses to become active for access. However, in most cases it is within 5 minutes.

3) Enrollments submitted between 9 pm and 8 am (during the night) will be processed by 8:30 am the next morning.

4) Check your email for instructions to start the training. You will receive an email with the word PASSWORD in the subject line. Click on the link in the email, and use the log-in credential provided to access the course.

5) Attention Mobile Device Users! This training is not tested on mobile devices or designed to be used on a mobile device. We are unable to provide technical support if you are attempting to use a mobile device (cell phone, tablet, or any other device other than a computer). And though many students may find that they are able to use their mobile device to complete the course, this training was developed to be done on a computer. Use of a mobile device is at your own risk.

6) This course uses multi-media video presentations. You will be required to view videos on your computer or mobile device in order to complete this course. Some students may find that they need to download Shockwave, Flash player or Java to view videos.

7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, or Java, in order to log into the course, this is most often the case when trying to use Internet Explorer. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results. Our student support staff is happy to assist students with troubleshooting should you encounter technical issues, and will provide common suggestions for solving problems that occur when normal browser maintenance or application updates need to occur.

8) Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

9) Once you log in and start a course, a refund is not available. After 72 hours, the payment credit can be transferred to a different training or to a new student if the training was not started by the original student for up to 30 days after enrollment.

10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

11) Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.

12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.