Reasons to Observe

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Reasons to Observe

2 Hours

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

Tuition: $20.00

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. 

Washington STARS Credit: Content Area 3: Measurement of Child Progress (2 Hours) 

CDA Content Area: Observing and Recording Progress and Behavior of Children (2 Hours) 

Training Delivery Method:  Online

Content Focus Group:  

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preschool Age Children
  • Pre-Kindergarten Children
  • School-Age Children

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education Training

Training Level: 2

Core Competencies:  Professional Development and Leadership (2.00)

Training Language(s):      English

Description:  (2 hours) Online Self-Paced – Open Enrollment * Childhood assessment is important for the growth and education of children. Assessments help child care professionals determine and address children’s needs. Assessing young children is challenging and time consuming. However, accurate evaluation benefits students, child care facilities and families. This course is designed to create an understanding of the importance of observation and assessment and how it shapes curriculum. 

Learning Objective:  

  • Explain the importance of ongoing assessment.
  • Views children as individuals and acknowledges that children develop at their own rate.
  • Apply basic elements of child development theory to observation.
  • Identify effective uses of early childhood assessment.
  • Select appropriate assessment methods.


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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.

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  • 5

    Posted by Nabeela on 13th Mar 2015

    I think the entire training process was remarkable, knowing as much information helps me understand the children needs and how to make ways to help them achieve their goals.

  • 5
    It was all very well done

    Posted by Peggy on 20th Nov 2014

    It was all very well done, but I especially appreciated the forms you allowed me to print up. Repetition is the key to better understanding anything, and thanks to the forms, I will be able to review as many times as I would like. I liked the support you give to teachers who may see a child with delayed development. The steps presented were very clear to a child care professional who may have handle this.