The Child's Developing Brain

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The Child's Developing Brain      

3 Hours

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

Tuition: $28.50

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:  Child Growth, Development, and Learning (3 hours)

CDA Content Area: Principles of Child Growth and Development (3 hours)

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

Description:  (3 hours) Online Self-Paced – Open Enrollment * This course provides a glimpse of brain research and how you can apply the information in your work with young children. Over the last decade there has been increasing research on the development of the brain in young children. New scientific methods and advances in technology allow researchers to study the brain in living people. MRI’s are one method used to study brain functions in young children. This research has discovered some amazing facts about brain development in young children. This new knowledge has increased the understanding of the importance of ECE teachers and ECE programs in supporting brain growth and development in children. As teachers who work with young children it is important for you to understand some of the research results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the influence of nature (heredity) and nurture (environment) on a child’s development.
  • Summarize the importance of relationships between young children and others and the role of attachment in young children’s development.
  • Name three concrete ways that ECE teachers influence brain development in young children.


 Currently Enrolled Students *


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
    Very Informative

    Posted by Dixie on 15th Feb 2016

    The course was very informative to better assist my daycare children in every aspect of brain growth and development.

  • 5
    Thank you for the training.

    Posted by Koren on 12th Feb 2016

    I love the video's

  • 5
    LOVED this class!

    Posted by Kirsten on 4th Feb 2016

    I love the videos. I find it very easy to learn from watching videos.

  • 5
    Learned a lot

    Posted by Yvette on 29th Nov 2015

    First of all I really enjoyed this class. The videos were excellent and I learned a lot.

  • 5
    short and sweet

    Posted by Carrie on 13th Aug 2015

    Really enjoyed this training. clear and concise facts about the child's developing brain.

  • 5
    Easy to digest

    Posted by Suzanne on 13th Aug 2015

    I liked how the information was presented including the video's and the resources for further learning at the bottom of the slide shows. The course information was logically presented and easy to digest. I enjoyed learning about the young child and brain development.

  • 4
    I loved the videos

    Posted by Sara on 20th Jan 2015

    I loved the videos - they were fascinating. I also appreciated the succinct slides. It's good that it was more involving than just reading handouts.

  • 5
    Thank you!

    Posted by Danielle on 19th Jan 2015

    The part that worked best for me was that it was online thus making it easier to do.