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Knowledge and Know-How Online Lessons

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Knowledge and Know-How: Nurturing Child Well-Being is an innovative, 8-lesson online course that provides the core knowledge and skills you need to leverage your relationships with families, promote child well-being, and raise overall quality of care.

Available for individuals or groups, this online course is an economical and convenient way to develop the core knowledge you need to work effectively with very young children and their families. The course includes .8 CEUs.

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The Lessons

Lesson 1: Creating Partnerships with Families

This lesson focuses on creating effective partnerships with parents by exploring the benefits and identifying strategies for building responsive, collaborative parent-provider partnership.

Lesson 2: Social Emotional Development for Infants, Toddlers, and Parents

This lesson provides a definition of social and emotional development for infants and toddlers, describes the importance of caregiving relationships in supporting young children’s social and emotional development, and identifies the stages of parent development.

Lesson 3: Building a Healthy Brain

This lesson focuses on building an environment that leads to healthy brain development by describing the inter-relatedness of all areas of early development and the role relationships, repetition, responsive interactions, respect, and routines (5 R’s) play in supporting healthy brain development.

Lesson 4: Promoting Well-Being and Preventing Maltreatment of Very Young Children

This lesson focuses on preventing maltreatment through defining well-being, discussing the vulnerability of infants and toddlers to maltreatment, and exploring the impact of early experiences on lifelong health and development.

Lesson 5: Culture and Caring for Young Children

This lesson focuses on culture and caring for young children by defining culture and discussing the importance of understanding our own cultural lens. It explores the importance of respecting parents’ cultural goals and discusses an approach to negotiating culturally based differences.

Lesson 6: Understanding Temperament

This lesson provides a practical understanding of temperament by describing what temperament traits are and discussing how they can be both risk and protective factors in promoting child well-being.

Lesson 7: Responding to Challenges in Young Children’s Behavior

This lesson defines and identifies possible causes of challenging behaviors, and it identifies strategies for analyzing and responding to challenging behaviors.

Lesson 8: Relationship-Based Practice

This lesson explores the meaning of relationship-based practice and explores tools and strategies for implementing these practices into your work.

The Authors

Jodi Whiteman M.Ed.

Jodi Whiteman, M.Ed. is the Co-Director of Professional Development and Workforce Innovations for ZERO TO THREE. In this position, Ms. Whiteman is responsible for advancing ZERO TO THREE”s capacity to offer high quality professional development and technical assistance services to the early childhood field. Jodi serves as the project director for many grant funded projects as well as private contracts housed in the Professional Development department. She has a wealth of experience providing professional development and technical assistance on a variety of early childhood topics nationally and internationally. Her past experiences as adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, a bi-lingual speech/language therapist assistant, an infant/toddler child care director, an early intervention specialist, and a certified educator of infant massage informs her work. She has authored many professional articles on a variety of early childhood topics. Jodi holds a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona and a M.Ed., in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.

Nikki Darling-Kuria, M.A.

Nikki Darling-Kuria is a Senior Writer/Training Specialist with ZERO TO THREE. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. Ms. Darling-Kuria provides professional development to multi-disciplinary professionals via in person training, distance training through webinars and online learning as well as presents at local, state and national conferences on various topics. Prior to joining ZERO TO THREE, she served as a nationally accredited family child care expert in Maryland and West Virginia for 16 years. Her first book, Brain-based Early Learning Activities: Connecting Theory and Practice was published by Redleaf Press, 2010 and she has published articles in numerous journals including the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Young Children and the ZERO TO THREE Journal.

Aidan Bohlander, PhD, LICSW

Ms. Bohlander is a Senior Writer/Training Specialist for ZERO TO THREE. She creates and delivers multi-disciplinary professional development opportunities for individuals who work with infants and toddlers nationwide. Ms. Bohlander is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice with Children, Youth, and Families, and has a PhD in social work from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, with a concentration on relational aspects affecting infant mental health. She enjoys teaching and facilitating discussions and has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Her clinical experience includes working with mother-infant dyads that are experiencing stress due to homelessness, hospitalization, or participation in the child welfare system.

Nancy L. Seibel, M.Ed., NCC, BCC

Ms. Seibel is the principal, founder and owner of Keys to Change, LLC, a life coaching and early childhood consulting practice. During her 14 years with ZERO TO THREE (Washington, DC) she deepened her expertise in infant mental health and relationship-based and reflective practice. She directed professional development projects developed for those serving infants, toddlers, and their families. Her prior professional experiences included serving on the management team at Family Resources in Pittsburgh PA, where she directed the agency’s Prevention Services. Ms. Seibel is a nationally recognized presenter, trainer, and author. She is an effective, results-oriented meeting facilitator and a reflective and relationship-based supervisor and coach.

Organizational Discounts

Need training for your whole team? Knowledge and Know-How is also available for organizational purchase, alone or as part of a custom training suite. To learn more, please email Nikki Darling-Kuria at We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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