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Who teaches these courses?

Dr. Patricia Nan Anderson is your instructor. She is an expert in child development and learning with over thirty years’ experience in innovative programming, public speaking and guidance of parents and teachers of young children. A long-time professor of early childhood education, Dr. Anderson is a sought-after speaker to child care center staff, parents’ groups, teachers’ organizations, and social service agencies, particularly in areas of child development and early learning. Dr. Anderson is the author of numerous articles and the books Parenting: A Field Guide,  Developmentally Appropriate Parenting, and Everyday Equity.  She is a professor of Early Childhood Education at Walden University and a ChildCare Exchange Exceptional Master Leader. Dr. Anderson lives in Seattle.


Do your courses count in my state?

Courses from The Skillful Teacher are automatically recorded for you in Washington State and Illinois, where The Skillful Teacher is an approved training organization. In other states courses can be applied to your annual professional development requirement in the same way that you might apply hours from workshops at an out-of-town conference. Check with your state to be sure of the procedure. As we add more state approvals, we will add to the list of states in which we can automatically record your hours.


Does the CDA course on this site count in my state?

Yes. The CDA is a nationwide credential that is managed by the Council for Professional Development. The CDA course and course for the CDA – Home Visitor count towards your CDA credential wherever you live in the United States.


Do the course links ever expire?

Our course links continue to be active forever. You may purchase a course today and not complete it until you have time, even if that’s a year from now. You may take as long as you like to complete all our courses, including Child Care Basics and the CDA.


What happens if I forget the link to my course?

Just email us and we’ll be happy to send you the link again.


How can I suggest a new course?

Tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll see if we can create it for you. If you want a particular course, probably other people want it too. Most of our courses were originally created at the request of a teacher or director, so your input is really welcome. Just send us an email and we’ll let you know our thoughts.


How can I get a refund for a course I don’t want?

Email us and tell us what’s going on. Usually, once the link has been sent, we cannot make a refund, but we are open to talking with you and seeing what the options might be. We can exchange one course for another, if that will help, and you can give your course to someone else who might need it.  We want you to be happy. Let’s see what we can do. Email us.


Do you offer any scholarships?

Check with your state registry to see if the cost of your courses can be reimbursed. For example, in Washington State, up to $250 per year can be reimbursed just by filling out a request with the Department of Early Learning. Of course, this means you have to pay for the courses yourself first, or ask your director to pay for them. We understand that this can be a problem. We do offer a few free courses but we regret that we do not have any other scholarship options at this time.


Can I get clock hours or CEUs instead of registry hours?

Yes. Just email us to let us know how you want your certificate to read. If you are earning hours towards your CDA renewal or need CEUs for public school accounting, we’re happy to help you.


I prefer courses with a “live” instructor. How can I find  your in-person events?

Dr. Anderson is delighted to come to your center or organization to make a presentation. Just let us know what date you’re thinking of and the topic or goal you’d like to address. We’ll get back to you right away. In addition, you can follow Dr. Anderson on Facebook or Twitter to see when she’s presenting at a conference that’s open to everyone. Keep in mind that our video-based online courses are almost like seeing Dr. Anderson in-person, since she talks you through the content in the same engaging way you'll find at her events and since she responds to you personally in response to your reflection at the end of your course. Try one of our on-line courses and see if you agree.


I have trouble with learning or with English. Will you help me?

Yes. In fact, because these courses are presented on videos that you can watch over and over, stopping and starting as you wish, you will get more from these courses than you might get from an in-person presentation. We are happy to work with you and help you get the training you need. If there is something particular we can help you with just let us know.


I want to Pay for someone else. how will you know who should get the hours?

This happens quite often and isn't a problem. After you enroll in a course intended for someone else, just drop us an email to let us know that person's name. At the end of the course, hours will be recorded for the person who took it, not for the person making the purchase.