how do I do online courses?
GET STARTED EASILY
Find courses you want by looking at what's offered in each of the content areas. Enroll by clicking on the Add to Cart button at the end of a course description.
When you enroll, you'll be immediately presented with the link to the course. You'll be able to click on that link and begin the course right away, or wait and go to the course when you have time. You have as much time as you need to complete your course.
At the end of each course, you'll be directed to email us a reflection or specified assignments. We want to know what you learned, of course! It's just that easy and that convenient. Finally, you can take top-quality courses on your own schedule!
HOW DO I MAKE THE VIDEOS WORK?
If you can click on a link to watch an Internet video, you'll find participating in these courses just as easy. You may watch these videos on your computer, phone, tablet, or any other Internet-connected device. Send your required reflection to us using ordinary email. That's really all there is to it. You can start by taking one of our free courses if you're not sure you can do this.
But we're easily available by email to help you out if you can't get a link to work or have questions or problems. We want you to be happy and successful.
CAN I GET CREDIT?
Yes! Each online course earns professional development hours that you can apply to your own annual PD requirement or registry. All participants received an emailed certificate of completion for every course. Washington State STARS and Illinois Gateways hours are preapproved and will be recorded automatically for you in your state registry.
None of these courses earns college credit, though they do earn CEUs or clock hours, which you may be able to apply to your degree program. Check with your university advisor.
WHERE ARE THESE COURSES HELD?
You're already in the right spot. For this event, there's no need to dress up, take time off from work, arrange for someone else to take your place, or anything else. Instead, you just click on links to the online videos you choose, using your computer, tablet, or other Internet-connected device. Then sit back and enjoy, from wherever you are and at whatever time is convenient for you.
Do the video links ever expire?
No, the links never expire. You may take as long as you like to complete your courses and you may watch them as many times as you like. If you lose track of a link you purchased, just let us know and we'll resend it at no charge.
WHO ARE THESE COURSES FOR?
Our online courses are for you! Whether you're a parent, teacher, nanny, director, home visitor, or other caregiver, you care about the lives of small children and that means you care about children's development and learning. Each workshop gives you key information that you can really use, information that will help you help the kids you love.
Take a test drive
If you're unsure if an online course will work for you, you can try one out at no charge. Just enroll in one of our free courses. Find them here. We think you'll find these courses work perfectly for you and make a convenient, informative choice for professional development you can really use.
WHO will help me if i need help?
For quickest help, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what the problem is. You can also call us at 206.817.9645, though because we often cannot answer the phone immediately, you may need to leave a voicemail message. We want you to be happy and successful, and most problems are easily resolved. Let us resolve them for you.
What other formats can i choose?
Most of our courses are presented as online videos. But we also offer Action Workshops, which are presented as downloadable pdf files that offer content and specific activities to guide your learning. We believe in learning-by-doing and these Action Workshops get you out and doing interesting things and reporting back what you discovered. Just look for "Action Workshop" in the course description.
In addition, credential courses like Child Care Basics and the CDA programs offer a combination of on-screen and video-based content with learning-by-doing activities. You can also take advantage of our weekly dial-in coaching by phone or private coaching by appointment. Coaching does not provide professional development credit but might provide exactly the guidance you need.