Focus on helping youth build healthy bodies, brains
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present another of its monthly online Early Childhood Educator Training programs Nov. 13 as part of its first statewide mini-conference series.
The program will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon on the Microsoft Teams platform. Cost is $25 and registration is available at https://tx.ag/HealthyBody. It provides three hours of annual training aligned with Texas’ Minimum Standards for Child Care.
“The theme for November is ‘Promoting Healthy Bodies and Brains’ and will include sessions on infection control, active play and healthy eating,” said Jodi Nerren, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension specialist – early childhood health and safety, Bryan-College Station.
“This session will include an emphasis on breaking barriers to healthy nutrition and physical activity in early childhood education programs,” Nerren said. “This month we will also address identification and care of children who are ill.”
Nerren said experts at AgriLife Extension are here to help teachers overcome barriers related to physical activity and nutrition standards work in early care and education programs.
“Bring your questions and concerns during the program on how to incorporate healthy nutrition and physical activity habits into your everyday work with young children,” she said.
About the monthly sessions
Upon completing registration and payment, participants will receive an email containing two attachments — a receipt and a registration confirmation. Instructions on how to access the online program will be provided in the confirmation.
“These monthly child educator training sessions have been developed for childcare professionals and are designed to provide them with the information they need to succeed as early childhood educators,” Nerren said. “While they are targeted at early childhood professionals, they are open to anyone interested in early childhood education.”
She said each session focuses on a different aspect of early care and education aligned with the minimum standards from the Texas Health and Human Services Child Care regulation program. Speakers include subject matter experts from across the state, including AgriLife Extension specialists and agents and community partners.
In addition to these instructor-led trainings, the agency’s Child Care Online Training website offers a wide variety of self-instructional online childcare training courses to support continuing education and early childhood professional development needs.