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Working Remotely? Free Early Childhood Online Training Available

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education has posted nine online professional development training modules for professionals working with young children. The modules were developed for home visitors who work with families with young children, but they contain information and strategies that may also be of interest to others working in early care and education.  CHDI's Jason Lang, Kellie Randall, Carol O'Connor assisted in developing content for the trauma-informed care module.

The Center also recently added 100 new clips to their Early Childhood Video Clip Library for Faculty and Trainers. The library now includes a searchable database of 400 clips designed to provide opportunities for awareness and reflection for those who work (or will work) with young children and families. 

Access to the Library and online training modules are both free.

Online learning modules are available in both English and Spanish on the following topics:

  • Communicating with Families
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Parents with Cognitive Limitations
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Family Play and Infant Development
  • Family Play and Toddler Development
  • Talking with Families About Safe Sleep
  • Talking with Families About Nutrition
  • Physical Activity

Instructions for accessing the modules are here:

The Video Clip Library can be accessed here:

The modules were developed for the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood by the Center for Early Childhood Education in collaboration with the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) and Charter Oak State College, with evaluation design by the Center for the Study of Culture, Health, and Human Development at the University of Connecticut. Content for modules was developed in partnership with several additional organizations, including the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health, the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Parents with Cognitive Limitations Workgroup. The development of this work was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Innovation grant. 

The original library was developed with support from the CT Office of Early Childhood.