Our courses have been approved by the Montana Early Childhood Project under the new distance learning approval guidelines. We have several new courses and are currently updating some old favorites. Check back later to find more training opportunities.
* Not Facilitated: These classes do not offer feedback from an instructor unless you complete the extra credit activity. They are graded automatically and your certificate is available immediately upon the course being successfully completed.
Child Growth & Development
- Active, Willful, Curious, Unpredictable Two-Year-Old Children
- Inexpensive, Safe, Learning and Play Activity Tips from Ms. Sue!
- Is This Appropriate? Understanding Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Education*Not Facilitated
- Let’s Think About It! Fostering Critical Thinking Skills in Early Childhood
- Pathway to Kindergarten
- Terrific Twos: A Survival Guide
- Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Working with Temperament
- A Beautiful Mess: Art for Infants and Toddlers
- Gettin’ Out There: The How, Why, and Where of Field Trips
- It’s Not Magic: Using Curriculum and Assessment
- Loose Parts - Explorations with Infants and Toddlers
- Loose Parts - Inspired Play Experiences with Found Objects
- Loose Parts STEM Explorations
- Making Math Count
- Montessori Math: What is it any way? *Not Facilitated
- Open Ended Art: The Power of the Process *Not Facilitated
- Responsive Lesson Planning for Infants and Toddlers
Family & Community Partnerships
Health and Well-being
- Around the Table
- Brain Foods
- Balanced Blood Sugar for a Balanced Life *Not Facilitated
- Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandatory Reporting
- Health and Safety Review 2019-2022
- High Energy with High Fiber
- Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases & Immunizations *Not Facilitated
- Protecting Children from Harm *Not Facilitated
- Gluten Free Guide *Not Facilitated
- Growing Healthy Youngsters from Seed to Plate
- I Don’t Like That! A Guide to Picky Eating
- Lil' Kids Cook Too! *Not Facilitated
- Medication Administration in Child Care Part 1 *Not Facilitated
- Medication Administration Refresher
- M’mm-M’mm Good! Creative Snacks!
- Montana Moves
- Sources, Signals, and Solutions: Food Allergies & Intolerances
- The Sweet and Sour on Sugar
- Top Tips for Tiny Tummies
- Outdoor Environments
- Vegetable Variety
- YIKES Disaster Planning: Emergency Preparedness
Observation, Documentation, and Assessment
Montana Child Care Licensing Orientation Courses-For New Providers
See child care FAQs for information on required classes for all new staff in Montana child cares. *New Staff Orientation is on page 10 of the FAQ document.
- New Staff Health & Safety Orientation
- Infant Safety Essentials: Practices including Safe Sleep and Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome
- Together We Grow
**Don’t forget to take the in-person class at your local Resource and Referral Agency.** See here
Montana STARS Courses
These courses meet requirements for the Best Beginnings STARS to Quality program.
STARS courses are free for providers and staff who live in the state of Montana.
- Building Skills and Safe Spaces (For Child Care Providers)
- Developmental Screening: Develop a process to identify and support individual child development, promote family engagement, and enhance program quality
- Healthy Smiles: Promoting Oral Health in Child Care
- Food Safety in Child Care
- Inclusion 1 & 2
- Introduction to the Pyramid Model
- Medication Administration in Child Care - Part II
- Montana Early Learning Standards
- STARS to Quality Essentials
Family, Friend, and Neighbor/Relative Care Exempt Providers
The following 2 courses are required as Orientation requirements for Family, Friend, Neighbor and Relative Care Exempt providers.
Please note these classes are not for family/group, or center staff.