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Training ID: 1691102
The Growing Brain: From Birth to 5 Years Old, A Training Curriculum for Early Childhood Professionals. Webinar.
Date: 8/6/2024   From: 5:30 PM   To: 8:30 PM
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Date: 9/24/2024   From: 5:30 PM   To: 8:30 PM
Availability: 43 seats available
CEU: 2.30
Language: English
Trainer: Dr. Marilyn Lesser

This is an online Training.

 The Growing Brain: From Birth to 5 Years Old A Training Curriculum for Early Childhood Professionals is comprised of seven 3-hour units.

Session 1_Unit 1: Brain Basics

Session 2_Unit 2: Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development

Session 3_Unit 3: Communication and Language Development

Session 4_Unit 4: Cognition and Executive Function

Session 5_Unit 5: Social–Emotional Development

Session 6_Unit 6: Understanding Behavior

Session 7_Unit 7: The Everyday Play

Session 8_Review


Training Description: 

Decades of research indicate that the early years of life are a period of exponential brain development, characterized by great opportunity and vulnerability, dependent on the relationships and environment in which the child is growing.

This innovative training curriculum focuses on evidence-informed knowledge and strategies with which to prepare early childhood professionals who work with infants and young children for their vital role in building healthy brains. The curriculum fills a unique niche by providing a comprehensive understanding of how the brain develops, along with ways the professional can encourage healthy brain development in children from birth to 5 years old.


Learning Outcomes:

Unit 1: The Basics

Participants will:

  • Identify the parts of the brain and their function.
  • Recognize how nerve cells communicate and connect.
  • Define neuroplasticity and the role of early experiences in making connections between areas of the brain.


Unit 2: The Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development.

Participants will:

  • Identify 3 factors that affect brain growth and development.
  • Recognize the effect of stress on brain development.
  • Describe the 5 key ingredients for supporting healthy brain development.


Unit 3: Communication and Language Development.

Participants will:

  • Identify communication milestone from birth to 12 months.
  • Identify communication milestone from 12 to 36 months.
  • Identify communication milestone from 3 to 5 years.
  • Define strategies for supporting early communication skills.
  • Recognize the myths of multilanguage learning.

Unit 4: Cognition and Executive Function.

Participants will:

  • Identify how cognitive development unfolds.
  • Describe ways to support cognitive development in youth children.
  • Recognize executive functioning and its crucial role in cognitive and overall development.
  • Describe ways to support the development of executive functions.

Unit 5: Social Emotional Development.

Participants  will:

  • Recognize how social-emotional development unfolds in the first 5 years and how to support it in young children.
  • Identify areas of the brain involved in social interactions and emotional reactions.
  • Define the role of relationships and attachments in social-emotional development.
  • Recognize the effect of stress on social-emotional development.
  • Define the development of empathy.


Unit 6: Understanding Behavior.

Participants  will:

  • Identify basic brain anatomy.
  • Summarize the connection between the various areas of the brain and how these connections are expressed through behavior.
  • List the key factors that influence behavior.
  • Recognize the root causes of challenging behavior and effective strategies for helping children with these difficulties.


Unit 7: Everyday Play.

Participants  will:

  • Define the development of play.
  • Describe the difference between free and guided play.
  • Identify core skills children develop through play and how to promote these skills

Participants will learn skills and strategies for:

1. Teaching early childhood providers about brain development (architecture and neurobiology) to inform their practice with infants, young children & their families;

2. Supporting language, cognition, prosocial behavior, and social-emotional development birth to five; and

3. Reducing toxic stress that can negatively influence brain development of very young children.

All participants will need to purchase The Growing Brain Participant’s Manual from Zero to Three before the beginning of the class. The link to purchase the manual is:


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 *Please Check your email to find the link and instructions on How to Join the Webinar.

Important Notes: To receive CEU’s or In-service training hours, participants must adhere to attendance policy (see below). Participants must demonstrate learning gains. All learning outcomes must be met through course assessment, actively participate in class discussions and exercises, complete all assignments, and complete & submit evaluations., before a certificate will be awarded. Participants must attend the entire course. Partial CEUs or in-service hours cannot be offered. 

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami Dade/Monroe has no proprietary interest in any product, instrument, device, service or material discussed during the learning event.

Attendance Policy: Participants missing more than 15 minutes of total training time will NOT receive a certificate of completion or receive CEUs. Please be prepared to arrive on time and stay until the end of the training. Late participants will not receive credit for the training. Late/absent participants may register for another session.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required.  Participants who arrive 15 minutes late to this course will not be admitted.  Dates are subject to change.  The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe reserves the right to cancel classes at any time. Course is subject to cancellation if less than 25% of the seats are filled.  Registered participants will be notified of course cancellation via email 24 hours in advance.

Miami, FL 33150
Contact Information: Professional Development Institute - professionaldevelopment@elcmdm.org - 305.646.7220 ext. 2350