Office for Children - School Readiness - Institute for Early Learning (IFEL)

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 920
Fairfax, VA 22035

Betsi Closter,

Institute for Early Learning - 48-hour Social-Emotional Certificate Program

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This 48-hour Social-Emotional Competencies series will explore the importance of establishing nurturing relationships that promote positive social development and foster effective interactions with young children. Discussions will focus on ways to alleviate challenging behaviors through an understanding of the multiple biological and environmental factors that influence children. Reflective strategies to support intentional practices to enhance learning and development for all children will be shared.

There are four courses in the Social-Emotional Competencies Certificate Program. Upon completion of the four courses in the order below, early childhood educators will earn a 48-hour Social-Emotional Competencies Certificate through the Fairfax County Office for Children.

COURSE 1: Understanding Social and Emotional Development (12 credit hours)
Learn about the process of social and emotional development including ways to support growing competencies at varying levels. (CDA Areas 2, 3, 7, 8)
COURSE 2: Encouraging Mindful Educators (12 credit hours)
Explore the concept of a growth mindset while implementing strategies to promote mindful awareness. (CDA Area 6)
COURSE 3: Recognizing that All Children are Unique (12 credit hours)
Discover the many ways that cultural responsiveness can enhance relationships with children and their families. (CDA Areas 4 and 6)
COURSE 4: Promoting Resilience and Fostering Compassion (12 credit hours)
Discuss the short- and long-term impacts of stress and trauma while promoting resilience and creating opportunities for children to be successful. (CDA Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8)
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