Behavior Management in Early Childhood

Behavior Management in Early Childhood 

As a child and family serving organization personnel you may find yourself in a situation where you encounter young children with challenging behavior. This course focuses on providing basic tools for understanding the behavior of children between the ages of one and five and incorporating strategies for effectively addressing or preventing challenging behavior. These include being proactive, responding appropriately to problem behavior when it occurs, and recognizing when a child’s behavior warrants outside intervention or specialized supports.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education


This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System


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Kentucky Division of Child Care


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-BMEC
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2021
Learning Objectives:
Recognize developmentally appropriate behavior for typically developing children aged one through five
Relate age specific developmental characteristics to the challenging behaviors typical in young children
Differentiate between effective strategies and inappropriate, less effective strategies for addressing behavioral issues
Identify ways to gain support of families and in guiding childrens behavior
Determine need for outside intervention in addressing challenging behavior

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Developmental Characteristics Influence Children’s Behavior A. Lucas Has A Bad Day B. Infant Cues Become Toddler Behaviors C. Four and Five Year Old Behaviors D. Review E. Summary Section 3: Proactive Behavior Management Strategies A. Behavioral Skills Are Learned B. Using Proactive Management Strategies C. Intervene Early D. Caring Is Key E. Work as a Team F. Active Listening G. Appropriate Environment H. Encouragement Section 4: Responding to Challenging Behavior A. Some Children Will Still Misbehave B. Strategies For Responding To Misbehavior C. Teach Me What To Do D. Redirection E. Reposition! Remove! Relocate! F. Maintain Your Composure G. Two Positive Choices I. Give Children Usable Information J. Logical Consequences K. Responding to Challenging Behaviors L. Review M. Summary Section 5: Ineffective Approaches To Addressing Challenging Behavior A. Ineffective Strategies B. What About Time Out? C. Time Out Works For Some Children In Some Situations Section 6: What If Nothing Seems to Work… What Now? A. Serious Concerns B. Additional Support May Be Needed Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations

Expert Reviewer: Cheryl Smith Turner
Cheryl Smith Turner is the CEO/owner of REACH Teaching Learning Solutions (TLS), an educational consulting firm, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia. She provides educators with the insight and training for improved instructional strategies that contribute to a positive climate for learning, Cheryl obtained her Specialist in Education Degree from Georgia State University with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and her Master of Education from Emory University in Educational Studies. Cheryl is nationally certified to train Pre-K -12 educators on strategies for Classroom Management and Differentiated Instruction. She is a also a state-approved trainer for Georgia, qualified to deliver beginning, intermediate or advanced level trainings to early care and education professionals statewide. Additionally, Cheryl is a state-approved trainer for Strengthening Families Georgia, which provides instructional support for child and family serving organizations. Cheryl is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), Georgia Association of Young Children (GAYC), National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), the International Women’s Leadership Association (IWLA) and volunteers her service to numerous charitable and community based organizations. Disclosure: Cheryl Smith Turner has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services, Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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