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In Texas, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) regulates the training of people who work in home- and center-based facilities.
Must training meet criteria? DFPS recognizes clock hours or continuing education units (CEU) from various sources including 1) workshops offered by local school districts, colleges or universities, or child care licensing; 2) conferences; 3) self-instructional materials; and 4) planned learning opportunities. See minimum standards, §746.1317 for center-based care and §747.1315 for home-based care for further details.
All training must include specifically stated learning objectives; a curriculum, which includes experiential or applied activities; an assessment to determine whether the person has met the objectives; and a certificate of successful completion.
Does DFPS approve training resources or trainers for clock hours? No. It’s your responsibility to obtain relevant training from reliable resources. DFPS does recommend, however, that you preview all training materials and ask trainers to verify their knowledge of the subject—both experience and education, and training qualifications.
What is instructor-led training? This is usually a class led by an instructor, who communicates and interacts with learners by answering questions, providing feedback, and offering guidance or information on resources. Advantages include getting a break from the isolation of your work, networking and support, sharing knowledge, and learning about different practices in early care and education.
What is self-instructional training? This is training in which an individual works alone, at her own pace, to complete lessons or modules without the direction, assistance, or feedback of an instructor. That is why CPR and first aid training cannot be obtained through self-instructional training.
DFPS limits the number of annual training hours you can obtain from self-instructional materials. Check your minimum standards for details on these limitations; for home-based care, see §747.1325. For center-based care, see §746.1327.
How do I verify training for DFPS? To be counted toward compliance with minimum standards, the trainer or training source should provide you with a certificate or letter showing: your name, date of the training, title or subject of the training, the trainer’s name or the training source for self-instructional training, and the length of the training specified in clock hours, CEU’s, or college credit hours.
Keep all documentation in a safe place like a file cabinet or personnel file. DFPS licensing representatives may ask to review self-instructional materials to ensure training criteria are met. Do not mail your documentation to child care licensing or to the .
Can I use Texas Child Care for self-instructional training? Yes. DFPS will recognize two clock hours of self-instructional training credit from this issue, provided you do the following: 1. Review the checklist at right. 2. Study all articles that relate to your work with children. 3. Respond to the checklist with documented evidence (written descriptions, photographs, and charts, for example). Continue to study the article until you can provide documentation and answer “Yes” to each skill. 4. Attach a copy of the checklist or a cover page to your documentation. Be sure to include your name, the date you completed the documentation, and identify the issue and titles of the articles you studied.

Learning objectives and evaluation checklist

Planning lessons for all children
I can document with anecdotal records the process I use when planning lessons.
I can provide lesson plans that include lesson extensions in at least four classroom centers.
I can document in writing the ways I adapt instruction and activities to accommodate all children.

Tomorrow’s architects and engineers: They’re hammering and sawing in today’s classrooms
I can list at least three values of woodworking in each of the developmental domains.
I can document with pictures, anecdotal records, and lesson plans the ways I ensure safety in the woodworking area.
I can document with pictures and lesson plans my use of at least three new woodworking activities.

Dramatic play: Bring it on back!
I can describe in writing at least six ways in which play is essential to children’s development.
I can document with pictures, anecdotal records, and lesson plans the ways in which I use play to support children’s skill development.
I can list at least five ‘talking points’ that I use to defend children’s play to adults who question its purpose.

Preschool curricula: Finding one that fits
I can describe in writing at least four approaches to curriculum choice.
I can describe in writing the significant characteristics of my own curriculum philosophy.
I can describe in writing at least three strengths and two weaknesses of each of the curriculum philosophies described in this article.

Why can’t we say ‘handicapped’?
I can document with transcribed dialogue the way I work to help children use people-first language.
I can list at least five effective communication techniques to use with children who have disabilities.
I can describe with pictures, anecdotal records, and lesson plans the ways in which I avoid stereotypes and build respect for all people.