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Course Overview

In order to support and educate children birth to age five, it is necessary to have a thorough understanding of how a child develops. All children experience a developmental journey but the pace at which children experience this journey can vary from child to child. Being equipped and empowered with this developmental knowledge can positively affect the way you support, communicate, and play with young children. In this course, you will not only learn the difference between physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development, but you will also learn about significant developmental milestones to be aware of so you can have realistic expectations and interact with children in developmentally appropriate ways. You will also be able to communicate this child development information to help educate families and others you serve.

About the Course Author

Corinne Fennelly has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, specializing in children and families. She is currently a Certified School Counselor in Florida and was a child and family mental health counselor for nearly fifteen years. She has worked with children and families in traditional mental health settings for years. She also designed and coordinated a countywide mental health early intervention program for children in childcare centers and family day care homes. During her time as Early Intervention Coordinator, she specialized in child evaluation, teacher and parent workshops, and working with children with special needs. Corinne then served as an Assistant Project Director at Georgia State University’s Best Practices Training Office where she developed online and face-to-face trainings to support birth-five teachers. Corinne also served as a Birth-Five Facilitator at the Atlanta Speech School’s Rollins Center for Language and Literacy where she provided live and online coaching and support to teachers, curriculum specialists, and literacy coaches. Corinne currently enjoys serving as a School Counselor for one of the largest school districts in the state of Florida while also owning a Parent Coach and Advocacy business. Corinne Fennelly, MA, LPC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

  • New York State Office of Children and Family Services


  • North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education


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


    This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Define physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development.; Identify behavior that is developmentally appropriate for children birth through age five.; Identify specific developmental milestones from birth through age five in the three categories of development.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction

    A. About This Course

    B. Learning Objectives

    Section 2: Areas of Development

    A. Vignette

    B. Importance of Knowing Development Stages

    C. Areas of Development

    D. Individual Differences

    E. Physical Development

    F. Social-Emotional Development

    G. Cognitive Development

    H. Review

    I. Summary

    Section 3: Developmental Milestones

    A. Zero to Three Months

    B. Three to Six Months

    C. Six to Twelve Months

    D. One Year to Three Years

    E. Three Years to Five Years

    F. Review

    G. Summary

    Section 4: Conclusion

    A. Course Summary

    B. Course Contributor

    C. References

    D. Congratulations!

    E. Exam

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.