Institute for Early Learning

Collaborative for Children offers in-person and online early childhood training to improve the skills of infant, toddler and preschool teachers and caregivers and to build the knowledge, skills and management capacity of child care center directors. Collectively, the in-person and online training courses compose our Institute for Early Learning.

With a selection of more than 40 online courses, teachers and directors can easily access training from anywhere with Internet access and can complete the courses at their own pace and on their own schedule. Course titles include “Child Development and Assessment,” “Creating Spaces for Young Children,” “Importance of Outside Play,” “Magical Math Experiences for Early Childhood Classrooms,” “Science in the Early Childhood Classroom” and many others.

A variety of in-person courses are offered several times each month at locations across Collaborative for Children’s 13-county region. In addition to the essential Pre-Service Training for new educators, classes are dedicated to such topics as “How to Communicate Positively with Parents,” “ADHD and Autism in the Classroom,” “Gliding through the Day: A Look at Scheduling,” “Infant and Toddler Environments” and more.

Through our Institute for Early Learning, Collaborative for Children provided professional development training to more than 7,400 educators in 2014, including 2,700 who participated in face-to-face classes and another 4,700 from the U.S. and around the globe who took one or more courses online. In turn, these educators impacted more than 54,000 children in Greater Houston alone with the benefits of their newly-acquired skills and knowledge.

Funds raised for the Institute for Early Learning allow Collaborative for Children to develop and deliver even more courses on additional topics of value to today’s early childhood educators and directors. Funds also can support the scholarships that Collaborative for Children offers throughout the year to help early childhood professionals continue their education.