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Critical Core Competencies

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Better Futures is extremely proud to offer the ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™.  The aim of our 45 hour course is to preserve a unique perspective and spirit in a way that fulfills the significant future potential of young children.    As the latest addition to Better Futures's professional development portfolio, this exclusive course has already proven that it respects and supports teachers in their values, traditions and desire to offer children an incomparable level of quality, provide opportunities for infant-toddler educators to observe, understand, and reflect on critical interactions with infants and toddlers that support and nurture their social-emotional, cognitive, and language and literacy development and learning. 

The course, only available after an intense certification process, is designed for educators who work in home or center-based group settings with infants and/or toddlers. The course takes a scenario-based approach, and uses observation, modeling of best practice, critical thinking, and reflection on one’s own practice to facilitate and support knowledge and skill building. Future prospects include extending Critical Core Competencies into centers and classrooms across Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and selectively expanding our regional network of Infant-Toddler Educators that are capitalizing on its global reputation for supreme quality.

The class reminded me again of the importance of communication. It’s an essential part in the Early Childhood Education field. Learning about "serve and return" as a starting point for a great conversation was one of many things that stood out to me in this class. Informative were the reflections, team activities and visuals presented by the instructor, Dr. Robert Gundling. The word wall activity will be incorporated into our classroom routine as well. 

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Ms. Jackson, Graduate

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Critical Core Competencies training is available only in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. Please completely fill out the form below and a representative will contact you shortly to discuss Live & Virtual professional development options.


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