Karen Rucker, M.S.
Early Childhood 
Master Trainer

717-314-8368

K1:  Child Growth and Development

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Interested in a topic not listed? Contact the instructor, Karen Rucker, regarding the possibility of customizing a session to address your center's specific professional development needs or to address a specific age group. For additional information, click the Contact tab or send an email to krucker@RespectingChildren.com or call 717-314-8368.


All Age Groups

NEW!  Communication and Language Development Including Dual Language Learners - Ages birth to 5 years (2 hrs - K3 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.3; SQ.3.4.9 and EC.3.4.4)  There are multiple important early milestones we will explore to better understand how communication and language skills develop in the first 5 years, including Dual Language Learners.

NEW! Social and Emotional Development - Ages birth to 5 years 
(2 hrs - K1.9 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4)  There are multiple important early milestones we will explore to better understand how social and emotional skills develop in the first 5 years.  Partially based on work by Zero to Three, this session focuses primarily on ages birth through five years.


NEW!  Cognitive Development - Ages birth to 5 (2 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4) There are multiple important early milestones we will explore to better understand how cognitive skills develop in the first five years.  Content will include executive functioning - the mind's "air traffic controller."  Partially based on work by Zero to Three, this session focuses primarily on ages birth through five years.


COMING SOON!  Physical Development - Ages birth to 5 years (2 hrs - K1 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4)  There are multiple important early milestones we will explore to better understand how physical skills - including both fine and gross motor - develop in the first 5 years.  Partially based on work by Zero to Three, this session focuses primarily on ages birth through five years.

Temperament:  One Key to Understanding Children (2 or 3 hrs - K1.7 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4):  We are all born with a natural temperament - some of us are flexible, some cautious, and some feisty.  Sometimes what we perceive as challenging behavior is really a clash in temperament traits.  Learn about the components of the three basic temperament styles and how this information can help you understand and better plan for the children in your care.  Introversion and extroversion will also be briefly explored as an additional layer to one's temperament.

ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: The Basics (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2)  In this session you will learn how the brain grows and develops from conception to 5 years old and describe the main parts of the brain and their functions, as well as explore how you as a provider can support healthy brain development in early childhood when the brain is the most plastic, or receptive to change. Your role is so important!  This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: The Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development ​(3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2)  The first five years are critical and it is important that providers set the stage for children's future success. Join us as we discuss how different factors can promote or inhibit healthy brain development.  Discussion will include the powerful role of the Five R's; relationships, responsive interactions, respect, routines and repetition. This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: The Brain's Role in Communication and Language Development (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2 & K5.1 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.3; SQ.3.4.9 and EC.3.4.4)  Join us as we explore important milestones to better understand how communication and language skills develop in the first 5 years, the brain’s role in the development of these skills, and how to support them, including multi-language learning. This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: Social Emotional Development (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2 and STARS SQ 3.4.4) We often think of children's social/emotional development as primarily influenced by interactions and experiences, but the brain also plays an important part. After taking this course you will understand how social–emotional development unfolds in the first 5 years and the brain’s role in this process.  This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: Understanding Cognitive Development and Executive Function (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4)  This course will help you understand what cognitive development and executive functions are and how young children develop cognitive and executive functions in relation to the developing brain.  We will start with how children grow and change in their intellectual/mental abilities such as thinking, reasoning and understanding.  Then we will move on to the "air traffic controller of the mind" - executive functioning - which includes the ability to control impulses, filter out distractions and sustain attention (all attributes every teacher wants to promote in young children!).  This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: Understanding How Children's Behavior Is Influenced by the Brain (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4) During this course you will learn how children’s behavior is influenced by the brain, brain anatomy, and root causes of challenging behavior.  Includes information on temperament's impact on behavior when coupled with brain development and the environment.  This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: Everyday Play (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2; K1.8 C1/C2; K2 13 CI/C2 and STARS EC.2.2):  Explore the stages and types of play that unfold in early childhood, the role of the brain in this process, and how to maximize children's learning through play.  Includes information on how play supports the Six C's: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, content, creative innovation and confidence. This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center. The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.