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Online Course Offered Free to Childcare Providers

posted on December 13, 2013

Opportunity to participate in a free online course for childcare providers

Online Course Offered Free to Childcare Providers

Iowa Public Televisions’ Ready for School Initiative will allow 300 childcare providers to take the PBS TeacherLine online Raising Readers course, Preparing Preschoolers for Success course for FREE within the 2014-2015 school year. IPTV is looking for care providers interested in this opportunity.

Participant selection criteria:
1. childcare provider
2. work with children ages 3-5
3. work in a formal or informal daycare setting (home or center)
4. have an active email account
5. have a basic understanding of computers (e.g. ability to download/save attachments)
6. access to a computer at least 3 times per week
7. preference given to those without a 4-year degree

To indicate that you are interested in participating in this course, submit your information here:

You will be contacted at a later date if you are selected to participate. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Kelly Nesheim (

This course focuses on preparing preschoolers for success by developing their early literacy skills. The theories and strategies presented are based on the latest early literacy research from Susan B. Neuman and Kathleen Roskos, you'll learn to plan meaningful early literacy-learning experiences that build on preschoolers' prior knowledge, expand their vocabulary, and strengthen oral language development — providing them with the foundation for reading, writing, and future academic success. For specific information about the course refer to the syllabus at the link below:

Opporutunities to participate in this course will begin in September and will continue throughout the school year. This course will run for 6 weeks, totaling approximately a 15 hour commitment. This course is done 100% online at a time that is convenient for you. There are 6 lessons and you are asked to do a lesson a week. PLEASE know this is a $145.00 course that is FREE to you.

This PBS TeacherLine course has been approved by DHS for 15 hours of online/group training. CEUs are currently available (your cost is $25.00) through ISU Extension at the completion of the course.

Feel free to download this handout to distribute information about this course:

Kelly K. Nesheim
Professional Development Coordinator
(515) 242-6279
Turn anytime into learning time and help raise a reader
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