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This Essentials Course is now closed to new enrollees, the new updated Essentials 2017 Online course can be found in the Early Childhood Education Course Section. https://moodle.extension.iastate.edu/course/view.php?id=94

The Infant-Toddler Environment Rating Scale - Revised is a nationally recognized scale that evaluates the quality of infant/toddler programs. In this 4-part series participants will learn about the ITERS and how to use it for self-assessment. Participants will evaluate their own program and begin to create an action plan to make quality changes in their infant/toddler program environment. Each registered participants MUST attend all 4 online live sessions and complete all out-of-class activities. If you miss an online live session you have dropped the course and must retake the entire series. Center program directors/ supervisors can earn points on the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) by attending this series.

Money Talk On-line is a comprehensive financial workshop designed to build your knowledge, tools and confidence for making financial decisions that serve you well. 

Course activities will take a total of 2-3 hours week, including a recorded presentation (podcast or video, 25-30 minutes) and other learning activities for you to do prior to the 45-minute LIVE on-line session for that week.  

Live sessions will be held from 8:00 - 8:45 p.m. on the following dates:

  • August 15 - Financial Basics
  • August 22 - Investment Fundamentals

To participate in the live sessions, navigate to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/moneytalkonline and enter your name or user name to log in as a guest.  

The School-Age Environment Rating Scale- update edition (SACERS) is a nationally recognized scale that evaluates the quality of school-age care programs. In this 4-part series participants will learn about the SACERS and how to use it for self-assessment. Participants will evaluate their own program and begin to create an action plan to make quality changes in their school-age program environment. Each registered participants MUST attend all 4 online live sessions and complete all out-of-class activities. If you miss an online live session you have dropped the course and must retake the entire series. Center program directors/ supervisors can earn points on the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) by attending this series.