The Alabama Early Learning Guidelines were developed by DHR to promote continuity of high quality care and learning for children ages 0-5. The AELG course will consist of 9 training sessions with readings, activities and online discussions that will be a guide for understanding child development and learning, and for implementing the best practices in order to prepare children for success in school and in life.
Participants who complete the course will receive 18 workshop training hours and a Training Award Credential issued by the Alabama Department of Human Resources. (If you have received this credential through the AELG face-to-face training, you will not receive credit for the online version of the course.)
Participants who want to take the AELG course must begin by attending Session 1: Orientation first. There is a continuity of instruction for this course; therefore, each session should be taken consecutively for an effective learning experience.
The AELG course if offered face-to-face or online. Please view the Quality Times for current offerings. Class size is limited for online instruction.
The AELG consist of nine modules:
1. Orientation: This session will involve learners in activities to become familiar with the AELG course and basic child development concepts. It will explain the origin and the purpose of AELG, list the sessions included and help learners develop a basic understanding of concepts and terminology related to child development.
2. Observation: This session will involve learners in activities to understand the critical importance of child observations. It will identify the purpose of intentional child observations, children’s learning styles and will demonstrate techniques of observing and reflecting on children, and how to complete a developmental checklist.
3. The Role of Parent and Caregiver: This session will involve learners in activities to help facilitate positive relationships between parents and caregivers. The session will help learners become familiar with ways to help start, build and maintain positive relationships when children are in out-of-home care and learn how to set a positive tone for a partnership between parents and caregivers.
4. Self-concept and Emotional Development: This session will engage learners in activities that can be used to help children develop a positive picture of self, understand and express their emotions. Learners will also use AELG to help children build self-esteem, identify and name their emotions and regulate behaviors.
5. Social Development: This session will engage learners in activities that can be used to help children enhance their social interaction skills, identify strategies to help children develop trusting relationships with nurturing adults, demonstrate caring cooperation and role play relationship dynamics.
6. Language and Literacy: This session will teach learners to stimulate and enhance children’s communication skills. It will engage learners in using AELG to understand verbal and non-verbal communication, explore various methods of communication, identify with home languages, and become familiar with ages and stages of language and literacy development.
7. Physical Development: This session will teach learners to stimulate and enhance children’s physical skills necessary for healthy development. Learners will engage in becoming familiar with how children develop gross and fine motor skills and ways to enhance self-help skills.
8. Cognitive Development: This session will engage learners in activities that can be used to help children build and expand concepts to develop problem-solving skills. Learners will gain an understanding of basic concepts and relationships, apply knowledge to new situations and problem solving.
9. Putting It all Together: This session will have learners participate in activities that encourage the use of all available resources for caregivers, families and children. The session will help participants provide additional resources and materials to parents to promote high quality care and education and pull together information from previous AELG sessions.