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KCSL's eLearning program offers an online professional development course called Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and Strengthening Families through Positive Connections made available through a partnership with KCCTO. These courses are for a variety of professionals including child care providers, social workers, home visitors, foster and adoptive parents, nurses, educators and Head Start employees who desire to increase their effectiveness in serving families and children. It is KDHE approved for child care licensing.

Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Credit Hours: 3 KDHE Clock Hours
CDA Subject Area: 1 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment
Content Area: Health & Safety
Shaken baby syndrome, also known as Abusive Head Trauma, (SBS/AHT) is a life-altering, deadly, and preventable form of child abuse. It is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the United States. One shake is all it takes. This course will increase participants’ knowledge about ways they can protect infants from the risks of shaken baby syndrome (SBS). Participants will learn about the signs, symptoms, and causes of shaken baby syndrome, as well as strategies for coping with crying, soothing, and self-care. The course will share information on the Period of PURPLE Crying program and Kansas prevention efforts as well as help prepare participants to share this information with families. This course meets the annual health and safety licensing requirements.

Strengthening Families through Positive Connections
Credit Hours: 4 KDHE clock hours
Content Area: Families & Communities
This Kansas Children's Service League eLearning course is made available with a partnership with KCCTO and Kansas Families and Schools Together, Inc. As a professional who works with children and families, you have unique relationships with parents. You are a trusted expert on child development, and an adult who truly cares for others' children. You may also be one of the first people to notice when a family is struggling. Early care and education professionals can feel empowered in the role they play in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, not just as mandated reporters when a child has already been hurt, but in the many ways professionals can make a difference in strengthening families through specific protective factors and ideas that can be implemented right away. In this course, participants will learn about the strengthening families framework and understand the impact protective factors have on children and families. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) along with child maltreatment will be discussed in relationship to building resiliency and supporting five key protective factors. Finally, participants will be able to identify program strategies that help families build protective factors, and will identify key strategies that can be implemented in programs and homes. Meets four of the four hours of the Annual Health and Safety Topic Requirement.

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