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Prompting Executive Function Skills

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Course Length

2 hours

Delivery Method

Asynchronous eLearning


On-Demand eLearning

Course Summary

Executive function, a powerhouse of cognitive skills like planning, decision-making, and self-control, plays a critical role in learning and future academic success. Research highlights the vital role of early childhood teachers in nurturing these skills. The key? Intentional, complex play. Think dramatic play, collaborative games, and open-ended activities – these become the stage for practicing and mastering these essential skills, setting children on a path to lifelong learning success.

CEU Credits

.2 CEUs

CDA Competency Area
  • Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
MN KCF Content Area
  • II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development

1 (Beginner)

State Approval
  • MN

This course is designed to be part of a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential curriculum. It covers CDA Subject Area 2: Steps to Advance Children’s Physical and Intellectual Development, and CDA Subject Area 8: Principles of Child Development and Learning. This course can also be taken as a stand-alone learning event, or as part of a broader early childhood education curriculum.