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Avoid Challenging Behavior in Your Early Childhood Setting

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Rekindle your love of children and teaching!

Are you a veteran teacher seeing more and more challenging behavior in your early childhood setting these days? Are you a new teacher who feels unprepared to deal with disruptive behavior? Are you frustrated by the amount of time you spend during the day on behavior management?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're not alone...and this course is for you!

"Avoid Challenging Behavior in Your Early Childhood Setting” gives you solid, proven methods to prevent behavior challenges before they disrupt your setting. It also shows you how to create a calmer, happier learning environment.

Children will develop friendlier feelings toward you and toward each other!

This course will teach you how to:

  • Create a sense of community among children – which is vital to avoiding challenging behavior.
  • Teach children the good feelings that come from working toward a common purpose or goal.
  • Help foster self-regulation through motivating, fun games.
  • Prevent restlessness with brain breaks.
  • Promote a sense of calm with relaxation exercises.

Children will retain their natural love of learning!

Learning modules include easy-to-implement sample activities and “Curriculum Connectors,” so you can understand and explain why the children aren’t “just playing.”

Now with a new section!

Since its original release in 2019, this course has been updated and expanded to include a section on trauma-informed teaching. Covid 19 has affected the lives not just of adults but of children as well. Their routines and social interactions have been upended, and their families' stress is likely to have become their stress. Anxiety in children often results in misbehavior. So, this course now also looks at the effect of trauma on behavior, and on how you can help children heal.

This course is for you if you are:

  • an early childhood professional working with children ages 2 to 6
  • a teacher in a public or private preschool or kindergarten
  • a childcare provider in a center- or home-based setting

.2 CEUs available!: Upon receipt of your certificate of completion, request it and you'll be given a link where, for a small additional fee, you can receive your CEUs.

GROUP RATES are available for staff development training! Email Rae at [email protected]


Course Curriculum


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Your Instructor


Rae Pica
Rae Pica

Rae Pica is an education consultant specializing in the development and education of the whole child. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 20 books, including What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives and What If We Taught the Way Children Learn?: More Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives. Rae is known for her lively and informative keynotes and professional development trainings, both live and virtual, and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Bright Horizons, and schools and resource and referral agencies throughout the country.


"Thank you so much. We are all in love with this program!"

~ Anita Byers, Preschool Director

"I truly loved the content and presentation!"

~ Christine Ashman, KinderCare Center Director

"Loved it all and the resources offered."

~ Kelley Glore

"I just got done watching a video of you...talking about approaches to challenging behavior, and I have to say my hand hurts from taking so many notes."

~ Sheila R. Torio, Early Childhood Consultant


"I enjoyed taking Rae Pica's course on challenging behaviors. It was very informative. I like how the content ideas were related to the curriculum. I feel the calming methods were the most important to have a successful classroom. I highly reccommend the course.

~ Leah Falkowski, Early Childhood Teacher

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Will I receive a certificate of completion?
Yes. Please check with your supervisor or state authorities to find out whether the certificate of completion will count toward your ongoing professional development hours.
Are CEUs available?
Yes, .2 units. Upon receipt of your certificate of completion, request it and you'll be given a link where, for a small additional fee, you can receive your CEUs.

As a result of the self-regulation, calming and cooperative skills you’ve taught the children, they will have friendlier feelings toward you and each other. In this new, more positive environment, children will have added time to learn and will retain their natural love of learning. And you’ll be much less stressed and can rekindle your love of children and teaching!

This course is closed for enrollment.