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Free online parenting courses from DFPS

Babies like being read to, even if it's only an Ikea catalog.
Babies like being read to, even if it's only an Ikea catalog.
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New and expecting Dallas parents can now take parenting courses online for free through a joint venture between The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Department of Family & Protective Services. Texas AgriLife Extension Service's Family and Consumer Sciences distance learning website will count toward the 20 training hours required by Texas Child Care Licensing.

The training courses are either one or two hours each and cover several topics pertaining to infant and toddler care such as: Health and Safety, Nutrition, Positive Learning Environments, Relationships with Families, Challenging Behavior and Social-Emotional Development. The course on SIDS, Shaken Baby Syndrome and infant brain development is required annually for caregivers who work with infants and provides invaluable information for new and expecting parents.

All courses are self-paced and offer a printable certificate after passing a brief final exam. There are no fees to register and currently all courses are free. There may be a small processing fee for some of the printable course certificates. If you are required to attend parenting classes, check with your program to see if online classes are accepted.