The Louisiana's Birth to Five Early Learning and Development Standard course is designed for all early childhood educators and administrators who work with programs that serve children ages birth through five. This course is divided into the following three parts with each part consisting of several lectures:
This course is filled with many activities and videos that make it fun, interactive, and engaging for students. After completing this course, students will earn 3 training hours.
Romney Manuel has many years of experiences in the early childhood field. Mr. Manuel also has a vast amount of experience using reliable and valid assessment tools to evaluate the effectiveness of early childhood programs. Romney currently works at the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) in the Division of Early Childhood. At LDE, Mr. Manuel serves as Program Consultant where he works with Child Care Providers, and Resource/Referral Agencies who provide trainings, technical assistance, and referrals for child care providers and for families of young children. He has also provided professional development to early childhood teachers and administrators throughout the state of Louisiana, and has presented at local, and state, and national conferences.
My career in early childhood education began when I was teaching occupational Home Economics – Child Development to High school juniors and seniors in 1976. I took a course in Early Childhood Teaching Materials and Methods. I knew then, Early Childhood was where I wanted to focus my future career goals. I received an M Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with Specialization in Early Childhood Education and Teacher Certification in Kindergarten and Nursery in 1981. I moved to Loyola University to design and develop a Nationally Accredited Children's Center for the faculty, staff and students. Later I moved to Delgado Community College to expand and secure National Accreditation for the children's Center on campus including teaching early childhood courses. Then I began working with LSUHSC-EII as the Director of the Infant/Toddler Family Services Program. I helped develop and deliver training on developmentally appropriate practices for Louisiana's Early Intervention specialists across the state. I am now working with Agenda for Children to provide technical assistance/coaching and training for child care teachers.
Elizabeth "Luz" Kief is the Associate Director of Early Care and Education at Agenda for Children in New Orleans. She has over 27 years of experience in the Early Care and Education field including more than 10 years direct teaching experience in full inclusion preschool and self-contained early childhood special education classrooms. While working in a regional CCR&R in southwest Florida, Elizabeth held positions as a Resource and Referral Specialist, Infant/Toddler Specialist, Program Coordinator, and Assistant Education Director where she was responsible for supervision of directly operated early care and education sites and the development, provision, and/or facilitation of both community and regional training and technical assistance activities. She also has extensive experience with varied child and program assessments as a teacher, trainer, assessor and ERS Anchor. Elizabeth has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and has taken graduate level coursework in early childhood special education and general special education.