Demand for professional development training in the early childhood field has grown substantially in recent years. To meet the demand, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Family Development and Resource Management unit developed the Early Childhood Educator Online Training Program, a professional development system that currently offers nearly 100 courses (142 contact hours) to child care professionals in multiple languages. Since 2010, over 300,000 online courses have been completed by child care providers and directors. Outcomes from the program demonstrate how technology can be used to augment Extension educators' face-to-face training efforts by dramatically expanding outreach to this growing audience.
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Green, S. (2013). Meeting a Growing Demand: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Early Childhood Educator Online Training Program. The Journal of Extension, 51(6), Article 29. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss6/29