After this course you'll be able to:

(1 hour to complete)

  • Understand general concepts of child development

  • Apply knowledge of child development to help families identify when a child’s development may be impacted by current or past experiences

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: Introduction to the course

    • Have you taken the Academy Pre-Survey?

    • Welcome!

    • Life's Milestones

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Developmental Theories

    • Child Development Theories Handout

    • Child Development Theories Quiz

    • The "Perfect" American Family

    • Activity: Draw the Perfect American Family

    • Reflection: The "Perfect" American Family

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Life Stages & Child Welfare

    • Life Stages & Child Welfare Handout

    • Check For Understanding: Life Stages & Child Welfare

    • Activity: Developmental Challenges

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Closing

    • Closing Activity: "Healthy" child development is subjective.

    • Course Evaluation


Child Welfare Academy Coordinator

Cassandra Mendoza

Cassandra has multiple years of experience working with Black and Latinx families in urban settings, families with child welfare involvement, and children living in under-resourced communities. Cassandra has experience providing academic tutoring and socio-emotional counseling to public school students in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing, Cassandra was a bilingual, mental health therapist and crisis specialist providing services to families that have experienced violence and youth and caregivers involved in the child welfare system in Chicago, IL and Los Angeles County.