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CW 2111 Early Childhood Development in Child Welfare

Early Childhood Development in Child Welfare: Supporting Lifelong Healthy Outcomes training teaches typical childhood development for children and how to identify atypical development. It addresses the importance of early relationships and early environments and how these elements form the “architecture” of a child’s brain, affecting not only the child’s neurological development, but all areas of development. In addition, this training illustrates the effects child abuse and neglect have on a child’s developmental process. This class provides tools for workers to use to identify early issues and gives the most updated information on how to provide resources and make plans to help ensure lifelong healthy outcomes for children and their families.


At the end of this course, the Child Welfare Specialist will be able to:

  • categorize and assess the ages and stages of child development as demonstrated through a guided practice experience.
  • identify three developmental delays in an example child from his/her current caseload.
  • formulate relevant questions to identify early indicators of developmental delay or disability and practice asking these questions through classroom role play.
  • evaluate signs of grief that affect attachment in children and families.
  • apply the elements of the cycle of attachment to a specific family.
  • map a child’s developmental categories, incorporating child development, trauma, possible developmental delays, grief, and attachment.
  • explain, to parents/caregivers, developmental information and best practices that address the specific needs of the children in the family.
  • assist parents/caregivers to select parenting practices that support the development of positive and secure attachments in children and youth.
  • write treatment plans that distinguish between a securely attached and an insecurely attached child.
  • locate culturally appropriate referrals, in the family’s home area, for assessment and intervention services through online/electronic real-time practice.
  • plan and execute supportive developmentally appropriate activities for family visitations.

Intended Audience

This training is a Level 2 class designed for child welfare workers who have completed CORE training and Level 1 instruction. The information is useful for newer and more experienced workers in all divisions of the child welfare system.