Physical Activity Learning Session (PALS)

The Physical Activity Learning Session (PALS) training is for early childhood providers to learn the best practices of physical activity for children birth to five, to support practice and policy changes. PALS combines content learning with facility-level self- assessments, policy development opportunities, resources and materials aimed at supporting practice change in early childhood programs leading to healthier, more active children.

Training Credit

  • 6 hours

Training Audience

  • Child Care Centers (CCC) and preschools
  • Child Development Homes (CDH)

i-PoWeR Professional Workforce Registry

  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Training Narrative

Training will cover the following areas:

  • Recognizing the importance of physical activity for infant, toddler and preschool children
  • Identifying the role of early childhood education providers in promoting physical activity to infant, toddler and preschool children
  • Developing the skills to implement the best practices of physical activity in early childhood settings
  • Communicating with families about children’s physical activity
  • Defining and implementing policies that reflect best practices promoting physical activity in early childhood setting
  • Creating an action plan

Resources