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Mind in the Making Certification

This inspiring learning journey shares research on brain development, child development, and adult learning that you can use to better your own life, and to help children thrive.

On-Demand • Online • 18 PD Hours


NHSA’s Mind in the Making Certification bridges the gap between knowledge and practice. The program prepares early childhood education professionals to coach families and practitioners on strengthening children’s critical executive function skills that help them manage their thoughts, actions, and emotions. This program was developed in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation to share the science of children’s learning with families and professionals.

Start Date: Fall and Spring cohorts offered

Course Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Parents and Families, Support Services

Course Meeting Times: This course is asynchronous with optional office hours twice a month with a course facilitator. The facilitator is also available via email to offer assistance.

Completion Timeline/Duration: One month

Head Start Alignment: This course supports programs in meeting the 1302.31(b) Effective teaching practices requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards, in which “teachers and other relevant staff provide responsive care, effective teaching…that promotes healthy development and children’s skill growth.”

Course Outline

Course Author

Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky is the chief science officer and executive director of Mind in the Making at the Bezos Family Foundation. She also serves as President of Families and Work Institute. She’s conducted research on child-care, parent-professional relationship, parental development, work-family issues and youth voice. She is currently at work on a book about adolescence called The Breakthrough Years. Ellen is the author of the best-selling Mind in the Making, more than 100 books/reports and 300 articles. Other highlights include serving as a parent expert in the Mister Rogers Talks to Parents TV series; as child care expert on Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s TV series What Every Baby Knows; being the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); and being elected to the National Academy of Human Resources. In 2018. the Work and Family Researchers Network established the ongoing Ellen Galinsky Generative Researcher Award.

Course Facilitator

Shawn Bryant

Shawn Bryant

Shawn M. Bryant is director and principal consultant with YesToECE, an early childhood training, coaching, and consultancy. A nationally recognized professional development facilitator, Shawn brings three decades of experience, expertise, and commitment to advancing the work of adults involved in the lives of young children. In addition to his work at YesToECE, Shawn is lead coach/consultant for the State of Pennsylvania Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership Project. He supports coaches throughout the state. As program manager with Yale University Center for Child Development & Social Policy, Shawn trains and facilitates use of the CHILD Scale tool for early childhood mental health consultants across the country. Shawn has taught preschool, college, provided early childhood mental health consultation, led a county-wide early childhood program, and provided training and technical assistance for a state universal prekindergarten program.

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  • Online, Self-paced Coursework
  • 18 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • Live Office Hours with
  • Facilitator
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript





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