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Trust First Essentials

Online • On-Demand • 15 PD Hrs

Classroom Management Credential Track

Improve classroom management by building a positive classroom culture of safety and trust for children and teachers.


Trust is essential to healthy childhood development. When adults build trust-based relationships with children, children feel safe to make mistakes and learn from them. Trust First Essentials focuses on how to foster trust and safety so children have room to stumble, recover, and develop resilience within a calm and nurturing classroom environment.

This course is built for teachers and coaches! You will learn the skills needed to manage classrooms of any size, including how to establish clear expectations, set boundaries, anticipate problems, and react proactively when they do.

Start Date: Pre-registration is open! This month-long course will be available starting in November 2022.

New cohorts are accepted six times a year. You can choose the month that works best for your schedule: September, October, November, February, March, or April.

Course Level: Beginner

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Support Services

Course Meeting Times: In addition to online coursework, learners will be required to attend live instruction sessions to successfully complete the course. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

Please note that the meeting time is subject to change based on facilitator's availability.

Completion Timeline/Duration: One month

Alignment with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF): 

This course supports programs in meeting the 1302 Subpart C—Education and Child Development Program Services requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards, in which programs must “ensure teachers and other relevant staff provide responsive care, effective teaching, and an organized learning environment that promotes healthy development and children’s skill growth aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five, including for children with disabilities.” This course is aligned with the ELOF: Approaches to Learning, Social and Emotional Development.


Course Outline

Regular Rate: $425

NHSA Member Rate: $295

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Course Author

Dr. Deborah Bergeron

Dr. Deborah Bergeron

Dr. B served as director of the Office of Head Start from 2018-21. From 2019-21 she broadened her leadership as director of the Office of Early Childhood Development in the Administration for Children and Families. Known as "Dr. B" to former students and teachers, she spent three decades in pre-K–12 public education as a classroom teacher and school administrator. She currently serves as deputy director for Community Engagement and Innovation at the National Head Start Association.

Course Facilitator

Rhonda Conn-Parent

Rhonda Conn-Parent

Rhonda Conn-Parent is a high-trust teacher for 20+ years. She loves the teaching profession and working with children. Art integration has been her vehicle for growing children’s souls and minds since she started teaching in 1991. She continues to teach in Colorado Springs and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon!

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