Training Programs

PCAD offers a variety of training on issues related to child abuse. Each training is 2 hours long and has been approved by the Office of Childcare Licensing for 2 credit hours. Training is offered throughout the year at locations in all three counties for a minimal fee. On-site training is also available for a staff of 10 or more people at a similar rate.

Please contact the PCAD office in New Castle County at 302-425-7490 to sign up for available training or to arrange for on-site training. Please note—space is limited and on-site training must be scheduled at least one month in advance. PCAD will make every effort to accommodate all requests


  • $15 per person.
  • Credit cards, money orders, check and cash are accepted.
  • NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS! We are unable to offer refunds if you do not attend the class. IF PCAD staff cancels a class, refunds and credits will be issued.

Minimum Number of Participants

  • New Castle Classes: 12
  • Kent Classes: 15
  • Sussex Classes: 15
  • If we do not have the minimum participants registered 5 business days before the class the class will be canceled.

Training Topics

Appropriate & Inappropriate Sexual Play Displayed by Children
Participants will be given the opportunity to learn how to distinguish between sexual behaviors that are appropriate/common and behaviors that are inappropriate/problematic in young children. Participants will be able to identify indicators/signs of inappropriate play and ways to handle a situation where these types of behaviors are displayed.

Attachment & Young Children
Participants will learn the definition of attachment, basic brain development, the impact of both secure and insecure attachment and ways to develop attachment with the children in their care.

Caring for Foster Children in Daycare
Participants will learn how the trauma of child abuse and living in a foster family affects a child. Participants will examine possible and expected behaviors that children in care may exhibit as well as techniques to address these behaviors. Finally, participants will learn other ways to support a child who is living in a foster family while in their care.

Creating Nurturing Classrooms
Participants will learn the meaning of nurturing and why it is important. Participants will also receive and share ideas and suggestions about making their classroom a nurturing place for all children throughout the day.

Developing Self-Esteem
Participants will learn the definition of self-esteem and the differences between self-esteem and self-concept. Participants will learn the importance of self-esteem and ways to enhance it.

Diversity in the Day Care Setting
What is cultural competence and why do I need it? Come learn about different cultures and what it means to be culturally competent. Participants will have a better understanding of how a person’s own cultural affects the interactions one has with other people. Participants will also learn strategies to increase their cultural competence.

Emotional Intelligence
Participants will learn the definition of emotional intelligence, its components, and the benefits of nurturing this part of intelligence. Participants will learn ways and practice activities that will help develop emotional intelligence.

Handling Children’s Difficult Behaviors
Participants will learn how to handle the challenging behaviors of children up to six years of age. Participants will also have the opportunity to share discipline strategies with other daycare providers.

Recognizing Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
Participants will be able to define the four types of abuse as well as recognize the signs and symptoms of each type. Participants will also learn when and how to make a report to the Division of Family Services. All of these skills will be practiced throughout the training.

Responding to Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect
Participants will learn appropriate ways to respond to a disclosure of abuse and learn activities and approaches to use with known victims. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice these skills in small groups.

Social Emotional Development in Young Children
Participants will learn what social-emotional development is, basic brain development and why the development is important. Participants will also learn developmental milestones and ways to expand a child’s social-emotional growth.

Stress Management
Participants will learn how stress affects them and their work. Participants will recognize the potential danger stress has and ways to effectively handle it.

The Sexual Abuse of Children
Child sexual abuse is a silent epidemic according to the American Medical Association. This workshop will answer common questions about sexual abuse: What is it? Why is it called a silent epidemic? How often does it happen? Who are sex offenders and how to they work? And what can I do to help protect children?

Using Literature to Teach Personal Safety
Participants will examine current victimization and perpetrator statistics to understand all the components of personal safety. Participants will learn the five components to teaching safety and techniques to teach the necessary skills to children.

Contact PCAD at 302-425-7490 for more information.

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