The Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University is involved in two training initiatives focusing on educating childcare professionals on the impact of the opioid crisis on young children. One project is an online training module and the other project is an online ECHO network. Scroll down for more information.

An Online Training Module for Childcare Professionals

The focus of training is on the impact of the opiate crisis on young children. Early childhood educators/care providers with any level of experience are recommended to participate in the training. The training includes pre-and post-training questions to assess learner knowledge. The training is an interactive, online module and will include information on the following topics:

  1. The current status of the opiate epidemic,
  2. Basic brain development related to the biology of addiction,
  3. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and other developmental outcomes of prenatal exposures,
  4. Trauma-informed care, including strategies to work with children in the classroom and
  5. Information on practices to implement when concerns arise with a child’s development.

Interviews with experts, foster parents, and early childcare providers are included to provide testimony of effective approaches for use with this population of children. Information will also be presented in the context of a case scenario.

Study participants will be asked to complete questions before and after completing the web-based training.

Please click here to complete the pretest:

After completing the pre-test you should be directed to the training, if not, please click here

DISCLAIMER: Due to the content of this online training module being developed in 2018, some of the statistics may be out of date. We will continue to offer the online training module to provide interested individuals with a foundation of information about the opioid crisis and the impact it has on young children. However, we will no longer offer continuing education credit through OCCRRA beginning January 1st, 2021. Individuals are more than welcome to participate in the training for their own benefit. Please contact Jessy Thomas at with any questions or concerns.

For more information contact ….

Jessy Thomas at or Dr. Andrea Witwer at