I-LABS in the Classroom: Module 18: Learning to Make Things Happen: How Children Learn Cause-and-Effect

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All children deserve the best start in life and new scientific discoveries deepen our understanding of how to create the best environments for children. The team at I-LABS creates new and effective ways to bridge the gap between the science and the practice of learning by disseminating the latest science of child development. Our team shares the latest scientific discoveries in relevant and actionable ways with those who can best put it into practice: early learning professionals, parents, and policymakers. Partners use cutting-edge research to create evidence-based policies, practices, and programs that grow the next generation of lifelong learners.

This hour long class covers the following points:

  • In the first year of life, babies already start to make predictions about what things are causes and what are effects.  By the time they are in preschool, children are proficient causal learners, ready to engage in and learn from causal lessons.
  • Children of all ages learn how to make things happen on their own from watching what other people do.  They do this even if the people they are watching make mistakes or things don’t work perfectly.
  • Cause-and-effect relations also occur between living things. Figuring out how to cause people to change their behavior is important for children’s social development.  
  • Lessons about cause-and-effect happen at home and in the classroom all the time, with little or no need for special tools, toys, or preparation.

Length (hours)






Audience Description

Caregivers, licensed, unlicensed, relative and fictive kin

Dates and Locations

March 3, 2019 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joan Sager, MEd, Child Welfare Trainer, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Arlington, Smokey Point DCYF Office 3906 172nd Street NE STE 200 Arlington WA 98223-7736 Map

Please do not bring children/youth with you to this class as NO childcare is provided.  You may bring coffee, tea, water and snacks with you to this class.  Please dress in layers as each training location has differing temperatures.

Entrance is at the back of the building, between the two buildings, see signs.

Registration is required. Need help? Call 1-866-577-1915 or email  help@acwe.on.spiceworks.com.  Please include your name, phone number or email, and the course title in your request for assistance.

Inscribirse para asistir a la clase es necesario.Si necesita ayuda favor de llamar al 1-866-577-1915 o mandar un correo electrónico a help@acwe.on.spiceworks.com.  Por favor incluya su nombre, número de teléfono o dirección de su correo electrónico y agregue el nombre de la clase por la que está solicitando ayuda.

We look forward to your attendance at this informative training.  The Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence is excited to have your participation in our trainings/workshops.

Joan Sager, MEd, is the Child Welfare Trainer for this class you may contact her for questions or need more information at Sagerj2@uw.edu

March 19, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Kebbie Green, Continuing Education Coordinator / Trainer, Adoptive Parent, Foster Parent, University of Washington Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Spokane DCYF Office 1313 N Atlantic St STE 2000 Spokane WA 99201, Southwest Conference Room Map

Saturdays,  Sundays AND ALL Evening Classes: feel free to park in the parking garage, go to second floor of the parking garage, then walk across the sky-bridge to the glass door. This is a secured building and this door is LOCKED, but we will begin letting people in 15 minutes (30min for first day of class) before class is set to begin! (knock and we can hear you too!) NO VISITOR pass is needed on weekends/nights!


There is NO CHILDCARE provided for this training, and children under the age of 18 are not able to attend due to the sensitive nature of the training.

The Alliance has changed our handouts policy to be more environmentally responsible.  All the handouts that you will need during class for activities will be provided to you.  However, additional resources that may be helpful will no longer be printed.  Instead, they are accessible to you  ( https://sharepoint.washington.edu/ACWE/Caregiver%20Core%20Training/Curriculum/In-class%20handouts.pdf )  so that you may access them at any time to save or print. 


For training-related questions please contact your Child Welfare Trainer, Kebbie Green, at kgreen10@uw.edu or call 509-362-1336.

Registration Instructions

  1. Select the green button next to the training you wish to attend.
  2. Click the green Register button at the bottom (under these instructions), and then, when your profile screen displays, scroll down and click the Save button.