Premature Babies and Their Parents: Information and Insights for Early Intervention Personnel

Many families of premature infants are referred to early intervention soon after they’re discharged from the hospital, some even before. With this course, gain the skills you need to best support families and offer individualized recommendations that promote a preterm infant’s development.

Upcoming sessions

  • Register for Summer 2019 (June 10 to August 12, 2019). Register by June 3. Registration available December 15, 2018.

What to expect

  • Gain an understanding of how a premature birth impacts the infant, the parent, and their early relationship.
  • Become more knowledgeable about the development of both full-term and preterm infants.
  • Learn how to offer support and identify key information to share with parents of preterm babies.
  • Identify interventions that are designed to help preterm infants develop their social, cognitive, self-help, gross, and fine motor skills.

Who should register

  • Early intervention personnel

This online course is approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development to count toward career lattice steps. It also is approved by the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) for their members (ICEA accepts a maximum of 24 clock hours per course).

Meet the instructor

Headshot of Jolene PearsonJolene Pearson

Jolene Pearson, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV), holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota. She earned a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in child development, and an M.S. in early childhood from Wheelock College in Massachusetts. Jolene is an associate professor and the director of the early childhood education program at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. She has been an adjunct faculty member and instructor at the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, and St. Cloud State University, teaching courses in parent education, infant mental health, and early childhood special education. Dr. Pearson is a certified Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale examiner and holds licenses in the fields of parent education, early childhood education, and early childhood special education. She has authored a book, Pathways to Positive Parenting: Helping Parents Nurture Healthy Development in the Earliest Months (Zero to Three, 2016).


  • Earn 84 clock hours
  • $870 registration fee plus required materials

Required textbooks

  • Pearson, J. (2016). Pathways to positive parenting: Helping parents nurture healthy development in the earliest month. Zero to Three.
  • Wechsler Linden, D.W., Paroli, E.T., & Doron, M.W. (2013). Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies, ISBN-13: 978-0671034917.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation before Day 1 of the session: Full refund less $35 administrative fee
  • Cancellation Day 1 Week 1 through Day 1 Week 2: 75% refund less $35 administrative fee
  • Cancellation Day 2 Week 2 forward: No refund will be provided.

To cancel, send an email to Karen Anderson at