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Early Education and Child Care Professional Development

We are a team of trainers and coaches who are passionate about improving the quality of early childhood services in Kansas and Missouri. We provide training and professional development opportunities in the community, at program sites, and at special events.

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Trainings for Missouri Providers

 

Getting the Most Change From Professional Development

FOR DIRECTORS

Sat. April 29, 2017

U.S. Toy Store in Leawood, Kansas
10:00 am - noon
Staff attend professional development events annually, but sometimes it’s hard to see marked improvement or changes based on the training they receive. Two of the largest categories of barriers to “training transfer” are workplace issues and trainee attitudes and skills. This session will provide directors with skills and resources to maximize the change they see from staff.

 

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Language and Literacy Development

FOR TEACHERS

Sat. May 5, 2017

U.S. Toy Store in Leawood, Kansas
10:00 am - noon
Participants will learn about the link between language and literacy, and how to support language development through their classroom environment activities and interactions. Our presenter will also share examples of homemade books, and share ideas and resource for teachers to help children create their own.

 

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Supporting the Development and Well-Being of Infants and Toddlers

Saturday, May 6, 2017

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (2.0 Clock Hours)

Platte Woods United Methodist Church, Room 250

7310 NW Prairie View Road, Platte Woods, MO 64154

Cost: $10.00

How do you affect the healthy brain development of infants and toddlers? This workshop will share the five Rs: how relationships, routines, respect, repetition, and responsive interactions influence a child's developing brain. Did you know that infants and toddlers are affected by stress too? Learn how you can support the well-being and mental-health of these youngest children.

 


Child Safety and Prevention Awareness

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (3.0 Clock Hours)

Lee's Summit Medical Center - Arbor Room

2100 SE Blue Parkway, Lee's Summit, MO 64063

Cost: $15.00

Do you want to learn how to keep your child care and early learning indoor environment safe? Do you want more information how to help children during injuries? Are you looking to learn more about how to administer medication?  Discover why all toys are not created equally.  This session will identify tips for preventing burns.  We will discuss procedures for administering and storing medications.  You will also learn how to create a first aid kit.

 

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Child Care Aware, I am Moving I am Learning

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lee's Summit Medical Center

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $5.00

7.0 Clock Hours

 

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The Influence of Culture on Caregiving

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (3.0 Clock Hours)

Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch, Large Meeting Room

4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

Cost: $15.00

The field of early care and education has become increasingly diverse making the ability to collaborate effectively with families and children essential to providing quality services.  Child care professionals will have the opportunity to explore how one’s culture influences routines, caregiving style, parenting choices, and professional responses to challenging situations. 

 

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Child Abuse, Neglect and Shaken Baby Syndrome

Saturday, June 3, 2017

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (3.0 Clock Hours)

North Kansas City Library - Meeting Room

2251 Howell Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116

Cost: $15.00

You want to help protect innocent children from abuse and in this session you will learn how. You will also learn what the law requires of you, to protect yourself. This session teaches you to weave a web of protective support around children and families, making them stronger. We will share the protective factors that make families stronger. You will learn to identify various forms of abuse, including shaken baby syndrome. Learn how to tell the difference between an accident and abuse, and what to do when you suspect abuse or neglect.

 

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Program Planning: Discover, Create Explore

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (3.0 Clock Hours)

Wee Rock Learning Center - At Church of the Rock

5110 Brookhart Drive, Harrisonville, MO 64701

Cost: $15.00

Choices – who makes them in your group and why? We will help you learn how to plan your day in ways that include every child through choice, which will enrich the learning in your classroom/family child care and make the day brighter for everyone. Discover the essentials for creating a learning plan, including learning areas and families in the planning process. We will identify enrichment activities to support the learning plan. You will learn to create activities that reflect and promote children’s choices and interests.  We will help you increase your cultural awareness and honor diversity.

 

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Write This Way

FOR TEACHERS

Sat. June 10, 2017

U.S. Toy Store in Leawood, Kansas
10:00 am - noon
Research confirms that reading and writing are interactive and interrelated processes. Therefore, writing should be an integral part of young child’s literacy experiences. Join us as we learn strategies for introducing a variety of writing activities to the young children in your program as well as supporting parents in offering writing activities at home.

 

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Child Care  Aware, I am Moving I am Learning

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Family Conservancy

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $5.00

7.0 Clock Hours

 

 

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Don't see anything that meet's your needs?

 

  • Our staff can provide training events that are tailored to your program's needs.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about available training topics, or to request a specific topic.

 

 

  • Are you pursing a degree in early childhood education, or looking to obtain your CDA? You may qualify for financial assistance from the Missouri T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship!  Visit their website for more information: http://teach-missouri.org/
 

Trainings for Kansas Providers

 


Getting the Most Change From Professional Development

FOR DIRECTORS

Sat. April 29, 2017

U.S. Toy Store in Leawood, Kansas
10:00 am - noon
Staff attend professional development events annually, but sometimes it’s hard to see marked improvement or changes based on the training they receive. Two of the largest categories of barriers to “training transfer” are workplace issues and trainee attitudes and skills. This session will provide directors with skills and resources to maximize the change they see from staff.

 

Print, Register and mail a copy


Language and Literacy Development

FOR TEACHERS

Sat. May 5, 2017

U.S. Toy Store in Leawood, Kansas
10:00 am - noon
Participants will learn about the link between language and literacy, and how to support language development through their classroom environment activities and interactions. Our presenter will also share examples of homemade books, and share ideas and resource for teachers to help children create their own.

 


Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Providers
Join Child Care Aware of Kansas and the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&Rs) Agencies as we support child care programs PLAN & PREPARE for emergencies. HELP protect the lives of children and staff by having an Emergency Plan that is relevant, useable, and accessible. Kansas has seen more declared disasters in the last 10 years than it had in the previous 50 years. Let's work together to protect our future! 
 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
West Wyandotte Library
1737 N. 82nd Street
Kansas City, KS 66112
Cost: FREE
 
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
North Lindenwood Support Center
315 N. Lindenwood
Olathe, KS 66062
Cost: FREE
 

 


Healthy Child Care & Healthy Families

Johnson and Wyandotte Family Child Care Centers and Child Care Centers-Project Opportunity! 

Child Care Aware of Kansas is working to build relationships between home and child care to increase the consumption of healthy beverages, snacks and meals while creating environments that support physical activity for young children. 

Benefits

  • KDHE Approved in-service training at no cost
  • On-site technical assistance
  • Networking opportunity to be part of a team committed to children's health
  • A $75.00 Stipend
  • Short Term Commitment of 6 months

Click on this flyer for information!

For Additional Information, contact Amy Cochran at 913-742-4188 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Don't see anything that meet's your needs?

 

  • Our staff can provide training events that are tailored to your program's needs.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about available training topics, or to request a specific topic.

 

Meet Our Team!

 

We are a team of trainers and coaches who are passionate about improving the quality of early childhood services in Kansas and Missouri.  We provide training and professional development opportunities in the community, at program sites, and at special events.

Pictured from Left to Right 

Back Row: Debbie Karlstrand, Shari Williams, Mary Williams, Marsha Wiard, Leanne Hilligas, Nancy Heathman, Janelle Balarshati

Front Row: Sue Sullivan, Heather Waterfield, Jenny Brandt, Jo Applegate, Jeannie Evans

Not Pictured: Carol Ayres, Emma Bart-Plange

 

Jenny Brandt, Director of Quality Initiatives and Professional Development

Years in Early Education: 18+ years

I oversee a department of passionate, determined, and innovative coaches and trainers. Our goal is to improve the quality of early childhood education in our community. My passion is to help the professionals in my field grow, and find ways to make their innovative ideas become reality.

Mary Williams, Quality Initiatives and Professional Development Program Manager

Years in Early Education: 13+ years 

I have BA in psychology and an M Ed. in Counseling and Guidance. I also hold a National Counseling Certification. I have worked in school age childcare, and then was an infant room teacher and eventually director at a Therapeutic Child Treatment program under the umbrella of services offered by the Greenville County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse treatment in South Carolina. I worked as an Infant/Toddler Specialist at the Resource and Referral Agency in Wichita, KS before moving into the same position here at The Family Conservancy. I moved away for a couple years and stayed at home with my son while getting a baby sign instructor certification and then taught classes once a month at a local library. We moved back to Kansas City three years ago and I moved into my position as a early Education and Professional Development Specialist. I am now transitioning into my role as a Quality Initiatives and Professional Development Program Manager.

Jo Applegate, Quality Initiatives Administrative Coordinator

Years in Early Education: 15+ years

I came to The Family Conservancy in June 2002, and became the Quality Initiatives administrative assistant for a few years later. In my role, I support the Director of Quality Initiatives, the Vice President of Programs, the Quality Initiatives and Professional Development Program Manager, coaches, and trainers in a multitude of ways in day-to-day activities.

Carol Ayres, Early Education and Professional Development Specialist

Years in Early Education: 20+ years

I provide evidence based practices to support continued improvement and learning for early education professionals, families and children.

Janelle Balarashti, Quality Initiatives Grants Coordinator

Years in Early Education: 13+ years

I currently work with license exempt, registered and family child care providers in Missouri and assist with various projects as needed.  My passion for early education providers is assisting them in making each child and family feel successful in their own unique ways.

Emma Bart-Plange, Quality Initiatives Early Learning Coach

COMING SOON!

Jeannie Evans, Quality Initiatives Early Learning Coach

Years in Early Education: 28+ years

I work with Early Childhood Educators striving to improve the quality of care. I am passionate about giving all children a chance to feel valued and loved for who they are, while providing a rich environment conductive to learning. 

Nancy Heathman, Quality Initiatives Early Learning Coach

Years in Early Education: 39+ years

I coach and train for the Quality Initiatives/Professional Development department at The Family Conservancy, including teaching the Director's Leadership Academy. My passion in early education is working with administrators and early childhood professionals strengthening growth, learning and leadership skills. 

Leanne Hilligas, Training Coordinator

Years in Early Education: 7+ years

I currently coordinate and schedule professional development training in Missouri and Kansas as well as provide professional development trainings to Missouri early education staff. My experience is in assistant teaching, teaching in a licensed exempt, licensed, and Head Start Program in infants and toddlers, working in a Head Start partnership delegate, and in training coordination. My passion in early education is to work with young adults and students to advance their career in the early education field. 

Debbie Karlstrand, Child Development and Inclusion  Specialist

Years in Early Education: 23+ years

I have a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri and a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. My passion in early education includes assisting educators in professional development, including e-Learning, supporting those in the CDA process and workforce development, supporting families, children and early childhood educators in the referral process and inclusion services, and parenting support and advocacy.

Sue Sullivan, Quality Initiatives Early Learning Coach

Years in Early Education: 40+ years

I work to help teachers improve their positive interactions with children so that children are successful socially/emotionally as well as intellectually.‚Äč

Heather Waterfield, Early Education and Professional Development Specialist

Years in Early Education: 20+ years

I currently work with parents, families, child care providers, and other early education specialists on improving the quality of child care for children in Kansas and Missouri. She has received numerous professional training including Kansas City Brain Child, Parents and Teachers, ACT Against Violence Program, Partnering with Parents Zero to Three, and the West Ed Program for Infant and Toddler Caregivers, and is a Certified National Playground Safety Inspector through the National Recreation and Parks Association. She is also working towards her Infant/Toddler HighScope Trainer certification.

Marsha Wiard, Early Education and Professional Development Specialist

Years in Early Education: 34+ years

I am a coach and trainer for early educators. I have a love and passion for making a difference for young children and their families.

Shari Williams, Early Education and Professional Development Specialist

COMING SOON!

 

Online Training

The Early Education Professional Development Department of The Family Conservancy is pleased to offer new online training opportunities to support you in your career development.

Program Mission
To deliver high quality learning opportunities to meet early educators' professional development needs.

eLearning Program

  • Easy to use trainings located on The Family Conservancy website that are convenient for early educators.
  • Courses can be accessed from almost any computer with Internet access - no matter where you are.
  • Courses are CEU approved.
  • College credit may be available*.

*Only available for some courses.

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Available Courses
Currently, we offer the following courses:

  • 120 Hour CDA Credential Training for Family Child Care Providers
  • 120 Hour CDA Credential Training for Child Care Centers
  • 40 Hour Child Care Essentials: A Comprehensive Initial Training for Center-Based Child Care Providers (English or Spanish)
  • 40 Hour Child Care Essentials: A Comprehensive Initial Training for Family Child Care Providers (English or Spanish)
  • 45 Hour CDA Credential Renewal Training
  • 8 Hour Child Abuse Awareness for Center Staff
  • 8 Hour Child Abuse Awareness for Family Child Care
  • 3 Hour Practical Strategies to Guide Children's Behavior
  • 2 Hour Promoting Nutrition & Physical Activity in Child Care
  • 8 Hour Social Emotional Foundations of Learning

Early Childhood Fall Symposium

Early Education Fall Symposium TrainingThe Family Conservancy’s annual Early Childhood Fall Symposium provides practical tools and valuable information from exceptional speakers and specialists in the early childhood field. You’re sure to leave with the knowledge and motivation to overcome any challenge. For registration updates sign up for our monthly email newsletter.

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Director's Leadership Academy


2017 Director's Leadership Academy Application Information

The Family Conservancy Director Leadership Academy was designed by request of  early education directors.   It serves those who are currently a director, assistant director, other administrator or those who have a desire to be a director or leader in the field of early childhood.   The Academy provides leadership skills training and focuses on ways to become a more effective leader to meet the needs of the program, as well as of the staff, children and families entrusted in their care.   Class topics include:  Communication, team building, ethics, leadership traits, behaviors/characteristics of working with adults, advocacy, mentoring, coping with change, budgets, supporting families, employment practices, and other leadership concerns.  All programs will participate in a pre/post assessment using the Programs Administrative Scale (PAS), will receive their own copies of the PAS book, and will use their pre-assessment results to set goals for the course of the project.  In addition, each participant will receive follow-up coaching during the project. 

 

For the application and more information, please visit the Director's Leadership Academy Application.

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