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April 2021

Engaged Children are Learning Children

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

When adults talk about children and attention they are often referring to “paying attention” - getting the child to listen to what a teacher or peer is saying. In this session we will use the term engagement to emphasize that the goal is helping children remain involved in activities and events that interest them. Sustained engagement leads to ongoing discovery, which results in more learning than does merely paying attention to something an adult is saying or doing. Trainer: Shari…

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May 2021

Provider Appreciation

May 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

On Saturday, May 8, we will announce the winner of the Excellence in Early Care Award.  We will also provide a free 2-hour training:   Play is the Way!  Strategies for Teaching Self-Regulation Saturday, May 8 9 - 11:30 a.m. In order to support the development of self-regulation in young children, childcare providers need to understand the science behind how these skills develop. In this training childcare providers will learn about the benefits of play and how it contributes to…

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Be a Sportscaster and a Dictionary! Language Modeling Throughout the Day

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

Sportscasters describe what is happening during a game just as teachers can describe their own actions and the actions of children in order to expand children's language. Dictionaries provide multiple ways to understand the meaning of words, just as teachers can use several words and phrases to support a child's understanding of a new word or concept. In this session we will practice using these strategies throughout the day and design a plan for continuing to enhance your language modeling…

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Understanding Grief and Loss: Strategies for Early Educators and Families

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

Everyone experiences loss and the accompanying grief. Families are often faced with the loss of a loved one, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, death of an infant or child, a parent, grandparent, or close friend. This session is designed to provide information and resources to child care providers who might be experiencing grief themselves, or help provide support to families in their care that are faced with what seems to be the overwhelming burden of loss. Trainer: Gayle Anderson, The Family…

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Me Do It! Supporting Toddlers’ Independence

May 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

How can we maximize toddlers' independence in the classroom and stay calm in the process? Each part of the daily routine will be explored with the filter of allowing children to take care of their own needs as much as they are able and ready to do. Trainer: Shari Williams, The Family Conservancy Register

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June 2021

Language Modeling Through Music

June 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

Infants' language development occurs through back-and-forth exchanges with adults responding to and modeling communication. Through this process they gain the fundamental skills upon which all later language is built. We will explore early language support strategies and look at music as a joyful vessel. Trainer: Marsha Wiard, The Family Conservancy Register

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Director’s Lunch and Learn: Engaging Staff Curiosity

June 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$12

Does your leadership practice lead staff to see purpose in their work and exploration of creativity and purpose? When we are really lucky, work is a way in which we can find meaning in the world, a part of our life that feeds and energizes us. This session will explore how leaders can engage staff in ways to help find joy in their work and excellence in the practice of teaching. Trainer: Nancy Heathman, The Family Conservancy

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Growth Mindset in the Early Childhood Setting

June 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

What is a growth mindset? We will define the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset, understand why it's important, and learn how to implement a growth mindset in the Early Childhood setting. We will take a look at your own mindset (language and interactions) to discover how it affects the children in your care, as well as explore resources to support developing a growth mindset as a professional in early care and education. Trainer: Amy Cochran, The Family…

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Storytelling, Games, and Movement During Large Group Time

June 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

Keys to success at large-group time include planning activities that appeal strongly to children and teachers who suggest an idea and then follow children’s leads. We will try out storytelling and reenacting stories, cooperative games, and movement activities with and without music using these strategies. Trainer: Shari Williams, The Family Conservancy Register

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July 2021

CLASS Overview

July 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

What is CLASS? Where was it developed and why should we know about it? This brief overview of the CLASS tool will help us have an understanding of this assessment tool that is becoming widely used in our community and across the United States. Trainer: Shari Williams, The Family Conservancy Register

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