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January 2021

COVID-19 Provider Update

January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

The presentation at this meeting will provide an overview of current status on COVID vaccination distribution and administration activity in Missouri and Kansas. Information during the presentation will include actions that can be taken by child care providers that will help them to make decisions and outline steps to take in order to receive the COVID vaccine. Monday, January 25 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Register

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Bringing Mindfulness and Yoga to the Early Childhood Classroom

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

In this session, participants will learn how mindfulness and yoga benefits the classroom, the mind, the body and whole child. This session will introduce the science behind the practice and provide some simple ways to implement mindfulness and yoga into the daily schedule. See how this practice can bring calm, increased self-regulation, and focus for the children and caregiver as well.  (Trainer: Mary Williams, The Family Conservancy) January 28, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register: This training is…

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Start Here: Understanding Ourselves

January 30 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

This free training will focus on understanding your temperament and personality traits to find value in our strengths and others. January 30, 2021, from 8:30 to 10: a.m. Register

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February 2021

Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Our Children

February 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Join us for a free session on home learning strategies for Preschoolers during COVID and self-care for caregivers. February 11, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register

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Building Blocks Basics: An Inclusion Framework to Support All Children

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Have you ever had that child that you just didn't know how to teach or how to handle? Have you ever had that child that just wouldn't behave? When you think about the children you serve, how many of them really learn just like the rest of the bunch? How many children really fit into that box? We have all had those kids we just couldn't figure out, because every child is unique and individual in his/her own way. Inclusion…

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Go NAPSACC in 5 Easy Steps

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

Go NAPSACC is a trusted online tool that helps child care programs go the extra mile to support children’s healthy eating and physical activity. From mealtime, to playtime, to story time, children have lots of opportunities each day to learn and practice healthy habits. In this session, we will explore how the Go NAPSACC self-assessment tool encourages reflection and facilitates comparison of current practices and best practices in just 5 easy steps! Trainers: Kelly Carroll & Gayle Anderson, The Family…

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Strength-Finder: Understanding a Child’s Temperament

February 27 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

This free training will help you understand temperament in children and how it relates to behavior. February 27, 2021, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Register

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March 2021

Introduction to the ASQ-3 Developmental Screening Tool

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

During this introductory session, attendees will develop an understanding of the ASQ®-3 tool and become confident in the administration and interpretation of the screening through interactive exercises, including scoring exercises, matching games, and ASQ item identification. Case study exercises and activities for the ASQ-3 will also be used to strengthen communication techniques with parents, know when and how to make referrals, as well as identify key resources in your community. Trainer: Gayle Anderson, The Family Conservancy March 9, 2021 6:30…

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Building Relationships and Community

March 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

Participants will become familiar with strategies that create an atmosphere of mutual respect and support children in developing relationships with other children. You will plan ways to support children at their current developmental level and offer gentle extensions to scaffold their learning. Trainer: Shari Williams, The Family Conservancy Register

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Math at Mealtimes

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

Whether it's creating shopping lists, following recipes, or exploring the size, color and  texture of foods, ordinary moments such as preparing meals offer opportunities to build math, language, and other skills that prepare children for a lifetime of success. Using tools and resources offered through Sesame Street in Communities, participants will discover ways to integrate all areas of a child's development into planning, preparing and enjoying nutritious meals. Trainer: Stacy Hamilton, The Family Conservancy Thurs, March 25, 2021 from 6:30…

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Creating a Compassionate Culture: Orientation to Trauma Informed Care

March 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$12

In this training, participants will learn about the definition of trauma and its systemic impact on the lives of children and adults. Participants will explore the main principles of trauma informed care practices and how these principles can be applied to create a more compassionate culture within organizations. Trainer: Mary Williams, The Family Conservancy Register

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Setting the Stage for a Happy Classroom: Proactive Behavior Management

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

How can you manage the classroom to prevent misbehavior and reinforce the behaviors you would like to see more often? In this session you will learn the importance of clear directions and rules, redirection strategies, and how to focus your attention on positive behaviors to insure that they will happen more often. Trainer: Shari Williams, The Family Conservancy Register

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April 2021

Growth Mindset in the Early Childhood Setting

April 6 @ 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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No Fuss with Food: Building Positive Mealtime Routines

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

Mealtimes can be a messy and fun learning opportunity but mealtimes can also be difficult and stressful. During this session, we will have a lively conversation sharing suggestions on how to turn the battle of fuss into making mealtimes more manageable and a positive experience. Trainer: Gayle Anderson, The Family Conservancy Register

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Intentional Interactions with Toddlers: Parenting through a CLASS Lens

April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$12

It is important to make the most of parent/child interactions when you can. In this training we will give a brief overview of the importance of quality interactions in regards to parenting (being outside of the classroom) and the benefits of quality and intentional interactions. Parents and caregivers will learn how to observe and follow a child’s lead, read their cues, foster independence, & reduce behavior challenges. Trainer: Jenna Bodensteiner, The Family Conservancy Register

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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

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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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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