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June 2022

Supporting Initiative and Leadership with Preschoolers (Online)

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Tuesday, June 28, from 6:30-8:30 pm (2.0 hours) Young children with a positive disposition toward learning and an openness to new challenges will carry these approaches to learning into their school years and throughout their lives. Thus, it is important for teachers to provide them with experiences that develop initiative, leadership and autonomy. Participants will become familiar with teaching strategies that support initiative and leadership and will adapt them for their classroom.(Trainer: Shari Williams, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: PreK…

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July 2022

Supporting Children in Planning and Problem Solving (Online)

July 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, July 7, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Two of the greatest ways for teachers to support children’s cognitive development are to support children in making plans and following through on their intentions and to support children in solving problems they encounter in play. You will learn strategies for supporting children at their current level of development and gentle extensions to support continued development. (Trainer: Shari Williams, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: PreK Register

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Be A Sportscaster and A Dictionary: Language Modeling Throughout the Day (Online)

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

Tuesday, July 12, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 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…

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Clay County Conscious Discipline Training

July 14 @ 9:00 am - July 15 @ 4:00 pm
The Elms Hotel & Spa 401 Regent St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024, 401 Regent St
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 United States
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Free

Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15, 2022, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Elms Hotel & Spa 401 Regent St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 Conscious Discipline is an evidence based approach to positive caregiving. It revolutionizes the way we foster social-emotional skills in children by addressing the adult's skill set and internal states first, so that we can then teach and model these skills for the children in our care. This two day training will offer new ways to…

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Directors Seminar

July 21 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 South Ridgeview Road
Olathe, Kansas 66061
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July 21, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Are you a director, assistant director, owner, coach, or other leader in your early childhood program? Plan to join us at The Family Conservancy's first annual in-person Directors Seminar. This is a  unique opportunity for you to ramp up your leadership skills and network with other early childhood leaders. This professional development day will include learning, laughter and food! Discount applies to graduates of TFC's Director's Leadership Academy I or II,…

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My Name Matters: The Importance of Encouraging Name Recognition and Related Skills in Preschool Children (Online)

July 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, July 21, 2022 @ 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. My Name Matters: The Importance of Encouraging Name Recognition & Related Skills in Preschool Children” is an interactive workshop designed to assist Early Childhood professionals in developing a better awareness and understanding of the psychological and developmental importance of teaching name recognition and related activities to preschoolers. This workshop offers information and ideas which are simple to recreate as well as examples of ways to involved parents in the education of…

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Quality Questions: Moving Beyond “Tell Me About Your Picture”

July 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Tuesday, July 26, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Research tells us that the interactions teachers have with the children in their care can have a huge impact on their development and learning. Many teachers have heard that open-ended questions are beneficial, but they have limited information on the many important ways that questions and conversations can be used to more fully support children's cognitive thinking. This session will focus on techniques such as repeating and extending what children say, asking…

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August 2022

Literacy Learning Interactions: Using a Message Board

August 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Children’s Campus of Kansas City, 444 Minnesota Ave, Suite 200
Kansas City, KS 66101 United States
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$15

Tuesday, August 2, from 6:30-8:30 pm When teachers and children read the daily message board together, they create a shared reading experience that leads to conversations and literacy learning. This session will describe the benefits of using a daily message board, guide you through the process of creating messages, and offer strategies for message board conversations. (Trainer: Shari Williams, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: Toddler/PreK, CLASS Dimensions: Concept Development, Facilitation of Learning and Development, Quality of Feedback Register

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ASQ:SE-2: An Introductory Training of the Social Emotional Screening Tool (Online)

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Thursday, August 11, from 6 - 9 p.m. This virtual session will introduce the ASQ:SE-2 tool. Participants will have the chance to use selected questionnaires, score and review their completed ASQ:SE-2, and practice interpreting the results. Identify communication techniques that build more trusting relationships with parents. Learn when and how to make referrals for additional assessments. (ASQ Trainer: Gayle Anderson, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: All Ages Register

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A Thinking Approach to Art

August 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Therese (Wooldridge Center), 7207 NW Highway 9, KCMO 64152, 7207 NW Highway 9
Kansas City, MO 64152 United States
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$15

Wednesday, August 24, from 6:30-8:30 pm In this course, learners will explore art as a medium to communicate theories, thoughts, ideas and emotions. Teachers will develop strategies to explore art mediums and to set the stage for artistic learning in their classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to connect classroom activities and content to meaningful and intentional art exploration. (Trainer: Jacque Crocker) Age Focus: PreK Register

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Working with Temperament

August 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Preschool, 13145 S. Black Bob Road
Olathe, KS 66062 United States
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$15

Tuesday, August 30, from 6:30-8:30 pm Flexible, fearful, or feisty: children are born with different temperament traits - and adults are, too! Have you ever wondered how a child’s temperament might affect their relationships with other children…and you? In this training, we will discuss the different temperament types and look closely at how both our temperament and a child’s may influence the relationships in group care. (Trainer: Meg Fuehne, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: Toddler/PreK Register

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September 2022

And Away We Go! Child Passenger Safety 101 (Online)

September 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, September 1, from 6:30-8:30 pm As a child care provider, one of the most important responsibilities you have is to make sure children are safe while riding in a vehicle. In this session, you will learn basic vehicle passenger safety, how to select and use car seats appropriate for children in your care, and additional resources on child passenger safety. (Trainer: Gayle Anderson, The Family Conservancy) Age Fodus: All Ages Register

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Setting the Stage for a Happy Classroom: Proactive Behavior Management (Online)

September 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, September 15, from 6:30-8:30 pm 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: Jenna Bodensteiner, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: Toddler & PreK Register.

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2nd Annual Parking Lot Play Festival

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
CCKC, 444 Minnesota, KCKS 66101, 444 Minnesota Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101 United States
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Free

Save the Date! September 24, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Why? To celebrate the joy and inspiration found in early childhood education. Who is this for? ALL early educators, their families and all families from the TFC community. What will we do there? Interactive outdoor play activities Community resources Ice cream truck LIVE music And more!   Register  

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Hands On Math

September 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Blue Springs North Mid-Continent Library, 850 NW Hunter Drive, 850 NW Hunter Drive
Blue Springs, MO 64015 United States
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$15

Thursday, September 29, from 6:30-8:30 pm This hands-on session will offer activities that support young children with emerging foundational mathematic concepts. Participants will engage in games, and with practical materials that are based on content standards form the National Council on Teachers of Mathematics. (Trainer: Pegi Stamps, Independence School District) Age Focus: PreK Register.

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October 2022

Understanding Grief and Loss: Strategies for Early Educators and Families (Online)

October 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, October 13, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 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 and not everyone knows what to do or say. This session is designed to provide information and resources so early educators can provide support to families facing what seems to be the overwhelming burden of loss. Emphasis will…

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Creating a Compassionate Culture: Orientation to Trauma Informed Care (Online)

October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Tuesday, October 18, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 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) Age Focus: All Ages Register

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Intentional Interactions with Toddlers: Parenting through a CLASS Lens (Online)

October 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, October 20, from 6:30-8:30 pm 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)…

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Infants and Toddlers Learning Environments

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Blue Springs North Mid-Continent Library, 850 NW Hunter Drive, 850 NW Hunter Drive
Blue Springs, MO 64015 United States
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$15

Thursday, October 27, from 6:30-8:30 pm How can we really use the environment as the third teacher with infants and toddlers? What are provocations and loose parts and are they even usable with infants and toddlers? What kind of natural materials can we add to the classroom safely? We'll answer the questions and more to see how purposeful organization of the classroom can enhance the learning environment. We'll look at and explore what loose parts and provocations are and how…

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November 2022

Director Lunch & Learn: Advocating for Play: A Director’s Responsibility

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
NKC Public Library, 2251 Howell St, NKCMO 64116, 2251 Howell St.
North Kansas City, MO 64116 United States
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$15

Friday, November 4, from 12:00-2:00 pm Administrators and teachers are often under pressure from families to include more structured academic activities in their programs. Educators need to have rich repertoire of practices up their sleeves, and learning through play is only one of them. Play is a powerful way of learning and a child's right, however, it is the one declining in early childhood settings. In this session, we will explore the director's role in helping families and teachers understand…

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Having Fun with Nutrition, Food, and Fitness in the Classroom

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Preschool, 13145 S. Black Bob Road
Olathe, KS 66062 United States
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$15

Tuesday, November 8, from 6:30-8:30 pm Expand on your knowledge of incorporating practical knowledge and self-care routines into your daily structure by developing nutritious menus and preparing nutritious food with the children. Learn how incorporating a variety of healthy foods into the daily routine with help children become investigators of their world through taste, texture, smell and other sensory input. Discuss techniques that will make the most of these learning experiences at mealtime. Expand on your knowledge of incorporating perceptual…

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Ready, Set, Go!: Adopting A Wellness Policy in Early Care and Education Programs

November 12 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212, 9875 W 87th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212 United States
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$15

Saturday, November 12, from 9:30-11:30 am Is the thought of implementing a wellness policy in a childcare setting seem daunting and overwhelming? Putting your wellness policy into action benefits everyone: children, staff and families. By breaking down your wellness policy in smaller pieces and setting short and long term goals, small wins can make substantial changes in your program. (Trainer: Rhonda Erpelding, Harvesters) Age Focus: All Ages Register  

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Understanding and Supporting Speech & Language Delays in the Early Childhood Classroom (Online)

November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wednesday, November 16, from 6:30-8:30 pm In this training, teachers will develop an understanding of what speech and language delays are. Teachers will learn the importance of monitoring milestones and early intervention. Teachers will develop an understanding of early intervention services. Teachers will learn strategies for how to best support children with potential speech/language delays in the classroom. Teachers will also learn how to talk to and support parents through a potential speech delay. (Trainer: Telese Pickens, United 4 Children)…

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Music and Movement – Challenging the Body and the Brain

November 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CCKC, 444 Minnesota, KCKS 66101, 444 Minnesota Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101 United States
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$15

Thursday, November 17, from 6:30-8:30 pm Music and movement can be much more than just a tool used to get the wiggles out. Music and movement is a powerful and highly interactive way to keep children engaged, involved and learning. Using a variety of materials and strategies teachers will be introduced to the ways they can challenge both the brain and body through planning and facilitating movement and music related activities. When the entire body is involved so is the…

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December 2022

Outside In: Transforming Outside Activities to Inside Learning Experiences

December 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, December 1, from 6:30-8:30 pm Participants will explore nature-based activities by bringing the OUTSIDE IN. Using everyday tools and nature’s gifts, early educators will discover ways to expand a child’s imagination with nature and its environment, and how to facilitate interactivity and learning from the outdoors INSIDE! (Trainer: Gayle Anderson, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: Toddler & PreK Register

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Coming to Our Senses: Applying Sensory Processing Knowledge in Early Childhood

December 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, December 8, from 6:30-8:30 pm Child Care professionals are called to accommodate and support children with a variety of needs. Sensory Processing differences are widely unrecognized, since children are developing their need to self-regulate. Providers can be on the forefront of providing information, resources and supportive services to individuals with sensory processing differences. This course unpacks the concept of Sensory Processing and how to apply this knowledge. (Trainer: Amy Nelson, Emotional Milestones) Age Focus: PreK Register

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Pre-K CLASS Quality Feedback – A Closer Look (Online)

December 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, December 15, from 6:30-8:30 pm Training session will help participants implement strategies to keep children engaged and learning at a higher level than they would be able to do on their own. Participants will be given practical strategies to implement. (Trainer: Jenna Bodensteiner, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: PreK Register

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