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August 2021

Infant and Toddler Learning Environments (Online)

August 5 @ 6:30 pm - 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 you can use them, even with…

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Play is the Way! Strategies for Teaching Self-Regulation (Online)

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Tuesday, August 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (2.0 hours) 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 the development of self-regulation. (Trainer: Amy Nelson, Emotional Milestones) Age Focus: All Ages Register:

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Family Engagement (Online)

August 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, August 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (2.0 hours) Family engagement can be a challenging segment of the work of educating children. Let's explore why it is sometimes difficult and why it is so important. Then let's develop some tools for our family engagement toolbox. We will discuss research-based, evidence-supported strategies, approaches, and techniques that can enhance our work in engaging parents and guardians in the education of their children and the development of their families. (Trainer: Aimee Alderman,…

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

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

Monday, August 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (2.0 hours) This 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 involve parents in the education of their children. (Trainer: Cheryl Peters, Educational Endeavors) Age Focus: All Ages Register

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September 2021

Introduction to the ASQ-3 Developmental Screening Tool (Online)

September 11 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Free

Saturday, September 11 from 8:30 – 11:30 am (3.0 hours) The Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ-3™) is a tool that provides information about the development of young children across five areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social. The information gathered in the ASQ-3™ helps identify children who may be at risk for, or are already experiencing, developmental delays and who might benefit from services and supports. The training incorporates family studies, role playing, and practice…

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

September 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Saturday, September 11 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm (3.0 hours) The Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2™) is a tool that provides information about the social-emotional development of young children across seven domains: self-regulation, compliance, communication, adaptive behavior, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people. The information gathered in the ASQ:SE-2™ is used to identify children who may be at risk for social or emotional difficulties. The training incorporates family studies, role playing, and practice with evaluation and…

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Postpartum Depression: Supporting Families in Child Care (Online)

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, September 14, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (2.0 hours) What is Postpartum Depression? Researchers believe that depression and anxiety are among the most common problems that women may experience during and after pregnancy. While these symptoms may develop in anyone, there are risk factors that could place some women at greater risk. Participants in the training will discover ways to provide support to families during this stressful time in their lives. (Trainer: Meg Fuehne, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus:…

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CLASS Overview (Online)

September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, September 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (2.0 hours) 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: Susan Owens, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: All Ages Register

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HighScope Infant/Toddler Series (Online)

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This six-hour training series will introduce HighScope's active learning approach for very young children to administrators and teachers. The rationale and specific strategies for each part of the curriculum will be included. Each participant will need their own copy of Tender Care and Early Learning (Second Edition) and Lesson Plans for a Strong Start: The First 30 Days for Infants or Lesson Plans for a Strong Start: The First 30 Days for Toddlers. One hour of technical assistance per participant…

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October 2021

LETRS for Early Childhood – an Introduction (In Person)

October 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, October 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (2.0 hours) This session will provide an introduction to the research of Lucy Paulson and Louisa Moats called LETRS. Designed to empower teachers with an understanding of the what, why, and how involved with early literacy instruction and use this information prepare young learners on their journey towards reading and writing. We will examine the foundations of literacy development and what early childhood professionals need to know. (Trainer: Nancy Heathman, The Family…

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Autism: Understanding the Spectrum-Part 1 (Online) (MO Only)

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, October 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm (2.0 hours) This training is only available for Missouri providers. With more and more children diagnosed with autism, it is important to know strategies to support these children. This session will identify key challenges that children face with autism while providing teaching strategies to promote social engagement, communication development, and relationships. This session is only approved in MO. (Trainer: Telese Pickens, United 4 Children) Age Focus: All Ages Register

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

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Wednesday, October 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (2.0 hours) 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 ensure that they will happen more often. CLASS Dimensions: Toddler – Teacher Sensitivity, Behavior Guidance (Trainer: Jenna Bodensteiner, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: All Ages…

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November 2021

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

November 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, November 4 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (2.0 hours) 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. CLASS Domain: Toddler-…

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Go Baby Go! (Online)

November 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Tuesday, November 9 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (2.0 hours) An infant classroom environment is an important teaching tool to foster the development of infants during their critical years of physical development. In this session, participants will understand how to create a safe, challenging, and predictable environment that will support the physical development of infants through ideas from other teachers as well as developmentally appropriate examples. We will promote the importance of physical development by allowing babies to move and…

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Working with Children of All Abilities (Online)

November 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Thursday, November 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (2.0 hours) Working with children who have differing abilities can be a challenge in the classroom without the right materials and an adjusted perspective. In this session we will expand and challenge your thinking to create an inclusive environment and challenging experience for everyone. (Trainer: Jenna Bodensteiner, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: All Ages Register

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Autism: Teaching to the Spectrum-Part 2 (Online) (MO Only)

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, November 18 from 6:00-8:00 pm (2.0 hours) This training is only available to Missouri providers. With more and more children diagnosed with autism, it is important to know strategies to support these children. This session will identify key challenges that children face with autism while providing teaching strategies to promote social engagement, communication development, and relationships. This session is only approved in MO. (Trainer: Telese Pickens, United 4 Children) Age Focus: All Ages Register

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December 2021

Be a Sportscaster and a Dictionary! Language Modeling Throughout the Day (Online)

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

Wednesday, December 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm (2.0 hours) 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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Creating a Compassionate Culture: Orientation to Trauma Informed Care (Online)

December 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, December 9 from 6:30-8:30 pm (2.0 hours) 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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