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September 2022

Free Family Fun Day

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 (In Person)

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, Juniper Gardens) Age Focus: PreK Register.

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October 2022

Intentional Teaching – With BLOCKS! (Online)

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Tuesday, October 11, from 6:30-8:30 pm Educators who understand the importance of blocks support children in improving their problem solving skills, motor development, and collaborative play all while playing with blocks!! Block play enables children to explore architecture - building unique structures and designing communities. Block learning will also teach children about basic engineering skills, build their attention span and introduce patterns, balance and shapes. This session will explore why we both love having blocks in our classroom and why…

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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
Free

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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Infants and Toddlers Learning Environments (In Person)

October 19 @ 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

Wednesday, October 19, 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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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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Strong from the Start (In Person)

October 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
MCPL-Antioch Branch, 6060 N. Chestnut, Gladstone, MO 64119, 6060 N. Chestnut
Gladstone, MO 64119 United States
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$15

Saturday, October 22, from 10:30 am-12:30 pm Strong from the Start is for caregivers of children ages 0-5. This workshop introduces the importance of brain development, and what caregivers can do to support healthy development, especially during and after a crisis. There is also a focus on self-care for adult caregivers. Each participant will receive a free Child Care Resilience Kit, valued at $138.60. (Trainers: Carol Ayres and Jill Solomon, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: All Ages. (Limited Registration) Register

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Men Matter! Exploring the Importance of Fathers and Father Figures in Early Care (Online)

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Thursday, October 27, from 6:30-8:30 pm The goal of this session is to allow participants the opportunity to explore the importance of a nurturing fatherhood environment for children, mothers, and fathers while children are in care. Through interactive discussion, participants will share current practices, discover benefits of engaging the men in early care, and design strategies all programs can adopt. (Trainer: Gayle Anderson, The Family Conservancy) Age Focus: All Ages. Free training sponsored by Kansas City Public Television. Register  

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Strengthening Business Practices & Leadership in Early Childhood Settings (Online)

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Thursday, October 27, from 6:30-8:30 pm How will we grow and improve our business? This class will provide participants strategies to support and enhance business practices in early childcare settings and provide strategies and professional development resources to inform program quality improvement plans. (Trainer: Jeanetta Issa) Free training sponsored by Educare.  Age Focus: All Ages   Register

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November 2022

Director Lunch & Learn: Advocating for Play: A Director’s Responsibility (In Person)

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

November 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Antioch Library – Johnson County 8700 Shawnee Mission Pkwy Merriam, KS 66202, 8700 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Merriam, KS 66202 United States
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$15

Saturday, November 5, 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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Having Fun with Nutrition, Food, and Fitness in the Classroom (In Person)

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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Intentional Teaching – the Importance of Large Motor Play (Online)

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

Tuesday, November 8, from 6:30-8:30 pm Kicking balls! Flying kites! Pedaling a tricycle! Large (gross) motor skills - are one set of developmental milestones teachers need to know and understand. In early childhood, it is the development of these muscles that enable the baby to hold his/her head up, sit, crawl and eventually walk, run and skip, These skills are developed as children are encouraged and provided opportunities to learn and practice movements like walking, running, jumping, climbing and balancing.…

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Grow A Reader to Go: Early Literacy in Action (In Person)

November 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Mid-Continent Public Library- Woodneath 8900 NE Flintlock Rd Kansas City, MO 64157, 8900 NE Flintlock Rd
Kansas City, MO 64157 United States
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Free

Saturday, November 12, from 9:00-11:00 am Mid-Continent Public Library will be providing dedicated training on early literacy in the community. Training will cover the 10 early literacy practices, as well as provide hands-on, practical training with books, early literacy equipment, and music that will be used by early childhood care providers. (Trainer: Scott Rader, Mid-Continent Public Library) Age Focus: I/T, PreK Free training sponsored by Educare.   Register

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Conscious Discipline Child Care Provider Training

November 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
NKC Schools Early Education Center, 6479 N. Prospect Ave.
Gladstone, Missouri 64119 United States
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Free

Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn how brain development and positive connection with the children in your care affect their behavior and set the stage for positive discipline. This class is based on the work of Dr. Becky Bailey, Conscious Discipline. 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 (In Person)

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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