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Early Education and Child Care Professional Development

We are a team of trainers and coaches who are passionate about improving the quality of early childhood services in Kansas and Missouri. We provide training and professional development opportunities in the community, at program sites, and at special events.

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Trainings for Missouri Providers

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  • Our staff can provide training events that are tailored to your program's needs.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about available training topics, or to request a specific topic.

 

 

  • Are you pursing a degree in early childhood education, or looking to obtain your CDA? You may qualify for financial assistance from the Missouri T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship!  Visit their website for more information: https://teach-missouri.org/
 

Family Child Care Focus Groups

The Family Conservancy is sponsoring a focus group to learn about the professional needs of family child care providers in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. If you would like an opportunity to discuss the supports you need to run a quality family child care business, then bring your voice and your ideas to our focus group. Spaces are limited and a light breakfast will be served.

 

Johnson County

Saturday, June 17, 2017

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Indian Creek Community Church, Room 017

12480 S. Black Bob Road

Olathe, KS 66062

 

Wyandotte County

Saturday, July 15, 2017

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Family Conservancy

444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 200

Kansas City, KS 66101

 

Registration is limited, so sign up now! For each person selected and participating, a $75.00 gift card will be given. In addition, you will have a chance to win a FREE registration at our annual Fall Symposium at KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

 

To register, please fill out the application and send it to us via email or mail. Participants will be selected, and will be notified prior to the Family Child Care Focus Group date. 

Early Childhood Fall Symposium

Early Education Fall Symposium TrainingSAVE THE DATE! Our Early Childhood Fall Symposium will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at KU Edwards Campus BEST Conference Center in Overland Park. Stay tuned for details and future registration information!

The Family Conservancy’s annual Early Childhood Fall Symposium provides practical tools and valuable information from exceptional speakers and specialists in the early childhood field. You’re sure to leave with the knowledge and motivation to overcome any challenge. For registration updates sign up for our monthly email newsletter.

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Trainings for Kansas Providers

 


Healthy Child Care & Healthy Families

Johnson and Wyandotte Family Child Care Centers and Child Care Centers-Project Opportunity! 

Child Care Aware of Kansas is working to build relationships between home and child care to increase the consumption of healthy beverages, snacks and meals while creating environments that support physical activity for young children. 

Benefits

  • KDHE Approved in-service training at no cost
  • On-site technical assistance
  • Networking opportunity to be part of a team committed to children's health
  • A $75.00 Stipend
  • Short Term Commitment of 6 months

Click on this flyer for information!

For Additional Information, contact Amy Cochran at 913-742-4188 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Meet Our Team!

 

We are a team of trainers and coaches who are passionate about improving the quality of early childhood services in Kansas and Missouri.  We provide training and professional development opportunities in the community, at program sites, and at special events.

Pictured from Left to Right 

Back Row: Debbie Karlstrand, Shari Williams, Mary Williams, Marsha Wiard, Leanne Hilligas, Nancy Heathman, Janelle Balarshati

Front Row: Sue Sullivan, Heather Waterfield, Jenny Brandt, Jo Applegate, Jeannie Evans

Not Pictured: Carol Ayres, Emma Bart-Plange

 

Jenny Brandt, Director of Quality Initiatives and Professional Development

Years in Early Education: 18+ years

I oversee a department of passionate, determined, and innovative coaches and trainers. Our goal is to improve the quality of early childhood education in our community. My passion is to help the professionals in my field grow, and find ways to make their innovative ideas become reality.

Mary Williams, Quality Initiatives and Professional Development Program Manager

Years in Early Education: 13+ years 

I have BA in psychology and an M Ed. in Counseling and Guidance. I also hold a National Counseling Certification. I have worked in school age childcare, and then was an infant room teacher and eventually director at a Therapeutic Child Treatment program under the umbrella of services offered by the Greenville County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse treatment in South Carolina. I worked as an Infant/Toddler Specialist at the Resource and Referral Agency in Wichita, KS before moving into the same position here at The Family Conservancy. I moved away for a couple years and stayed at home with my son while getting a baby sign instructor certification and then taught classes once a month at a local library. We moved back to Kansas City three years ago and I moved into my position as a early Education and Professional Development Specialist. I am now transitioning into my role as a Quality Initiatives and Professional Development Program Manager.

Jo Applegate, Quality Initiatives Administrative Coordinator

Years in Early Education: 15+ years

I came to The Family Conservancy in June 2002, and became the Quality Initiatives administrative assistant for a few years later. In my role, I support the Director of Quality Initiatives, the Vice President of Programs, the Quality Initiatives and Professional Development Program Manager, coaches, and trainers in a multitude of ways in day-to-day activities.

Carol Ayres, Early Education and Professional Development Specialist

Years in Early Education: 20+ years

I provide evidence based practices to support continued improvement and learning for early education professionals, families and children.

Janelle Balarashti, Quality Initiatives Grants Coordinator

Years in Early Education: 13+ years

I currently work with license exempt, registered and family child care providers in Missouri and assist with various projects as needed.  My passion for early education providers is assisting them in making each child and family feel successful in their own unique ways.

Emma Bart-Plange, Quality Initiatives Early Learning Coach

COMING SOON!

Jeannie Evans, Quality Initiatives Early Learning Coach

Years in Early Education: 28+ years

I work with Early Childhood Educators striving to improve the quality of care. I am passionate about giving all children a chance to feel valued and loved for who they are, while providing a rich environment conductive to learning. 

Nancy Heathman, Quality Initiatives Early Learning Coach

Years in Early Education: 39+ years

I coach and train for the Quality Initiatives/Professional Development department at The Family Conservancy, including teaching the Director's Leadership Academy. My passion in early education is working with administrators and early childhood professionals strengthening growth, learning and leadership skills. 

Leanne Hilligas, Training Coordinator

Years in Early Education: 7+ years

I currently coordinate and schedule professional development training in Missouri and Kansas as well as provide professional development trainings to Missouri early education staff. My experience is in assistant teaching, teaching in a licensed exempt, licensed, and Head Start Program in infants and toddlers, working in a Head Start partnership delegate, and in training coordination. My passion in early education is to work with young adults and students to advance their career in the early education field. 

Debbie Karlstrand, Child Development and Inclusion  Specialist

Years in Early Education: 23+ years

I have a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri and a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. My passion in early education includes assisting educators in professional development, including e-Learning, supporting those in the CDA process and workforce development, supporting families, children and early childhood educators in the referral process and inclusion services, and parenting support and advocacy.

Sue Sullivan, Quality Initiatives Early Learning Coach

Years in Early Education: 40+ years

I work to help teachers improve their positive interactions with children so that children are successful socially/emotionally as well as intellectually.‚Äč

Heather Waterfield, Early Education and Professional Development Specialist

Years in Early Education: 20+ years

I currently work with parents, families, child care providers, and other early education specialists on improving the quality of child care for children in Kansas and Missouri. She has received numerous professional training including Kansas City Brain Child, Parents and Teachers, ACT Against Violence Program, Partnering with Parents Zero to Three, and the West Ed Program for Infant and Toddler Caregivers, and is a Certified National Playground Safety Inspector through the National Recreation and Parks Association. She is also working towards her Infant/Toddler HighScope Trainer certification.

Marsha Wiard, Early Education and Professional Development Specialist

Years in Early Education: 34+ years

I am a coach and trainer for early educators. I have a love and passion for making a difference for young children and their families.

Shari Williams, Early Education and Professional Development Specialist

COMING SOON!

 

Online Training

The Early Education Professional Development Department of The Family Conservancy is pleased to offer new online training opportunities to support you in your career development.

Program Mission
To deliver high quality learning opportunities to meet early educators' professional development needs.

eLearning Program

  • Easy to use trainings located on The Family Conservancy website that are convenient for early educators.
  • Courses can be accessed from almost any computer with Internet access - no matter where you are.
  • Courses are CEU approved.
  • College credit may be available*.

*Only available for some courses.

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Available Courses
Currently, we offer the following courses:

  • 120 Hour CDA Credential Training for Family Child Care Providers
  • 120 Hour CDA Credential Training for Child Care Centers
  • 40 Hour Child Care Essentials: A Comprehensive Initial Training for Center-Based Child Care Providers (English or Spanish)
  • 40 Hour Child Care Essentials: A Comprehensive Initial Training for Family Child Care Providers (English or Spanish)
  • 45 Hour CDA Credential Renewal Training
  • 8 Hour Child Abuse Awareness for Center Staff
  • 8 Hour Child Abuse Awareness for Family Child Care
  • 3 Hour Practical Strategies to Guide Children's Behavior
  • 2 Hour Promoting Nutrition & Physical Activity in Child Care
  • 8 Hour Social Emotional Foundations of Learning

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