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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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Early Childhood Fall Symposium

Early Education Fall Symposium TrainingSAVE THE DATE! Our Early Childhood Fall Symposium will be held Saturday, October 6, 2018 at KU Edwards Campus BEST Conference Center in Overland Park.

 

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. The 2018 keynote speaker will be Jill Molli. 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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Online Training

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, convenient training 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.

  1. View classes and register
  2. Go to classroom login

 

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

Trainings for Kansas Providers

Provider Appreciation Celebration

Saturday, May 5, 2018 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
For all Early Care and Education Providers in KS and MO! We want to celebrate you!
Children's Campus of Kansas City
444 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101
Please join us for 2 free clock hours on "Teaching with A Growth Mindset" some food, fun and enter to win some great door prizes.
Please RSVP to Stacy at 913-742-4112 by April 30. Space is limited.


 

 

Don't see anything that meet's your needs?

 

 

 

  • 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.

 

 

Registration is not complete until payment has been received. Call 1-800-755-0838 ext. 1912 to pay by credit card over the phone or mail payment to: 

The Family Conservancy

attn: Stacy Hamilton

444 Minnesota Avenue, Ste 200

Kansas City, KS 66101


 

Trainings for Missouri Providers

Provider Appreciation Celebration

Saturday, May 5, 2018 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
For all Early Care and Education Providers in KS and MO! We want to celebrate you!
Children's Campus of Kansas City
444 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101
Please join us for 2 free clock hours on "Teaching with A Growth Mindset" some food, fun and enter to win some great door prizes.
Please RSVP to Stacy at 913-742-4112 by April 30. Space is limited.

 Here are our upcoming trainings through June 2018!

 

 

Creating a Welcoming Environment

Did you know that the way you arrange the classroom and outdoor areas directly affects how children act and learn? Discover how to include learning areas in your child care and early learning program. We will review how room arrangement and environment are key factors in child development.  Learn to identify outdoor safety considerations and common outdoor weather related injuries.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM                                                                      

Guiding Star Preschool

310 Johnston Parkway, Raymore, MO 64083

Cost: $15.00

Register Closed

 

Guiding Children's Behavior

Ever wonder why children misbehave? Discover the causes of and techniques to reduce the behavior problems in your classroom or family child care. Learn how to make group management an interactive process, rather than a chore, by promoting social and emotional development, while building responsibility in young children. We will help you learn to introduce children to choices that you and they can live with. Learn effective tools for calming the child who is MAD!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (3.0 Hours)

Willow Woods Learning Center

14215 MO-92 Hwy, Platte City, MO 64079

Cost: $15.00

Register Closed

 

What Infants and Toddlers are Telling Us

What have the infants or toddlers you work with told you today? Did you know that infants “talk” through crying and other non-verbal communications? While infants and toddlers cannot speak with words, they do communicate in many other ways. Learn how these cues form the foundation of language development. Learn how temperament, challenging behaviors and cultural traditions can shape how an infant or toddler will communicate. This session will also share how to discover the communication and meaning of behaviors such as biting and tantrums.

Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (2.0 Hours)     

North Kansas City Hospital - Burlington Room

2800 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, MO 64116

Cost: $10.00

Register Closed                                          

 


Don't see anything that meet's your needs?

 

 

  • 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/
 

2018 Level 1 Director's Leadership Academy

The Family Conservancy Director Leadership Academy was designed by request of  early education directors.   It serves those who are currently a director, assistant director, other administrator or those who have a desire to be a director or leader in the field of early childhood.   The Academy provides leadership skills training and focuses on ways to become a more effective leader to meet the needs of the program, as well as of the staff, children and families entrusted in their care.   Class topics include:  Communication, team building, ethics, leadership traits, behaviors/characteristics of working with adults, advocacy, mentoring, coping with change, budgets, supporting families, employment practices, and other leadership concerns.  All programs will participate in a pre/post assessment using the Programs Administration Scale (PAS), will receive their own copies of the PAS book, and will use their pre-assessment results to set goals for the course of the project.  In addition, each participant will receive follow-up coaching during the project.

 

Because there are only 25 slots available for this session of the Director’s Leadership Academy, it is very important that you commit to attending and engaging in the complete series (5 sessions).   We will together challenge each other to intentionally ‘make a difference’ using our time, talents and resources.

 

Important Information to know before you apply and agree to participate:

When: The 5 sessions are to be held on the following Thursdays: 7/26/2018, 8/30/2018, 9/20/2018, 10/18/2018, 11/1/2018.

Time:   9:00am - 3:30 pm (6 clock hours each)

Location: Central United Methodist Church.   5144 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64114

Cost: $75.00 per participant for 30 hours of approved training (note – if conditions listed in “Additional Information”  are met - $50 will be refunded to the participant at the last session

Included:   Snacks, all printed materials, notebook , clock hour training certificates (Kansas and Missouri), door prizes, on-site coaching

Additional Information: Participants will need access to an email account.   Up to 3 participants from any program may be considered for the Academy. $50 refund is contingent on attending a minimum of 75% of the sessions and hosting a parent event at the program.

 

If you are interested in applying for Director's Leadership Academy, Level 1, please fill out this application and return to Janelle Balarashti or register online at this link.

If you have questions about Director's Leadership Academy or would like to sign-up, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 913-742-4178.  

Jackson County Family Child Care Providers

 

FREE Professional Development Opportunity for Jackson County family child care providers!

 

 

The Family Conservancy is now recruiting family child care providers in Jackson County to participate in the Family Ties to Quality Partnerships project. Through this project, providers will recevie free training and coaching around increasing effective communication skills, developing professional relationships with families, and how to engage families to help ensure best outcomes for their children.

Services Include:

  • Network Opportunities with other FCC providers
  • Monetary stipends for trainings attended
  • One year paid membership for KidKare and Child Care Business Partnership
  • One year paid membership for the National Association for Family Child Care

 

How to Apply

  • Know somebody that might be interested? Take a look at our flyer.
  • Complete the application at this link
  • For questions or assistance contact Mary Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 913-742-4191