Ongoing professional development is so important for early childhood educators. It allows for learning new research and trends, sharing, and networking with other professionals. Learning is never complete in order to provide the best for children and be an advocate for their well-being and development.

PQAS and ACT 48 APPROVED TRAINING TOPICS

All trainings available in person or Zoom video conferencing.

Strategies for Increasing Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom

Description

Childcare practitioners will learn the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and its connection to success and happiness in life. Teachers and staff will learn five parts of EQ and specific activities and tools for use in the classroom in order to support the development of social and emotional learning.

Learning Objectives; Upon completion, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain what Emotional Intelligence is and behaviors associated with high vs low EQ.
  2. Discuss functions of the parts of the brain that are connected to emotion and corresponding behaviors.
  3. Define five parts of EQ and the importance of each in social emotional development.
  4. Implement daily individual and group activities/tools/methods related to increasing children’s emotional intelligence.

Develop a Growth Mindset in Children

Description

Develop a Growth Mindset in the children you teach and they will become children that love to learn, get excited about new challenges, and do not fear failure. Children that fear failure often end up becoming protected from failing by well-intended caregivers. Instead, a resilient, strong child has developed a Growth Mindset. Learn how to make that happen!

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this training, students will be able to:

  1. Identify their own level of mindset, whether predominately growth or fixed in order to deepen understanding of the difference.
  2. Identify the impact of brain development and its influence on one’s ability to take risks and not fear failure, and create habits as a result of practice and effort
  3. Identify ways to praise that develops a growth mindset in children.

Mindfulness Matters: Simple Ways to Help Kids Become Focused and Calm

Description

Childcare practitioners will learn what mindfulness is and why so important in today’s world. They will also learn specific ways to help children train their mind to be calm and focused and what the outcome will be from consistently applying these techniques in the classroom.

Learning Objectives; Upon completion, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe what mindfulness is and why so important in today’s world.
  2. Implement ways to help children train their mind to be calm and focused.
  3. Discuss outcomes to expect from consistently applying these techniques.

Teacher/Family Connection-…5 Keys to Effective Communication

Description

We all seek to be understood. Why then are there so many misunderstandings? Learn 5 principles to become a better communicator and how to apply them with families, coworkers, and children and feel more connected to everyone in your daily world.

Learning Objectives; Student will be able to:

  1. Discuss 5 important communication principles to more effectively relate to families, coworkers, and supervisors, and children.
  2. Explain how to apply these communication principles every day.
  3. Discuss communication barriers to avoid in order to better connect.

Proper Nutrition & Physical Activity: Guidelines for Providing a Healthy Childcare Environment

Description

Childcare practitioners will learn nutrition basics for young children along with fun recipes to make for and with children. Also will learn the relationship between physical activity, achievement, and behavior.

Learning Objectives Upon completion, the student will be able to:

  1.  Explain what Science has found about the future of our children based on what is commonly eaten and understand why good nutrition/activity is critical.
  2. Discuss nutrition basics specific to young children, along with foods to avoid.
  3. Explain ways to involve children in simple yet fun food preparation ideas, by observing some being created.
  4. Discuss the importance of frequent physical activity and how it impacts achievement and behavior.

Positive Discipline

Description

This ‘Positive Discipline’ course teaches how to create a classroom where children feel connected to the teacher and to the other children. When this connection is in place, children are less likely to misbehave. Specific methods and techniques are shared as to how to create a connected environment. This course also teaches how to guide young people to become responsible and respectful members of their classroom. By learning effective communication and problem solving skills, the classroom becomes a more peaceful and supportive place.

Learning Objectives; Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain why children individually misbehave and demonstrate through questioning what underlying factors produce certain behaviors.
  2. Modify their environment to include a Time IN space that contains materials such as paper and crayons, puzzles, books to take time to calm big emotions.
  3. Begin each day with an individualized connecting activity that has been taught.

Off to a Great Start for Infants & Toddlers

Description

Infants and toddlers come with many different personality traits and temperaments. Learn ways to adapt to these unique beings that leads to a connected environment for the children and you while providing a high quality child care program.

Learning Objectives; Students will be able to:

1. Explain 4 key factors necessary for providing a high-quality program for infants and toddlers.

2. Discuss temperament types in infants and toddlers and how to best adapt to the different types.

3. Explain how to create an environment of ‘Yes’, one that fosters freedom to grow developmentally.

4. Discuss the connection between an infant/toddler’s brain development and its importance for laying a solid foundation for a child’s future learning potential and emotional health.

Helping Children Handle Anxiety and Stress

Description

The number of children that have high levels of anxiety and stress is on the rise. As someone that has influence on these children, learn ways to help the child and increase the positive climate for all children in your care.

Learning Objectives Students will be able to:

1. Explain how specific parts of the brain function and how this creates the condition of worry and anxiety in all people. Ways to help children then handle/manage this ‘worry’ condition will be taught.

2. Discuss causes of anxiety in children and the nature vs nurture theory.

3. Explain the symptoms of anxiety in children and what is normal anxiety and what is not and the language/techniques that help give the child the tools to handle anxiety and stress.

Early Childhood Development

Description

Each stage of childhood development brings a different set of milestones. By understanding what these milestones are, as an early education professional, able to better understand what types of environments children need. Fostering the right environment can help children develop their fullest potential.

Learning Objectives; Student will be able to:

  1. Explain the 4 categories of learning for children 2 months-5 years of age.
  2. Identify each developmental milestone included in the 4 categories.
  3. Apply this knowledge to simple yet concrete ways to include in the child’s daily environment.

Becoming Better Together: Leadership Training for Directors

Description

Directors, does it ever feel lonely at the ‘top’? Do you wish you knew how to communicate better with your staff that could eliminate apathy, poor attitudes, and never ending teacher turnover? Instead, imagine less interviewing, less training of new teachers and having a team of teachers that were fulfilled, motivated, and action takers. Learn how to create that environment.

Learning Objectives Upon completion, the student will be able to:

1. Answer these 2 questions: What is Leadership and why is it vital for each member of a staff to have strong leadership skills in order for an organization to grow and be the best it can be.

2. Implement the 5 part model that leads to assessing, visioning, and with the team of teachers, determining solutions with an accountability plan. The 5 part model will take place within:

  • The Community
  • The Center/Director
  • The Parents
  • The Children
  • The Teachers

3. Implement model and see an increased mutual respect among teachers and with Director/Supervisor, from this team cooperation activity, where each teacher is expected and valued to give their input.

4. Increase unity, problem solving skills, leadership skills, and accountability. Teachers feel as if they matter since they are an integral part of the whole process.