Child Development

Infant and Toddler Responsive Caregiving (3 hours) NEW!!! 

This workshop focuses on the importance of responsive caregiving in the infant and toddler environment. Participants will explore how to use the environment, interactions and relationships to provide infants and toddlers a safe, structured environment. 

Early Learning Assessment (ELA)  (12 HRS, COK 8 Hrs Professionalism/4Hrs Child Development)
This training will provide teachers with the skills needed to use the ELA tool.  Participants must attend all 12 hours of in class training, and pass a Simulator and Content Assessment in order to use the tool.
If you are interested in attending an ELA Training, you will need to complete the “Interest Form”.   Participants will be contacted when training will be available to your program.  Filling out this form does not require any commitment.  For more information about the ELA and the “Interest Form”, please visit the R4K Website or click here.


Influences on Child Development (3 Hours CD) 

Everything and everyone that comes in contact with a young child has an impact on their child development.  This workshop focuses on various influences on child development and how educators can make a positive difference.  Participants will identify influences on the developing child while recognizing the importance of child environments, identifying the impacts of stress and trauma and how these influences affect behaviors. 

Teaching Appropriate Behaviors (3 Hours CD) 

In this workshop you will develop an understanding of positive child guidance and strategies of proactive classroom management.  Reframe how behaviors are looked at and create a more positive child care environment for all. In addition, professionals will be able to develop strategies for helping children learn from inappropriate behaviors that result from a lack of maturity, knowledge, and personal resources/abilities for handling situations. 

Challenging Behaviors: Individualized Positive Behavior Supports (3Hours CD)

Understanding challenging behaviors and their meaning can be the first step to helping a child change their behavior from negative to positive and avoiding negative outcomes. This workshop focuses in-depth on identifying challenging behaviors and utilizing varied strategies to replace them with other skills.  Implementing appropriate strategies in the child care program results in a better outcome for all children and the program. Recommend having taken SEFEL training or Challenging Behaviors: Providing a Positive Foundation for All Children prior to this workshop.

Challenging Behaviors: Providing a Positive Foundation for All Children (3Hours CD) 

The first step to a smoothly run program, is having a positive foundation of social emotional strategies for all children. Explore positive behavior strategies and how they can be used program wide during this interactive workshop. Learn strategies and teaching skills to help children who display challenging behaviors while also enforcing positive behaviors across the program.  Participants will learn strategies for replacing negative behaviors with a positive behavior.

Building Emotional Literacy in Young Children (3Hours CD) 
Understanding emotions is the foundation of emotional literacy for young children.  By identifying various emotions in themselves, children are able to understand the world around them and develop self-regulation skills as they mature. Children with a strong ability to identify emotions will have more successful relationships and friendships.  In this workshop, participants will learn various strategies to teach children to identify and understand emotions. 
Making Access Happen – Developmentally Appropriate Practice (6 hours) (3HRS Curr, 2 HRS CD, 1 HR Comm)
Discover ways to create a learning environment which supports developmentally appropriate practices. Participants will explore ways that our settings support DAP, understand how we can use activity centers to enhance children’s learning, and recognize how building relationships with the children in our care and their families helps promote and strengthen learning and development.

Introduction to Observation and Assessment of Children Birth through 12 yrs (3 Hours)
This training will assist child care providers with the identification of observation and assessment tools, appropriate methods of collecting and interpreting information, and the purpose for on-going assessment of children.

Supporting High Level Play (2 Hours CD) 
Childcare professionals will identify the characteristics of high level play, the importance of play-based learning, and the role of the teacher in facilitating play in the preschool and school age setting. They will also review strategies that support play based learning opportunities and environments for children.
Positive Child Guidance and Effective Interactions (3 Hours)
The childcare professional will define, demonstrate, and develop strategies for positive child guidance and discipline by examining theory and best practices.
Put the Brakes on Bullying (3 Hours)
The childcare professional will be supported with practical steps to take to respond to bullying. These skills include how to deescalate a situation, find out what happened, and support all of the students involved. Participants will gain knowledge that fosters building strong relationships within their programs, as well as creating an environment respectful of diversity, in order to prevent bullying.
Understanding Assessment: A Director’s Perspective (9 Hours) – (3 Modules, 4.5 Hours CD, 4.5 Hours Prof,) 
This training provides program administrators with and overview of the content contained in “Setting the Stage: Assessment in Early Education and Care Modules 1-5." The training lays the foundation for program administrators to understand the process of assessment and identify ways in which staff need support when implementing assessment. 
There's a Monster in My Closet - Identifying Fears, Phobias and Anxiety in Preschoolers (1 SN, 1 CD, 1CUR)
Participants will distinguish the difference between fears, phobias and anxiety.  Identify strategies, games and activities to help young children learn to cope with anxiety.  Recognize important triggers and signs to be able to assist children in coping with stress.
Developmentally Appropriate Supervision (3 Hours)
This training will provide information on the MSDE/OCC regulations and best practices for age and developmentally appropriate supervision. The childcare professional will demonstrate/describe how appropriate interactions with children through active monitoring will ensure safety and maximize learning.
Developmental Screening Overview (4 HRS) (2 Hours CD, 2 Hours PROF)
Required for all licensed staff and providers who will be conducting screening in 2017.
This training is designed for child care professionals as an overview of developmental screening and its benefits.  This training will explain the developmental screening MSDE/OCC regulation, effective communication with families, and referral processes.  This training will assist with the identification of developmental screening tools, appropriate collection of information and the purpose for on-going screening of children.  The childcare professional will be made aware of resources that are available in their community to assist providers, families and children with ongoing needs related to development.

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