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Understanding Autism (3 Hours) NEW!!!

Understanding the basics of working with children that have Autism is the starting point to providing inclusive care for all children.  In this workshop, participants will begin to understand what an Autism diagnosis means and how to plan appropriate supports.  Learn strategies and techniques to meet the needs of all children in an inclusive program. 

ADHD, Strategies and Understanding (3 Hours)  NEW!!!

Supporting children who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) requires specific strategies and understanding. This workshop addresses a variety of strategies to adapt the environment and interactions to support all children. Early childhood professionals will gain a further understanding of ADHD and how to support children and families through this interactive workshop. 

STEM with Infants and Toddlers (2 hours) NEW!!! 

Training Description: Experiential STEM learning begins at birth. As caregivers and teachers, we recognize that infants and toddlers are very active learners and that we need to introduce the principles of STEM to them in different ways than we do with older children. In this training we will address how infants and toddlers learn, what is the role of the caregiver and teacher and how do we support STEM learning in young children, as well as what are some STEM activities for our youngest learners. 

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. 

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. 

High Level Questioning to Encourage Thinking (2 Hours CUR) 

Utilizing developmentally appropriate high-level questions with young children can expand their learning by encouraging complex thinking.  In this interactive workshop, you will learn about developmentally appropriate strategies that promote and support open ended questions, multi word responses, and problem-solving skills. Practice using the high-level questioning strategies to plan ways to include the strategies in daily classroom routines 2 Curriculum 

Self-Reflection – A Mirror of Success (3 Hours PRO) 

All too often we forget about ourselves. Self-reflection is a vital practice for early childhood educators to improve their practice when working with young children and families. In this workshop, participants will learn how important it is to have an anti-bias program and to make sure they stay in line with their professional goals.  Participants will identify and utilize skills and attitudes that reflect positive, responsible, sensitive, and respectful attitudes in working with all children and their families. 3 Professionalism 

Transition Strategies for Individuals and Families (3 Hours CUR) 

Transitions can be difficult for both adults and children.  This workshop focuses on establishing routines to support daily transitions into and out of the program. Educators can partner with families to ease the stress that often accompanies transitions.  Understanding and supporting all children at times of change, transitions or separation can positively influence both the school and home environment.

Putting Together the Pieces of Communication (3 Hours PRO) 

Working in partnership with others in your program can present unique challenges.  This workshop explores various communication, listening styles, and thinking styles and how they influence your work in child care.  Participants will reflect on your own styles, and the styles of others, including children. Understanding all the pieces of communication will allow participants to put the pieces together so that they can understand the best way to communicate and work with others. 

Building a Social and Emotional Foundation to Minimize Challenging Behaviors (3 HoursCUR) 

Early childhood educators are always looking for new tools to help their program run smoothly.  This training will give you strategies and information to put in your “toolbox” to minimize challenging behaviors. Strategies to make your classroom a calmer, more mindful place for children and teachers. Strategies will include visuals, strategies for preventing challenging behavior, ways to teach children to safely express themselves and learn to self-regulate.

Transition Strategies Using Visuals  (3 Hours CUR) 

Learn how to use your daily schedule and other visuals to make transitions easier, more efficient and engaging for children. Establishing and creating a predictable schedule and routine can reduce the stress of transitions and change for children. Explore varied strategies to teach children schedules and routines, predict transitions and changes in routines in this workshop.  ​Participants will identify how to use transition strategies and schedules to teach while also minimizing transitions and wait time.

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.

Tinkering with STEM (3 Hours CUR) 

Investigating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a wonderful way to engage children in developmentally appropriate activities in your program. Participants will learn about activities and strategies that support children’s exploration of STEM experiences, props and materials. Exploration of how making and tinkering extend the understanding of STEM concepts and practices and identify specific strategies that can be used in a variety of settings.

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.
Engaging All Families (3 Hours COM) 
Family engagement in early childhood programs benefits children, program staff, and families. The development of strong relationships between early childhood programs and families is a critical component of developmentally appropriate practices for young children.  This workshop looks at family engagement as a foundation for early childhood by overcoming barriers and encouraging programs to include all families.  Participants will utilize the Family Engagement Framework to develop strategies unique to the needs of diverse families. 
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.

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.

Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations
Can be taken as individual or combined workshops/certificate distributed at the conclusion of each workshop:
Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations is a series of coordinated modules designed by NAEYC for teaching and administrative staff in early childhood programs. NAEYC designed this program to meet several goals:  
  • Increase early childhood professionals' understanding of the concepts that are the foundation or FRAMEWORK for FAMILY-CENTERED CARE, preparing participants for the family-teacher partnership and helping them to build these partnerships. 
  • Create a SAFE FORUM for reflection and discussion about family-teacher partnerships. 
  • Provide an opportunity to witness EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS in action and to practice newly acquired skills. 
  • Build the capacity of the early childhood education field-consistent with the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standard 7, Families, and that standard's Accreditation Criteria-to improve EARLY CHILDHOOD PRACTICE in appropriate and effective ways. 
Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations Module 1: Principles of Family Centered Care (2 Hours)
Principles of Family-Centered Care explores the reasons that conversations with families can be challenging. It introduces participants to NAEYC’s five principles of family-centered care and identifies how these are foundations for effective communication. This session also discusses the “good idea’ and “healthy impulse” that motivates families. 
Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations Module 2: Communication Skills and Strategies (2 Hours)
Communication Skills and Strategies focuses on effective communication strategies such as listening and questioning skills and verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Participants will demonstrate a range of effective communication skills and strategies through role playing and reframing questions that will improve conversations with families and maintain positive relationships.
Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations Module 3: Setting Limits (2 Hours)
Setting Limits focuses on types of challenging conversations and communication strategies that support effectively setting limits with families. Recognize the range of situations that require setting a limit, in turn turning conversations into positive partnerships.  Discover how personal reflection builds awareness with limit setting with families.
Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations Module 4: When a Teacher Has a Concern
(2 Hours)
When a Teacher Has a Concern focuses on effective strategies to use when a teacher has a concern and initiates a challenging conversation. Participants will recognize the 5 different outcomes that are possible when there is a difference of opinion.  Learn how to communicate difficult news through shared power and decision-making strategies.
Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations Module 5: When a Family Member Has a Concern (2 Hours)
 When a Family Member Has a Concern focuses on effective strategies to use when a parent has a concern and initiates a challenging conversation. Recognize the “healthy impulse” or “good idea” that motivates parents. Learn how to keep conversations remaining in a two-way dialogue in order to maintain a strength-based decision-making model.

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