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.



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

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. 

Putting Together the Pieces of Communication (3 Hours PRO) NEW!!!

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. 

Creating Effective Interactions in the Classroom (3 Hours) (2.5 Hours Prof .5 Hours CD) 
This training is designed to help program improve teacher child interactions, referencing the components of the CLASS® Tool and the ways that it can be used to enhance interactions in classrooms. It is especially appropriate for programs that are currently using or planning to use the CLASS® Observation tool as a professional development element to enhance program quality. 

Introduction to the Environmental Rating Scale (3 Hours)
The childcare professional will be introduced to the Environmental Rating Scales including the background of ERS and the use of the ERS tool to assess the child care environment. The childcare professional will demonstrate an understanding of the assessment profile and subscales used to conduct self-evaluation in promoting quality child care.

Environmental Rating Scales Part 2 (3 Hours)
The childcare professional that has used the ERS tool to assess their child care environment will be able to advance to the next level with the tool.  They will practice using the information from the ERS to create a Program Improvement Plan like the plan in the EXCELS program.

The Child Care Provider as a Professional (2 Hours) and (3 Hours)
The childcare provider will be introduced to the components of professionalism that promote a successful work environment and relationships.  Enhance your understanding of the four areas of the “Code of Ethics” and the professional organizations that strengthen the foundation of the early childhood leader.

Conflict Resolution Strategies (3 Hours)
The childcare professional will be introduced to conflict resolution strategies to develop professional and positive relationships with staff, children, families, and the community. Participants will be given the opportunity to practice a variety of methods and techniques that professionally address conflict in the child care environment.

Communication in Leadership (2 Hours)
The childcare professional will participate in a combination of discussion and role play scenarios to maximize their understanding of the key components of communication in the work place setting.  The workshop includes the completion of a professional plan of improvement. 
Communication in Leadership II (2 Hours)
Building on the concepts in Communication in Leadership, this workshop continues the exploration of key communication communicates and provides opportunities to reflect, practice, and plan for maximizing personal and professional communication skills.
Partnering and Communicating with Families (3 Hours)
The childcare professional will identify strategies for maintaining professionalism while deescalating emotionally charged situations.   Learn how communication skills such as active listening, nonverbal communication and emotional awareness can foster positive parent/teacher relationships within your program.
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.
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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