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Getting Children Out in Nature

This class is offered at a discounted rate, due to special funding! Research tells us that outdoor time impacts children’s abilities to regulate and lower cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body. It also improves children's general health, so they can be physically (not just academically) school-ready. Come hear about risky play such as climbing, jumping, going barefoot, etc. and...
When: 11/11/2020 2:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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Strengthening Communication with Families During COVID-19

It’s always been important to have open, positive communication with families.  Now, with physical distancing precautions at drop-off and pick-up, it can be difficult for families and providers to share information with one another.  Join us in discussing what has been working well and what has been challenging as you build and strengthen your relationships with children’s parents and caregivers. ...
When: 10/28/2020 1:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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Building Relationships with Children and Youth Who Challenge Us

This class is for caregivers of preschool and school-age children. Have you ever been secretly pleased when one of the children in your group is absent? The temperaments of some children, when combined with our own temperaments, make relationships especially hard. This class will help you take an honest look at children and your feelings about them. Explore what professionals...
When: 10/29/2020 1:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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A Mindshift in Considering School-Age Children's Behaviors

This class is for those who care for school-age children. Do you wonder why children act the way they do? Are you seeking answers for how to support school-age children and help them through challenging behaviors when the traditional methods have not worked? Come and learn about a theory that will help to broaden your understanding of where children’s behaviors...
When: 11/06/2020 2:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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Introduction to Best Practices: Learning Activities

This is one of six modules in the “Best Practices Series” that supports Early Achievers by emphasizing high-quality adult practices measured by tools like the ERS-3. This session will introduce best practices for maximizing children’s use of blocks, fine motor, dramatic play, music, and art materials. Come explore what research says about how children learn, what adults can do to...
When: 11/13/2020 2:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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Navigating the Nurture Structure Highway

We want to give children freedom and choices, but we know we shouldn’t overindulge them. Come explore the “Nurture Structure Highway” analogy and learn to effectively set boundaries, provide support, and build respectful relationships with children without being too firm or too soft. Practice taking ownership over choices; the opposite of “no” is not always “yes.” This class will take...
When: 11/18/2020 2:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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School Age Programs: Environments, Materials & Activities

Between class meetings and homework time, how can childcare providers support school age children throughout the year? By providing an engaging environment and materials, you can spark children’s creativity, inspire group projects, and support new friendships. Create a potions lab where children can conduct their own “experiments,” a rich art area with materials that invite creativity, or a loose parts...
When: 11/19/2020 2:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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Conquering Math Phobia through High-Quality Play with Preschoole

What's the difference between a simple and repeating pattern? What is an algebraic function? What are mathematical reasoning materials? Are you preparing young children for Kindergarten math? If these questions bring anxiety and fear to the surface for you, you may be like many people who have math phobia! Let's conquer that phobia and bring this back to the concept...
When: 11/20/2020 2:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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Trauma-Informed Early Learning

It's the little boy who bangs his head on the wall. It's the 4-year-old girl who throws the chair in anger. It's the 2-year-old who hits, bites, pushes, and falls down in a rapid melt-down. These could be the faces of traumatized children. This class will support early childhood educators in discovering why some children behave the way they do....
When: 12/11/2020 2:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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Why Toddlers Bite and How to Handle It (Book Study)

This is a 2-part class that requires reading between sessions. Those who register will be gifted a copy of the book, No Biting: Solutions and Supports for Toddler Programs. Biting hurts toddlers, frustrates caregivers, angers parents, and often confounds administrators. Yet, biting is unfortunately not unexpected in group childcare. It can affect any toddler in any group setting and can...
When: 11/24/2020 2:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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Introduction to Best Practices: Interactions

This is one of six modules in the “Best Practices Series” that supports Early Achievers by emphasizing high-quality adult practices measured by tools like the ERS-3. This session will introduce best practices for teachers as they interact with children individually, in groups, and among their peers. We will examine interactions that promote self-regulation, provide proactive tips to use every day,...
When: 12/09/2020 2:30AM UTC
Where: Online - Zoom
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