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AfterWords: Launching Lifelong Readers from Afterschool Programs

  • AfterWords 1: Prepping the Launch Pad: Literacy Development for the Flight Crew
    An introduction to the literacy development of children in grades K-8. How afterschool programs can support children's literacy development. The importance of reading aloud to children. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; School Age
  • AfterWords 2: Millions of Worlds to Explore: Welcome to Children’s & Young Adult Literature!
    Resources for selecting appropriate reading materials for grades k-8. Creating a literacy-rich environment in afterschool programs. Importance of recreational reading. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; School Age
  • AfterWords 3: All Aboard! Making Everyone Feel Welcome
    Techniques for helping all children become readers, including children with culturally diverse backgrounds, English language learners, and reluctant readers. Providing opportunities for children to read aloud. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; School Age
  • AfterWords 4: Behind the Scenes with Ground Support: Partnering with Families for the Afterschool Literacy Trip
    Introduction to partnering with families to support literacy development. Additional resources for other partnerships (libraries, schools, community). Importance of writing activities. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Families & Community Systems; 3 hours; School Age
  • AfterWords 5: Test Pilots: K-3 Literacy Support & Activities
    Literacy stages and needs in grades K-3. State learning standards. Appropriate and fun activities and projects to support literacy development. Additional reading aloud information. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; School Age
  • AfterWords 6: All Systems Go: Grades 3-6 Literacy Support & Activities
    Literacy stages and needs in grades 3-6. State learning standards. Appropriate afterschool activities and projects to support literacy development. Readers' Theater information. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; School Age
  • AfterWords 7: Solo Flights: Grades 6-8 Literacy Support & Activities
    Literacy stages and needs in grades 6-8. State learning standards. Appropriate afterschool activities and projects to support literacy development. Information on book clubs and literature circles. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; School Age

Building a Business: Certified Family Child Care Management

  • Building a Business: Certified Family Child Care Management Cohort, Set One
    Building a Business is a management training program designed for owners and operators of certified family child care facilities. The Set One segment consists of 10 hours of training focusing on developing plans for a certified family child care home based on sound business practices and developmentally appropriate practices. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 10 hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business: Certified Family Child Care Management Cohort, Set Two
    Building a Business is a management training program designed for owners and operators of certified family child care facilities. The Set Two segment consists of 50 hours of training focusing on building the structure; designing the physical environment to reflect the program mission statement and philosophy; planning the human environment; and developing effective ways to communicate with families, prospective clients, professional colleagues, neighbors, and community partners. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 50 hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 1.1: Business Owners in a Caring Profession
    Family child care is a professional business. You will discuss your identity as a business owner and list the pros and cons of certified family child care. You will define the balance between caring for children, running a successful business, and caring for the needs of yourself and your family. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 1.2: Program Values, Mission & Philosophy
    Your values are reflected in your mission statement and program philosophy. You will discuss the shared values of our child care and education profession while defining consistent values, mission, and philosophy of your family child care business. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 1.3: Legal Responsibilities & Risk Management
    As a business owner, you have legal responsibilities and business risks. You will learn about codes, regulations, and laws for certified family child care and discuss strategies to manage your risks. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 1.4: Foundation for Your Business Plan
    A business plan is the foundation for a managing a sound business. You will identify the major components of a family child care business plan. You will learn how to research the market and make business decisions about ages, ratios, group sizes, and rates. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 2.1: Planning Your Curriculum
    Your curriculum is a reflection of your values, mission, and program philosophy. You will explore various curriculum models and examine the principles of developmentally appropriate practice and assessment. You will examine your own curriculum for its reflection of your family child care philosophy. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 2.2: Staffing Your Program
    Certified family child care programs often include paid staff. You will explore the financial benefits and costs of hiring personnel and will examine federal and state requirements for staff compensation and guidelines for employee benefits. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 2.3: Building Your Budget
    Family child care business owners strive to maintain a profitable business while providing a program of quality for children and families. You will examine the process of developing a budget that forms the framework for business stability and profitability while supporting your goals for quality child care and education. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 2.4: Keeping Records
    Keeping accurate records is essential to good family child care business practices. You will examine various systems and explore the types of records to keep. You will examine a sample of software packages that could be helpful in keeping your records organized. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 2.5: Developing Policies
    Policies form the framework for effective family child care business practices. You will examine the importance of developing policies for your business that communicate your expectations of families and staff and reflect your program philosophy and mission. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 2.6: Building Quality
    It is good business to strive for excellence. You will explore ways to make program improvements by participating in state and national strategies. You will develop a plan for building quality in your own family child care program. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 3.1: Planning Your Child Care Space
    Your planning of space will set the stage for children’s learning while providing for the needs of your staff, your family, and yourself. You will explore the relationship between your program environments and your program philosophy. You will develop some guidelines for preserving a home-like atmosphere in your family child care home while protecting private space for your family. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 3.2: Managing Your Physical Environments
    Certified family child care providers manage their physical environments to comply with regulations, codes, laws and best practices. You will examine requirements and quality practices to assure a healthy, safe, accessible, and environment-friendly setting for your family child care program. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 3.3: Tour of Homes
    Touring other facilities is a great way to get new ideas. You will explore the environments of several certified family child care homes to examine the links between their program philosophies and environments. You will apply ideas to the design and development of your own program environment. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 5 hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 4.1: Hiring Staff
    Certified family child care providers often hire others, including family members, to assist with the delivery of education and care services. You will examine relevant laws and guidelines for staff recruitment, interviewing selection, and hiring and will explore the unique experiences of working with family members. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 4.2: Building Your Team
    Certified family child care providers often work with others to provide services to children and families. You will examine procedures for staff and volunteer orientation and communication about job responsibilities while exploring strategies for team-building and mutual respect. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 4.3: Supervising Others
    As a small business owner, you are often supervising the work of older youth or adults who may be family members, paid employees, or volunteers. You will examine methods for effective supervision of others and will explore ways to inform them of policies, give support and feedback on job performance, and conduct periodic evaluations. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 4.4: Supporting Professional Development
    Professional development is one of the keys to enhancing program quality. You will examine the professional development components of several support programs and will make plans to foster the professional growth of your staff and yourself. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 4.5: Partnering with Families
    Your partnership with families begins with the enrollment of their children and extends throughout your relationship with them. You will explore the development of your working partnerships and examine your ethical responsibilities to families. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 4.6: Creating a Climate of Caring
    Family child care providers must find ways to care for their staff, their own families, and themselves, all at the same time and in the same place. You will examine strategies for cultivating a positive and caring work climate for your staff and will develop clear communications about work and home life boundaries for your staff, your family, the families you serve, and yourself. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management, 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 5.1: Communicating with Families
    Effective communication with families assures an ongoing positive relationship. You will explore strategies for culturally-responsive and individually-appropriate interactions with families and ways to establish on-going communications about your philosophy and goals and children’s activities, behavior and development. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 5.2: Relationships in the Neighborhood
    Family child care homes are located in neighborhoods where people live, work, and go to school. You will select strategies to connect with your community and develop ways to partner with neighbors, schools, and businesses for the benefit of all. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 5.3: Connecting to the Profession
    Family child care providers join other providers and colleagues from other child care and education programs to form a network of support and advocacy. You will examine professional organizations and partners and will explore strategies for your continuing involvement in your professional community. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content
  • Building a Business 5.4: Promoting Your Business
    Marketing is how you communicate the worth of your family child care program to families searching for child care. You will examine and select effective promotional and marketing strategies and explore ways to make positive impressions on potential clients. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 2 ½ hours; No age related content

Building Blocks of Social and Emotional Development

  • Building Blocks of Social & Emotional Development: Building Block 1: Building Positive Relationships
    Secure attachments and positive relationships. Milestones of social and emotional development. Partnerships with families. Explore these topics and more in "Building Positive Relationships," the first chapter in the Building Blocks of Social and Emotional Development handbook. This training will focus on children aged birth to six. Note: You must take this training session first in the Building Blocks series. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 2 hours; Infant/Toddler, Preschool
  • Building Blocks of Social & Emotional Development: Building Block 2: Creating Supportive Environments
    Growth promoting learning environments. Environment and behavior. Activities to engage all children. Explore these topics and more in "Creating Supportive Environments," the second chapter in the Building Blocks of Social and Emotional handbook. This training will focus on children aged birth to six. Note: This is the second session in the Building Blocks series. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 2 hours; Infant/Toddler, Preschool
  • Building Blocks of Social & Emotional Development: Building Block 3: Guiding Children’s Behavior
    Differences between positive child guidance and punishment. Typical developmental behavior. Ways to encourage appropriate child behavior. Explore these topics and more in "Guiding Children’s Behavior," the third chapter in the Building Blocks of Social and Emotional handbook. This training will focus on children aged birth to six. Note: This is the third session in the Building Blocks series. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Understanding & Guiding Behavior; 2 hours; Infant/Toddler, Preschool
  • Building Blocks of Social & Emotional Development: Building Block 4: Responding to the Individual Child
    Observing children objectively. Developing plans of action for individual children. Communicating with families about challenging behaviors. Explore these topics and more in "Responding to the Individual Child," the fourth chapter in the Building Blocks of Social and Emotional handbook. This training will focus on children aged birth to six. Note: This is the fourth session in the Building Blocks series. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Observation & Assessment; 2 hours; Infant/Toddler, Preschool

    Director Certificate Training Series

    • Director Certificate Training Series 1: Developing a Child Care and Education Program
      Explore typical roles and responsibilities of program directors. Examine business legal structures commonly used for child care and education programs for children from birth through school age. Explore effective business practices such as conducting needs assessments, determining target markets, and developing mission statements. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 2: Planning and Evaluation of a Child Care and Education Program
      Explore effective business practices, such as developing organizational goals and strategic plans. Examine evaluation strategies for determining accomplishment of program mission, goals, and strategic plans. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 3: The Art of Leadership
      Explore a variety of management and leadership models for program administration. Develop a description of one’s own leadership style and preferences. Explore the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct as a guide for decision-making in a child care program. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 4: Legal Issues
      Examine codes, regulations, and laws relevant to the delivery of childhood care and education programs. Apply legal and regulatory requirements to the development and review of program handbooks for staff and families. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 5: Educational Programming: Program Models
      Examine samples of childhood care and education philosophies for children of various ages from birth through school age. Develop a description of your own program philosophy, curriculum, and environment, reflective of the goals of the program, staff, and clients. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 6: Educational Programming: Best Practices
      Explore concepts of developmentally- and culturally-appropriate practice. Examine ways to build quality in childhood care and education programs for children of various ages from birth through school age. Develop a quality improvement plan for your childhood care and education program. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 7: Accounting Principles
      Explore bookkeeping methods and common accounting terminology. Examine computer hardware and software applications for accounting and financial reporting. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 8: Staffing Costs
      Examine teaching and support staff cost issues including differences by age of children, living wages, equity, and retention. Examine typical personnel costs for compensation and benefits. Explore costs for training, professional development, and incentives. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 9: Financial Planning
      Examine principles of budget development, review, and adjustment for child care programs. Apply strategies of budgeting and cash flow management to the planning and administration of your program. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 10: Resource Development
      Examine various federal, state, local, and private revenue sources for both profit and non-profit programs. Apply principles of grant writing and fund-raising to the enhancement of funding of your program. Explore community partnerships and resources for program development and professional development of staff. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 11: Staff Recruitment and Selection
      Explore recruitment and selection strategies to build a highly qualified and diverse staff for programs of various age groups of children. Examine relevant laws, non-discrimination guidelines, and professional ethics for recruiting, screening, interviewing, and selecting staff. Develop policies and procedures for staff recruitment and selection in your program. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 12: Staff Supervision
      Examine Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) laws relevant to child care personnel. Examine principles of supervision of staff. Explore strategies for team-building, morale-building, and respecting diversity and individual differences. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 13: Professional Development of Staff
      Examine guidelines for staff performance evaluations. Explore staff training and education options and professional development planning. Examine strategies for recognition of staff for accomplishment of professional development goals. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 14: Facility Management
      Examine rules, codes, and guidelines for child care center certification, fire safety, sanitation, child nutrition, and disaster preparedness. Develop plans for space usage in your child care facility. Explore options for food service, custodial services, and security practices for child care programs. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 15: Designing Program Environments
      Apply principles of developmentally appropriate environments for children from birth through school-age program environment design. Develop program environments reflective of cultures of families, staff, and community. Explore the links between program philosophies and goals and the design and development of program environments. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 16: Environments in Action: Program Tours
      Explore diverse program environments. Link program philosophies to the design and development of program environments. Apply ideas gained from observations of program environments to the design and development of your program environment. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 17: Internal Communications
      Explore ways to maintain a positive work climate for staff. Examine strategies for conducting effective meetings. Explore communication strategies with boards and administrative committees. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 18: Partnerships with Families
      Examine the development of partnerships with families to share in the care and education of children in child care programs. Explore strategies for culturally responsive and age-appropriate connections with each child’s family. Examine the development of policies and procedures for respectful, consistent, and ongoing communications with families. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 19: Professional and Community Relationships
      Examine the benefits to developing collegial partnerships for networking and support. Explore professional organizations and partners relevant to child care program directors and program staff. Explore strategies for professional involvement in the community. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content
    • Director Certificate Training Series 20: Marketing
      Examine effective marketing strategies to recruit families and increase program visibility in the community. Explore practices for making positive “first impressions” on potential clients and funders. Develop marketing strategies for use in your program. Set Two; Core Knowledge Category: Program Management; 3 hours; No age related content

    Discovering Potentials: Social & Emotional Development of School-Age Children

    • Discovering Potentials 1.1: Rhythms of Change
      In the years between ages 5 and 12, children make dramatic changes in development. After looking at an overview of major theories of development, we will begin to form realistic pictures of the needs and “missions” of children in the school-age years. As practitioners, we will begin to know how to support their needs in our programs. This is the first session in Module One and must be taken first in the series. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; School Age
    • Discovering Potentials 1.2: What’s the Brain Got to Do with It? 
      Children’s brains grow and change in the school-age years. We will look at how the brain develops and its connections to emotional experiences and stress. Practitioners will learn how they can support children in stress. This is the second session in Module One. Participants must have completed Discovering Potentials 1.1 before taking this session. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; School Age
    • Discovering Potentials 1.3: The Social-Emotional Connections 
      The school-age years are prime time for developing social and emotional skills. We will see how emotional competence is connected to social behavior. Practitioners will learn how they can help children develop emotional and social competencies. This is the third session in Module One. Participants must have completed Discovering Potentials 1.2 before taking this session. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; School Age
    • Discovering Potentials 1:4: The Value of Relationships 
      Friends and friendships are everything to school age children, and relationships with adults are as important as those with peers. We will learn the value of relationships in positive social and emotional development. Practitioners will plan ways that they can provide opportunities for children to gain social and emotional competencies and relationship skills. This is the fourth session in Module One. Participants must have completed Discovering Potentials 1.3 before taking this session. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; School Age

      Early Words: Language and Literacy Development 2014

      • Session One: Hey, Baby! Can We Talk?Communication between babies and care givers forms the foundation of early language and literacy development.  In this session, participants will learn to respond to baby's cues and understand the basics of creating literacy rich environments for infants.  Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 2 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • Session Two: Again! Again!Toddlers are always on-the-go as they try to understand the workings of their world. In this Early Words Language and Literacy 2014 session, participants will learn about literacy rich environments for toddlers and gain the basics of engaging busy little ones in language and literacy activities. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 2 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • Session Three: Leap into Language & LiteracyLanguage and Literacy development is essential for children of all ages and backgrounds. Come and learn how to encourage language and literacy development for the children in your program by focusing on the Five Literacy Practices (talking, reading, writing, singing and playing) identified and adapted from the Every Child Ready to Read curriculum available through your local library.  Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 2 hours; Infant/Toddler, Preschool 
      • Session Four: The Magic of Children’s LiteratureBooks can transport us to magical places! This session will offer a basic understanding of how to incorporate developmentally appropriate books in to the early care and education setting as well as an understanding of how to read books to young children. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 2 hours; Infant/Toddler, Preschool
      • Session Five: Snuggle Up & Read: Partnering with Families to Support Literacy DevelopmentParents play a critical role in helping children to develop language and literacy skills.  This session will offer basic information regarding barriers and solutions to parent participation in children's literacy development.  Ideas for strengthening parent involvement in care and education programs will also be presented. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Families & Community Systems; 2 hours; No age group focus

      Eco-Healthy Child Care: Small Steps to Improve Children's Health

      • Eco-Healthy Child Care: Small Steps to Improve Children’s Health
        Early years of life are critical to shaping future health. Research links toxicants found in households to health concerns, from asthma to learning disabilities. Small steps to reduce exposure make a big difference to children’s health. Learn simple ways to ensure that your child care facility is a healthy environment. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Health, Safety & Nutrition; 2 hours; No age-related content

      Every Child Ready to Read At Your Library

      • Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library: Print Motivation, Vocabulary, and Reading Books
        Is there a newborn to five-year-old child in your life? Do you want them to become good readers? Come, hear, and enjoy new nursery rhymes and songs! Learn what to do to help children enjoy books. Discover how to help children learn new words. Have fun reading books! Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler, Preschool 
      • Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library: Phonological Awareness, Letter Knowledge, and Phonological Awareness Games
        Showing sounds and letters can make your newborn to five-year-old child a better reader! Discover how you can help children hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. Find out how to help children learn about letters. Enjoy learning new nursery rhymes and songs! HAVE FUN PLAYING SOUND GAMES! Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler, Preschool 
      • Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library: Print Awareness, Narrative Skills, and Dialogic Reading
        Is your newborn to five-year-old child ready to read? Come and learn how to help children describe things and events and tell stories. Discover what to do so children notice print and understand how books work. Hear and enjoy new nursery rhymes and songs! HAVE FUN WITH HEAR AND SAY! Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler, Preschool

      First Connections: Infant & Toddler Development & Care

      • First Connections 1: Development of Social & Emotional Competence
        The vision of social and emotional development of children is the development of self, social skills, and guidance. Participants will gain an overview of temperament differences and will discuss the “goodness of fit” to respond to the needs of the individual child. CORE SESSION. Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 2: Getting in Tune with Infants & Toddlers
        The nurturing relationship between an infant and caregiver is the heart of quality infant care. When caregivers respond in a way that meets the children’s needs, they are “in tune”. Through watching, acting, and adapting, caregivers can learn the responsive process to build nurturing relationships. CORE SESSION. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 3: Developing Emotional Strengths
        Young children experience a series of distinctive social-emotional stages as they grow. The emotional grounding in early stages provides the foundation for development in later stages. A caregiver’s role is to understand these stages and learn how to support infants and toddlers in their development of life’s first feelings. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 4: Supporting Emotional Development
        Children benefit when their caregivers are warm, patient, and admiring of their achievements. Responsive caregivers are partners in play and other interactions. Effective caregivers adjust their behaviors to fit the neeeds of each individual child. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 5: Guiding Social Behavior
        The roots to the socialization process of very young children include establishing trust, preventing discipline problems, giving infants time to learn, and using appropriate guidance strategies. Caregivers can use socialization techniques to guide children. The caregiver’s sensitivity to the child’s readiness and need for guidance and socialization will help the child build inner controls and self-esteem. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Understanding & Guiding Behavior; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler
      • First Connections 6: First Moves - Introducing Children to a New Group
        Separation is a major issue in infant and toddler care for children, parents, and caregivers. When children join new groups, caregivers can follow their cues to provide the kind of comfort and support the child needs. Caregivers and parents can develop a partnership in the care of the child that emphasizes child care as a support, not a substitute for the family. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Understanding & Guiding Behavior; 2 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 7: Environment of Respectful Caregiving
        Respectful caregiving is the basis of quality environments for infants and toddlers. When caregivers give “full attention”, they can observe and respect children’s abilities and points of view. Simple toys that can be used in a variety of ways are valuable learning tools. CORE SESSION. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 8: Environment of Relationships
        Primary care encourages the forming of close, intimate relationships between caregivers, children, and their families. When very young children in care are in environments with small groups and a limited number of caregivers, they develop deep relationships and trust in the world. Planning for continuity of care supports the development of attachments with caregivers and peers. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 9: Space to Grow
        Well-designed environments for infants and toddlers support comfort and well-being of children and caregivers. Thoughtful arrangement of activity areas creates a peaceful, pleasant, and engaging context for play and routines. Environments that are responsive to the changing needs of infants and toddlers support their use of materials and equipment. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 10: Routines & Relationships
        Daily routines, such as feeding, diapering, arrivals and departures, create intimate bonds between child and caregiver. Routines provide important learning opportunities for infants and toddlers. Accurate written records on routines can be used to reflect on children’s growth and development and to share knowledge with families. CORE SESSION. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 11: Discoveries of Infancy
        Infancy is a period rich in intellectual development. Infants and toddlers discover the basics of all understanding in their first three years. They learn through an active process of interacting with the world, using their senses and their bodies in an atmosphere of warm relationships with those who care for them. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 12: Supporting Early Learning
        Caregivers support learning in the early years by being responsive to infants’ cues. When caregivers are sensitive to children’s interests in and readiness for play, they will reach out to make important discoveries. Adults can guide children’s learning by providing time, spaces and materials that invite play and active exploration. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 13: The Ages of Infancy
        Infancy is the period of greatest change and growth in life. As infants progress through stages in their first three years, they have unique developmental and learning characteristics. When caregivers understand the needs of infants at different stages, they will support healthy learning and development. CORE SESSION. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 14: Early Language & Communication
        Infants are powerful communicators, even from their earliest days of life. As they develop their language skills, they use sound signals, gestures, and words to express their needs, interests, and joyful discoveries. When caregivers attend to and respond to infants’ communications in play and routines, they are encouraging practice in using and understanding language. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 15: Communication - Friendly Programs
        Support for children’s home language helps children establish a strong sense of connection and identification with their families. Whether learning one language or two, most children master language at their own pace. When caregivers create communication-friendly environments, they are supporting the language development of each individual child. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 16: Partnerships with Families
        The quality of care for infants and toddlers is greatly influenced by the caregiver-family partnerships. Caregivers can begin to establish a welcoming partnership when children are first enrolled. Successful parent involvement relies on a variety of strategies that encourage comfortable and mutually rewarding ways for participation. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Families & Community Systems; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 17: Protective Urges
        Caregivers and families share intense feelings about caring for infants. We instinctively strive to protect the young. While these “protective urges” can lead to respectful and responsive partnerships with families, they can also interfere with the relationship. Caregivers can work to help parents with their anxieties while dealing with their own feelings. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Families & Community Systems; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 18: Cultural Sensitivity
        Cultural sensitivity is a commitment to understand and support the values, practices, attitudes of people. By providing culturally sensitive child care, caregivers build children’s confidence, competence, and connections. To become cultually sensitive, each person must begin with an awareness of her of his own cultural identity and beliefs. Developing sensitive program policies and negotiating cultural conflicts help caregivers form partnerships with families. CORE SESSION. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Diversity; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 19: Culture, Development & Learning
        Culture influences development and learning, and child care practices reflect cultural beliefs. Infants learn about their culture mainly through routines, language, and adult-child interactions. Caregivers support children’s needs for consistency and security by recognizing, respecting, and supporting each child’s connection to family and culture. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Diversity; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 20: Resolving Cultural Issues
        Resolution of conflicts with parents about caregiving practices is essential to establishing a nurturing environment for children. The problem-solving process of “acknowledge, ask, and adapt” is an important tool for respectful ways to solve issues caused by cultural differences. Caregivers can use this process to support children’s and adult’s identity and way of being in the world. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Diversity; 3 hours; Infant/Toddler 
      • First Connections 21: Respecting Staff Diversity
        Each caregivers belongs to a culture that reflects her or his origin, experiences and values. When a program creates a safe emotional climate, each staff member feels respected and valued as a cultural being. Caregivers can develop agreements for being culturally responsive to each other and to the children and families in their care. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Diversity; 2 hours; Infant/Toddler

      In the Mix: School-Age Children in Family Child Care

      • In the Mix 1: Joys and Challenges of Mixed-Age Child Care
        Family child care often includes a blend of older and younger children. The mix of ages can be a joy or a challenge! We will discuss how family child care can be helpful to the development of school-age children as well as the younger ones. We will describe the unique developmental interests and needs of school-age children and youth and younger children and will plan ways to meet the challenges of mixed ages in family child care. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 2 hours; School Age 
      • In the Mix 2: Positive Relationships in Family Child Care
        Relationships form the heart of quality family child care. Providers establish unique relationships with each child in care. School-age children form positive relationships with their same-age peers and with younger children in care. We will describe how these special relationships are important for child development and will make plans to enhance relationships in family child care. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 2 hours; School Age 
      • In the Mix 3: Connecting School-Age Children, Families, and Communities
        A provider’s partnerships with the children’s families and with other significant adults in the community are important for the development of the children. School-age children need positive relationships with their families and with other caring adults. We will make plans to enhance these important relationships in family child care. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Families & Community Systems; 2 hours; School Age 
      • In the Mix 4: Developmental Needs and Interests of School-Age Children
        Understanding typical development of both younger and older children in family child care is the key to planning caring environments and stimulating activities. School-age children and youth have some unique developmental needs and interests that can be supported by knowledgeable and caring providers. We will describe these characteristics and discuss ways to welcome school-age children into family child care. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Human Growth & Development; 2 hours; School Age 
      • In the Mix 5: Creating Spaces for School-Age Children in Family Child Care
        Planning your family child care environment to meet the needs of children of mixed ages can be very tricky! Making your environment interesting, challenging, and appropriate for school-age children must be balanced with the developmental interests and safety needs of younger children. You will find ways to plan your environment to support the care and learning of all ages. Set One; Core Knowledge Category; Learning Environments & Curriculum; 2 hours; School Age 
      • In the Mix 6: Activities for Mixed Ages in Family Child Care
        Planning activities for the different ages of children in your family child care setting can be challenging. School-age children and youth have interests and needs that may be very different from the younger children. You will gain ideas for activities that will be engaging and developmentally appropriate for school-age children and ones that will be inclusive of all the ages together. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 2 hours; School Age 
      • In the Mix 7: Guiding Behavior of School-Age Children in Family Child Care
        School-age children and youth bring their own unique needs, interests, and behaviors to the mix of ages in family child care. Strategies for guiding behavior of the older children will differ from those of the younger children. You will identify developmental characteristics to help you understand and guide the behavior of school-age children from 5 to 12 years of age. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Understanding & Guiding Behavior; 2 hours; School Age

        Opening Doors to Inclusive Afterschool Programs

        • Opening Doors to Include Afterschool Programs Module 1: Introduction to Inclusion
          This session provides the context for creating inclusive afterschool programs. Topics will include an overview of the history of support for children and youth with disabilities; the legal, moral and ethical reasons for inclusion; and the importance of "person first" language. Participants will identify barriers to inclusion, as well as the benefits of having an inclusive program for children and youth. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs; 2 hours; School Age 
        • Opening Doors to Include Afterschool Programs Module 2: Respectful Accommodations
          Making your program accessible to young people with disabilities will require creative and responsive accommodations. This workshop provides an overview of the philosophy of inclusion and insight into what constitutes a "respectful accommodation." Includes specific examples of accommodations. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs; 2 hours; School Age 
        • Opening Doors to Include Afterschool Programs Module 3: Supporting Positive Behavior
          All children display some type of behavioral challenge. However, some have a more difficult time managing their behavior, sometimes related to their disability. This workshop will focus on prevention and creating supporting environments. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Understanding & Guiding Behavior; 2 hours; School Age 
        • Opening Doors to Include Afterschool Programs Module 4: Partnering with Families
          Creating partnerships with families will help you provide the best service to all children and youth. We’ll discuss how to communicate successfully with parents, how to set up your relationship for success and what to do when challenges arise. We’ll also discuss how to build trust with families and how to handle confidentiality issues. Have a welcoming, supporting inclusive afterschool. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs; 2 hours; School Age

        Oregon Kids - Healthy and Safe

        • Oregon Kids – Healthy and Safe 
          How do you keep young children safe and healthy in your care and education program? How can you protect health and prevent injuries? Come to learn about the most common illnesses and injuries and how to prevent them. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Health, Safety & Nutrition, 3 hours. No age-related content

        Proteger A Los Niños Es Nuestro Deber

        • Proteger a Los Niños Es Nuestro Deber! (Protecting The Children Is Our Duty!)
          Child care and education providers are among those persons who are mandatory reporters of suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect in the state of Oregon. Participants will learn to recognize child abuse and the process for reporting incidents of child abuse or neglect for which they have reasonable cause to believe have occurred. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Health, Safety & Nutrition, 3 hours, No age-related content
        • ¡Proteger A Los Niños Es Nuestro Deber! Nivel 2 
          Child care and education providers must fulfill their mandatory reporter roles while supporting children and families. Participants will examine the impact of child abuse and neglect on child and family development, the stress factors impacting families, and how to respond to families of children for whom they suspect abuse. Set 2, Core Knowledge Categories: Families & Community Systems, Health, Safety & Nutrition, 3 hours, Infant-Toddler, Preschool, School Age

        Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect

        • Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect
          Child care and education providers are among those persons who are mandatory reporters of suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect in the state of Oregon. Participants will learn the process for reporting incidents of child abuse or neglect for which they have reasonable cause to believe have occurred. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Health, Safety & Nutrition, 2 hours, No age-related content 
        • Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect with Additional Information on Child Sexual Abuse
          Child care and education providers are among those persons who are mandatory reporters of suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect in the state of Oregon. Participants will learn the process for reporting incidents of child abuse or neglect for which they have reasonable cause to believe have occurred. Information on recognizing child sexual abuse will be included. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Health, Safety & Nutrition, 3 hours, No age-related content

          Teaching Research Assistance to Child Care Providers Serving Children with Special Needs (TRAC)

          • TRAC: Foundations for Supporting Children’s Learning & Development
            This unit serves as a foundation for the other units in the TRAC Curriculum and includes information that will enable participants to have an understanding of child development and to provide an environment appropriate for all children, including children with special needs. Participants attending this 18-hour session will leave with an idea of additional units they would like to complete as well as a work plan for implementing skills learned in training. Set One; Core Knowledge Categories: Human Growth & Development (3 hours), Learning Environments & Curriculum (10 hours), Special Needs (5 hours); 18 hours total; Preschool 
          • TRAC: Designing Environments to Support Children’s Learning
            Current literature supports the concept that a developmentally appropriate environment is essential for meeting the needs of all children. This 12-hour workshop will enable the participant to obtain some in-depth information on early childhood practices. Environmentally based curricula and the use of play as a teaching tool will be emphasized. In this unit the participant will: gain information regarding the relationship between Developmentally Appropriate Practices and using an environmentally based curriculum, the use of interest areas, how to do instructional planning for the classroom, effectively setting up and using interest areas in the classroom, using assessment to determine effective teaching strategies and how to plan for and facilitate large group activities. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Learning Environments & Curriculum; 12 hours; Preschool 
          • TRAC: Partnering with Parents to Support Children’s Learning
            Considering that children’s early development is the foundation for their later success in school, it is imperative that parents and early childhood educators work together to get them off to a good start. During this 6-hour unit participants will increase their knowledge of strategies to facilitate family involvement and learn information that will assist them in developing positive relationships with families. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Families & Community Systems; 6 hours; Preschool 
          • TRAC: Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviors
            In this unit, participants will examine a variety of intervention strategies for use with children exhibiting challenging behaviors. During this 10-hour workshop participants will learn the elements of behavior management, the factors that enhance and facilitate prosocial behavior, and the process of developing a positive behavior support plan. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs; 10 hours; Preschool 
          • TRAC: Supporting Children with Disabilities
            This unit provides information to assist the early childhood teacher or child care provider to make adaptations that will allow children with disabilities to participate in typical preschool activities. This is a 6-hour workshop. In this unit the participant will gain information on causes and characteristics of common disabilities, about disability awareness techniques to use with preschool children, specific strategies for supporting children with speech and language delays and specific strategies for supporting children with attention, distractibility, and/or impulse control difficulties. Set One; Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs; 6 hours; Preschool