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Online Courses – January – July 2024

Observing And Documenting With A Reggio Inspired Lens – Zoom online platform

Wednesday, February 21, 2024; 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Trainer: Sheryl Warner

KCF IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development

Class Fee: $10.00

Explore how observing and documenting children’s learning is critical to helping them achieve mastery of skills. In this virtual Zoom training examine authentic assessment, photos and work samples to organize, reflect on and communicate the needs and interests of children. Apply these observing and documenting skills to make learning visible, plan curriculum and facilitate parent communication.

Alphabet Soup: PLAY, ECIPs, & DAP – ONLINE VERSION

Tuesday, March 5, 2024; 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Trainer: Theresa Peplinski

KCF I: Child Development and Learning

Class Fee: $10.00

Explore the definitions of play and developmentally appropriate practice (DAP). Examine Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs) and how to support these domains playfully. Discuss what curriculum means and how it relates to play-based learning. This VIRTUAL class is designed for early childhood educators working with children under school age.

ONLINE Play: The Process and Problems

Thursday, March 28, 2024; 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Trainer: Heather Newville

KCF I: Child Development and Learning

Class Fee: $10.00

Play can seem like a frivolous activity, yet research shows it is an essential part of child development. Examine the developmental stages of play, identify the ways in which a caregiver can support child development through play, and problem-solve challenges to a child’s play.

Math Matters ONLINE

Wednesday, April 3, 2024; 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Trainer: Theresa Peplinski

KCF II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development

Class Fee: $10.00

Early mathematics is highly relevant for future educational learning. Gain a deeper understanding of how to build early math skills in this ONLINE course. Learn how to create intentional experiences to build skills specific to the Minnesota Department of Education Academic Standards in Mathematics: Kindergarten. Explore facts and myths about mathematical education for girls and boys along with implications for future educational and employment skills and opportunities.

Preventing and Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment – VIRTUAL

Wednesday, April 10, 2024; 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Trainer: Theresa Peplinski

KCF VII.B: Ensuring Safety

Class Fee: $10.00

Learn definitions of child abuse and maltreatment along with reporting requirements for licensed family child care providers in the state of Minnesota. Examine the reporting process and discover what happens with information after reports are made. Gain knowledge of resources to strengthen and support families at risk.

Strategies to Support Dramatic Play Without the Drama (Online)

Tuesday, April 23, 2024; 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Trainer: Heather Newville

KCF II.E: Promoting Creative Development

Class Fee: $10.00

Break down dramatic play into the basic elements. Define dramatic play, learn ways to support dramatic play at many ages and environments, and be able to share the reasons children need dramatic play experiences to foster a wide range of development across many domains.

ONLINE Social and Emotional Development- An Individual Approach to Positive Guidance

Wednesday, May 8, 2024; 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Trainer: Sherry Tiegs

KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Class Fee: $10.00

ONLINE- Engage in positive guidance strategies that meet the unique developmental needs of each child. Apply new knowledge to support social and emotional development and children’s behavior. Reduce barriers and increase the achievement of children by recognizing supportive behavior guidance techniques that build developmental skills.

Embracing Diversity And Inclusion Through Children’s Literature ONLINE

Thursday, May 9, 2024; 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Trainer: Theresa Peplinski

KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Class Fee: $10.00

Utilize the power of children’s literature to support emotional development, build acceptance, tolerance, and understanding among the children in your care. Normalize differences and embrace diversity using books. Explore how to promote positive interactions and inclusive conversations that may be sparked through books and reading. Move your program into a culture of inclusion, integration, and acceptance by fostering cooperation and positive interactions between children. Review books that celebrate diversity by participating in interactive learning during group discussions. Learn techniques to use in your program to promote understanding of human differences and similarities.

ONLINE The Business Of Childcare: Separating The Personal From The Professional

Wednesday, June 12, 2024; 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Trainer: Heather Newville

KCF III: Relationships with Families

Class Fee: $10.00

Discover relationship building benefits to separating the personal and professional parts of your program. Learn to set professional boundaries that allow providers to feel free to show the caring side of childcare without the fear of being taken advantage of or treated with disrespect. See how families who understand those boundaries are more comfortable working as a team and respecting the policies and procedures in the program. Examine personal and professional interactions in the family childcare setting, evaluate ways to set personal boundaries, and identify ways small changes can highlight business practices and lead to professionalism.

ONLINE- Talking with Families About What Children Learn Through Play

Wednesday, June 26, 2024; 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Trainer: Sherry Tiegs

KCF III: Relationships with Families

Class Fee: $10.00

Online- Create a strategy to communicate how play supports a child’s developmental skills and their approaches to learning with families. Discover how cultural differences affect play and parent expectations. Develop a communication play that supports relationships with children and families in your program.