Early Care and Education Workshops
Introducing a new approach to professional development
We are changing our approach to providing professional development opportunities to better serve the early childhood community. In much the same way that everything you do in the classroom is intentional and designed to maximize children’s learning, we want to make sure that all of our professional development offerings are designed specifically to maximize your learning and effectiveness in the classroom.
Going forward, we want to provide you with a cohesive learning experience, so most of our workshops will be offered through all-day seminars on Fridays and/or Saturdays. Rather than offering a random assortment of workshops throughout the year, our seminars will give you the option of registering for up to four related two-hour workshops in a single day, letting you earn up to eight clock hours of professional development in one day. Each seminar will give you a “deep dive” into a theme related to CLASS so that you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to improve your interactions with children. Here's what you can expect:
- We will regularly offer one- or two-day seminars on Fridays and Saturdays focused on specific CLASS-aligned themes.
- Seminars will be held at different locations throughout the region that can accommodate several workshops at the same time.
- We will no longer offer evening workshops because we saw that it was just too hard for educators to engage in meaningful professional development activities after they had already had a full day of working.
- We will continue to offer Saturday morning workshops, but we won’t offer quite as many so that we can concentrate on the full-day seminars.
- We will offer fewer Health and Safety classes because the Louisiana Department of Education will offer these classes.
- All workshops will be two (not three) hours in length.
We're offering a full day of workshops related to language, curriculum and "No More No's." The Thibodaux seminar will be held on October 8th at First Methodist. Click here to learn about all of the great workshops we have planned, as well as instructions on how to register.
We're offering two full days of workshops designed to help you improve your skills and knowledge related to observing, assessing and interacting with children. The seminar will be held on September 30th and October 1st at the War Memorial Student Union on Southeastern's campus in Hammond. Visit our Northshore Seminars page to learn more, download course descriptions and sign up for classes.
Register for Classes
You can now sign up online for Agenda for Children trainings at http://training.agendaforchildren.org. Be sure to follow these directions to learn how to access your account. Through the new system, you can:
- Search for workshops
- Register yourself and your staff for workshops
- Pay for classes (a credit card is required)
- Take evaluations and download certificates
We have put together a few manuals to help you learn how to use the new system:
- How to learn your username and reset your password (for anyone who has taken a training since July 1, 2014)
- How to search classes and register for classes
- How to submit an evaluation and download a certificate
- How to update your profile
- How to print copies of invoices and pay invoices
- How to create an account for a staff member and link them to your account
- How to update your staff members' profiles and reset their passwords
Our training program offers foundational courses related to CLASS, Teaching Strategies GOLD and the Early Learning and Development Standards for free to staff who work at Type III child care centers and family child care providers registered with the Child Care Assistance Program. Staff at schools and Type I and Type II centers can attend workshops at a cost of $10 a participant.
Note that if you don't have a credit card and need to pay for a class with a check, you can download an extra registration form here. Registrations can be mailed to:
Agenda for Children
Attn: Training Department
8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 201
New Orleans, LA 70118
If you work for a school that only uses purchase orders, please contact us at email@example.com to arrange payment.
Fee Based Training
Agenda for Children offers fee-based, private trainings to meet the additional needs of child care programs and family child care providers, on topics such as Health & Safety, CPR & First Aid, Family Engagement, Behavior Management, Instructional Support and much more! To make arrangements for these fee-based, private trainings, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning on June 30, 2019, all lead teachers in publicly-funded centers (Type III) will be required to have a current Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate as a minimum credential. Visit our Ancillary Certificate page to learn more about how the Ancillary Certificate.
Kenya Harris, Emily Trout and Ashley Plaisance are our program assistants. They can assist you in your registration process. They are also happy to help you determine which classes your staff would benefit from, guide you through your Pathways application, and answer questions about CLASS and Teaching Strategies GOLD.
New Orleans: Kenya Harris is based out of our New Orleans office and can be contacted at 504.586.8509, ext. 125 or email@example.com.
Northshore: Emily Trout works in our Mandeville office and can be contacted at 985.624.2950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Houma region: Ashley Plaisance is based out of our Houma office and can be reached at 985.446.8330 or email@example.com.