Agenda for Children

Virtual Seminars

Join us on May 22nd for our next virtual seminar!

Even though the school year is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that our learning has to! We have a full docket of workshops for you that we think you will find interesting, engaging, and informative. Many of the sessions focus on how to support language, conversations, and interactions with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Some are great for all teachers, while others are targeted for specific age groups. We are offering also two sessions of the popular Strengthening Business Practices series for program leaders and will offer the other two sessions in that series on June 5th. We’re also offering Stress Management for Teachers due to popular demand. Come and enjoy a full day of learning before Memorial Day!  

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Better Behavior

May 22, 2021 – 8:00 am – 10:00 am
For All Teachers and Leaders
Conscious Discipline is the foundation of a happy, productive classroom. This workshop will introduce you to Conscious Discipline, including the difference between discipline and punishment, the Seven Powers of Self-Control for you as an adult, and the Seven Skills of Discipline you can use in your everyday interactions with children. These techniques aren't just about explicitly teaching children better self-regulation skills, you'll also learn how to model them yourself so that children can see these strategies in action and you can build a culture of calmness in your room! CDA Subject Areas: 1, 3, 6, 7

Engaging Children in Conversations: Birth to Five

May 22, 2021 – 8:00 am – 10:00 am
For All Teachers and Leaders
Wondering how to engage in conversations with infants and toddlers? Want to know more about engaging in conversations with preschoolers, too? This workshop focuses specifically on how to increase the length and quality of conversations with children, including young infants and toddlers. You will learn about the key elements and benefits of having meaningful conversations with young children of all ages, including strategies to engage in conversations with infants, toddlers, and preschool children and how to identify and take advantage of opportunities for conversations during daily activities and routines. CDA Subject Area: 2, 7, 8

Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs: Budgets, Projections, and Planning

May 22, 2021 – 8:00 am – 10:00 am
For Leaders ONLY- Teachers will be dropped from this class
Program leaders attending this “Strengthening Business Practices” session will focus on fiscal management in the area of budgeting. Participants will be presented with a process for building a budget and how to use it for decision-making throughout year. This session also includes guidance on how to project business costs, generate additional income, and plan strategically for future goals. ADM Category 2

Child Care and Stress Management for Teachers

May 22, 2021 – 8:00 am - 10:00 am
For All Teachers
The very traits that are valued in our field—love of children, caring compassion, self-sacrifice—are also sometimes our greatest vulnerabilities. They are also the traits that sometimes keep us from self-care. This workshop will provide you with real tools to improve your classroom environment for both you and the children in your care. CDA Subject Areas: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6     


Medication Administration

May 22, 2021 8:00 pm - 11:00 am
For All Teachers and Leaders
This 3 hour workshop session meets Office of Public Health requirements for health and safety. This workshop is required for early learning center staff who administer medication to children in their center. It is also useful for family child care providers who administer medication to children. 

Emergency Preparedness

May 22, 2021 8:00 pm - 11:00 am
For All Teachers and Leaders
The first tool of preparedness is having a plan before emergencies arise! This will help child care programs, directors, administrators and staff to develop an emergency preparedness plan for their facility to help children and families to be prepared for any type of emergency situation. This workshop will also cover licensing regulations related to emergency preparedness.  

Reading Between the Lines of Infant and Toddler Behavior-3-hour session

May 22, 2021 – 8:00-11:00 am
For Infant and Toddler Teachers and Leaders
Are you ever confused about why your infants are crying or fussing? Wish you knew why your toddlers are biting each other every time you turn around? Infants and toddlers communicate their preferences, likes, dislikes, interests, questions about how the world works, and goals through their behavior. The deeper a teacher’s understanding of behaviors and patterns of typical development, the easier it will be to respond with sensitivity and consistency whenever the need arises. Just as each child’s personality and temperament varies, so must teachers’ responses. This 3-hour CSEFEL session will provide you with the knowledge and strategies to do just that! CDA Subject Areas: 3,4,7,8

Making Every Moment Count: Creating High-Quality Interactions Throughout the Day – 3-hour session

May 22, 2021 – 8:00 am – 11:00 am
For All Teachers and Leaders
This 3-hour, interactive workshop will outline the components of effective, high-quality adult-child interactions and focus on how adults can actively support children’s development and learning at a variety of levels. Participants will learn the benefits of high-quality adult-child interactions, evaluate adult-child interactions, and learn how to facilitate high-quality adult-child interactions that actively involve children and facilitate growth in all developmental areas. Strategies will also be given to aid participants in facilitating high-quality adult-child interactions throughout the day and in routines and activities. 

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM SESSIONS

Real Talk: Supporting High Quality Conversations in the Preschool Classroom

May 22, 2021 – 10:30 to 12:30 pm
For Preschool Teachers and Leaders
This workshop will provide preschool teachers background knowledge, exploration, and real-life application in developing techniques for expanding feedback loops with preschoolers. Participants will identify key research-based components of high-quality adult-child interactions, practice applying best practices to adult-child conversations in the classroom and determine strategies to expand feedback in the classroom. CDA Subject Areas: 2, 8

Thick and Thin Conversations- Birth - Five

May 22, 2021 – 10:30 am-12:30 pm
For All Teachers and Leaders
Conversations are the bedrock of effective teacher-child interactions. This session will give you new ideas you can use to increase the length and quality of conversations with children, including young infants and toddlers. Having 'thick' conversations with lots of back-and-forth helps children develop their communication skills, develop higher-level thinking skills, improve their vocabularies and grammar, and much more. Come to this session to learn how to define an 'extended conversation' and find out what makes a conversation 'thick." CDA Subject Areas: 2,7,8

Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs: Financial Reports and Internal Controls

May 22, 2021 – 10:30 am-12:30 pm
For Leaders ONLY – Teachers will be dropped from this class
This workshop is designed to strengthen participants’ foundational knowledge of fiscal terms, concepts, and practices. Participants will learn about the importance of fiscal planning to the sustainability of their business operations and leave with tips and best practices that will help break down fiscal processes into manageable steps. Participants will be introduced to financial reports that can help them better manage their center’s finances and to the concept of internal controls and how those controls can strengthen a center’s fiscal health. ADM Category: 2

Asking Questions – Birth to Five

May 22, 2021 – 10:30 am-12:30 pm
For All Teachers and Leaders
Asking Questions is a 2-hour workshop that focuses on using meaningful questions to increase the quality and duration of conversations with children to encourage higher level thinking. Come learn how to engage children in conversations that fosters language, cognitive and social development for your children. You will learn about asking questions, see it in action, engage in activities that help you develop strategies for asking questions, and receive resources to help you make and complete an action plan for improvement. CDA Subject Area: 3


What is Infant Toddler Social Emotional Development and How Does it Happen?

May 22, 2021 – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
For Infant and Toddler Teachers and Leaders
Promoting children’s social and emotional competence and preventing and addressing challenging behaviors is an important topic that touches every early care and education program in every classroom across the country. This workshop introduces The Pyramid Model, and will provide research-based strategies and resources from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) for you to use in your classroom. Discussions and activities focused on understanding social emotional development and building brain connections in infants and toddlers will provide you with information and strategies that will help you in your daily work. CDA 4,6


Providing Engaged Instructional Support for Learning-Focusing on Language and Early Literacy - 3 hour session

May 22, 2021 – 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
For Preschool Teachers and Leaders
This 3-hour interactive workshop supports teachers to effectively use language and early literacy activities to increase instructional support for preschool children. Participants will engage in hands-on experiences and reflective discussions to identify how they are currently addressing early literacy in their work. Participants will analyze a demonstration read aloud and follow-up shared writing activities for evidence of indicators of Instructional Support as defined by the Pre- K Classroom Observation Scoring System (CLASS ®). They will be invited to use strategies presented in this session to plan their own lessons to incorporate concept development, quality of feedback, and language modeling into read aloud and shared writing. CDA Subject Areas: 2, 8

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM SESSIONS

Expansions – Birth to Five

May 22, 2021 – 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
For All Teachers and Leaders
This workshop focuses specifically on how to increase the length and quality of conversations with children, including young infants and toddlers. Participants will learn the key elements and benefits of meaningful communication and conversations with infants, toddlers, and preschool children, understand strategies teachers can use to engage young children in conversations and identify opportunities to have conversations with children during daily activities and routines.CDA Subject Areas: 2, 7, 8

Novel Words – Birth to Five

May 22, 2021 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
For All Teachers and Leaders
Would you like to learn how to incorporate new and novel words in extended, back-and-forth conversations with children, including young infants and toddlers? Learning activities in this workshop offer participants opportunities to watch and listen to, practice, and then plan for conversations that use novel and interesting words with children. CDA Subject Area: 2,7,8

June 5th Business Practices Series for Directors and Administrators

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs: Marketing Your Center-Based Child Care Programs

During this session, we will discuss the definition and value of marketing efforts that are focused both externally and internally. We will explore various ways to articulate your programs features and benefits, and more importantly, how to use each as a marketing tool. Lastly, we will learn how data can inform marketing efforts in order to achieve greater success, become more cost effective and use time more effectively ADM Categories: 3,5

10:30 pm - 12:30 pm

Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs: Recruiting and Retaining Staff- Center-Based Providers

During this workshop we will explore best practices related to recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new employees. We will also investigate a framework for building an effective orientation plan for new employees, and become familiar with the components of a staff handbook. Lastly, we will identify strategies for providing feedback to employees. ADM Categories: 3,5


"No Show" Policy

  1. Anyone who registers for a health and safety training, but fails to attend without warning, will be blocked in our online registration system and will not be eligible to register for the next round of health and safety trainings.
  2. For all other trainings, people who no-show for two or more trainings in a row will be temporarily blocked from using our online registration system. They will need to call our offices in order to be unblocked so that they can register for future classes. 
We put these policies into place because we often have far more interest in our classes than spaces available. When people "no-show," they take a valuable seat that someone else in the community needed and would have used. If you are unable to attend a training for whatever reason, you can always request that a colleague attend in your place (within at least 3 days' notice) or drop the class through our registration system. If there are less than 72 hours before a training, notify us at if you know you will be unable to attend the training.

Costs & Online Registration

All workshops are free to staff at Type III early learning centers & family child care providers accepting CCAP. All others must contact us for registration availability and a $10 fee for each 2-hour workshop is required.

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