Workshops

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Each multimedia training experience is specifically designed to decrease stress, increase success and enhance joy of those doing the critical work of educating and caring for young children.

  • Working with Challenging Behavior

    Learn numerous positive guidance strategies to help you get the behaviors you want and stop the behaviors you don’t. Identify proven prevention practices, collect effective communication techniques, and brainstorm tangible solutions to common challenges. Apply a process for addressing ongoing negative behaviors you experience in your home, teaching, or childcare environment.

    Achieve Approved KCF II.C: Promoting social and emotional development

    (2-8 Hours)

    CDA Area III: Supporting social and emotional development (2-8 Hours)

  • Taming Those Terrific Toddlers 

    Gain insight into typical toddler development and learn what drives toddlers’ negative behaviors. Collect proven strategies to effectively redirect challenging behaviors and get toddlers to follow your directions. Unlock the secret world of toddlers and explore discipline and communication strategies that really work. You will increase your joy and decrease your stress while caring for these wonderful humans.

    Achieve Approved KCF II.C: Promoting social and emotional development (2 Hours)

     

    CDA AreaIII: Supporting social and emotional development (2 Hours)

  • Hitting, Kicking & Biting, OH MY! Top Tips to Prevent and Reduce Toddler Aggression

    Identify common triggers for toddler aggression and learn techniques to reduce toddler aggressive behaviors. Explore hands-on methods that will teach toddlers the skills they need to express anger appropriately. Identify coaching tips for challenging toddler moments that will help toddlers cope with strong feelings. Gain methods that will reduce negative behaviors, increase calm and reduce stress for all in your care environment.

    MN ApprovedKCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

    CDA AreaIII: Supporting social and emotional development (2 Hours)

  • You’ve Got Personality, Kid! Working with Difficult Temperament Traits to Ensure ALL Children Succeed

    Do you care for a child who feels big emotions very loudly, has difficulty sitting still, or is very persistent? Each child has a unique temperament and some will need specific coaching and guidance to succeed. During this workshop, you will identify a child’s unique temperament trait makeup, discover common triggers, and learn strategies to work with the most difficult traits.

    MN Approved KCF II.C:  Promoting social and emotional development (2 Hours)

    CDA AreaIII: Supporting social and emotional development (2 Hours)

  • Giving the Gifts:
    Self-Esteem and
    Self-Confidence

    Identify common triggers for toddler aggression and learn techniques to reduce toddler aggressive behaviors. Explore hands-on methods that will teach toddlers the skills they need to express anger appropriately. Identify coaching tips for challenging toddler moments that will help toddlers cope with strong feelings. Gain methods that will reduce negative behaviors, increase calm and reduce stress for all in your care environment.

    MN Approved KCF II.C: Promoting social and emotional development (2 Hours)

    CDA AreaIII: Supporting social and emotional development (2 Hours)

  • From Timid to Tenacious!
    Working with Infant and Toddler Temperament Traits

    Some infants and toddlers are very easygoing while others are extremely feisty, emotional, or slow-to-warm. Each unique infant/toddler temperament will require individualized responses from adults in order to find success. During this training, you willexplore the nine temperament traits and identify ways to adapt care and provide a “good fit”, reduce stress, and increase positive outcomes while caring for infants or toddlers.

    MN ApprovedKCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

    CDA AreaIII: Supporting social and emotional development (2 Hours)

  • Building Baby's
    Brain Power

    What you do matters! During the first sixteen months of life, adults set the groundwork for successful development. During this seminar, you will explore brain development basics, share strategies to promote optimal brain development, and list tips to increase communication skills for engaging and teaching infants.

    MN ApprovedKCF I: Child Development

    (2 Hours)

    CDA Area VIII: Principles of Child Growth & Development (2 Hours)

  • From “SCREECH” to “More Please”:  Fostering Communication Skills in Infants and Toddlers

    Gain insight into how infants and toddlers develop the critical language skills needed to avoid screaming, throwing food, and other negative behaviors. Learn typical developmental expectations for expressive and receptive language the first two years and explore the tremendous difference adults can make in this advancement. Investigate books that build social emotional skills in tandem with literacy. Collect effective techniques to promote the useful infant and toddler verbal and nonverbal language skills that will help toddlers turn those ear-shattering screams into useful phrases and gestures.

    MN ApprovedKCF II.C:II.B:  Promoting Cognitive Development (2 Hours)

    CDA Area II: Physical & Intellectual Development (2 Hours)

  • Promoting Self-Control Skills in Young Children 

    2-HOUR

    Gain insight into the development of the higher-level thinking skills needed for impulse-control and self-regulation in young children. Explore strategies that foster these “Executive Functions” and help children develop the self-control needed to reduce negative behaviors and increase positive behaviors. Identify strategies that will build the child’s capacity to succeed both socially and academically in your care, in school, and in life.

    MN Approved KCF II.C

    II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

    CDA Area

    Social & Emotional Development (2 Hours)

  • Promoting Focus and
    Self-Control Skills 
    in Young Children 

    4-HOUR

    Gain insight into the development of the higher-level thinking skills needed to increase attention, impulse-control and self-regulation in young children. Explore hands-on, fun and interactive strategies that foster these “Executive Functions” and help children develop the skills needed to behave well, manage strong emotions, and focus during life’s many distractions. Learn evidence-based methods that build young children’s capacity to succeed both socially and academically in your care, in school, and in life.

    MN Approved KCF II.C

    II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences (2 Hours) 

    II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

    CDA Area

    Physical & Intellectual Development 

    (2 Hours) 


    Social & Emotional Development (2 Hours)

  • Positive Discipline Techniques

    2-HOUR

    Hitting, biting, refusals, and meltdowns - what is an early childhood professional to do?! During this session, you will discover numerous positive discipline methods and communication strategies that really work to gain cooperation and address negative behaviors. Then, you will apply those strategies to a common challenge in your childcare environment.

    4. Curriculum Implementation 

    7. Behavioral Challenges  

    8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev) 

    MN Approved KCF II.C

    II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

    CDA Area

    Social & Emotional Development (2 Hours)

  • Effective Discipline Techniques for YOUR Childcare World

    4-HOUR

    It is easy to list effective guidance strategies – but much more difficult to actually apply those methods during difficult moments! Throughout this session, you will hear numerous positive discipline methods and communication strategies that work to gain cooperation and address negative behaviors. You will also get significant time to join other providers and problem-solve specific challenges you experience in your home or center environment.

    4. Curriculum Implementation 

    8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev) 

    MN Approved KCF II.C

    II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (4 Hours)

    CDA Area

    Social & Emotional Development (4 Hours)

MN DHS Courses

  • Basic Child Development

    All children are born eager to explore their world and master their development. Join us for this foundational training in which we review the theories of child development, the importance of developmentally appropriate practice, the developmental milestones of the first five years of life, including brain development and factors that can influence child growth and development. We will examine the function and importance of play in the lives of young children as well as highlight how observation and assessment of children is important as early childhood educators.

    MN ApprovedKCF I: Child Development

    (8 Hours)

    CDA Area VIII: Principles of Child Growth & Development (8 Hours)

  • Developmentally Appropriate Behavior Guidance

    Meets the 4 hour pre-service Child Development/Behavior Guidance training requirement for Family Child Care Providers. This training curriculum will address key facts about early brain development; define social emotional development and describe how it unfolds in the context of relationships; examine how environments affect children's behaviors; and identify some concrete strategies for preventing behavioral challenges.

    MN ApprovedKCF I & IIC: Child Development (2 Hours) & Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

    CDA Area III & VIII: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development  (2 Hours) & Principles of Child Development and Learning  (2 Hours)

Other Courses

  • Encouraging Emotional Development in Young Children

    Young children can feel angry, aggressive, sad, scared, territorial, and overwhelmed. Yet, they have not learned how to work with these intense emotions and choose appropriate responses!  Fortunately, what you do will make a difference and there are many tools to help!  During this interactive presentation, you will learn typical emotional development milestones, discover strategies, tools and resources that build emotional skills, and identify methods for working with intense emotions.

  • Promote Lifelong Healthy Sleep in Young Children 

    It’s estimated that 69 percent of American children need more sleep, and yet are too wired to get it.  The impact is significant and includes increased behavior problems and reduced impulse control.  In addition, lack of sleep is related to diminished reasoning skills, health issues and decreased performance in school and sports.

     

    During this session, you will

    • Learn why adequate sleep is critical for maximizing children's health, development and performance

    • Identify the culprits that may be undermining child’s sleep

    • Discover practical strategies to decrease sleep battles and increase children’s sleep

    You can help young children get the sleep you need and deserve!

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