Engaging Online Education

Proven tips and tools you can use to decrease stress, increase success, and enhance joy while caring for young children.

ONLINE Challenging Behavior Series

  • GET the behaviors you want

  • STOP the behaviors you don’t

  • Promote critical life skills

  • Decrease your stress, increase success, and enhance joy while caring for young children



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Join us for this engaging and fun online professional development!

Upcoming Classes!

Special holiday sessions with a SUPER discount!

Why? Because we care.

Taming Toddlers Those Terrific Toddlers!

Take one or take them all for a huge discount!

Taming Toddlers 1 - Why do they do that?! 

Delve deeper into what drives toddlers’ negative behaviors while you gain insight into their cognitive capabilities. Discover three top tips to promote optimal toddler growth & development.


Date: August 4 from 6:30-8:30pm - REGISTER HERE

KCF I: Child Development and Learning

CDA: Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning


Taming Toddlers 2 - Setting Effective Limits and Getting Toddlers to Follow Them!

Learn an easy, four-step process to get toddlers to follow your directions. Gain constructive communication techniques that really work to get toddlers to stop and follow your directions.

Date: August 11th from 6:30-8:30pm - Register Here

KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

CDA Content Area III: Support children’s social and emotional development

Taming Toddlers 3 - Guidance methods for toddlers who just won’t quit!

Explore eight effective toddler guidance strategies you can use when all your prevention and positive communication attempts are still not working. 

Date: August 18 from 6:30-8:30pm - REGISTER HERE

KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

CDA Content Area III: Support children’s social and emotional development

Working with Difficult Temperament Traits

Learn about the nine different temperament traits, which determine how a child is naturally wired to respond to the world. Identify which are linked to the challenging behaviors you experience. Discover proven methods to decrease power struggles, reduce negative behaviors and increase positive outcomes for children who are extremely persistent, intense, slow-to-warm, highly sensitive, or highly active. This live webinar series includes two, 2-hour webinars with one hour of independent work where you view a video, read an article, and report back about what you learned.

Date: August 17 and 24 from 7-9pm - Register here

Approved for 5 training hours

KCF I: Child Development and Learning (2 Hours) and II.C: Promoting S/E Dev. (3 Hours)

CDA Content Area III: Support children’ social/e development (3 Hours) and Ch Dev (2 hrs)

Creating Constructive Collaborations with Families 

Attend the session that matches your desired learning or choose them all and get a huge discount!


Forming a strong alliance with families can be difficult, especially with families who have very different backgrounds or values (and even for those programs that hold family engagement is a clear goal!) 

Part 1: It's All About Relationships! 

August 25 from 6:30-8:30pm - REGISTER HERE

First, explore strategies to build treasured relationships with families, leave them open to your guidance and valuing your important work.  Learn strategies to build a relationship with families that can weather the inevitable challenges that come up when educating and sharing the care of young children. These strategies also leave families singing your praises and excited to stay invested in your program.


Part 2: Communicating Concerns and Challenges

September 29th from 6:30-8:30pm - REGISTER HERE

Then, we look at how to discuss concerns and challenging behaviors in a way that keeps families open to your suggestions and singing your praises, even when you need to deliver difficult messages and problem-solve challenging behavior.

Part 3: Thriving Through Conflicts, Cultural Dynamics, and Differences in Caregiving Practices

October 27th from 6:30-8:30pm - REGISTER HERE

Lastly, we explore a process for resolving those conflicts, cultural dynamics, and diverse opposing caregiving strategies that can get in the way and undermine your relationships.

Walk away with a foundation and numerous strategies to build a strong partnership with others caring for the child, keep families open to your ideas, improve consistency between home and school, all while build rewarding relationships that last and bring more joy to your work!

Qualified for training hours in Minnesota!  

KCF III: Relationships with Families

CDA Content Area IV: Strategies to establish productive relationships with families

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. 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.

Date: September 8th from 6:30-8:30pm - REGISTER HERE

KII.B: Promoting Cognitive Development (2 Hours)

CDA Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development

Top Tips to Prevent, Reduce, and Address 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. Attend a 2-hour online live interactive PowerPoint presentation on Adobe Connect’s easy, free, and interactive online platform. Participate in chats, polls, a question/answer time, and a problem-solving session to apply the concepts to a common challenge.


Date: September 15th from 6:30-8:30pm - REGISTER HERE


KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

CDA Content Area III: Support children’s social and emotional development

Decrease Stress, Increase Success, and Enhance Joy Today

Learn how to train your brain to stress less and enjoy more! Identify how stress impacts our brain, thinking, and responses to stressful situations. Discover practical methods to reduce stress, improve relationships, foster joy, and increase success both personally and professionally.


Southern MN Peeps - Save the date for a FREE Online training event sponsored by SMIF! September 10th from 7:00-9:00pm - Check this link to see if registration has opened (and see other great offerings from SMIF!)  https://smifoundation.org/programs/early-childhood-development/early-childhood-trainings/


KCF VI: Professionalism (2 Hours)

CDA Content Area VI: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism (2 Hours)

Building Baby’s Brain Power - Caregiving Strategies That Help All Infants Blossom

Gain methods to help infants construct the brain pathways needed to thrive. Explore the amazing things infants are observing and learning about the world around them. Identify caregiving strategies that promote optimal growth and development through sensitive and responsive care. Collect methods to foster trust with helpful routines that reduce upset and promote the infant’s ability to soothe and calm. Watch interesting videos and identify what adults can do to increase communication skills and engage infants in meaningful ways. 

Watch for on-demand coming this fall!


KCF I: Child Development and Learning

CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning

Strategies, Tips and Tools to Promote Self-Control & Attention Skills

Explore evidence-based methods, hands-on tools, and fun activities you can implement in your educational setting to encourage the development of impulse control, memory, and focus. Discover strategies to help young children improve self-discipline and develop the attention skills needed to behave well.



KCF I: Child Development and Learning

CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning

Date: Coming soon via engaging on-demand learning!

Promoting Self-Control in Young Children

Explore strategies that 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.

Date: On-Demand this fall!


KCF I: Child Development and Learning

CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning

Promoting Confidence and Better Behavior through Increased Responsibility

Young children, especially those three and older, can take on one of two roles - Hobbler or Helper.  Adult can do things to ensure children take on more helpful behaviors and build valuable self-confidence along the way.  During this webinar, you will identify four proven methods to build important self-confidence in young children.  Then, explore what chores and self-care you can expect of children age 2-8 years and discover ways to build young children’s ability to complete chores successfully. Collect tools to increase responsibility and gain cooperation without bribery, nagging, or threats. Through these real-life strategies, you will avoid overindulgence, decrease power struggles, and increase positive behavior in young children.


Coming soon via engaging on-demand learning!


KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

CDA Content Area III: Support children’s social and emotional development

Building Healthy Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

Have you ever had a child who just gives up when it gets tough?  Who seems to expect praise for the most simple of tasks? Who chooses easier projects just to look good, instead of striving to be challenged and grow?  One reason... The well-meaning self esteem movement.


Discover the important elements of fostering healthy self-esteem while building the self-confidence needed to take on challenges. Gain insight into the dark side of self-esteem and learn proven methods to ensure children not only feel good, but also do well. Explore methods to increase effective praise and promote a responsive relationship and reduce challenging behaviors.

Coming soon via engaging on-demand learning!



KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

CDA Content Area III: Support children’s social and emotional development

Join the top-rated series! Effective Discipline Strategies for Children 3-8 Years (10-Hours)

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 redirection techniques, brainstorm tangible solutions to common challenges, and apply a process for addressing ongoing negative behaviors you experience in your home, teaching, or childcare environment. This ten-hour training includes four, 90-minute live webinars and four hours of independent study. During independent study, peruse valuable online resources, videos, and articles that illustrate effective guidance strategies in action and document the results you experience as you apply the information learned.

This class is being redesigned so you can take one or all of the classes, without the bigger time commitment and independent work. Stay tuned - these are coming this fall!

KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (10 Hours)

CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development (10 Hours)


“Loved it! Best class I've taken on effective and immediately useful techniques!”


“It was fun working online and amazing how you still feel so connected to the group and instructor!”


“This online series gave strong reinforcements to my personal beliefs about working with children, gave me an abundance of great strategies and how to use them, and refreshed my enthusiasm as a teacher and director.”