Workshops

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Bring an engaging, informative, and inspiring workshop to your next conference or meeting. 

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.

  • Encouraging Emotional Intelligence in Early Childhood

    Collect hands-on activities, books, and resources to help build social and emotional skills. Increase children’s capacity to identify feelings, problem-solve, resolve conflicts, perspective-take, empathize, and get along well with others.

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

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

  • Decrease Stress, Enhance Joy, and Increase Your Success, Today!

    2 or 3 HOUR

    Identify what neuroscience research has discovered about how stress impacts your brain, thinking, and responses to stressful situations. Discover practical methods to train your brain to stress less, enjoy more, and increase success at work and at home.

    MN Approved KCF VI

    Professionalism (2-3 Hours)

    CDA Area

    Professionalism (2-3 Hours)

  • Giving the Gifts that Last a Lifetime: Healthy Self-Esteem and Self Confidence

    Discover the important elements of building healthy self-esteem and self-confidence needed to take on challenges and persevere even with things get tough. Label methods to promote a trusting and responsive relationship that will reduce challenging behaviors and leave kids feeling capable and responsible.

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

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

  • Feisty, Lively, and Tenacious! Working with Difficult Temperament Traits to Help All Children Succeed

    2 or 3 HOUR

    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. Gain tips to provide a “good fit” and ensure success for all children.

    MN Approved KCF II.C

    II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2-3 Hours)

    CDA Area

    Social & Emotional Development (2-3 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)

  • Happy Helpers - Four Proven methods to Increase Responsibility, Build Confidence, and Improve Children’s Behavior

    2-HOUR

    Explore four proven methods to build the self-confidence that helps children feel capable and act responsibly. Through these easy-to-apply strategies, you will increase positive behavior, avoid overindulgence, decrease power struggles, and avoid many challenging behaviors.

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

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

  • Promoting Self-Control and Attention Skills in Young Children

    2, 4, or 6 HOUR

    Identify strategies that foster the higher-level thinking skills children need to develop self-regulation skills. Find tools to help build the impulse-control needed to reduce negative behaviors and increase positive behaviors.

    MN Approved KCF I, II.A, and/or II.C

    I: Child Development

    II.A: Positive Learning

    II.C: Promoting Social & Emotional Development

  • Being the Star You Are: Mastering Stressful Moments So You Can Truly Shine!

    2-HOUR

    Explore effective methods to use before, during, and after stressful moments to build the important self-regulation skills needed to prevent future emotional mayhem. Develop a plan to confidently address stressful moments so you and the children you care for can truly shine, today and tomorrow.

    MN Approved KCF II.C

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

    CDA Area

    Social & Emotional Development (2 Hours)

  • 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)

  • Positive Discipline Techniques for Childcare

    2 or 4 HOUR

    Identify the elements of effective discipline that lead to positive results for children age 3-8 years. Discover numerous guidance methods to address children’s persistent negative behaviors that really work to gain cooperation and keep your valuable connection with the child.

    MN Approved KCF II.C

    II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 or 4 Hours)

    CDA Area

    Social & Emotional Development (2 or 4 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Promoting Powerful Parent Partnerships through Concerns, Challenges, and Conflict

    2, 3, or 4 HOUR

    Identify strategies to build a robust and rewarding relationship with parents, especially those you find difficult to connect with. Explore methods to effectively partner and communicate about concerns that will increase parents’ openness to your suggestions and investment in using helpful and productive strategies.

    MN Approved KCF III

    Working with Families

  • Communicating Concerns with Parents of Infants and Toddlers

    2-HOUR

    Explore tips to communicate with parents of infants and toddlers to set the stage for productive and collaborative conversations when concerns come up. Problem-solve solutions for sharing information regarding developmental concerns, challenging  behaviors, and safety issues

    MN Approved KCF III

    Working with Families

  • Constructive Parent Communication During Daily Interactions and Difficult Conversations

    3-HOUR

    Discover communication tips you can use during day-to-day interactions and parent meetings to set the stage and build a collaborative working relationship. Gain tips to confidently, calmly, and comfortably have difficult conversations with parents.

    MN Approved KCF III

    Working with Families

  • Creating a Cohesive and Collaborative Caregiving Team

    2-HOUR

    Gain tools to confidently, calmly, and comfortably have difficult conversations with coworkers about concerns. List methods to develop an effective teaching team and increase your success in your work.

    MN Approved KCF VI

    Professionalism (2 Hours)

    CDA Area

    Professionalism (2 Hours)

  • 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

  • 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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“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.”