Qualistar’s Early Childhood Education Trainings

We offer the following innovative and hands-on ECE trainings that improve everyday practice by providing ideas and skills that can be implemented in the classroom immediately. Many of our trainings can be offered upon request, which means we can bring early childhood education training directly to you at a time and location that is convenient. We are proud to offer high-quality trainings that are approved by the Colorado Department of Education.

History Symposium

Using Artifacts for Inquiry With Young Learners

November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
History Colorado Center, 1200 N. Broadway, Denver.

Travel back in time with the History Colorado Center to help teach your children about discovery, exploration, and history!

Join us for some fun with object-based learning and inquiry to enrich your classroom with hands-on history activities. Discover how to utilize History Colorado’s world class exhibits and collections to unlock the power of exploring the past with young learners.

Spend some time “thinking like an historian” in the exhibit Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects and get games and activities that you can use in the classroom.

Cost: $50

Directors & Coaches Symposia

Join ECE center directors from around the Denver area for a day of training and networking. Participants will learn important strategies and techniques to improve their practice, strengthen their staff, and successfully lead and manage an early childhood center. Light refreshments and lunch will be served.

Two Sessions.
Two Amazing Partners.
Designed Just for You!

Qualistar understands the unique roles and challenges early childhood directors and coaches have. That is why we have worked with experts in our community—the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Public Library—to create two, 3-hour sessions this fall to provide science and literacy trainings tailored for you.

After the overwhelming response to our Directors Summit, we’re bringing three more days of training just for directors and coaches! See the session cards to the right to learn more about each one!. 

Questions? Contact Kathleen Strom at 303.339.6823 or kstrom@qualistar.org

Directors & Coaches Symposia

Session I: Early Literacy, What It Looks Like for Different Ages, and How You Can Support Your Teachers and Families

October 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Location: The Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver. 

oin Denver Public Library staff to learn how simple practices support early child development, literacy, and learning. Directors and coaches will better understand early brain development and what high quality learning experiences look like in the classroom. Participants will have opportunities to share how they support these experiences in their programs by supporting teachers and communicating with families. This training has been developed specifically for directors and coaches. Cost: $50.

Directors & Coaches Symposia

Session II: Coaching Everyday Science

November 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver.

In this training, coaches and administrators will see that science is everywhere! Educators from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science use an object-based inquiry approach to show how a simple interaction with an unusual item can be an opportunity to practice kindergarten readiness skills and meet many of the Colorado competencies. Through simple activities that can be practiced throughout the day,  participants will learn how to support teachers as they create a community of interested and engaged children who are curious to learn about the world and how it works. In addition to this content, we will also practice hands-on techniques that will elevate the activities that teachers are already doing in class to next-level science learning!

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Cost: $50.

Webinars

Our experienced trainers bring their expertise from the classroom to your screen with newly crafted training subjects and themes, focused on providing you strategies that can be immediately implemented into your practice.

Numbers: Not Just Counting

Encouraging math learning in a preschool classroom prompts early numerical awareness and promotes overall school readiness. Yet teachers often find it a challenge to come up with math activities that can easily be implemented into the classroom. This one-hour live and interactive webinar presents and explores two activities which support children’s understanding of number concepts and quantities. Participants will also explore math vocabulary words and how math language can be used to support the children’s understanding of math concepts. The activities are appropriate for children who are three to five years of age.

Cost: $25 

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1 hour of training in the Program Planning and Development area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Taking Cues from your Children: Emergent Curriculum in Action

Teaching is an art.  It takes the ability to grow and learn with the children in the classroom.  Utilizing emergent curriculum, a teacher is able to build upon a child’s interest and create an environment that embraces the journey for knowledge.  In this one-hour live interactive webinar, participants will learn how emergent curriculum can be embraced in the classroom to not only help children achieve their academic goals, but also create an atmosphere of learning, collaboration, and exploration.  Participants will be able to plan for their own program and to understand simple first steps to implement emergent curriculum.

Cost: $25

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1 hour of training in the Program Planning and Development area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Using Books to Support Social Emotional Well-Being

This one-hour webinar explores the use of Ezra Jack Keats’ book, Peter’s Chair, as an avenue to support children in identifying feelings and emotions. Participants are provided with ideas and strategies in this interactive webinar. Each participant will develop one strategy at the end of the webinar using and expanding on the ideas and concepts presented.

Cost: $25 

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1 hour of training in the Guidance area specific to Social Emotional Development/G4.2 towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Fundraising and Community Mapping for Child Care Professionals

Very rarely do we have all the tools and materials we need for the children in our classrooms.  In this one-hour interactive webinar, we will dive into the world of fundraising and provide easy ways to start approaching those in your community to gain monetary or material donations for your program.  Participants will receive sample materials to start making the ask and learn how to no longer fear hearing “no.”

Cost: $25

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1 hour of training in the Family and Community Partnerships area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Let’s Make a Museum

This one-hour interactive webinar provides information on the benefits for the promotion of positive approaches to learning. The presentation includes resources from the Denver Art Museum, and provides activities and strategies to promote positive approaches to learning. Participants will be asked to develop their own activity. A handout with additional resources will be shared.

 

Cost: $25

Colorado Department of Education approved. By participating, you will earn 1 hour of training in the Teaching Practice area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

A Name Belongs to You!

This one-hour webinar training explores the importance of positive self-concept development in young children. Participants will practice one strategy which promotes positive self-concept development and which can strengthen family partnership. Participants will develop an extension strategy which will promote self-concept development and a plan to engage families.

Cost: $25 

Colorado Department of Education approved. By participating, you will earn 1 hour of training in the Teaching Practice area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Sing and Move Your Feelings

This one-hour interactive webinar explores the use of music and movement as supports for prosocial behavior and the identification of feelings for the preschool child. Using a plan template, participants will develop an activity which supports and promotes prosocial behavior and which supports the child in the expression and vocabulary to identify emotions and feelings.

Cost: $25

 Colorado Department of Education approved. By participating, you will earn 1 hour of training in the Guidance area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Promoting Healthy Classroom Transitions

This one-hour interactive webinar provides teachers of 3-5 year olds with strategies for smooth classroom transitions. The training examines briefly why children might have difficulty and anxiety about transitions. Participants are asked to reflect on their own classroom transitions and to identify at least one classroom transition they will implement to promote smooth, healthy transitions for children.

Cost: $25

 Colorado Department of Education approved. By participating, you will earn 1 hour of training in the Teaching Practice area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Connections are Key

This one-hour interactive webinar examines the critical importance of establishing and fostering connections with infants and toddlers in the classroom or family child care home. Participants will explore strategies which promote positive connections. Each participant will complete a plan to improve connections in their classroom, and will reflect on the impact this will have on children.

Cost: $25 

By participating, you will earn 1 hour of training in the Social and Emotional Development area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Please note: All of our trainings are developed by Qualistar and adhere to rigorous high-quality design standards. This training, however, is pending approval as the CDE makes updates to their training approval system. You will still receive credit towards the 15-hour licensing requirement.

Health, Safety, & Nutrition

Optimal child development is enhanced if young children are safe from physical and emotional harm. In designing learning environments and experiences for young children, meeting the health, safety, and nutritional needs are critical to child growth, development, and learning.

Cavity Free Kids

ORAL HEALTH—Cavity Free Kids is a curriculum designed for use in child care centers, family child care settings, preschools, head start and home visiting programs, as well as other early learning environments, like library story times and play-and-learn groups. Cavity Free Kids lessons and activities can be adapted to the ages and developmental stages of the children in your care. It is organized so you can easily and creatively modify lessons and activities to meet your program’s requirements, your personal style, and the needs and interests of the children and families in your program.

This training includes a rich collection of activities, circle time activities, stories, and songs that actively engage children. This training will help you make oral health part of your routines and daily interactions with children and their families. The curriculum includes activities, resources, and materials that make it easy for you to teach children and their families about:

  1. Baby Teeth Are Important!
  2. Water for Thirst
  3. Tooth Healthy Foods
  4. Brush, Floss, Swish
  5. Going to the Dentist

Participants will receive the curriculum binder and other oral health teaching materials.

Cost: Training, teaching materials, and resources are offered at no cost.

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 2 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

HEALTHY SMILES SUMMIT- Fort Collins/Loveland

August 25, 2018, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join our expert staff to learn about the importance of good early oral health habits and participate in hands-on activities that can be easily replicated in your program. Attendees will learn simple and fun ways to engage children and families in conversation, songs, books, and learning center activities that promote healthy habits. The Summit will be focused on learning how to plan and implement policies and practices related to the 5 Basics of Oral Health:

  1. Baby Teeth Are Important!
  2. Water for Thirst
  3. Tooth Healthy Foods
  4. Brush, Floss, Swish
  5. Going to the Dentist

Early Childhood Professionals Receive:

  • Certificate for 5.5 hours of professional development
  • Tooth Healthy Toolbox: curriculum binder, tooth brushes, books, props, water bottles, family engagement tips, and an assortment of activity ideas and materials.
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Enter to win door prizes

Click register below to learn more about the trainings offered Cost: Training, and resources are offered at no cost By participating, you will earn 5.5 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

UPCOMING HEALTHY SMILES SUMMITS 2018

Join our expert staff to learn about the importance of good early oral health habits and participate in hands-on activities that can be easily replicated in your program. Attendees will learn simple and fun ways to engage children and families in conversation, songs, books, and learning center activities that promote healthy habits. The Summit will be focused on learning how to plan and implement policies and practices related to the 5 Basics of Oral Health:

  1. Baby Teeth Are Important!
  2. Water for Thirst
  3. Tooth Healthy Foods
  4. Brush, Floss, Swish
  5. Going to the Dentist

Early Childhood Professionals Receive:

  • Certificate for 5.5 hours of professional development
  • Tooth Healthy Toolbox: curriculum binder, tooth brushes, books, props, water bottles, family engagement tips, and an assortment of activity ideas and materials.
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Enter to win $25 Amazon gift cards, Kindle Fire Tablets, and more door prize

Cost: Training, and resources are offered at no cost By participating, you will earn 5.5 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Upcoming Summits: FT COLLINS-LOVELAND Saturday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Loveland Public Library Click here to register GLENWOOD SPRINGS Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Glenwood Springs Public Library Click here to register COLORADO SPRINGS Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Community Partnership for Child Development Click here to register

I am Moving, I am Learning

OBESITY PREVENTION—I am Moving, I am Learning is nationally recognized and improves the quantity and quality of physical activity in early childhood settings. In this 3 hour training, participants learn and practice strategies to enhance structured physical activity through music and movement for young children. Using a team approach, participants develop program-specific action plans to successfully implement I am Moving, I am Learning in daily routines.

Cost: Training, teaching materials, and resources are offered at no cost.

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition domain towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

I am Moving, I am Learning for Infants and Toddlers

OBESITY PREVENTION—Enriching early childhood experiences support brain development and form bonds between children and adults that are essential for healthy physical, cognitive, and social development. We will explore how relationships between adults and children, and between brain and body, are enhanced by music and sensory, control and exploratory experiences. This free 1-hour training will provide strategies and resources that support learning through music and movement for three different ages and stages including: infants (pre-crawlers), babies (crawlers) and toddlers (walkers). Cost: Training, and resources are offered at no cost Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1 hour of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Wellness Champion

OBESITY PREVENTION—Building upon the I am Moving, I am Learning training, this program offers the support and materials needed to implement I am Moving, I am Learning and to create workplace wellness programs that support physical activity and nutrition. This training is for directors, teachers, health consultants, public health staff, coaches, and anyone else interested in learning from this nationally recognized training.

Cost: Training, teaching materials, and resources are offered at no cost.

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 2 hours of training in the Program Planning and Development domain towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Moving Into Wellness

OBESITY PREVENTION—We are excited to provide a full day of Moving into Wellness! Participants can attend any or all three of the trainings provided; lunch will be provided for those who attend all day. Each participant will receive an activity booklet and materials to begin implementing content right away! This day of training will include: -I am Moving, I am Learning -I am Moving, I am Learning for Infants and Toddlers -Wellness Champion Cost: Training, teaching materials, and resources are offered at no cost. Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 6 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Wellness Champion Webinar

OBESITY PREVENTION—The 2-hour Wellness Champion webinar training will provide strategies to become an effective “champion” for implementing physical activity and workplace wellness activities in your program. We will review best practices, brainstorm ideas, develop an action plan for promoting teacher-led structured physical activities and guide you through the creation of workplace wellness. This training is provided at no cost to the participants. Cost: Training, and resources are offered at no cost Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 2 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals

OBESITY PREVENTION—This training teaches early childhood education professionals about healthy meal preparation and how to create a positive food environment. Participants will practice skills to promote positive mealtime attitudes and behaviors, organize cooking activities, and how to efficiently prepare healthy food options. Participants will receive new, essential kitchen tools, 34 recipes, and an activity bank. Cost: Training, and resources are offered at no cost Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 8 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Teaching Practices

Early childhood educators are responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting intentional experiences that promote children’s growth, development, and learning in all developmental domains.

The Language of Science for Infants and Toddlers

Enhance your science practice and engage your youngest learners. Join us for this 1.5 hour training session. You don’t need to wear a white lab coat to be a scientist. For infants and toddlers, science is a part of their natural curiosity and exploration. Training materials promote natural exploration and scientific discovery. You will learn strategic ways to engage infants and toddlers in science and key methods for incorporating scientific language in your program or classroom. Come prepared to push your current understandings of science and learn ways to encourage the next generation of scientists. Cost: $25 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1.5 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Moving Beyond Big and Little: Math Language for Toddlers

Enhance your  math practice and engage your youngest learners. Join us for this 1.5 hour training session. “I’m not good at math,” is a phrase we often hear from colleagues and friends. Embrace math language in the toddler classroom and explore ways to incorporate math throughout your program. Learn how books and literacy are essential tools for encouraging math language in the classroom. It’s never too early to encourage the next generation of mathematicians and to learn how to be mathematicians ourselves. Cost: $25 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1.5 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Math IS for Toddlers

This 3.25 hour training supports teachers in understanding the research on toddlers’ development of math concepts. Participants will learn how to nurture math in the classroom through books and literacy. Participants will have opportunities to practice and develop activities and strategies to immediately take back to the classroom. Cost: $45 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3.25 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Science IS for Babies and Toddlers

This training supports teachers of infants and toddlers in the design of an environment which supports curiosity and exploration, drawing from what research and current thinking say about child brain development,and how they understand, explore, and construct their world. Teachers will practice and develop exploration strategies which nurture early science experiences for infants and toddlers. Cost: $45 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3.25 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Quality Outdoor Learning Environments Webinar

This 2.5 hour training is a live webinar. The Quality Outdoor Learning Environment training is designed to educate participants about the benefits of high quality outdoor spaces and the correlation they have to physical activity, mental and physical health and safety. Cost: Varies. Please contact us for more information. Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 2.5 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

The Caring Classroom: Responsive Caregiving in Infant and Toddler Classrooms

This training explores the critical elements of responsive caregiving in the infant and toddler classrooms. Participants will work in small groups to determine strategies that can be implemented to improve the quality of teacher-child relationships in the classroom, and each participant will leave the training with identified strategies to improve the responsiveness of the classroom. Cost: $45 Colorado Department of Education approved. By participating, you will earn 2.75 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area and .5 clock hours specific to Social Emotional Development/G2.1 towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

It’s All About the Senses: Art for Infants and Toddlers

This training highlights activities for sensory experiences for infants and toddlers which act as the foundation and “bridge” for creative experiences in preschool. In small groups, participants will practice with two sensory exploration activities and present their reflections and ideas to the larger group. Cost: $30 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 2 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Being Matisse: An Inspiration Station Strategy

Children are natural artists! Participants will interact with creative materials and practice with an art strategy that can be easily implemented into their classroom, enriching the preschool child’s visual and creative experiences. Cost: $25 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1.5 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Community: Children as Citizens of the Preschool Classroom

This training introduces civics for preschool children and explores activities and strategies which support them as invested members of the classroom community. Strategies and activities are presented which focus on the importance of belonging to a community, nurturing pro-social skills, and the benefits these bring to the child’s self-concept development and to the classroom as a community. Cost: $45 Colorado Department of Education approved. By participating, you will earn 1.75 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area and 1.5 clock hours specific to Social Emotional Development/G4.2 towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Shapes and Spatial Awareness: Geometry in the Preschool Classroom

Teachers of children ages three- to five-years old will learn concrete ways to engage children in discovering shapes. In this hands-on and interactive training, participants will work in small groups to identify activities and strategies they can utilize in the classroom, brainstorm math vocabulary, and discover ways to engage families in making shapes and space a concrete and meaningful experience Cost: $45 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3.25 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

What’s in a Name? One Strategy for Self-concept Development and Family Partnership

This training explores the importance of the child’s positive self-concept development. Participants will practice one strategy which promotes self-concept development and which can strengthen family partnerships. Cost: $25 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1.5 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Taking Cues from Your Children: Emergent Curriculum in Action

Teaching is an art.  It takes the ability to grow and learn with the children in the classroom.  Utilizing emergent curriculum, a teacher is able to build upon a child’s interest and create an environment that embraces the journey for knowledge.  In this 1.5-hour face-to-face training, participants will learn how emergent curriculum can be embraced in the classroom to not only help children achieve their academic goals, but also create an atmosphere of learning, collaboration and exploration.   Participants will be able to plan for their own program and to understand simple first steps to implement emergent curriculum. Cost: $25 Colorado Department of Education approved. By participating, you will earn 1.5 hours of training in the Program Planning and Development area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Water Wind and Weather: Engaging Infants and Toddlers in Outdoor Spaces

Our youngest learners are natural scientists. They crave opportunities for exploration, and discovery. However, did you know that many outdoor activities for infants and toddlers also promote critical physical development? In this 1.5-hour face to face training, join us as we explore positive and engaging ways to support infant and toddler growth and development through outdoor settings. We will explore how to create a safe and welcoming outdoor space for young children and engage in hands-on activities you can take back to your program. Cost: $25 Colorado Department of Education approved. By participating, you will earn 1.5 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Respecting Children’s Unique Qualities through Strong Family Partnerships

Early childhood educators are in a unique position to create environments which nurture each child’s personal identity as well as group identity. This 3 hour training promotes the importance of creating an environment which respects and reflects the unique qualities of each family and each child in the context of strong family partnerships. Cost: $45 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Numbers and Measurement in the Preschool Classroom

This 3.25 hour training supports teachers of three- and four-year-old children in the practice and understanding of activities and vocabulary for math. Participants will learn how to incorporate number concepts and quantities, and measurement and comparison in every day practice. Participants learn current research on math for young children and are given opportunities to practice with hands-on activities. Cost: $45 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3.25 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Art and Young Children: Visual Thinking – Making Meaning

This training supports teachers of children ages three to five years in understanding the current thinking and best practice for visual art experiences. The training offers participants practice with strategies and help on developing their own. Cost: $35 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 2.5 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Grass, Dirt, and Concrete: Engaging Preschoolers in Outdoor Spaces

The outdoor learning environment is an integral part of any early childhood program. It provides opportunities for children to develop gross motor skills, engage in social interactions, and take appropriate risks. Playing in a more naturalized outdoor learning environment is more engaging for children, and small changes can positively impact children, staff, and families. In this face-to-face training, learn how adding loose parts to the outdoor learning environment can create new opportunities for cognitive growth and development, creativity, and language. By reimagining the outdoor learning environment as a dynamic and variable space, educators will gain new insights into ways to ensure no two days outdoors are ever the same. Cost: $25 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1.5 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Demonstration Site Training | My First Garden: Growing Plants with Young Children

Not everyone needs to have a green thumb to learn how to grow plants with young children.  In this 1.75-hour face-to-face training, participants will gain the confidence and skills they need to support container gardening in an early childhood setting.  Participants will learn best practices in plant care and how to shop for plants at a local garden supply store.  Participants will also be able to learn firsthand how to successfully plant a seedling and support its growth.  Finally, participants will discuss appropriate ways to engage young children in gardening.  Break out your tools, and let’s get messy!  Participants will receive gardening resources and materials, and they will leave with their own container garden. Light dinner provided. Cost: This training is provided at no cost to participants. Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1.75 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Child Growth, Development, & Learning

Understanding a child’s growth, development, and learning is paramount in providing experiences that foster the predictable steps and sequences of development.

Supporting Child Development

This training provides an overview of how children’s brains develop and what factors can influence healthy and age-appropriate development. Participants will explore how early experiences can influence learning, behavior and development. Cost: $30 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 2 hours of training in the Child Growth, Development, and Learning area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Program Planning and Development

Strong leadership is vital to high quality early childhood programs. Leaders who administer early childhood programs must have a solid foundation in organizational, personnel, and financial management.

Widening the Lens: Looking at Quality through a Program Administration Perspective

This 3 hour training introduces participants to the Program Administration Scale®, also known as PAS, which measures the quality of management and leadership practices in centers and preschools. The Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System includes a Leadership, Management, and Administration component. This component is heavily influenced by the PAS® tool and this training will familiarize participants with the tool, the process, and how results can be used to strengthen the daily operations of the program. Cost: $45 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3 hours of training in the Program Planning and Development area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Coaching and Resistance: Let’s Change the Window

This training explores resistance and its challenge for coaches as they work with teachers and directors on quality improvement. The training asks the participant to shift her view of resistance, and consider alternative “windows” to support and promote change. Cost: $25 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1.5 hours of training in the Program Planning and Development area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Critical Components of Coaching

This training introduces skills and strategies for coaching early childhood professionals in quality improvement goal setting and action plans. This training can be customized as 3-, 6-, or 12-hour sessions. Participants learn how adult learning principles can inform their role as an effective coach. Cost: Varies depending on length, travel costs, and scheduling restrictions. Contact us for more information. Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3, 6 or 12 hours of training in the Program Planning and Development area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Staffing: Strategically Recruit

This 3.5-hour face-to-face training for directors and administrators, explores the strategic planning process as a recruitment tool. Participants will develop an individualized plan for recruitment and will  practice with templates for strategically planning, job interview questions, and observation of a potential candidate. Cost: $48 Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3.5 hours of training in the Program Planning and Development area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Child Care Health Consultant Skills & Strategy

Child Care Health Consultants play the critical role of assisting early childhood programs in meeting and exceeding basic health and safety standards. We offer ongoing support, training, and resources to medical professionals serving children in early childhood settings.

Child Care Health Consultation 101

This 4.5 hour training offers Child Care Health Consultation information and resources to those nurses and physicians serving in this role in Colorado early childhood programs. The online Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) training is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

Participants earn 4.5 hours of training in the Child Care Health Consultant Competencies. Meal and resources included.

Cost: $25

Child Care Health Consultation 201

This 4.5 hour training helps experienced Child Care Health Consultants build their competencies through self-assessment, group discussion, and reflection. Participants will practice using a new Health, Safety, and Wellness Assessment designed for to be used with programs.

Participants earn 4.5 hours of training in the Child Care Health Consultant Competencies. Meal and resources included.

Cost: $25

Child Care Health Consultants of Colorado Seminars

Child Care Health Consultants of Colorado invites you to join us quarterly for 5.5 hour seminars where we invite expert speakers so Child Care Health Consultants can learn about the latest developments in early childhood health and safety as well as within the early care and education field. Participants have the opportunity to meet and network with other Child Care Health Consultants from across the state.  Resources and online participation are available. Cost: Free with optional $12 lunch