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.

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- DENVER

February 24, 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 easily be 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 Basis 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 6 hours of CDE approved 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 prizes
  • Guided tour of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Click register below to learn more about the trainings offered

Cost: Training, and resources are offered at no cost

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 6 hour of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

HEALTHY SMILES SUMMIT- Pueblo

April 7, 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 easily be 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 Basis 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 6 hours of CDE approved 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 prizes

Click register below to learn more about the trainings offered

Cost: Training, and resources are offered at no cost

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 6 hour of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

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

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

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 3.25 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

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.

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 3.25 hours of training in the Teaching Practices area 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.

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.

Art Symposium

Qualistar is excited to partner with the Denver Art Museum and the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County to offer the Art Symposium at the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center in Thornton. The symposium is comprised of two sessions that help professionals integrate art into their practice. Professionals may attend one, or both sessions. At the end of each session, take home a FREE book related to the content you have learned! See below for more details and the link to register.

Session I : January 23, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Create to Write with the Denver Art Museum
How can preschool children’s growing writing skills activate the creative process? The Denver Art Museum will provide a hands-on, minds-on workshop to uncover playful strategies and tools for supporting early learners in sharing their voice with creative arts. Join us to discover new ways to engage your students and leave with practical ideas for your classroom!

Session II: January 31, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Look to Read with the Denver Art Museum
How can artwork unleash your youngest learners’ stories and language? The Denver Art Museum will provide an interactive workshop to share a variety of strategies to encourage students to look closely, identify details, and discuss their experiences through the visual arts. Join us to learn more about creative ways to support early learners and leave with ideas to use in your classroom the following day!

Cost: $25 for each session, $45 for both

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 1.5 hours of training for each session attended in the Teaching Practices area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Engineering Symposium

Qualistar is excited to partner with the Research Area for Teaching to offer the Engineering Symposium at their Denver office. The symposium is comprised of two sessions that help professionals easily integrate engineering and STEM concepts into their practice. Professionals may attend one, or both sessions.  See below for more details and the link to register.

Session I : January 20, 9:00am-12:00pm (8:30 sign in and light breakfast)
ECSTEM
To early learners, STEM is everywhere. Come learn how to scaffold “play” into powerful learning experiences. Everyone will gain insight into what STEM is and how to make sure it happens. Participants will become familiar and proficient with using the scientific and engineering processes. Participants will play as students but think like educators.

Session II: February 10, 9:00am-12:00pm (8:30 sign in and light breakfast)
Using Engineering Play to Support Data Collection
A large part of being an educator is being an evaluator. It is not always anyone’s favorite part, but it should not have to be the worst part. Careful observation of engineering-based play can lead to great data to evaluate student growth. This session is highly interactive giving you time to play and hone your engineering skills as well as time to practice evaluation and data collection.

Cost: $45 for each session, $80 for both

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.

2018 training dates will be announced soon.

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.

2018 training dates will be announced soon.

Cost: $25

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