Early Childhood Education Training

Qualistar’s Early Childhood Education Trainings

We offer the following innovative and hands-on ECE trainings that elevate 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.

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 1.5 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition domain 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 1.5 hours of training in the Program Planning and Development domain towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Nutrition in the Preschool Classroom

OBESITY PREVENTION—This 2 hour training is led by a nutritionist and registered dietitian, and focuses on healthy eating habits and practices that support a child’s lifelong health. This training helps teachers and families work together to support children’s successful dietary changes through education, stories and participation in food buying and food preparation. Participants will learn about structured eating principals and maintaining a balance of appropriate proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

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 Earn two professional development hours in Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Cavity Free Kids

ORAL HEALTH—This 2 hour training includes activities, circle time experiences, stories, songs, art, dramatic play, discovery and science, sand and water, literacy and library, toys and games, and other resources to actively engage children in play-based learning. It will help make oral health part of your daily routines with children and families, as well as support teaching 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

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 domain towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Healthy Smiles Champion

ORAL HEALTH—Building upon the Cavity Free Kids training, this training offers participants the support and materials needed to implement tooth brushing and create a policy that supports limiting sugary drinks.

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

By participating, you will earn 2 hours of training in the Program Planning and Development 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.

Infant/Toddler Science and Math

Enhance your science and math practice and engage your youngest learners. Join us for either or both of these 1.5 hour training sessions.

MATH SESSION: Moving Beyond Big and Little: Math Language for Toddlers
“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.

SCIENCE SESSION: The Language of Science for Infants and Toddlers
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: $25-45

We will be hosting two 1.5 hour trainings, and you may choose to attend only one or both sessions. Snacks provided.

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: $40

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3.25 hours of training in the Program Planning and Development area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

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: $40

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.

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: $40

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 3.25 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 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: 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 Child Growth, Development, and Learning area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

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: $40

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.

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 on-line Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) training is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

Cost: $25

By participating, you will earn 4.5 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition domain towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Snacks provided.

Child Care Health Consultation 201

This 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.

Cost: $25

By participating, you will earn 5 hours of training in the Child Care Health Consultant Skills and Strategies domain towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development. Meal provided.

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