*see catalog for additional trainings

March 2011

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Registration Information

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Wednesday, Febuary 23 Monday, March 7 Monday, March 14
Science from A-Z


Do you hit a roadblock as you try to think of something engaging to include in your science area for various themes? This session will cover themes from A to Z and include items and activities to interest your eager little scientists

Instructor: Sara Mulso

Time: Wednesday, February 23, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Fee: $20.00, 2 in-service hours

Location: Kidz Place Learning Center, Hugo

Beyond the Itsy Bitsy Spider – Music for Young Children


Research related to the value of musical experiences, and a review of the elements of music will be presented in this inservice. Participants will gain ideas for actively involving children in making and appreciating a wide variety of musical styles.

Instructor: Ann Ruhl Carlson

Time: Monday, March 7, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Fee: $20.00, 2 in-service hours

Location: Our Space Child Care Center, Hopkins

Learning in a Snap

CDA 2 or 3

Learn simple ways to use photos to create a dynamic learning environment. We'll explore fun ways to use digital photos in welcome centers and learning activities. Explore how photos, collages, and photo books promote social-emotional by building friendship, classroom community, and strong relations with parents. Participants will discover easy and inexpensive resources to enhance, expand, and create fun activities for children.

Instructor: Amy Timm

Time: Monday, March 14, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Fee: $20.00, 2 in-service hours

Location: Eden Prairie City Center, Eden Prairie

Tuesday, March 15 Tuesday, March 15 Tuesday, March 22
Behaviors - Super Nanny


A different approach is needed in dealing with behavior. All of this while ensuring that our techniques are developmentally appropriate for the children in our care.

Instructor: Brenda Lowe

Time: Tuesday, March 15, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Fee: $20.00, 2 in-service hours

Location: Kidz Place Learning Center, Hugo

Celebrate Me, Celebrate My Family -CR

CDA 3 or 4

Families are as diverse as they have ever been - are you prepared to deal effectively with the families in your care? Your interactions with children are essential in helping them feel welcomed and nurtured. In this class, we will discuss serving children from many different kinds of families - biracial families, single parent families, parents/kids with disabilities, gay and lesbian parents, grandparents raising kids, etc - through real-life examples, practical ideas, and humor. Also, you will get ideas for how to gather information about families in your care.

Instructor: Kathy Lee

Time: Tuesday, March 15, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Fee: $30.00, 3 in-service hours

Location: Northern Service Center, West St. Paul

“I Want Mommy!” Emotional Coaching Techniques to Resolve Separation Anxiety and Behavior Issues.


Are your students crying, uncooperative, and fighting? Learn how to effectively use the techniques of emotional coaching to calm children who are experiencing separation anxiety and behavior issues. Learn also how to use this technique to communicate with parents who are upset or distraught. You’ll discover this really works!

Instructor: Amy Timm

Time: Tuesday, March 22, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Fee: $20.00, 2 in-service hours

Location: Waconia City Hall, Waconia

Tuesday, March 22 Wednesday, March 23 Monday, March 28
Not By Chance: Foundations of Quality


This 2 -hour session begins the program by discussing the core elements of child care that prepares children for success in school and life. This training offers you the concepts and background which you need to become well-versed in Minnesota’s endorsed quality support tools: the Minnesota Core Competencies for Early Childhood Education and Care Practitioners ©, the Environment Rating Scales, and the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards 2005 ©. You can feel good about finishing this session, knowing that you are ready to incorporate these critical tools into your work.

Instructor: Wanda Hill

Time: Tuesday, March 22, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Fee: $20.00, 2 in-service hours

Location: Crystal Community Center, Crystal

Welcome to the Profession Training

Core Competency Area VIII, CDA 6

This is the first class in the Minnesota Child Care Credential. This class introduces the elements common among professionals and some of the unique characteristics of early care and education as a profession. The class also introduces the organization of the Minnesota Child Care Credential and the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and links the completion of the credential to the development of quality programs for children. The Welcome Class is required for all Building Quality participants.

Fee: $15.00, 3 in-service hours

Time: March 23, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Location: Chaska High School, Chaska

When It Hurts: Fostering Life Skills through Reading and Play


If you have ever struggled to help children understand some of life's more difficult challenges, such as a death in the family, divorce, moving, or the arrival of a new sibling, you are not alone. Discover how children’s books that are carefully crafted to speak a child’s language through words and pictures help young kids learn, grow, or heal in a safe, comforting way. New and classic children’s books will be presented, as well as activities to enhance the fun and learning.

Instructor: Shelley Butler

Time: Monday, March 28, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Fee: $20.00, 2 in-service hours

Location: Family Means, Stillwater

Thursday, March 31 & April 7 Thursday, March 31  
Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers (PITC): Guide with Care: Infant-Toddler Socialization and Guidance PL


This class addresses appropriate ways to guide the development of infants' and toddlers' social skills and behavior. Participants will examine practices that respect individual temperaments, developmental stages, and family/cultural variations.

Instructor: Kristen Wheeler

Time: Thursdays March 31 and April 7, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Fee: $40.00, 4 in-service hours

Location: Blaine Human Services Center, Rm 300, Blaine

Curriculum Planning and Design


Are you looking for ideas to jumpstart your curriculum planning or to refresh your current curriculum? This class will focus on strategies that will ensure the children in your programs are provided with developmentally appropriate curriculum themes and provide the children with a variety of choices and learning experiences. Content areas covered include art, music, movement, science, math, sensory, literacy and more. Come and learn how to set the stage for learning by offering the children in your program experiences that will meet their learning styles and multiple intelligences. Participants will learn the value of thematic units, the criteria for selecting themes, and how to design and construct a lesson plan. Each participant will receive a CD with 24 lessons plans, planning guides, and resources.

Instructor: Bev Herr

Time: Thursday, March 31, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Fee: $20.00, 2 in-service hours

Location: Hastings Child Development Center, Hastings