Center-Approved PD

The Center is pleased to offer this valuable “in-time” resource to help you select high-quality training opportunities that align with your professional development goals.

Search the listings below to find:

  • in-person workshop sessions facilitated by local trainers
  • online PD modules developed by national organizations, such as the Office of Head Start, NAEYC, and Better Kid Care

If an online PD session does not include a certificate of completion and you want documentation for your records, you can submit a Training Verification Form to the Center. All of the opportunities listed are approved by the Center to meet state child care licensing requirements.

The Center updates these listings monthly—check back regularly to see the latest entries!

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Waves of Reflection: Building the Foundation for Becoming an Anti-Bias Educator

15 PD Hours Curriculum, Professionalism

This series is designed to enhance your understanding of anti-bias education in the early childhood classroom by using a variety of reflective methods. These methods include journaling, dialogue, mindfulness practices, and more. My hope is for you to use these tools in your own unique way as a means to foster intrinsic and systematic change in your teaching practice and in the world beyond.

Organization Contact Phone Number Email
Early Childhood Consultant Sarah Campbell 401-559-6707 scampbellec@gmail.com

Counting on Math: Bringing Math to Life in Everday Routines

2 PD hours Child Assessment, Curriculum, Development and Learning

Wondering if you’re offering enough daily opportunities in meaningful math skills, beyond rote counting? Looking for new ways to foster deeper meaning in your math curriculum? Do you have a math center that offers a child a balance of hands-on opportunities to work alone, and also time with others to become a mathematical thinker? This session will provide a richer understanding of the many ways in which math is already embedded in your everyday activities and routines, and how to capitalize on those teachable moments. Participants will explore ways to enhance mathematical learning in developmentally appropriate ways for the curious young child. Just as literacy requires a spectrum of concepts for learning to read, the process for mathematical skills is equally complex and intentional. It also requires an emerging desire for playful math experiences. Children are naturally engaged in math from outdoors to indoors, from sorting to balancing blocks to telling you another child has “More toys than me!” Don’t just hope you’ll come away with new ideas and angles….you can COUNT on it!

Organization Contact Phone Number Email
Early Childhood Consultant Cheryl Tella 401-500-1071 tellacheryl@gmail.com

Active Minds/Active Bodies Part 3: Extending the Journey Further — Helping Children Benefit from a Focus on Physical Activity and Nutrition

2 PD hours Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

This training is the third training of my first two Active Minds/Active Bodies workshops. The purpose of this training is to further help participants continue their work of integrating both physically active learning opportunities and nutritional activities into their daily routines on an ongoing basis.

Organization Contact Email
Education Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Developing and Implementing a PBIS Model in Your Program (to Assist with Challenging Behaviors)

6 PD Hours Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Are you looking for assistance with both classroom and behavior management that moves beyond quick fixes and magic wands? Then this is the workshop for you! This training will introduce participants to the basics of PBIS (Positive Behavior, Interventions and Supports) and help them develop and implement a system- wide approach to teach and encourage pro-social skills and behaviors. Participants will also be offered specific social-emotional examples of tools to implement in their classrooms and be able to view short video clips of exemplary classrooms. Some examples are picture schedules and social stories.

Organization Contact Email
Early Childhood Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Time Management: Making the Clock Work for You

2 PD hours Leadership and Program Management, Professionalism

Do you find yourself running out of time? Often, it seems there just are not enough hours in the day to fit everything in. This workshop explores common mistakes regarding managing time (such as multi-tasking, procrastinating, not creating goals, etc.) and steps one can take to make improvements.

Organization Contact Email
Education Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Juntos Podemos: a peer mentoring and leadership development course for Family Child Care Providers in RI

22 PD hours Family Engagement, Professionalism

This course will empower family child care providers who work with infants and young children to become skilled communicators, problem-solvers, reflective practitioners, and advocates with their peers and the families they serve. By the end of the course, providers will be able to lead themselves and their peers through parts of the quality improvement process as well as strengthen the regional network of peer support for providers to thrive in their profession.

Organization Contact Email
SEIU Education & Support Fund/RI Child Care Training Fund Dulari Tahbildar dulari.tahbildar@seiuesf.org

Successful Strategies for Feeding Young Children

2 PD hours Development and Learning, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Feeding young children can be a notoriously tricky job. In this workshop, we will explore the best practices for nutrition and feeding style for children 0–5 years.

Organization Contact Email
University of Rhode Island – USDA SNAP-Ed Heidi Hetzler heidihetzler@uri.edu

Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Social Studies in the Early Childhood Classroom — Learning about People and Places

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

For young children, learning about social studies begins with children making friends, building upon emerging social-emotional skills, and then grows to exploring the local community and beyond. This training will explore the various components that make up a developmentally appropriate social studies curriculum and help teachers with their implementation.

Organization Contact Email
Education Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Creating a Responsive and Supportive Environment for ALL Children

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

Creating a responsive and supportive environment includes many elements: designing effective physical spaces that match the developmental needs of the children, selecting and using appropriate materials, creating a structure of the day through a consistent schedule and routine, and sending positive messages through positive relationships.

Organization Contact Email
Education Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Communication Secrets for Winning Teams

2 PD hours Professionalism

Communicating both effectively and efficiently (they are not the same!) is imperative for being a good leader. Appropriate communication is also an excellent way to build and sustain a team atmosphere. This training will examine what gets in the way of effective communication and strategies to implement to get the team back on track.

Organization Contact Email
Early Childhood Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Mixing in Math/Stirring Up Science

2 PD hours Curriculum

This workshop will introduce participants to the idea that math and science concepts are everywhere in the world for young children to experience in fun, educational ways. They will learn that young children are natural-born scientists and mathematicians, and will explore ways to teach children a variety of math and science objects in systematic ways that appeal to their natural curiosity. Fun, hands-on activities and experiments will be part of the workshop.

Organization Contact Email
Education Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Tips for Planning Smooth Transitions

2 PD hours Development and Learning, Leadership and Program Management

This professional development opportunity will explore how to help make transitions into a child care program (for a brand-new child/family) as well as the transitions between classrooms go more smoothly. Topics to discuss include: creating a transition plan, communicating with families before and during the process, and developmental expectations for children.

Organization Contact Email
Early Childhood Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Teacher Leadership

3 PD hours Leadership and Program Management, Professionalism

In every preschool, there are teachers whose vision extends beyond their own classrooms—even beyond their own teams or programs. They recognize that a child’s experiences depend not only on interaction with individual teachers, but also on curriculum choices, program culture, and community engagement. This awareness drives these teachers to want to influence programmatic decisions. They experience professional restlessness. Sometimes through their own initiative and sometimes because of a formal process, these teachers find ways to become teacher leaders. Through interactive learning activities, group discussion forums, multimedia learning experiences, and reflective writing exercises, participants will learn to identify the skills, dispositions, and knowledge necessary to become effective teacher leaders.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Safe Sleep and Sweet Dreams for Infants

2 PD hours Family Engagement, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

This course provides information about creating a safe sleep environment in the child care setting. It presents an overview of the risk factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, and educates child care providers about ways to reduce the risks. Participants will gain a greater understanding of SIDS, as well as other sleep-related causes of infant death, and will learn specific strategies to reduce the risk. They will learn how to create a safe sleep environment in the child care setting, as well as tips for talking with parents and other family members about creating a safe home sleep environment.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

To Expel or Not to Expel

4 PD hours Development and Learning

Participants will explore the conditions and risk factors that lead to expulsion and suspension, strategies to promote social-emotional development in children and personal well-being in educators, ways to develop trusting partnership with families, and discipline practices that reduce the risk of suspension and expulsion.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Exploring the Piramide Approach

3 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning, Professionalism

The Piramide Approach to Learning was created in the Netherlands to help teachers better understand their role in supporting children’s higher order thinking skills and become more intentional about deepening children’s learning. Piramide is not a curriculum. It is an approach to teaching and learning that helps teachers effectively scaffold and deepen children’s learning. Piramide can be used with any developmentally appropriate classroom curriculum. Piramide is an easy, four-step approach that can be applied to any curriculum and provides teachers a way to help children deepen and extend learning. This course provides training suitable for teachers working with students from infancy through kindergarten.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Traveling With Precious Cargo

3 PD hours Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

In this course, participants will become knowledgeable about the safe transport of young children. Best practice recommendations from Caring for Our Children, as well as the National Highway Administration, will be referenced as participants explore: vehicle safety; proper child safety seats; loading zone safety; emergency readiness; recommendations for children’s behavior; and other policies to ensure the safety of children before, during, and after transportation. This course provides training suitable for teachers and administrators working with students from infancy to kindergarten.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Making Circle Time Count

2 PD hours Curriculum

This workshop is a bit of a “Part 2” to my training entitled Circle Time: It’s More than Calendar and Weather, as its focus reaches beyond Circle Time in general, and offers ways to align the 5 components of math (Number and Operations, Classification and Patterns, Measurement, Geometry and, last but not least, Time) into a developmentally appropriate Circle routine.

Organization Contact Email
Early Childhood Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Biting Hurts

2 PD hours Development and Learning

Learn reasons why young children bite, strategies to prevent biting, appropriate ways to intervene in biting incidents, and how to talk to parents about biting.

Organization Phone Number Email
Care Courses 800-685-7610 info@carecourses.com

It Really IS All in Your Head! The Three Parts of the Brain and Their Impact on Behaviors

3 PD hours Curriculum

This training will first assist attendees in reflecting on their own triggers (hot button behaviors) to determine how to more beneficially respond when those occur. Second, we will learn about the brain’s top priority ensuring safety and how that impacts our reactions to people and events. Third, we will discuss the three parts of the triune brain, their functions and what strategies we can use in the classroom.

Organization Contact Email
Education Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Building Positive Relationships

4 PD hours Curriculum

In this course, participants will learn about the impact of classroom climate on children’s behavior and learning, and how the subtle nuances of their own behavior as a teacher impacts the atmosphere in the classroom. The course reviews important ideas about the nature of positive relationships; it provides examples of and strategies for positive teacher-child and child-child relationships. This course provides training suitable for teachers working with students from infancy to kindergarten.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Administrative Leadership

3 PD hours Professionalism

Leadership is an often used but seldom defined concept. While leadership skills are important in every business endeavor, these skills are particularly critical in an early childhood setting. Due to the many challenges child care owners/managers face daily, they rarely take the time necessary to focus on their own knowledge and skills. This course seeks to provide early childhood leaders that time. Essentials of Leadership will give participants a foundational understanding of leadership and multiple opportunities to assess and reflect on their own leadership abilities. Leadership can take many forms. The leadership skills addressed in this course focus on the day-to-day operations and the big picture task of vision-setting.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Child Assessment: The Essentials of Individualizing

4 PD hours Child Assessment

Learn how to recognize what each child in your classroom needs to reach their full potential. Explore the principles of child assessment, the role of observation, and techniques for collecting anecdotal notes. Survey a variety of assessment tools, and link assessment results to planning for each child as an individual.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com regsitrar@qassist.com

Basics of Inclusion

3 PD hours Development and Learning

According to the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of Early Childhood, practically speaking, “inclusion is children of all abilities learning, playing, and working together.” While this sounds great, teachers and parents may wonder if inclusion is really the best choice for a child. Will the child with disabilities struggle and the child without disabilities fall behind? This course introduces learners to the value of inclusion, steps to creating an inclusive classroom, laws regarding inclusion of children with disabilities, benefits to everyone involved, and the importance of teamwork with families. Participants will create their own inclusion policy and will practice pre-admissions conversations with parents.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Principles of Quality Teams

4 PD hours Professionalism

This course is designed to provide a foundation for establishing a quality team, which is a team that focuses on quality improvement. Participants will explore the elements and benefits of quality early childhood programs, how the dynamics of change impacts the successful achievement of quality improvements, and the key considerations for establishing a quality team.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com


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