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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Creating Schedules and Routines

4 PD hours Curriculum

Learn how to use schedules to manage your days with young children more efficiently and how to ensure that arrival, toileting, clean-up, eating, resting and sleeping, dressing, and departure routines contribute to children’s positive development.

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

Conferencing with Parents

5 PD hours Family Engagement

Effective parent communication systems are critical to all child care programs. Parents need both daily information about their children’s routine and development, and formal communication sessions. Learn to plan and conduct productive conferences, group meetings, and home visits with parents and maintain a positive relationship with parents. Includes sample conference preparation, agendas, attendance improvement suggestions, and many helpful tips and guidelines for better meetings.

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

Sun Safety

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

Sunlight is essential for life and health, yet overexposure can cause skin cancer. Learn effective ways to protect children and yourself from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

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

Toilet Learning

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

Manage this important step in young children’s development in a positive way that will ensure their cooperation and success.

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

A Joyful Life of Caregiving

3 PD hours Child Assessment, Curriculum

A Joyful Life of Caregiving includes lots of ideas to get your creative juices flowing. We really enjoyed creating this course as we brainstormed ways to help caregivers relax and invigorate days of providing care to children.

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

Fun and Fitness: Addressing Childhood Obesity

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

Explore the physical movement needs of children and ways to meet these needs as well as dietary and other factors that contribute to obesity in this two-hour course. Learn ways to help children avoid or reverse obesity.

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

Children with Special Needs: Physical Disabilities

8 PD hours Child Assessment, Development and Learning, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

All children have needs; some have more specialized needs than others. In this 8-hour online course, you will learn the goals of early education for children with special needs, the characteristics of common physical disabilities, how various disabilities affect children’s ability to function, and curriculum adaptations to meet the needs of children with physical disabilities and help them develop and learn.

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

Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care

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

Written for all child care providers who work with parents of infants, this two-hour course describes the importance of breastfeeding, best ways to support breastfeeding mothers, how to store and handle breast milk, how to create a comfortable environment for breastfeeding mothers, how to share your support policy with families and staff, and current state laws regarding breastfeeding.

Organization Phone Number Email
Care Courses 1-800-685-7610 info@carecourses.com

Create Healthy Habits: Developing a Wellness Plan for your Early Childhood Program

8 PD hours Family Engagement, Leadership and Program Management, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Early childhood programs are uniquely positioned to promote healthy habits among children birth to 5 years old and their families. This training will guide program coordinators and directors in the creation of a wellness policy and action plan for their site, and provide resources for successful implementation.

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

Creating IPDPs with Your Staff: It Can be Fun!

2 PD hours Leadership and Program Management, Professionalism, Staff Support

Individualized Professional Development Plans (IPDPs) are written plans that are designed to help individuals develop and continue their professional growth. The process of developing and carrying these out plans can seem like a daunting task, not only for a busy child care center director but for the teachers as well. However, IPDPs are important because they guide professional growth and help teachers reflect on how that growth changes over time in meaningful ways. Attend this workshop and learn about the 4-step process of developing IPDPs that will actually help improve quality for children and make portions of your job easier!

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

Enhancing Literacy Skills in the Early Childhood Classroom

8 PD Hours Curriculum

This professional development will allow participants to explore the topics of phonological awareness, preschool writing, and alphabet knowledge and learn strategies to deepen their literacy teaching practices.

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

Developmentally Appropriate Activities for Children Under Two

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

The early years of life form the foundation for lifelong learning. It is important that educators understand how children learn in order to support their self concept and development. This 2-hour training guides participants in the design and use of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities for children under two. Topics will include infant and toddler development, understanding temperament and how it impacts curriculum planning, and activities that support development.

Organization Contact Email
Institute for Education and Professional Development Beth Doubrava b.doubrava@iepd.org

Disciplining Children Positively by Preventing Challenging Behaviors

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

This training explores the four “P’s” of positive discipline: (1) a positive attitude about children and behaviors, (2) providing supports, (3) being proactive, and (4) preventing concerns before they occur. Participants learn specific strategies they can use to prevent and address challenging behaviors and make improvements in early childhood and school-age programs.

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

Mindful Teachers/Mindful Children Part 2: The Art of Teaching Mindfulness to Young Children to Help with Social/Emotional Skills

2 PD hours Development and Learning

This is a continuation of the first Mindfulness Workshop, where participants will be given the opportunity to further explore mindfulness for both themelves personally, as well as professionally in the classroom.
Mindfulness reconnects us to our five senses, bringing us into a moment-by-moment awareness of ourselves and our surroundings through breathing exercises, visualization activities, and learning how to focus on learning opportunities, such as Circle Time, Small Group Time/Learning Centers, and Large Group Time. Research shows that mindfulness helps adults and children be more attentive, less anxious, and better able to handle their emotions and self-regulation. As children build and strengthen these skills, they become capable of exhibiting empathy, compassion, patience and acquire better emotional and social skills.

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

The Toxic Impact of Stress on a Child’s Brain and Body: What Can We Do in Our Daily Practice?

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

While stress is a normal (and actually, necessary) part of life, high levels of chronic stress factors can have extremely negative impacts on a child’s brain and body. This workshop will focus on the ways that stress impacts young children and offer strategies about how to combat this impact. Some of these strategies include creating and sustaining supportive relationships, a responsive environment, and mindfulness techniques.

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

The Impact of Emotions in the Classroom — Emotional Intelligence De-Mystified

2 PD hours Curriculum, Family Engagement, Professionalism

This workshop will focus on how a teacher’s emotions can have a significant impact on the overall classroom environment. Participants will gain an understanding of the five skills related to emotional intelligence as well as how they can create and sustain an emotionally safe classroom for their children.

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

Safe Spaces and Places to Grow and Learn

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

This course prepares early childhood teachers to create and maintain a safe environment for young children. The focus will be on risk factors for injury as they relate to stages of development, strategies to prevent injury, and active supervision. Information will be provided for participants to access rules and regulations, national standards, safety checklists, product recalls, and more. The safety of children is the number one mission of early childhood organizations and it is the first principle of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment (P-1.1). Early childhood teachers have a tremendous responsibility to keep the children in their care safe while they provide them with rich and engaging opportunities for learning. The principles discussed and the strategies described will help teachers implement injury prevention practices that meet the needs of the individual children in their care. This course provides training suitable for teachers working within early childhood education (infancy–kindergarten).

Organization Registration Link Phone Number Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com 404-325-2225 Help@QuorumLearning.com

Circle Time: It’s More than Calendar and Weather!

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

A “good” Circle Time can set the tone for an early learning program’s day, as it can set the stage for learning, offers the children opportunities for sharing and listening, and enables children to experience many content areas within a supportive group environment. When not done well, Circle Time can be an ineffective, inefficient time of the day because a teacher may have unrealistic expectations of the children.

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

No Bullies Here — Preventing Bullying Behavior in Early Childhood Settings

2 PD hours Development and Learning

As early childhood teachers, we have the capability to teach children the appropriate social skills that will prevent bullying from occurring. This training will examine the four characteristics of bullying and will introduce some strategies to prevent bullying behaviors from further developing before they become a problem.

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

Five Hour Series – Block Play: Hands on Experiences!

5 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

This workshop training series focuses on fostering an understanding of how children learn best through hands-on experiencing and how block play is an ideal way to promote cognitive development in preschoolers. Participants will learn about the developmental stages of block play; discuss the value of block play; discuss linkages to STEM and Language and Literacy Skills. Participants will discuss strategies for being effective facilitators for optimal learning in the block play arena.

Organization Contact Email
Early Childhood Consultant Katherine M. Begin, MA beginhome@aol.com

The Assessment Circle

4 PD hours Child Assessment, Curriculum, Family Engagement

Curriculum is like a road map = it helps you get where you want to go. Assessment is what fuels that journey. Attend this two-part series to learn how curriculum and assessment go hand in hand, how to implement assessment techniques as a process of documenting and evaluating growth and development, and how to effectively communicate with parents regarding assessment.

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

Fostering Healthy Gender Development in Early Childhood

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

As our understanding of gender evolves, participants will engage in a research-based conversation about what gender is, how gender develops throughout early childhood, and what best practice around gender inclusivity looks like.

Organization Contact Email
Early Childhood Consultant Jennifer Flis Flis.jennifer@gmail.com

Active Bodies, Active Minds: Incorporating Nutrition and Physical Activity into Each Day

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

This training explores the links between nutrition, physical activity, and children’s health and well-being. Participants learn about and practice fun, educational activities they can incorporate into their classroom schedules and environments to promote wellness among children.

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

Child Development 101 – What’s “Typical,” What’s Not? Regarding Social-Emotional Development

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

Social and emotional milestones are often more challenging to understand than stages of physical development. Research shows that social skills and emotional development (reflected in the ability to pay attention, make transitions from one activity to another, and cooperate with others) are a very important part of school readiness.

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

From Food to Physical Activity

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

Participants will explore the importance of healthy eating, proper nutrition, and physical activity in the early childhood setting. The strategies for minimizing the development of childhood obesity issues will be identified. In addition, the topics of responding to and accommodating food allergies in young children will be addressed. This course will meet the new Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) training requirements for providers and teachers.

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


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