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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Building Strong Relationships with Families

3 PD hours Family Engagement

Effective family engagement involves intentionally including families in the decisions, plans, and activities that promote their child’s learning. Strong communication skills are essential to this process. In this course, participants will learn communication skills that support the establishment of positive, responsive, and cooperative relationships with families. This course includes strategies for communicating with diverse families, skills for navigating difficult conversations, and practical approaches for managing ethical dilemmas. In addition, this course equips participants with communication tactics to encourage partnerships between school programs, families, and the community.

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

Understanding and Supporting the Development of Executive Function Skills

2.5 PD hours Development and Learning

This session will provide participants with an overview of the three dimensions of executive function skills: working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility. Participants will gain experience interpreting observations of children in terms of executive function skills. We will discuss research-based strategies for supporting the healthy development of executive function.

Organization Contact Email
University of Rhode Island Child Development Center Jessica L. MacLeod jessica.lynne.macleod@gmail.com

All About the ITERS-R: A Fun, Hands-On Overview of the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale for Improving Quality

6 PD hours Curriculum, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

This workshop series provides an overview of the ITERS-R tool so that participants will be able to self-assess their own classrooms and set goals and timelines for quality improvement. (Please Note: This offering does not meet the BrightStars Learning Environments training requirement which begins at Level 2 in Standard 1: Learning Environment.)

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

All About the ECERS-R: A Fun, Hands-On Overview of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale for Improving Quality

6 PD hours Curriculum, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

This workshop series provides an overview of the ECERS-R tool so that participants will be able to self-assess their own classrooms and set goals and timelines for quality improvement. (Please Note: This offering does not meet the BrightStars Learning Environments training requirement which begins at Level 2 in Standard 1: Learning Environment.)

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

Responsive Feeding for Infants and Toddlers

2 PD hours Leadership and Program Management, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Many caregivers approach feeding infants and toddlers using strategies similar to how they were raised. These traditional and often nonresponsive feeding practices can lead to overweight infants and toddlers, which is becoming more frequent in the United States.

Responsive feeding gives children the opportunity to notice, understand, and trust their bodies’ cues. This helps to build the skills they need to self-regulate food intake and has been shown to prevent obesity. If caregivers do not watch closely, it is easy to overfeed infants and toddlers. Regular overfeeding can eventually override a child’s internal controls, so that they no longer have appropriate hunger and fullness cues, or don’t recognize those cues.

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

STEM in the Preschool Classroom

5 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

Participants will be able to identify the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the classroom. They will learn to understand what STEM is, the importance of STEM for young learners, activities that promote STEM learning, and strategies for getting all children involved in STEM activities. A STEM focus ensures that children will learn to innovate, adapt, understand social and cultural cues, and problem-solve.

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

Autism 101

3 PD hours Development and Learning

Once considered a rare disorder, the most recent study on autism prevalence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1 in 59 children are living with it. Most of us likely know someone – a friend’s child, a neighbor, a family member, a student – who has been diagnosed. The “phenomenon” of autism seeming to be everywhere leads to many questions: Is it becoming more common? What is it, anyway, and what causes it? Is there a cure? What are some strategies for working with a child who has autism who is already in your early childhood classroom? Autism 101 attempts to answer these questions and more. We hope that after taking this course, you are not only more knowledgeable about autism but that you’re inspired by the incredible strengths of this very special group of individuals.

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

Creating High Quality Learning Experiences for Children

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

How do you create high quality learning experiences for children? Learn about how to structure your classroom to best meet the needs of all children. Learn about how policies, procedures, and regulations help inform your daily practice. This training is geared for teachers of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age students.

Organization Contact Email
Dr. Day Care Training Center Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tcheney@drdaycare.com

Play and Learn Science: Water Play / Juega y Aprende Ciencia: Juego de Agua

13 PD hours Curriculum

The Play and Learn Science: Water play workshop series fosters learning science inquiry and the engineering and design process through hands-on experiences for children ages 3-5. We will model for early childhood educators how learning can be fostered through everyday interactions that include a variety of real-world objects and the appropriate use of media.

Organization Contact Phone Number Email
RIPBS Mayra Monterroso 401-222-3636 ext. 411 mmonterroso@ripbs.org

Focusing on the Strengths of Others for Success

2 PD hours Professionalism

We live in a society in which we are always trying to improve and acquire new skills; basically, to get better, or “fix” someone. This workshop focuses on a different approach, that of what is already working well and is inherently a person’s strengths. When we focus on a person’s strengths, we can learn to have a more positive approach to supporting others, communicate more effectively, and focus on the positive.

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

Effective Parent-Teacher Communication

2 PD hours Family Engagement

Participants will learn skills to effectively communicate with the families of children in their classrooms (ages birth to 12). This training will focus on types of communication skills and tips for effective communication with parents.

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

Loving Literacy with Little Ones: 10 Engaging Ways to Promote Language Acquisition with Infants and Toddlers

2 PD hours Curriculum, Professionalism

Language development happens at lightning speed during the first two years of life. This workshop will introduce many ways to create an infant and/or toddler classroom filled with language, based on activities that can be easily woven into the daily routine.

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

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

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

You’ve most likely heard about “mindfulness” but may have thought it was just the latest buzzword in the world of education. Mindfulness is about paying attention to the here and now (also known as being “present”). Mindfulness reconnects children to their five senses, bringing them into a moment-by-moment awareness of themselves and their 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 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, and patience, and acquire better emotional and social skills.

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

Dramatic Play: It’s more than ‘just the kitchen’

3 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

This session, geared towards teachers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, not only gives an overview of what dramatic play is and why it is important, but gives an outline of how children learn through pretend play. Participants will also develop and share quality learning experiences for their dramatic play centers.

Organization Contact Phone Number Email
Education Consultant Meredith Burkett 401-744-7955 meredithburkett@gmail.com

Developmental Milestones: Teacher, Teacher, What Do You See?

5 PD hours Development and Learning, Family Engagement

Teachers will expand their knowledge of developmental milestones and be able to find free, high-quality tools to use in this process. View photos and videos of milestones to ensure you recognize milestones “in action.” Explore how to have difficult conversations with parents and think through responses to a variety of scenarios you may face with the families you serve. You will be knowledgeable of where to refer families for additional help. Practice tracking the milestones of one child, review the process with other course participants, and discuss how to begin tracking the milestones of the community of children in your care.

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

How to Integrate Yoga in the Classroom and Appreciate the Benefits

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

This two-part training will introduce participants to the benefits of yoga, and offer poses and sequences that participants can incorporate into their classroom routines and activities.

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

Literacy Throughout the Day: Creating Literacy and Math-Rich Environments

2 PD hours Curriculum, Professionalism

Most early childhood classrooms already include Library and Writing Centers in their environments. This training will help teachers consider how every learning center can incorporate both literacy and math elements. Once a teacher begins to expand these components throughout the classroom, the teacher will also see how easy and fun it is to integrate these components into any lesson.

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

How to Effectively Handle Children with No “Off” Button

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

Do you have a particularly challenging child in your class this year? One moment he’s playing in the Block Center with his friends, the next moment he is tearing everyone’s structures down. During Circle Time, he might be okay for two minutes, and then he is hitting, kicking, and doing anything else one can think of to annoy his peers. What’s a teacher to do??? Come to this workshop to learn and share some new strategies.

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

Engineering for Preschoolers

2 PD hours Curriculum

Due to changes in economics, our climate, and skills needed for future workers, the field of early childhood education is placing a greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in early childhood settings. Yet, often a focus on engineering is missing. Engineering is defined as the “engineer’s approach to identifying and solving a problem.” Engineering proficiencies include curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking – skills that are innate for young children. These skills can be supported in high quality early childhood settings that provide children with structure to build on this natural inclination to build, to explore and to question . During this training, educators will build a foundational understanding of engineering concepts, consider the influence of engineering skills on child development, and apply this knowledge in the integration of developmentally appropriate engineering activities in their classroom/setting.

Organization Registration Link Phone Number
Institute for Education and Professional Development http://iepd.org 508-657-1079

Establishing and Sustaining Exceptional Relationships with Families: Going Beyond Johnny Had a Good Day

2 PD hours Family Engagement

This training will help participants gain knowledge of basic communication skills to be applied in their daily interactions with families. In addition, participants will learn how to build and sustain relationships with families by providing strategies for communication in a variety of ways.

Organization Contact Email
Education Consultant Tracy Cheney 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

Helping Families Make It through the Night: Supporting Sleep and Recovery through Trauma-informed Care for Families with Substance Exposed Newborns (SEN)

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

The session provides an overview of research on clinical care for Substance Exposed Newborns (SEN) and their families, with a special focus on sleep as well as trauma-informed care for this specific population. We also look at agency partnerships to support high quality services to SEN and their families.

Organization Contact Phone Number Email
Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health Sophia Cohen, Ph.D. 401-258-4525 sophia.r.cohen@gmail.com

Piramide’s Interactive Storytelling

3 PD hours Curriculum

The Piramide Approach is a scientifically-based method that amplifies young children’s learning when applied to any early childhood curriculum. Piramide’s Interactive Storytelling uses Piramide’s Four-Step Distancing Process with children’s literature to intentionally broaden and deepen children’s understanding of story concepts and ideas. Learners will become familiar with the Piramide Approach and will develop strategies for integrating Interactive Storytelling into classroom practice. Piramide’s Interactive Storytelling provides a brief overview of the Piramide Approach to Learning. This course helps teachers intentionally apply the Approach to the use of children’s literature. Interactive Storytelling is a strategy that will broaden and deepen children’s understanding of story concepts and ideas. In this course, participants use children’s literature to create developmentally appropriate strategies and facilitate children’s learning. This course provides training suitable for teachers working within the early childhood education field.

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


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