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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A Child First! Understanding Special Needs

3 PD hours Development and Learning

This training is an introduction to young children with special needs. Participants will develop knowledge about appropriate terminology connected with special needs and disabilities. Participants will identify screening tools, agencies, and resources such as the IDEA act, available to assist the support teams of children with disabilities, including teachers and families. Participants will also analyze the importance of inclusive preschool programs. This training is intended for infant, toddler, and preschool aged children.

Organization Phone Number Email
Air Training Solutions 888-994-2247 office@airtrainingsolutions.com

Budgeting 101

2 PD hours Leadership and Program Management

This introductory session will look at both the revenue and expenditure sides of the budget. The participants will review a sample program budget line by line and discuss what could go in each line item. Tips for successfully tracking income and expenditures will be discussed. This training is intended for administrators of early childhood centers and family childhood centers.

Organization Phone Number Email
Air Training Solutions 888-994-2247 office@airtrainingsolutions.com

Guiding Social Emotional Learning Through Movement

3 PD hours Development and Learning

Learn how movement can enhance children’s self-regulation through cooperative games as well as quieting activities. The focus of movement games is facilitating social-emotional learning. Learners will experience the highs with interactive movement games as well as the calm of quiet activities. This course is intended for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Organization Phone Number Email
Air Training Solutions 888-994-2247 office@airtrainingsolutions.com

Hope and Direction: Helping Children Understand Diversity

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

Children notice differences in others starting at birth. This includes awareness of variances in physical appearance and abilities, gender, culture, and families (Derman-Sparks, L., 2009 & York, S., 2016). Teachers may notice that children use stereotypes and social labels when interacting with others (or avoiding them). As cognitive abilities advance, children question differences regarding race and culture. During this time, a child’s experiences and perceptions influence the development of acceptance or prejudice.

In this training, we will explore stages of children’s developing awareness of differences from infancy through age 5. This will include discussion of children’s developing awareness of diversity, attitudes toward race and culture, and their tendency to exclude and include others based upon certain stereotypes. Participants will explore strategies to teach children about diversity and a respect for differences.

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

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

Curriculum Unpacked

4 PD hours Curriculum

Teachers are often expected to not only implement an existing curriculum but also to design appropriate supplemental activities to meet the needs of individual children. In many cases, teachers lack the deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practice that they need in order to implement curricula effectively and meet children’s needs. The purpose of this course is to provide early child care professionals with a deep understanding of what is meant by the term curriculum and what is included in a high-quality curriculum. Participants will explore the many facets that are considered to be a part of the curriculum in the early childhood field, including the importance of developmentally appropriate practice and play. In addition, participants will review several examples of prominent early childhood curricula and gain an understanding of how different child development theories guide best practice in the early childhood field.

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

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

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

Creating Positive Connections

4 PD hours Development and Learning

The love and nurturing that a child receives in the first few years of life can have effects on development that last a lifetime. As educators learn more about children and how they develop, they understand more clearly that warm, nurturing relationships based on respect, understanding, and acceptance are essential for children’s optimal development. Through interactive learning activities, group discussion forums, videos, reflective writing exercises, scenarios, and a field assignment, participants will learn to create an environment where relationships flourish.

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

Teachers Telling Tales

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

Learn to re- tell stories orally, without the book using spoken communication techniques including expressive language, use of voice, gesture & facial expression to convey meaning, audience engagement & participation, use of puppets, felt boards and other props to enhance the storytelling experience.

Organization Contact Email
Early Childhood Consultant Anne-Marie Forer tunesntalesinfo@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

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

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

Growing Up WILD

3 PD hours Curriculum

Growing Up WILD builds upon children’s natural sense of wonder about nature. Early childhood educators will discover and experience a range of nature/science activities that are developmentally appropriate for ages 3 to 7. Participants will receive the Growing Up WILD guide and skills to complete these activities with their students.

This is offered jointly by the Audobon Society of Rhode Island and Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Organization Contact Email
Roger Williams Park Zoo Andrea Stein astein@rwpzoo.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

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

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

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

Building the Bridge: Creating meaningful school to home connections using book bags

2 PD hours Curriculum, Family Engagement

Building quality and meaningful school to home connections is important, but how do we do it? Come learn about why family engagement is crucial for the development of the children in your care and create a way to send home your curriculum home in a fun, family-friendly way.

Organization Contact Email
Early Childhood Consultant Meredith Burkett teachersteachpd@gmail.com

Building Bridges to Math and Science through Block Play

2 PD hours Curriculum

This workshop will help teachers explore the 6 stages of block play, while learning to incorporate various components of STEAM.  Teachers will also identify social-emotional strategies (such as problem-solving, negotiation skills, and communicating) to help young children plan and carry out activities that are linked to math and science outcomes, while playing and learning in the Block Center.

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

Keep Your Teeth on Your Own Body (Tips for Toddlers and Biting and Beyond)

2 PD hours Development and Learning, Family Engagement

This training will explore the myriad reasons why a toddler may bite, and offer solutions for how to prevent and/or appropriately respond to biting, as well as offer practical ideas on ways to communicate with parents about biting.

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

Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds

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

Health and nutrition are important for more than children’s physical development. They are also crucial components to learning. Let’s work together to encourage the healthy habits children need to succeed.

The target audience for this training is educators working with toddler through preschool age children.

Organization Contact Email
Creative Workshops Kathleen Rudinsky, Training Consultant cre8workshops@gmail.com


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