PD at the Center

  • Taking the series “Inclusive Practices for Children and Families” increased my knowledge of the different services and agencies in Rhode Island available for children with special needs. I learned specific strategies to advocate for ALL children in my classroom, as well as and how to modify my expectations for each individual child based on his or her skill set.

  • “Science Teaching in the Preschool Classroom: Exploring Water” was one of the best PD series I’ve taken in a long time. It was fun and engaging, with loads of hands-on learning opportunities. The series highlighted the importance of allowing children's natural inquiry-driven exploration to guide curriculum planning.

  • Since taking “Young Children, Big Thinkers,” I have had more conversations with children that deepen their learning and understanding. To my surprise, I have discovered that they know a lot more than I thought! The series taught me to give more thought to the questions I ask and, when planning a lesson, to include targeted and intentional questions and comments.

  • The preschool math games series was perfect, and the instructors were excellent! The math games that we learned are so much fun and hit so many key math concepts and skills. I often feel pressure as a teacher for my children to show growth and perform. This course reminded me to chill out, praise the effort, and focus on the learning process.

At the Center for Early Learning Professionals, we are committed to providing Rhode Island’s early childhood workforce with high-quality professional development opportunities—both in person and online—that are designed to build knowledge and strengthen competencies. Our innovative approach helps educators and administrators connect research to practical strategies proven to make a difference.

What makes our PD model so unique?

  • Intensive, multi-session training series
  • Application assignments between sessions for participants to practice what they are learning
  • Hybrid approach that blends traditional in-person sessions with technology-based learning
  • Activities and strategies designed for adult learners
  • On-site coaching and mentoring to support implementation

Our in-person PD series are open to all early care and education professionals in Rhode Island. Priority for enrollment is given to staff from 1- 2- and 3-star BrightStars programs that are approved CCAP providers.

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Módulos de Desarrollo Temprano del Lenguaje

1 PD hour Spanish/Bilingual

El Centro ha creado dos módulos en línea con el propósito de ofrecer información sobre el desarrollo temprano de lenguaje en los niños pequeños y también para ofrecer herramientas para apoyarlos en su labor diario. Estos videos fueron desarrollados para proveedores de cuidado infantil familiar los cuales juegan un papel fundamental en el éxito académico de los niños. Al final del Módulo 2 los proveedores completan una encuesta en línea antes de recibir el Certificado de Finalización.

Dates Website
En marcha Módulos de Desarrollo Temprano del Lenguaje

 


RIDE Child Assessment Modules

up to 6 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has designed two online professional development series to support early childhood educators’ knowledge and skills in child assessment.

The modules in each series are designed for individual viewing at your own pace. We recommend that you view all modules in Series 1 before moving on to Series 2.

You can receive PD hours by completing a survey and a self-assessment activity at the end of each series using the Workforce Knowledge and Competency Framework relevant to your position.

PD Hours Dates Website
Up to 6 Ongoing RIDE Child Assessment Modules


Curriculum Modifications Modules

up to 5 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

The Center created this online series using materials developed by the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning. Each module describes strategies that early childhood educators can use to modify their learning environment and interactions to meet the varying needs of children in their classroom. While all early learning professionals can benefit from this series, the modules are best suited for center-based teachers and teacher assistants.

PD Hours Dates Website
Up to 5 Ongoing Curriculum Modifications Modules


Health and Safety Modules: Overview

English, Spanish/Bilingual Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

These online modules provide an overview of health and safety standards and best practices outlined in Rhode Island’s child care licensing regulations. They can be used as an orientation tool for new staff or as a yearly “refresher.”

The modules are organized by program type, with sets available for center-based educators, family child care providers, and license-exempt providers. Each set contains four modules, and each module takes between 5 and 15 minutes to complete. Select and view the modules relevant to the type of setting you work in. Modules are available in both English and Spanish.

Dates Website
Ongoing Health and Safety Modules: Overview


Health and Safety Modules: Nutrition and Physical Activity

up to 2 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

These online modules provide a more in-depth look at the topics of nutrition and physical activity. Each module comes complete with activities designed to enhance your learning. The content is appropriate for both center-based staff and family child care providers.

PD Hours Dates Website
Up to 2 Ongoing Health and Safety Modules: Nutrition and Physical Activity


Helping Children Grow and Learn in Your Family Child Care Home

up to 19 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators

This professional development (PD) opportunity is only for those who:

  • have already taken the First Steps class and are in the process of obtaining a state license to become a family childcare provider
  • have been licensed as a childcare provider for the past 2 years
  • have not taken any of the following series: the “Essentials,” “Helping Children Grow and Learn” and “Be the Best Family Child Care Provider You Can Be: Improving Your Practices”

This series provides an overview of several of the DHS regulations related to childcare and education offered within family childcare settings. These regulations include communication with families; daily schedules and routines; planning and implementation of curricular activities; and behavior management. Each of the first four sessions offers practical methods that will help participants increase the quality of the program and comply with DHS Licensing regulations.

Participants who complete the series will:

  • develop best practices in communication and family involvement
  • identify what is required in a schedule with daily routines and transitions
  • develop a better understanding of age-appropriate curricular activities that are aligned with the RI Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS)
  • learn positive techniques for managing child behavior

Participants can earn up to 19 PD hours by attending five facilitated online sessions and completing four assignments and attending the group technical assistance session to complete assignments with the assistance of the class facilitator.

WKC Domains: Family Engagement, Development and Learning, Curriculum
Level 1: Knowledge Building; Beginning Application
DHS Family Child Care Licensing Regulations

This series is being offered by Ready to Learn Providence through a subcontract with the Center for Early Learning Professionals with funding from the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS).

Dates Time Location Register
Mondays, July 13th, 20th, 27th, and August 3rd, 10th 5:30pm-8:00pm Webinar Registration Closed

Ayudando a los Niños a Crecer y a Aprender en su Guardería de Cuidado Infantil Familiar

up to 19 PD hours Spanish/Bilingual Family Child Care Administrators and Educators

Esta oportunidad de desarrollo profesional (DP) es ofrecida sólo para aquellos quienes:

  • ya han tomado los Primeros Pasos y están en el proceso de obtener una licencia de DCYF como proveedores de cuidado infantil familiar
  • han obtenido la licencia como proveedores de cuidado infantil durante los 2 últimos años; y
  • no han tomado ninguna de las siguientes series: los “Esenciales”, “Ayudando a los Niños a Crecer y a Aprender” o “Sea el Mejor Proveedor de Cuidado Infantil Familiar que Usted Pueda Ser: Mejorando Sus Prácticas”

La serie ofrece una visión general en varias de las regulaciones de DCYF relacionadas al cuidado y la educación infantil ofrecida dentro del cuidado infantil familiar. Dichas regulaciones incluyen la comunicación con las familias; horarios y rutinas diarias; planeación e implementación de actividades curriculares; y manejo del comportamiento. Cada una de las cuatro primeras sesiones ofrece métodos prácticos que le ayudarán a aumentar la calidad del programa y a cumplir con las regulaciones de DCYF.

Los participantes que completen la serie:

  • desarrollarán mejores prácticas en comunicación y participación familiar
  • identificarán lo requerido en un horario con rutinas y transiciones diario
  • desarrollarán un mejor entendimiento acerca de actividades curriculares apropiadas para la edad y alineadas con la Normas de Desarrollo y Aprendizaje Temprano de RI (RIELDS)
  • aprenderán técnicas positivas para el manejo del comportamiento infantil

Participantes pueden obtener hasta 19 horas de DP asistiendo a las cinco sesiones en línea, completando cuatro asignaciones, y asistiendo a la sesión de asistencia técnica en grupo y completar las asignaciones con asistencia del facilitador.

WKC Dominios: Participación Familiar (FE), Desarrollo y Aprendizaje, Currículo

Nivel 1: Aumento de Conocimientos; Aplicación Inicial

Reglamentos para la Licencia de DCYF como Proveedor de Cuidado Infantil Familiar.

Esta serie es ofrecida a través de un subcontrato con R2LP con fondos del Departamento de Recursos Humanos del Estado de Rhode Island (DHS).

Nota: Para registrarse para esta serie usted debe tener una cuenta con el Centro.

Dates Time Location Register
Jueves, Julio 16, 23, 30, y Agosto 6, 13 5:30pm – 8:00pm En línea Registration Closed

Re-opening Child Care/Reapertura de Cuidado Infantil

up to 4 PD hours English, Spanish/Bilingual Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

This page is dedicated to resources and information for early childhood care and education programs as they begin the process of re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic in Rhode Island. According to the Department of Human Services (DHS), there is a significant need to reopen safe and developmentally appropriate child care programs to both support working families and the financial sustainability of programs. Rhode Island is exercising additional precautions to protect the health and safety of children and ensure child care programs adhere to increased protections recommended by public health experts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Follow the links below for required trainings and additional resources on opening early childhood care and education programs.


Esta página es dedicada a recursos e información para proveedores de cuidado infantil cuando empiezan el proceso de reapertura durante el pandémico de COVID-19. De acuerdo con el Department of Human Services (DHS), hay mucha necesidad para reabrir programas de cuidado infantil seguros y apropiados para el desarrollo de niños para apoyar a familias trabajadoras y también apoyar a la sostenibilidad financiera de los programas. Rhode Island esta ejerciendo precauciones adicionales para proteger la salubridad y seguridad de los niños y para asegurar que los programas de cuidado infantil sigan las nuevas protecciones recomendadas por expertos en salud pública para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19.

Siga los enlaces abajo para ver entrenamientos requeridos y otros recursos sobre la reapertura de programas de cuidado e educación infantil.

PD Hours Dates Website
2 PD hours Ongoing DHS Webinar for Re-Opening Child Care –
for Program Directors and Family Child Care Administrators
2 horas DP En marcha Seminario Web de DHS sobre la Reapertura de Cuidado Infantil –
para Dueños de Programas de Cuidado Infantil
2 PD hours Ongoing Health and Safety Guidance for Re-opening Child Care –
for all Child Care Staff
2 horas DP En marcha Guía de Salud y Seguridad para la Reapertura de Cuidado Infantil –
para Empleados de Cuidado Infantil


Mind in the Making en Español

hasta 6 horas de DP Spanish/Bilingual Family Child Care Administrators and Educators

Esta serie de tres sesiones explorará tres habilidades esenciales que todos los niños necesitan para tener éxito en la escuela y en la vida: Enfoque/Autocontrol, Tener  Perspectivas y Comunicación.  Estas tres sesiones son componentes de un programa de desarrollo profesional llamado Mind in the Making, lo cual es un programa de la Fundación de la Familia Bezos.   Mind in the Making comparte la ciencia del aprendizaje de los niños a través de una capacitación innovadora y  profundida que ayuda a los adultos a entender y fomentar habilidades importantes basadas en las funciones ejecutivas que los niños necesitan para prosperar.

Los participantes que completen esta serie:

  • Comprenderán que los niños necesitan enfoque y autocontrol para alcanzar metas, especialmente en un mundo lleno de distracciones y sobrecarga de información. Esto incluye prestar atención, ejercitar el autocontrol, recordar las reglas y pensar de forma flexible.
  • Comprenderán que los niños necesitan reconocer la perspectiva de los demás. Esto implica entender lo que los demás piensan y sienten, y constituye la base para la comprensión en los niños, las intenciones de los padres, maestros y amigos. Los niños con esta habilidad son menos propensos a involucrarse en conflictos.
  • Comprenderán que la comunicación es mucho más que entender el lenguaje, leer, escribir y hablar. Comunicarse es la habilidad de determinar lo que uno quiere comunicar y darse cuenta de cómo será entendido por los demás.

Los participantes pueden recibir hasta 6 horas de PD asistiendo a las tres sesiones virtuales y completando dos tareas.

Dominios WKC: Desarrollo y Aprendizaje, Currículo
Niveles 1/2: Creación de conocimientos/Aplicación inicial

Esta serie es ofrecida a través de un subcontrato con R2LP con fondos del Departamento de Recursos Humanos del Estado de Rhode Island (DHS).

Nota: Para registrarse para esta serie usted debe tener una cuenta con el Centro.

Dates Time Location Register
Martes, Junio 23, 30, y Julio 7 5:30pm-7:00pm En línea Registration Closed

Dates Time Location Register
Martes, Agosto 25, y Septiembre 1, y 8 5:30pm - 7:00pm En línea Register

Supporting Social and Emotional Development: The Preschool Years – Online Series

up to 9 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators

This series provides a comprehensive overview of social and emotional development in preschool-aged children. Session topics focus on understanding the definition of social and emotional development and its impact on learning; the importance of building relationships and creating nurturing environments; fostering self-esteem and positive social behavior; and promoting problem-solving skills.

Participants who complete the series will:

  • identify social and emotional development skills and how they impact early learning and child outcomes
  • integrate knowledge of the role of supportive environments in promoting children’s development and learning
  • learn to utilize techniques and strategies to support social and emotional development, and overall learning, in daily activities and curriculum

Participants can earn up to 9 PD hours by attending three facilitated online sessions and completing three online assignments.

WKC Domains: Development and Learning, Curriculum
Levels 2/3: Application and Analysis

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Dates Time Location Register
Tuesdays, June 30th, July 14th and 28th 5:30pm-7:30pm Webinar Registration Closed

Inclusive Practices for Children and Families – Online Series

up to 9 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators

This series will support educators to engage and include ALL children in their classrooms.

Participants who complete the series will:

  • explore what inclusion is and how it benefits children and families
  • briefly examine federal and state regulations regarding inclusion
  • identify classroom and community resources to support their work
  • acquire skills and strategies for modifying their environments to meet the needs of all children, including children with disabilities and those with challenging behaviors

Participants can earn up to 9 PD hours by attending the three facilitated online sessions and completing three online assignments.

Please Note: This series has been approved by RIDE to serve as a RIELDS Next Steps class.

WKC Domains: Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness; Family Engagement; Development and Learning
Levels 2/3: Application and Analysis

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Dates Time Location Register
Wednesdays, July 15th, 29th, and August 12th 5:30pm-7:30pm Webinar Registration Closed

3-D PD: Data, Design, and Delivery – Online Series

Up to 10 PD Hours English Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

This series will support administrators in developing and/or strengthening their program’s comprehensive system for Program-level Professional Development. Sessions will model the use of program self-assessment data to develop practical plans for effective supervision and implementation. Each session will allow participants an opportunity to reflect on current practices and identify next steps.

Participants who complete the series will:

  • understand the key characteristics of quality professional development
  • enhance their ability to utilize program self-assessment data to develop program-level goals and practices
  • identify and access high-quality resources to support individual and program-level professional development
  • begin to develop/improve their program’s annual professional development plan

Administrators can earn up to 10 PD hours by attending three facilitated online sessions and completing three assignments.

WKC Domains: Leadership, Program Management, Continuous Quality Improvement, Staff Support

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Dates Time Location Register
Tuesdays, July 7th, 14th, and 21st 9:00am–11:00am Webinar Registration Closed

Strengthening Business Practices: A Series for Administrators – Online Series

up to 12 PD hours English Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

This series will support administrators in developing and/or strengthening their foundational knowledge of business practices. Sessions will cover topics including finance, marketing and human resource management. Participants will develop basic business acumen through the introduction of terms and concepts and their applicability to early care and education programs.

Participants who complete the series will:

  • understand key terms and concepts related to fiscal management, marketing, and human resource management
  • understand how strong fiscal management and marketing efforts can strengthen the center’s bottom line
  • understand the essential components of human resource management

Administrators can earn up to 12 PD hours by attending three facilitated online sessions and completing three application assignments.

WKC Domains: Leadership, Program Management, Staff Support, Community Partnerships

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Dates Time Location Register
Thursdays, June 25th, July 9th and 23rd 5:30pm-8:00pm Webinar Registration Closed

Using the CLASS® Pre-K to Improve Program Quality – Online Series

up to 9 PD hours English Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

This series provides an overview of the quality indicators in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS) tool. Directors, education coordinators, and supervisors will reflect on the quality of teaching practices in their program and begin to identify areas for improvement.

Participants who complete the series will:

  • increase their knowledge of the tool’s research base
  • gain understanding of effective teacher/child interactions that are proven to support learning
  • learn strategies for using the tool in professional development and program self-assessment systems

Participants can earn up to 9 PD hours by attending the three facilitated online sessions and completing three online assignments. As part of the assignments, participants will have the opportunity to practice using sections of the tool in their own programs.

Please Note: This series has been approved by RIDE to serve as a RIELDS Next Steps class. Additionally, hours in this series can be applied toward meeting the RIDE CECE Approval Standard 4.1 requirement that education coordinators have documented hours of professional development in mentoring, supervision, and leadership.

WKC Domains: Staff Support, Curriculum, Development and Learning

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Dates Time Location Register
Wednesdays, July 8th, 22nd, and Thursday, August 13th 2:00pm–4:00pm Webinar Registration Closed

Completing your COVID-19 Plan for Re-opening Child Care – Recorded Webinar

English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

Welcome to the Completing your COVID-19 Plan for Re-opening Child Care – Recorded Webinar.

This approximately 45 minute recorded webinar will walk through the required documentation you will need to submit to DHS regarding your program’s COVID-19 re-opening plan, and will provide guidance on how to complete your program’s re-opening plan.

As a pre-requisite to this session, you must view the required webinars and associated resources on the Center’s webpage.

After you have viewed the pre-requisites, click below to watch the recorded webinar.

Resources

**Please note that this is technical assistance and no PD hours will be awarded. There is no need to register, you can watch the recorded webinar and complete the re-opening plan on your own schedule.

If, after watching the recorded webinar and reviewing the resources above, you have questions or would like Technical Assistance with your re-opening plan, please contact Sharon Terreault at sterreault@edc.org.


Completando su Plan COVID-19 para la Reapertura de Cuidado Infantil Familiar – Seminario Grabado

Family Child Care Administrators and Educators

Bienvenidos al seminario grabado Completando su Plan COVID-19 para la Reapertura de Cuidado Infantil Familiar.

Este seminario web grabado dura aproximadamente 45 minutos y le indica cuales documentos y formularios tiene que someter a DHS sobre el plan COVID-19 para la reapertura de su programa y le guiara en como completar su plan de reapertura.

Como prerrequisito para tomar esta sesión de asistencia técnica debe haber visto los dos seminarios web y haber revisado los recursos que aparecen en la página web del Centro.

Cuando haya completado dichos seminarios web por favor abra el enlace y vea la sesión de asistencia técnica grabada.

En esta sesión aprenderá como desarrollar un plan individual como respuesta a cada una de las 6 preguntas del formulario, “Plan de Cuidado Infantil Covi-19, el que deberá completar someter a DHS.ChildCareLicensing@dhs.ri.gov junto con todo el papeleo requerido.

Recursos

**Favor de notar que esto es asistencia técnica y no se otorgarán horas de desarrollo profesional. No hay necesidad de registrarse, puede ver el seminario grabado y completar el plan de reapertura en el horario que más le conviene.

Si tiene preguntas o desea asistencia técnica después de haber visto el seminario grabado y revisado los recursos arriba, favor de contactar a María Velásquez a mvelasquez@edc.org.


Executive Function Skills in Early Childhood: The Basics – Recorded Webinar

up to 2 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

This one hour recorded webinar will explore recent research about the foundational skills that children need to become confident and competent learners, known as executive function skills. This session will focus on defining and understanding the three components of executive function in young children, and ways educators can promote the development of these skills through learning experiences and interactions.

Participants can earn up to 2 PD hours by viewing one recorded webinar and completing one online assignment.

After you register for the session, we will send a link to the recorded webinar and the assignment.

WKC Domains: Development and Learning; and Curriculum
Levels 2/3: Application and Analysis

View assignments

Dates Location Register
Ongoing through August 24th Recorded Webinar Registration Closed

Guiando el Comportamiento de los Niños durante los Momentos Difíciles

hasta 10 horas de DP Spanish/Bilingual Family Child Care Administrators and Educators

Esta serie de tres módulos/sesiones explorará formas apropiadas que guiarán el desarrollo del comportamiento en los niños y abordará específicamente algunos de los desafíos adicionales que plantea la pandemia Covid-19.

Los participantes que completen la serie:

  • reconocerán los principales hitos del desarrollo para el proceso social y emocional de los niños
  • comprenderán la amplia variedad de influencias en el desarrollo y aprendizaje de los niños y cómo Covid19 puede impactar este proceso
  • planificarán experiencias de aprendizaje intencional para apoyar el desarrollo social y emocional de cada niño
  • compartirán información con las familias sobre el desarrollo social y emocional de sus hijos
  • desarrollarán una conciencia inicial de los recursos comunitarios para apoyar al niño y a las familias

Los participantes pueden recibir hasta 10 horas de desarollo profesional (DP) asistiendo a las tres sesiones en linea y completando dos asignaciones.

Dominios WKC: Desarrollo y Aprendizaje, Currículo
Niveles 1/2: Creación de conocimientos/Aplicación inicial

Esta serie es ofrecida a través de un subcontrato con R2LP con fondos del Departamento de Recursos Humanos del Estado de Rhode Island (DHS).

Nota: Para registrarse para esta serie usted debe tener una cuenta con el Centro.

Dates Time Location Register
Miércoles, Julio 15, 22, y 29 5:30pm–8:00pm En linea Registration Closed

Help Me Explore! Using Quality Materials for Play and Learning with Infants and Toddlers – Recorded Webinar

up to 2 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

This one-hour recorded webinar will ground participants in the foundational knowledge of how infants and toddlers learn best based on their development. The session will explore both the characteristics of high-quality materials that inspire play and learning for very young children, and the caregiver’s role in supporting interactions with these materials. Come learn how to use movement, the natural world, and open-ended materials to optimize children’s learning and development.

Participants can earn up to 2 PD hours by viewing one recorded webinar and completing one online assignment.

After you register for the session, we will send a link to the recorded webinar and the assignment.

WKC Domains: Development and Learning; and Curriculum
Levels 1: Knowledge Building

View assignments

Dates Location Register
Ongoing through August 24th Recorded Webinar Registration Closed

Mind in the Making, Part I: Supporting Children during Challenging Times

up to 6 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

This three session series will explore three essential life skills that all children need to be successful in school and in life: Focus/Self Control, Perspective Taking, and Communication. Group discussions will focus on the additional challenges that children and families are facing during Covid-19 and how early childhood educators can support them. These three sessions are a component of a larger professional development program called Mind in the Making, a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. Mind in the Making shares the science of children’s learning through innovative in-depth training and helps adults understand and encourage important executive function-based skills children need to thrive.

Participants who complete this series will:

  • Understand that children need focus and self-control in order to achieve goals, especially in a world filled with distractions and information overload. This includes paying attention, exercising self-control, remembering the rules and thinking flexibility.
  • Understand that children need to recognize the perspective of others. This involves understanding what others think and feel, and forms the basis for children’s understanding of the intentions of parents, teachers and friends. Children with this skill are less likely to get involved in conflicts.
  • Understand that communication is much more than understanding language, reading, writing and speaking. Communicating is the skill of determining what one wants to communicate and realizing how it will be understood by others.

Participants can earn up to 6 PD hours by attending the three facilitated online sessions.

WKC Domains: Development and Learning, Curriculum

Levels 1/2: Knowledge Building/Beginning Application

This series is being offered by Ready to Learn Providence through a subcontract with the Center for Early Learning Professionals with funding from the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS).

Dates Time Location Register
Tuesdays, July 14th, 21st, and 28th 5:30pm-7:30pm Webinar Registration Closed

Mind in the Making, Part II: Supporting Children during Challenging Times

up to 6 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

This three session series will explore three essential life skills that all children need to be successful in school and in life: Critical Thinking, Taking on Challenges and Self-Directed Engaged Learning. Group discussions will focus on the additional challenges that children and families are facing during Covid-19 and how early childhood educators can support them. These three sessions are a component of a larger professional development program called Mind in the Making, a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. Mind in the Making shares the science of children’s learning through innovative in-depth training and helps adults understand and encourage important executive function-based skills children need to thrive. You may register for this series even if you have not completed Part I.

Participants who complete this series will:

  • Understand that critical thinking involves executive function skills working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control, and will understand how to promote critical thinking skills through everyday routines and learning activates.
  • Learn how to help children manage stressful experiences proactively and help children be able to take on challenges through everyday routines and learning activates.
  • Learn strategies to help children become increasingly accountable for their own learning

Participants can earn up to 6 PD hours by attending the three facilitated online sessions.

WKC Domains: Development and Learning, Curriculum

Levels 1/2: Knowledge Building/Beginning Application

This series is being offered by Ready to Learn Providence through a subcontract with the Center for Early Learning Professionals with funding from the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS).

Dates Time Location Register
Tuesdays, August 4th, 11th, and 18th 5:30pm-7:30pm Webinar Registration Closed

Mindfulness for Educators – Online Series

up to 16 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

This series supports educators and administrators in developing mindfulness based practices that can improve their ability to maintain well-being, prevent burnout, create strong and meaningful relationships, and be responsive to the needs of themselves and others. Throughout this series, we will review some of the current research and neuroscience that supports mindfulness based practices and learn some strategies for practical and meaningful application in the classroom and beyond.

Participants who complete the series will:

  • advocate for program policies and procedures that affect the health status of the children, families, and staff
  • assess relationships with individual families and employ creative strategies to maximize engagement with all families
  • model positive relationships and respectful and supportive interactions among children, families, teachers, and other professionals
  • promote cooperation among professionals and agencies and interdisciplinary collaboration among professions concerned with addressing issues in the health, education, and well-being of young children, their families, and their early childhood educators

Participants can earn up to 16 PD hours by attending the five facilitated online sessions and completing four online assignments and four intersession check-ins.

WKC Domains: Development and Learning, Curriculum, Physical and Mental Health, Safety and Wellness, Family Engagement, and Professionalism
Level 4: Reflection/Problem Solving

Dates Time Location Register
Mondays, July 27th, and August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th 6:00pm–8:00pm Online Registration Closed

Adjusting to the New Normal: Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Considerations

up to 2.5 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Infant-Toddler Educators, Preschool and Pre-K Educators

During this interactive online session for teachers, speakers will present ways to identify and respond to children’s stress in the context of our ‘new normal.’ Participants will engage in small group discussion to reflect on the implications for their own classroom-wide practices and child-specific supports. Upon completion of the session, teachers who participate will be able to describe and understand:

  • young children’s stress responses in the context of the transition back to out-of-home care
  • the implications of current family and community stress for young children’s social, emotional, and behavioral adjustment
  • the ways in which children express their emotional experiences through their behavior

Participants will be able to:

  • implement classroom-wide supports to facilitate feelings of safety and security during the transition back to the classroom
  • identify and respond to child distress
  • coach and reinforce children’s capacity to identify and communicate their emotions and enact emotion regulation skills.

Participants can earn up to 2.5 PD hours by attending one facilitated online session and completing one assignment.

WKC Domains: Development & Learning and Curriculum
Level 2/3: Application and Analysis

This webinar is presented by SUCCESS, a partnership between DHS, RIDE and Bradley Hospital.

Dates Time Location Register
Thursday, July 30th 5:30pm - 7:00pm Webinar Registration Closed

Adjusting to the New Normal: Supporting the Adults who are Supporting our Children

up to 2.5 PD hours English Family Child Care Administrators and Educators, Program Directors, Education Coordinators, and Education Supervisors

During this interactive online session for education coordinators and directors, speakers will present to identify and respond to staff stress and strain as they adjust to the ‘new normal’ in their classrooms. Participants will engage in small group discussion to reflect on implications for supporting frontline staff and address the barriers to doing so. Finally, participants will discuss ways programs can be responsive to the needs of parents as they adjust to changes in the childcare context.

Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to describe and understand:

  • staff stress responses in the context of new demands
  • the implications of current family and community stress on staff functioning in the classroom and ability to meet children’s social, emotional, and behavioral needs
  • typical parent concerns and ways they can be addressed

Participants will connect with each other to identify strategies for:

  • preventing staff burnout
  • providing ongoing supports that facilitate teacher capacity to meet children’s social, emotional, and behavioral needs
  • communicating with parents to address their concerns about the transition back to childcare and to connect them to resources for unmet needs

Participants can earn up to 2.5 PD hours by attending one facilitated online session and completing one assignment.

WKC Domains: Staff Support and Family Engagement
Level 1: Knowledge Building

This webinar is presented by SUCCESS, a partnership between DHS, RIDE and Bradley Hospital.

Dates Time Location Register
Monday, July 27th 9:30am-11:00am Webinar Registration Closed


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