Back to School isn’t just for kids!

We’re celebrating the new school year with an exciting line-up of September classes!  With fresh content, giveaways, and brand-new make-and-take activities, you don’t want to be tardy!

What Does Developmentally Appropriate Mean?

9/8- What Does Developmentally Appropriate Mean? (2C)

How do you make an activity or lesson developmentally appropriate for the different age groups in your classroom?  Come explore what “Developmentally Appropriate” means and how you can implement standards into your child care program.
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Instructor: Julie Lowthert
Fee: $25 Member, $30 Non-Member
FREE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS: A copy of MSDE’s Healthy Beginnings: Supporting Development and Learning Birth through Age Three
GIVEAWAY: Full-size Healthy Beginnings Learning Domains: Charting Progress Posters

What Parents Really Want to Know

9/12-What Parents Really Want to Know (2CM)

Communicating difficult topics with parents is challenging.  Discussion in this class will include effective communication strategies for building positive relationships.
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Fee: $25 Member, $30 Non-Member
GIVEAWAY: Nursery Rhyme Poster Set

Play With a Purpose 

9/14- Play With a Purpose (2CD)

Rediscover the purpose behind the learning activities we plan for children, and enhance your knowledge of  the purpose of play by looking at theories and the latest research.
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Instructor: Ashley Beisel
Fee: $25 Member, $30 Non-Member
GIVEAWAY: Bucket Balance

Coloring Outside the Lines: Art is a Verb, Not a Noun!  

9/21: Coloring Outside the Lines: ART is a Verb, not a NOUN! (2C)

The purpose of ART is to feel, discover, imagine and create. Participants will learn how to meet the NAFCC accreditation standards regarding developmentally appropriate materials.  Strategies will be discussed regarding overcoming challenges, planning activities, and implementation of developmentally appropriate art activities for children.
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Instructor: Patricia Carruth
Fee: $25 Member, $30 Non-Member

Discover STEM In the Early Childhood Program   

9/26: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in the Early Childhood Program; Discover STEM (2C)

STEM focuses on student’s engagement and skills from the earliest grades in science, math and technology to help foster interest for their later school years and careers.  The ultimate goal is to grow the proficiency level of students in science and mathematics.  This workshop introduces participants to STEM and its importance as well as relevance in early childhood programs.
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Instructor: Sarah Ott
Fee: $25 Member, $30 Non-Member
FREE MAKE-AND-TAKE ACTIVITY: Foaming Dragon and Magnet Play!