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Active Early

Hours: 4
Format: In-Person or Virtual
Fee: $35

Description: This course will provide training to early care and education teachers and providers on the implementation of physical activity for YoungStar. The course will also provide an introduction to Active Early: A Wisconsin Guide for Improving Childhood Physical Activity for providers to use as a guide in implementation and support for their programs.

Active Supervision

Hours: 1.5
Format: Virtual or In-Person
Fee: $25

Description: The ability to supervise children in an early childhood setting is like an art form. It takes skill to do it well. We have to be creative, adoptive and able to think outside our box (take into consideration perspectives of others). This training will explore the minimum state of Wisconsin standards and explore various strategies to actively supervise children in group care.

Art in Action: Tools to Support the Creative Process in Children

Hours: 3
Format: Online Self-paced or Virtual or In-Person
Fee: $30

Description: This training is best practice in early care and education, supporting providers with knowledge, connections to standards, strategies and self-reflection on their role in how to incorporate art concepts into their programs. The training will walk providers through approaches on how adults can support children’s creative experiences in art. Art will be explored through hands on activities. Additionally, participants will learn how to integrate art materials and concepts in learning experiences and exploration in their environment specific to the Environment Rating Scale.

ASQ-3 (Ages and Stages Questionnaire)

Hours: 3
Format: Virtual or In-Person
Fee: $25

Description: This training will increase your awareness about developmental screening and the statewide effort to encourage developmental screening for all young children. We will explore the evidence-based ASQ-3 and discuss the role of early childhood professionals as partners in the promotion and use of the ASQ-3 with families.

ASQ-3 and ASQ SE-2 Overview (Ages and Stages Questionnaire and Ages and Stages Questionnaire Social Emotional)

Hours: 4
Format: Virtual or In-Person
Fee: TBD

Description: This training will increase your awareness about developmental screening and the statewide effort to encourage developmental screening for all young children. While exploring the evidenced-based ASQ-3 and ASQ SE-2 tools, we will discuss the role of early childhood professionals as partners in the promotion and use of the ASQ-3 and the ASQ SE-2 with families.

Creating Food Safe Environments

Hours: 4
Format: In-Person
Fee: $35

Description: Who has a role in creating a food safe environment? How do you deal with leftovers? Is there an easy way to plan healthy menus that children will enjoy? In this interactive workshop, the answers to these questions and others are just the beginning of what you’ll learn. This workshop will incorporate safe food handling, preparation, and menu planning with new and exciting recipes that meet the USDA nutrition guidelines. This will meet the annual 4 -hour licensing regulation requirement for food service personnel, staff members, and child care workers.

Emotional Intelligence

Hours: 4
Format: In-Person
Fee: $35

Description: The emotional climate of the classroom directly affect the care of children. Children need a strong and healthy emotional climate, along with teachers who have their own social and emotional competencies. Building relationships with children is directly affected by the adult’s ability to know about their own needs and skills first. During this training we will explore the 5 Characteristics of emotional intelligence along with activities to help participants explore their own emotional intelligence and how that directly relates to the children and families they work with. Participants will reflect on their current practices and how to utilize strategies to help them strengthen their skills which in turn will provide a more socially competent environment for children.

Engaging Teachers: Using Assessment & Observation to Plan for Learning

Hours: 4
Format: Online Self-Paced
Fee: $30

Description: This training in best practice in early care and education is based on knowledge of how to us assessment and observation to plan for children’s learning. Assessment is the process of collecting information or evidence of a learner’s learning progress and achievement over a period of time in order to improve teaching and learning (Bob Adamson). Assessment is an ongoing process that that aids in improving children’s growth and development. With this first step teachers are better equipped to observe children’s learning and plan for their learning.

Environmental Rating Scales (Multiple Series’ available)

Hours: 3
Format: Virtual or In-Person
Fee: $30

Description: These trainings focus on helping participants develop an understanding of The Environmental Rating Scales which are a series of research-based scales that can be used to assess quality in early childhood and school age settings. The scales look at a variety of “subscales” including space and furnishings, personal care routines, listening and talking, activities, interaction, program structure, parents and staff.

Family Engagement: Partnering with Families for Children’s Success

Hours: 3
Format: Virtual or In-Person
Fee: $30

Description: This course will explore best practices in family engagement, explore challenges and barriers to connecting with families and look at concrete strategies to improve your ability to develop relationships with families and increase their engagement.

Learning Environments and Curriculum through the Lens of Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Hours: 3
Format: Virtual
Fee: $30

Description: This training will provide participants with an in-depth review of the requirements for the developmentally appropriate environments as required by the YoungStar evaluation criteria. The materials, learning centers and interactions of the early childhood learning environment will be explored and participants will leave with a greater understanding of a quality learning environment.

Math Matters

Hours: 3
Format: In-Person
Fee: $30

Description: This training will provide educators with an opportunity to explore their own abilities and comfort with math concepts as well as consider how the activities, interactions, and materials provided in an early childhood learning environment allows for children to develop their mathematical thinking skills. Utilizing children’s natural curiosity, within their everyday play, educators will learn how to support and strengthen a child’s interest and development around math concepts. This engaging, hands on training will provide time for educators to better understand how to put the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards mathematical thinking developmental expectations into action.

Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education with Mandated Reporter Training

Hours: 3
Format: Online Self-paced, In-Person
Fee: $25

Description: Participants will learn about the 5 protective factors and how to build these factors into the early childhood setting. The protective factors have been shown to strengthen family function and be able to identify resources to support families. This training includes the Mandated Reporter Training (aka SCAN-MRT).

Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards

Hours: 18 – 20
Format: In-Person or Virtual
Fee: $60

Description: Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards provides a framework of guiding principles and developmentally appropriate expectations that early childhood educators can use to guide the development, implementation and assessment of early childhood care and education. Discussions, activities and real-life examples of children’s behavior and adult strategies are used for an authentic learning experience!

Virtual: This training is 8 sessions with most sessions lasting about 2 ½ hours.
In-Person: This training is typically 2 full days with homework outside of class.

Wisconsin Pyramid Model Birth to 5

Hours: 24
Format: Online or Hybrid
Fee: $75

Description: This training focuses on the social-emotional development of children ages birth – 6 and encompasses children’s abilities to regulate and express emotions and form secure relationships. Using real-life examples, participants will learn strategies to use in their responses and relationships with children and families, in creating a nurturing environment and in helping children develop healthy social-emotional skills.
This class is an 8-part series with additional homework.

Wisconsin Pyramid Model e-Modules with Reflective Coaching

Hours: 24
Format: Online Self-Paced
Fee: $75

Description: This training focuses on the social-emotional development of children ages birth – 6 and encompasses children’s abilities to regulate and express emotions and form secure relationships. Using real-life examples, participants will learn strategies to use in their responses and relationships with children and families, in creating a nurturing environment and in helping children develop healthy social-emotional skills.

This class is an 8-part series with additional homework.

If you are not finding a training you are looking for or if you need assistance, please contact 4-C at [email protected] or 608-271-9181.