Cafés are a unique parent-provider connection opportunity for families. The Café is guided by specific questions for discussion on topics relevant to families and early educators. It gives participants a chance to share their experiences and listen to what others are going through. It's a great way to strengthen relationships between families and early educators as well as build social connections between families.
Caring Conversations Café has seven topics, all available online:
Family Cafes has three topics:
Better Together Cafes have five topics:
Emotion Cafes are a three-part series on grief and loss. These cafes are only available in person.
Curricula Concepts offers three parent education sessions that are part of the Parenting with Purpose curriculum. Each hour-and-a-half training session has skills, tips, and strategies that can be customized to meet the unique needs of each family. The sessions are highly interactive and encourage families to talk with each other in a safe environment built on trust and mutual respect.
The Engage Continuum is a professional development series designed to encourage positive, goal-oriented relationships between early childhood educators and families. The classes in this series will teach educators how to build relationships that promote family well-being, strong parent-child relationships, and ongoing learning.
Move It! provides opportunities for preschool educators to explore, understand, and practice aspects of physical development and gross motor skills for children. Participants will learn strategies that support and nurture children's physical development, health, and learning. Move It! includes:
Trauma-Informed Yoga participants who work with children ages 3 to 18 years old about the effects of trauma on brain development and how it can manifest through challenging behaviors in the classroom. Participants will understand the benefits of yoga in general, as well as specific benefits for those who have been exposed to trauma. Participants will be introduced to mindfulness strategies, movement through foundational yoga poses, and breathing exercises in the session. Ultimately, the goal of Trauma-Informed Yoga is the successful implementation in the classroom to nurture children's physical development and the development of key life skills. (ADE Approved)
These professionals have a job that is critical - they shape our society's future as they nurture the developing brain and whole child. However, they can struggle to find time to take care of themselves in the midst of juggling the demands of taking care of others.Caring for, nurturing, and providing a stable environment for children all day, every day takes a great deal of energy and it can be difficult to recharge. Caregivers who are experiencing high levels of stress, depression, and anxiety are less likely to have positive, supportive interactions with children and are more likely to expel a child from the preschool program.
REACH is six-part series plus two director workshops focused on supporting key life skills for children and supporting nurturing teacher-child interactions. REACH provides training sessions at times that fit your schedule, toolkits with items to practice the skills and concepts taught, and personalized coaching through classroom visits, texts, and emails.
REACHing Parents is a six-part series focused on supporting parent-child interaction and fostering real-world skills that children need to be successful. Research says that children who practice these skills in the early years have better behavior now and more success in elementary and beyond.
REACHing Parents includes:
The Basics of a Professional series was created for early educators who are interested in taking their careers to the next level.
The Basics of a Professional includes:
Curricula Concepts is offering four learning opportunities based on Go NAPSACC modules. These sessions offer information and support for best practices in the areas of Infant & Child Physical Activity, Child Nutrition, Breastfeeding & Infant Feeding, and Screen Time. Each training includes resources, giveaways, and the opportunity for coaching through Go NAPSACC. These trainings directly align with the Better Beginnings guidelines and can provide up to 6 hours of PDR.