4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care

Training Events

Training Handbook – Your guide to 4-C’s training program. Information includes 4-C Membership, registration and training policies.

November Training Events: WEBINARS ONLY, Updated 10/20/2020–printer friendly

December Training Events: WEBINARS ONLY, Updated 11/25/2020–printer friendly

To Register for Trainings

Online Training Registration Form

Printer-friendly Registration Form

CCAP Health, Safety, and Child Development Trainings

NEW Notice of Completion Verification – Notice Issue Date: September 21, 2018

IDHS CCAP Training Announcement – Notice Issue Date: March 30, 2018

CCAP Training Requirements Flyer – NEW Training Requirements (Updated March 2018)

4-C CCAP Training Dates At-a-Glance – CCAP Child Development, Health and Safety Basics, What is CCAP?, Mandated Reporter and CPR/First Aid Training (Updated June 2019)

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**CANCELLED** Understanding the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ-SE)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

This workshop will introduce participants to the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-Social Emotional (ASQ-SE). This tool is reliable, valid, and easy to screen young children’s social-emotional …

**CANCELLED** ECE Credential Level 1 – Module 3: Observation and Guidance

Saturday, December 7, 2019
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

To know how to best help children in your care, it is important to observe them and identify their specific needs. This session will define the different kinds of observation skills you can use when …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED

Saturday, December 7, 2019
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to all providers; …

**CANCELLED** Child Development, Health and Safety Basics

Saturday, December 7, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: CGH Medical Center, Sterling

This training will provide participants an overview of child development, health, and safety issues for children birth through early school-age. Emphasis will be on understanding patterns of …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED

Saturday, December 7, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: CGH Medical Center, Sterling

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to all providers; …

**CANCELLED** ECE Credential Level 1 – Module 4: Learning Happens in Relationships

Saturday, December 7, 2019
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

Our children are constantly responding to family members, teachers, and social relationships that help to shape their understanding of the world around them. This module explores how relationships …

Gardening in the Classroom

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

Gardening with children provides them with skills that help their physical and intellectual development. This training will explain how school gardens benefit children’s learning and how you can …

Child Development, Health and Safety Basics

Saturday, December 14, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

This training will provide participants an overview of child development, health, and safety issues for children birth through early school-age. Emphasis will be on understanding patterns of …

Healthy Foods, Healthy Minds

Saturday, December 14, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

This training provides a rationale for the role early care and education providers play in helping make healthy changes to what children in their care eat. We will focus on ways to support healthy …

**CANCELLED** Offering Healthy Beverages to Children

Saturday, December 14, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

Hidden sugars are everywhere these days, even in children’s drinks. In this training, we will discuss healthy beverage options for children and how to identify hidden sugars to help create a healthy …

**CANCELLED** ECE Credential Level 1 – Module 5: Family and Community Relationships

Saturday, December 21, 2019
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

As our partner in child development, families—especially parents—directly affect a child’s learning. In this class, you will learn new ways of working with parents to help their children enjoy …

**CANCELLED** ECE Credential Level 1 – Module 6: Personal and Professional Development

Saturday, December 21, 2019
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

What does it mean to be a child care professional? How can you be sure you are getting the support and supplies you need? How can you set effective limits with parents and children alike? You will …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED

Saturday, January 4, 2020
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to all providers; …

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Healthy Foods, Healthy Minds

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

This training provides a rationale for the role early care and education providers play in helping make healthy changes to what children in their care eat. We will focus on ways to support healthy …

**CANCELLED** ECE Credential Level 1- Module 7a: Child Development (Birth to 8 Months)

Saturday, January 11, 2020
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

Newborns and young babies are developing at an incredible rate, causing them to have special needs unlike older children. In this fourth class, you will understand how children from birth to 8 months …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED

Saturday, January 11, 2020
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to all providers; …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED

Saturday, January 11, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: CGH Medical Center, Sterling

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to all providers; …

**CANCELLED** ECE Credential Level 1-Module 7b: Child Development (8 to 18 Months)

Saturday, January 11, 2020
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

In this continuation of the first child development class, you will explore development among children 8 to 18 months old. You will identify how this age group differs in growth and their approach to …

Webinar: Children Can Cook

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Cooking with young children is an important way for them to learn through sensory exploration. Safety concerns, as well as the potential “mess” often prohibit families and early educators from …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric CPR, First Aid and AED

Saturday, January 18, 2020
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to all providers; …

Daycare playing as group with provider

**CANCELLED** A Recipe for Co-Regulation

Thursday, January 23, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Rochelle City Council, Rochelle

Co-regulation is the ability to form close secure relationships and to regulate emotions in a socially appropriate way. Social-emotional regulation is a vital part of a child’s development. First, …

**CANCELLED** ECE Credential Level 1-Module 7c: Child Development (18 to 36 Months)

Saturday, January 25, 2020
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

Toddlers are an energetic bunch who require plenty of stimulation and education. In this final section of child development training, you will explore how children age 18 to 36 months learn language, …

An Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales

Saturday, January 25, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Brown Bear Daycare, Harvard

This training is for center-based programs and family child care providers and offers an overview of the Environment Rating Scales. The Environment Rating Scales are user-friendly assessment tools …

**CANCELLED** ECE Credential Level 1- Module 8a: Preschool Social and Emotional Development

Saturday, January 25, 2020
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

As children approach preschool age, their needs begin to change. This is the first of four classes designed to better understand children as they approach school-age. You will identify …

Daycare boy coloring with group

Just Added–Brain Architecture Game

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Sterling Public Library

The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development--what promotes it, what derails it, with what …

Daycare provider feeding baby

Positive Guidance to Support Toddler Development

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Rochelle City Council, Rochelle

This training will explore developmentally appropriate socialization that takes place between infancy and toddlerhood, and positive guidance techniques caregivers can use to support pro-social …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED

Saturday, February 1, 2020
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to all providers; …

Tax and Recordkeeping for Family Child Care

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

Does keeping up with current tax laws as it relates to self-employed business practices seem overwhelming? Learn what it means to be self-employed, how to track income and expenses, and what business …

**CANCELLED** Observation: Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together

Thursday, February 6, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get an outsider’s perspective of your classroom/program or try to figure out what a child with a challenging behavior is trying to communicate? This …

**CANCELLED** ECE Credential Level 1-Module 8b: Preschool Physical Development

Saturday, February 8, 2020
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

As toddlers mature, their minds are not the only things growing at an incredible rate. You will understand the special areas of physical development in preschool-aged children. You also will learn …

**CANCELLED** ECE Credential Level 1-Module 8c: Preschool Language Development

Saturday, February 8, 2020
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

Appropriate speech patterns and language skills are crucial to nurturing effective communications by preschoolers. In this third class on preschool development, you will explore how to use a picture …

Just Added–Play-Based Learning

Monday, February 10, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: CGH Medical Center, Sterling

Research shows that setting our kids up for success in school and beyond with play-based learning is the best approach for our early learning environments. Teaching children relevant skills through …

Webinar: Self-Care for Professionals Who Care for Children Impacted by ACEs

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Caring for children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can be an intense and exhausting experience for ECE professionals. Whether you may be working to resolve your own …

Lead in Water

Thursday, February 13, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

This Lead in Water Workshop is designed to inform childcare providers on Illinois' requirements regarding lead in water testing and mitigation. In this workshop, you will learn about the impact of …

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Offering Healthy Beverages to Children

Saturday, February 15, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

Hidden sugars are everywhere these days, even in children’s drinks. In this training, we will discuss healthy beverage options for children and how to identify hidden sugars to help create a healthy …

Daycare infant sleeping

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS/SUID/AAP Safe Sleep)

Thursday, February 20, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

Providers who care for infants and toddlers can learn steps to reduce the risk of SIDS and other circumstances that effect safe sleeping of infants and toddlers. Child care safety policies on this …

Shaken Baby and Traumatic Brain Injury

Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

Crying is the only way that a baby can communicate his or her needs. Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs when an infant or young child is shaken vigorously, often out of frustration, in an attempt to stop a …

ECE Credential Level 1-Module 8d: Preschool Cognitive Development

Saturday, February 22, 2020
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

In this final session on preschool development, you will dive deeper into how preschoolers learn and identify tips for making learning fun. With suggestions for activities that encourage your …

An Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales

Saturday, February 22, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

This training is for center-based programs and family child care providers and offers an overview of the Environment Rating Scales. The Environment Rating Scales are user-friendly assessment tools …

ECE Credential Level 1-Module 9: Preschool School-Age Development

Saturday, February 22, 2020
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

Completing the important section on child development, this class looks at school-age children to uncover how their learning and growth differs. With tips on how to better care for school-aged youth, …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED

Saturday, February 29, 2020
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to all providers; …

Daycare playing as group with provider

Webinar: Resilient Caregivers: Bouncing Back from Stress

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Feeling stressed at work?  Learn about how to deal with and "bounce back" from stress.  Bouncing back is sometimes called resiliency.  Everyone needs to find ways to bounce back after experiencing …

An Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales (including ECERS-3)

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Shah Center, McHenry

This training is for center-based programs and family child care providers and offers an overview of the Environment Rating Scales. The Environment Rating Scales are user-friendly assessment tools …

Child Care University

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Sauk Valley College, Dixon

Child Care University is a series of workshops just for you! Join us for a day of learning, fun and great door prizes. You will receive tons of information you can put to work in your child care …

How to Identify and Support Characteristics of Autism in the Classroom

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: McHenry Mental Health Board, Crystal Lake

Many children are diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2. We'll review characteristics of ASD and discuss the …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED (expires 2 years)

Saturday, March 14, 2020
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to All Providers; …

Who Are You? How Cultural Identity and Bias Impacts Your Interactions With Others

Saturday, March 14, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Sterling Public Library, Sterling

"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom"--Aristotle This training provides an opportunity to explore your cultural identity and biases and to gain insight into their impact on your …

Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC): Module 3 (Learning and Development )

Saturday, March 21, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Brown Bear Daycare, Harvard

Participants must attend both 3/21/2020 and 3/28/2020 to receive credit. Participants are also required to complete an online assessment, due 4/18/2020.  Registration deadline: 3/14/2020 This …

Girl on swing

Make Healthy Happen–Create Your Energy

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Anytime Fitness, DeKalb

Learn how to strengthen your body to make everyday activities feel better.  By getting stronger and understanding safe and effective form when exercising you can improve the effectiveness of your …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED (expires in 2 years)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to All Providers; …

Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC): Module 3 (Learning and Development )

Saturday, March 28, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Brown Bear Daycare, Harvard

Participants must attend both 3/21/2020 and 3/28/2020 to receive credit. Participants are also required to complete an online assessment, due 4/18/2020.  Registration deadline: 3/14/2020 This …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED (expires 2 years)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: CGH Medical Center, Sterling

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to All Providers; …

**CANCELLED** Introduction to Developmental Screening Tools

Monday, March 30, 2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Rock River Center, Oregon

The process of developmental screening in the early childhood setting is introduced to practitioners.  A review of several commercial screening tools is discussed to provide child care practitioners' …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED (expires 2 years)

Saturday, April 4, 2020
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to All Providers; …

An Introduction to Environment Rating Scales (including ECERS-3)

Saturday, April 4, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Shah Center, McHenry

This training is for center-based programs and family child care providers and offers an overview of the Environment Rating Scales. The Environment Rating Scales are user-friendly assessment tools …

Whole foods, baby foods, bottle milke

We Choose Health: Modules 1 & 2 (Childhood Obesity and Nutrition for Young Children)

Saturday, April 4, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Huntley Park District Rec Center

In this training session, the problem and consequences of childhood obesity in 2–5 year old children will be discussed. The environment and the role of the child care provider in preventing obesity …

SAYD Credential Level 1 Training: Module 1: Introduction to Child and Youth Development

Saturday, April 4, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

Participants will receive a brief introduction to child and youth development from ages 5-21.  They will be introduced to the stages of development, along with the physical, cognitive, language, and …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED (expires 2 years)

Saturday, April 4, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: CGH Medical Center, Sterling

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to All Providers; …

SAYD Credential Level 1 Training: Module 2a: School-Age Development (Ages 5-12)

Saturday, April 4, 2020
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

This session will explore the general characteristics and what to look for when working with children ages 5-12.  It will also discuss what to do and how to address children or youth who may have …

Webinar: Stress: Seeing with Optimism

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Normal stress is considered a natural part of healthy development and is even needed to learn how to cope with adversity and build resiliency.  Severe stress, on the other hand, can be harmful to the …

No Pressure Food Tastings for Young Children

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Genoa Area Community Food Hub, Genoa

In this hands-on training, providers will learn how and why to include tastings of new and familiar foods into their classroom curriculum. Participants will help make a child-friendly kale salad, as …

An Introduction to Contracts and Policies

Thursday, April 9, 2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

Do you need to write your first contract and policy for your family child care program? Do you have a contract and policy but are wondering if it has everything you need? In this workshop, we will …

What is CCAP?

Thursday, April 9, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: CGH Medical Center, Sterling

Join this informative session to become more familiar with the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program's (CCAP) policy and procedures, including the application process, provider qualifications, …

Positive Guidance to Support Toddler Socialization

Thursday, April 9, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Emergency Operations Building-Ogle Community Room, Rochelle

This training will explore developmentally appropriate socialization that takes place between infancy and toddlerhood, and positive guidance techniques caregivers can use to support pro-social …

Thumbs up to daycare

Webinar: See As A Child, Hear As A Child

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Online Live Webinar

Children and adults see the world very differently.  Understanding child development helps us gain perspective through a child's eyes.  This lesson takes a look at common situations and the way an …

Daycare playing as group with provider

Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC): Module 4 (Culture, Family and Providers)

Saturday, April 18, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Brown Bear Daycare, Harvard

Participants must attend both 4/18/2020 and 4/25/2020 to receive credit. Participants are also required to complete an online assessment, due 5/16/2020.  Registration deadline: 4/11/2020 This …

Mindful Ways to Let Go of Tension and Stress

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Anytime Fitness, DeKalb

Tired of feeling stressed, tight, or tense?  Learn ways to connect your mind and body and let go of tension and stress in your neck, back, shoulders, and body with gentle yoga and stretch movements.  …

American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED (expires 2 years)

Saturday, April 25, 2020
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, McHenry

CPR/First Aid trainings are open to providers 18 years and older working in child care settings in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle and Whiteside counties. Audience: Open to All Providers; …

Daycare playing as group with provider

Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC): Module 4 (Culture, Family and Providers)

Saturday, April 25, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Brown Bear Daycare, Harvard

Participants must attend both 4/18/2020 and 4/25/2020 to receive credit. Participants are also required to complete an online assessment, due 5/16/2020.  Registration deadline: 4/11/2020 This …

SAYD Credential Level 1 Training: Module 2b: Early Adolescent Development (Ages 11-16)

Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

This session will discuss development characteristics of early adolescents and recognize that those in this stage may appear more as a school-age child in some areas, and an adolescent in others.  …

SAYD Credential Level 1 Training: Module 2c: Late Adolescent/Young Adult Development (Ages 15-21)

Saturday, April 25, 2020
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

This session will focus on supporting the needs of the late adolescents as they transition into adulthood. Topics will include peer leadership, life skill development, supporting their growing …

Addressing Secondary Trauma

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: 4-C Office, DeKalb

Attendees will learn about how secondary trauma impacts both their professional and personal lives.  Attendees will also learn about various self-care activities that can be utilized at an individual …

Baby hands holding apple with heart cut out

Webinar: Go Healthy? It All Begins With You

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Child care practitioners are important role models for the children in their care. The phrase "actions speak louder than words" is especially true for children since they watch and imitate what …

Webinar: Anti-Bias Early Childhood Education: Practices and Challenges

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Online Webinar

This training is designed to assist providers in embedding multiculturalism into their curriculum. We will discuss approaches to multicultural education, implementation, and challenges to creating a …

Baby hands holding apple with heart cut out

Webinar: How High Do You Bounce? Building Resilience

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Have you questioned if what you do really matters? Are you struggling to find fulfillment and meaning in your work? You are not alone! Many people feel overwhelmed and fatigued due to their work …

Get Outdoors. Explore.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Research documents the benefits of playing, learning, and simply being outdoors.  National and international movements encourage more time in nature. However, this can be challenging for early care …

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Webinar: Showing Appreciation on a Dime

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Being appreciation and showing appreciation can benefit both employees and your organization as a whole. Learn why showing appreciation is essential to job satisfaction and retention of employees …

Webinar: Exciting Backyard Science Activities

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Help children become backyard scientists using outdoor activities for children, and learn activities for gardening with children.  In this lesson, discover the top five plants for children, create a …

Daycare playing as group with provider

Webinar: The ABCs of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Live Webinar

The basics of Autism Spectrum Disorder will be presented. Material covered will include common challenges and strengths, as well as tools and strategies for caregivers/child care …

Webinar: Adverse Childhood Experiences-Building Resilience

Monday, July 13, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Children who are exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) face an increased risk for social-emotional, physical and mental health issues. ACEs include abuse, neglect, parental separation or …

Webinar: Me First! Helping Infants/Toddlers Develop Social-Emotional Skills

Thursday, July 16, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Do you feel as if most of your day revolves around handling the social and emotional behaviors of your infants/toddlers? Sharing toys, equipment and your attention may be very difficult tasks for the …

Webinar: The Effects of Homelessness on Children

Monday, July 20, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

The trainer will discuss the experience of homelessness and how it impacts the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and behavioral development of children.  We will also review the shelter …

Webinar: Gardening in the Classroom

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Gardening with children provides them with skills that help their physical and intellectual development. This training will explain how school gardens benefit children’s learning and how you can …

Webinar: Addressing Secondary Trauma

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Attendees will learn about how secondary trauma impacts both their professional and personal lives.  Attendees will also learn about various self-care activities that can be utilized at an individual …

Daycare provider feeding baby

**RESCHEDULED** Webinar: Being Mindful in a Busy World

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

The practice of mindfulness, or paying attention to the present moment, offers a way to slow down, enjoy our lives, and reduce stress.  This program will help participants explore benefits of …

Webinar: Better Brain for Baby-Stress and Trauma

Monday, August 24, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Supporting the healthy development of the young child's brain is both a tremendous opportunity and an awesome responsibility.  While brain development begins prenatally, the brain is not fully …

Webinar: Protecting Children: Recognizing Red Flags of Abuse in a Pandemic

Thursday, August 27, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Childcare providers are some of the best, and often only, witnesses to red flags that indicate that a child in their care is experiencing abuse or is exposed to it in the home.  This training will …

Tips and Strategies on Becoming a Strong Leader in the ECE Field

Monday, September 14, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Do you currently work in a center and have a desire to move up in a leadership role? Are you currently in a leadership role, but want learn strategies on becoming a stronger leader? Then this …

Daycare playing as group with provider

Dealing with Choosy Eating

Monday, September 21, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Do you have a child in your care who is a finicky eater? Has mealtime become a battleground? Young children begin to develop food preferences and eating habits that will impact their growth and …

LGBTQIA+ 101: Understanding Development and Creating Safety for Kids, Teens, and Tweens

Thursday, September 24, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Childcare providers create safe and nurturing environments for their kids. Many of these children may be exploring their gender identity or sexual orientation or may go on to do so. Childcare …

Big Emotions, What Do They Tell Us?

Monday, September 28, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

All behavior has meaning, however you may at times struggle to find the meaning behind the behavior.  During this training we will explore how emotions impact behaviors and how to support and guide …

Adventures in Neurodevelopment and Use of Nature

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An introduction to the use of activity, games, and adventure in nature to promote healthy neurodevelopment. Participants will learn basic principles of neurodevelopment and how nature and various …

An Introduction to Contracts and Policies

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Do you need to write your first contract and policy for your family child care program? Do you have a contract and policy but are wondering if it has everything you need? In this workshop we will …

Self-Care: Are You Worth It?

Monday, October 19, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Child care professionals naturally focus intently on meeting the needs of the children and families they serve. Unfortunately, when they care for others but neglect themselves, they risk experiencing …

How to Catch a Predator: Recognizing the Role of Grooming in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Thursday, October 22, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

In almost every high-profile case of child abuse and exploitation, the perpetrators have engaged in some sort of trust-building or grooming.  A critical aspect of child abuse prevention is to learn …

When All You Hear is No: Guiding Behavior

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Does your toddler shake her head and shout "no!" when you ask her to come to you? Early stages of exploration and interactions among infants and toddlers include behaviors such as a child grabs toys, …

Girl on swing

Using Activity and Adventures for Optimal Neurointegration

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

This training will look at how a child's experiences (both traumatic and non-traumatic) play into the overall brain development over their life span. How to help children build resiliency will also …

Healthy Through the Holidays and Other Celebrations

Monday, November 9, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Children are like sponges, taking in everything they see and do! Explore how healthy celebrations can impact the food and activity choices children make each day. Discover new activities and …

The Use of Puppetry in Social Emotional Acquisition and Across the Curriculum

Thursday, November 12, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Grab your puppet and join us for this two part series (must attend both dates for credit). This highly interactive series will take participants from introducing a puppet as part of a classroom …

Reflections on Race

Monday, November 16, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Please join Maureen and Andrea as they explore the topic of race. They will reveal the challenges and rewards of exploring this complex topic together as they reflect on their personal journeys …

Infant and Toddler Mental Health: Key Developmental Assets

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Learn how to apply the forty developmental assets and the 6 C's of Positive Youth Development to infant toddler development to best promote positive mental health during these stages and set the …

The Use of Puppetry in Social Emotional Acquisition and Across the Curriculum

Thursday, November 19, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Grab your puppet and join us for this two part series (must attend both dates for credit). This highly interactive series will take participants from introducing a puppet as part of a classroom …

Using Adventure and Nature Activities with Children

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar

This training will further explore the impact that nature and the outdoors can have on development/learning including social/emotional learning. The trainer will dive deeper into ways to utilize …

Mom and daughter looking on computer

**Rescheduled** Tips and Strategies on Becoming a Strong Leader in the ECE Field

Monday, December 7, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Do you currently work in a center and have a desire to move up in a leadership role? Are you currently in a leadership role, but what to learn strategies on becoming a stronger leader? Then this …

Infant and Toddler Mental Health: Communicating Effectively with Young Children

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Participants will learn how to improve their communication with infants and toddlers to promote positive mental health, strengthen relationships, and manage behavior. Audience: All Providers, …

Brrr…Learning Even When It’s Cold Outside

Monday, December 14, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Colder temperatures are quickly approaching. Are you prepared for outdoor time?  Northern Illinois weather is very unpredictable, but we all understand the importance of outdoor time even when the …

Infant and Toddler Mental Health: Building Positive Attachments

Thursday, December 17, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Participants will learn the basics of theories of attachment and how to build effective attachments with infants and toddlers they work with to promote positive mental health, healthy relationships, …