Early Childhood Education

We’re here to train and develop early childhood professionals as well as educate families on quality early learning experiences.

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Training for Early Childhood Educators

All EC LEARN trainings will be recorded in ECE-TRIS as approved KY training hours.

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Training Opportunities

December 15, 2022 - Making Literature Come Alive for Infants and Toddlers: Book Extensions for Our Youngest Learners - 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Cost:  FREE

Core Content Subject Area: 1 – Child growth and development

CDA Subject Area:  2 – Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development

Audience:  Infant and Toddler Teachers

Description: Research shows that literacy begins at birth! As an infant or toddler teacher, you can stimulate literacy skills by the way you introduce books to our youngest learners. Participants will discuss research-based tips on how to share books with babies and toddlers to maximize the joy of learning of book-reading and to nurture a lifelong love of books. At the end of the training participants will leave with new ideas of appropriate book extensions for infants and toddlers.

Instructor:  Andrea Heil

Virtual using Zoom

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December 21, 2022 - Creating Your Winter Learning Wonderland: Intentional Learning Experiences for Indoor Spaces - 1 - 2:30 PM

Cost:  FREE

Core Content Subject Area: 4 – Learning environment and curriculum

CDA Subject Area:  2 – Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development

Audience:  All

Description: Do you and your children have the winter blues? Bring back the smiles, fun and learning into your environment though intentional planning with open-ended materials. Participants will learn strategies to engage learners through open-ended questioning and problem solving skills.

Instructor:  Bridget Jackson

Virtual using Zoom

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In-Person Orientation Opportunities

 

Saturday, February 11, 2023 - In-Person Orientation for Early Care and Education Professionals – 6 hour training, $50/participant

Cost: $50

Audience: All

Description:  This mandatory training focuses on Health, Safety, and Sanitation, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse, and Recommended Practices. This session is required for all child care employees and must be completed within the first 90 days of employment.

Time:  9 am – 3:30 pm with a half-hour lunch break

Location: 8020 Veterans Memorial Dr. Florence, KY 41042;  Training Room

Instructor:  Lynn Hallenberg

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Online Training Opportunities

(Partnership with The Learning Professor)

 

Understanding and Using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires

3.0 hours; $30

Audience:  All

Description:  This course is designed to help you understand and use the Ages and Stages Questionnaires to monitor children’s progress and to make sure that all children have the supports needed to succeed. Participants will learn the purpose of these screeners, when and how to use them, how to score and interpret, and best practice for communicating results with families.

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Equity, Equality, & Diversity: Social Justice in ECE

social justice principles

2.0 hours; $20

Audience:  All

Description:  Learn about the concepts of social justice, privilege, what a single story is, how to avoid it, and how to avoid a tourist-y approach to diversity. Only by understanding all of these concepts can we truly provide an equitable experience for all children.

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Creating Culturally Inclusive Infant Toddler Classrooms

2.0 hours; $20

Audience:  Infants/Toddlers

Description:  Is your infant or toddler classroom structured specifically for that age group, or is it more like a watered-down version of the preschool classrooms in your program? Programming specifically for children from birth to 36 months of age is vital.

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The Uniqueness of Infants Toddlers Classrooms

2.5 hours; $25

Audience:  Infant/Toddler

Description:  Every family has a unique culture. But what exactly is culture? This course explores the definitions of culture, values, beliefs, and assumptions. Having a strong understanding of these concepts helps to establish a strong foundation for partnerships with families.

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Using the Brigance Early Childhood III Screening Tool

3.0 hours; $30

Audience:  Preschool

Description:  This course is designed to help you understand and apply the screening tool to assist in the development of child-focused plans of action. We will go over the purpose of the tool, how to use the tool, how to apply the results to your classroom, and how to share the results with parents.

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Creating Your Science Curriculum

Preschool Science

3.0 hours; $30

Audience:  Preschool

Description:  This workshop will explore the types of science experiences that are appropriate for preschoolers. You will learn about the 3 areas of science curriculum that should be part of every early childhood classroom and walk away with lots of ideas on science activities.

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Creating Your Math Curriculum

3.0 hours; $30

Audience:  Preschool

Description:  This workshop will help you understand the types of math experiences that preschoolers should have access to in a preschool classroom. You will learn about number sense, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis.

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FREE Health and Safety Training Opportunities

December 10, 2022 - BOONE COUNTY - First Aid and Pediatric CPR Certification & Epi-Pen and Blood Borne Pathogens Training - 9 AM - noon

Location:  Kentucky Career Center, 8020 Veterans Memorial Dr. Florence, KY  41042

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Interested in hosting a CPR, First Aid, Epi-pen, & Blood Borne Pathogens Training at your Program?

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Training for Family Child Care Network (FCCN)

Family Child Care Network Training – these titles are for Registered, Certified and Type II providers caring for children in their home in Kentucky.  Content will pertain to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young school age children as well as the business side of running an in-home program. These training opportunities are FREE and funded through the Family Child Care Network and will be region specific.  When registering, please make sure it is for your specific region/county.

FCCN Northern Bluegrass Region

Boone, Bourbon, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, and Scott Counties

Saturday, January 28, 2023 - Being a Partner in Play Virtual Training - 9 - 10:30 AM

Cost:  FREE

Audience:  Registered or certified in-home providers in Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Grant, Owen, Gallatin, Carroll, Pendleton, Bourbon, Harrison, Nicholas, or Scott Counties.

Description:  What intentional choices can we make with children to support their learning while being a partner in play? We will look at specific strategies that enrich being a partner in play through opportunities for discovery, and actively participating in their play. As responsive partners in play, we will address the growth of the whole child while respecting them and their play.

Instructor:  presented by Lakeshore, Kristi Kirinch

Location:  Zoom;  FCC Providers can choose to view the online training at the Kentucky Career Center allowing time to collaborate with other in-home providers.  We will open the training room at 8:30 am and the training will promptly begin at 9 am.

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Kentucky Family Child Care Convention- March 10 & 11, 2023

Location:  Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
Schedule of Events: 

Friday night: 6:00pm-7:00pm – Networking and dinner; 7:00pm-9:00pm – Plenary (3 hours)
Saturday: 9:00am-3:30pm – Conscious Discipline (6 hours) – Lunch provided

Cost: FREE for Family Child Care Network

The Institute is a premium event that combines quality instruction with a uniquely immersive experience; we literally create a School Family classroom environment with all the structures of Conscious Discipline, and then utilize that classroom to teach the powers and skills of Conscious Discipline. Based on brain research and developmentally appropriate practices, the Institute provides inspiration, proven discipline strategies and camaraderie that will promote lasting changes that echo through your organization for years.

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FCCN Salt River Region

Anderson, Franklin, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Woodford Counties

Saturday, January 28, 2023 - Being a Partner in Play Virtual Training - 9 - 10:30 AM

Cost:  FREE

Audience:  Registered or certified in-home providers in Anderson, Franklin, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Woodford Counties

Description:  What intentional choices can we make with children to support their learning while being a partner in play? We will look at specific strategies that enrich being a partner in play through opportunities for discovery, and actively participating in their play. As responsive partners in play, we will address the growth of the whole child while respecting them and their play.

Instructor:  presented by Lakeshore, Kristi Kirinch

Location:  Zoom

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Kentucky Family Child Care Convention- March 10 & 11, 2023

Location:  Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
Schedule of Events: 

Friday night: 6:00pm-7:00pm – Networking and dinner; 7:00pm-9:00pm – Plenary (3 hours)
Saturday: 9:00am-3:30pm – Conscious Discipline (6 hours) – Lunch provided

Cost: FREE for Family Child Care Network

The Institute is a premium event that combines quality instruction with a uniquely immersive experience; we literally create a School Family classroom environment with all the structures of Conscious Discipline, and then utilize that classroom to teach the powers and skills of Conscious Discipline. Based on brain research and developmentally appropriate practices, the Institute provides inspiration, proven discipline strategies and camaraderie that will promote lasting changes that echo through your organization for years.

Download Flyer

Register Here

Kentucky Family Child Care Convention- March 10 & 11, 2023

Location:  Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
Schedule of Events: 

Friday night: 6:00pm-7:00pm – Networking and dinner; 7:00pm-9:00pm – Plenary (3 hours)
Saturday: 9:00am-3:30pm – Conscious Discipline (6 hours) – Lunch provided

Cost: FREE for Family Child Care Network

The Institute is a premium event that combines quality instruction with a uniquely immersive experience; we literally create a School Family classroom environment with all the structures of Conscious Discipline, and then utilize that classroom to teach the powers and skills of Conscious Discipline. Based on brain research and developmentally appropriate practices, the Institute provides inspiration, proven discipline strategies and camaraderie that will promote lasting changes that echo through your organization for years.

Download Flyer

Register Here

ONSITE Did you know that EC LEARN can bring training to your program for in-person or virtual workshops to fit your staff’s needs?

 

Training Color-Code Key

At EC LEARN we value the importance of meeting your specific needs through professional development. We have categorized our training by color to indicate the appropriate audience for each session. Please see the color codes and definitions below:

Training For All!

These titles are for all providers (including family child care) and will pertain to all age groups – Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and young School-Age age children.

Infant/Toddler

These titles are best suited for infant and toddler teachers and will pertain to infants and toddler-aged children.

Preschool

These titles are best suited for preschool teachers and will pertain to preschooler aged children.

School Age

These titles are best suited for providers caring for school age children and the content will pertain to school age children.

Administrators

These titles are best suited for administrators, directors, owners, or those supervising staff.

Family Child Care Network

These titles are for Registered, Certified and Type II providers caring for children in their home in Kentucky.  Content will pertain to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young school age children as well as the business side of running an in-home program. These training opportunities are FREE and funded through the Family Child Care Network and will be region specific.  When registering, please make sure it is for your specific region/county.

View or download the color-code PDF.

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