New Professional Development and Training Opportunities Available!
2023: A Time for Exciting New Practices
Starting Point offers training classes, workshops, and educational options for administrators, teachers, and staff- in topics like the business of child care, child development, first aid, and much more!
WHAT’S IN STORE THIS WINTER? A RETURN TO FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING OPTIONS! In addition to live, synchronous trainings, face-to-face training options are available.
FACE TO FACE OFFERINGS INCLUDE:
- SWITCH! HOW TO CHANGE WHEN CHANGE IS HARD: Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems– the rational mind and the emotional mind- that compete for control. The rational mind wants to change something at work but the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. Come learn how our mind controls our thoughts and feelings on change and learn a three part framework that will help guide individuals in any situations where a change in behavior is needed.
- FAMILY ENGAGEMENT: Engaging families is critically important to the care and education of children. It is much more than families volunteering in the program or including them in fundraisers. Engaging families and maintaining open lines of communication is the essential to building rapport and cementing relationships. Come to this session to explore the importance of family engagement and to gain new ideas for how to engage and maintain these key relationships!
- IT’S TEACHABLE! CREATING A SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM CURRICULUM: Learning and enrichment experiences are an essential element of the school-age program curriculum. This training will help school-age professionals create a curriculum that meets the goals of the program & needs of children and youth.
- SUMMER PROGRAMMING: ACTIVITIES TO ENRICH SUMMER LEARNING FOR SCHOOL AGERS: Are you interested in enriching your summer for school-agers with enjoyable, educational, and engaging activities? This session will present ideas on how to plan activities for mixed age groups and includes specific ideas for weekly themes, long term projects, and special activities and events, By providing a variety of learning opportunities that peak children’s interests and engage them in hands-on experiences, program can reduce summer learning loss and academically prepare children for school success.
- REVISITING RETENTION: SEEKING STABILITY IN THE ECE AND AFTERSCHOOL WORKFORCE: Is staff turnover interfering with your program’s financial health? Does instability create obstacles for improvement planning and quality initiatives? If so, the Seeking Stability in the ECE and Afterschool Workforce series is for you! For over 20 years, Marcy Whitebook and the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment have researched the impact of staff turnover in child care settings and advocated for reform in teach preparation and support to stabilize the workforce.
- THE WONDERS OF WATERPLAY: Maureen Healy, author of the Emotionally Health Child states, “Most children love to use their five senses to learn and develop, which includes the senses of touch, sight, and sounds, which most water play has.” Through discussion, videos, polls and group activities participants will learn how providing water play experiences in their early childhood program will support children’s development in the five essential domains of school readiness.