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South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States

April 2017

Homework Time Designed with Learning Styles in Mind-St. Joseph County

April 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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We all learn and work best in different ways. Some of us listen to sound or music; some need silence; others need to be spread out and move around; still others do better in small groups, bouncing ideas off peers.  Do you have a school-ager who constantly squirms and fidgets during math homework?  Or, one who sings to herself while practicing spelling words?  Although it may seem like they’re trying to drive you crazy, they’re probably just using strategies that…

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Understanding Each Other: Communicating with Families of Infants and Toddlers-St. Joseph County

April 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Infants and toddlers feel safe and secure when the adults in their lives work together on their behalf. This requires open, on-going communication in order to achieve this type of relationship between caregivers and families. Now the tricky part.  Your communication approaches, just as your interactions with infants and toddlers, need to be unique with each family.  Effective communication strategies for working together will be explored so that infants and toddlers are receiving the best care possible.  Limit 25. Pre-register…

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May 2017

STEM + Arts =STEAM-St. Joseph County

May 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Preschoolers have a new perspective for making meaningful connections among the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) when the A (Art) is added.  At the same time, they are supported in their creative and problem solving skills.  Learn why STEAM is important and how to support preschoolers with these experiences.  Experience “hands-on” activities that you can take back to your preschoolers.  Limit 25.  Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, May 2nd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Introduction to the NEW Indiana Early Learning FOUNDATIONS-St. Joseph County

May 9, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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In this introduction to the Indiana Early Learning FOUNDATIONS (Revision 2015), learn how this early learning development framework provides core foundations and skills that children are to achieve at various ages. Explore ways to connect the Areas of Development of the FOUNDATIONS to providing appropriate learning experiences for young children. Limit 15 Pre-register by Thursday, May 4th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Cultivating Creativity: Exploring the Arts with Infants and Toddlers-St. Joseph County

May 11, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Providing creative art experiences for infants and toddlers goes beyond crayons and paper!  The opportunities children have during the first years of life to explore the arts have a significant impact on their creative expression.  Ways for promoting the creative process, setting up an environment that supports exploration of the arts and connecting creative experiences to the Indiana Early Learning Foundations will be explored.  Put your own creativity to use with a “make and take” activity that can be used…

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The Rhythm of Summer School Age Programs-St. Joseph County

May 24, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Explore strategies that offers school-agers a program that “taps in to the magical rhythms of summer.” Co-create with school-agers a memorable summer program where they are learning and growing; developing skills, talents and healthy habits; and getting to know themselves and others.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Monday, May 22nd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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It’s A Family Affair-A Smooth Transition to Kindergarten-St. Joseph County

May 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Entering kindergarten can be both an exciting and stressful time for families and their children.  Early Childhood providers have the unique opportunity to help make this a smoother transition from the Early Childhood program to the Kindergarten classroom.  The role of the Early Childhood provider in implementing “best practice” for this important transition will be discussed.  Support strategies for both families and their children will be shared.      Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Monday, April 24th by contacting…

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June 2017

School Age Child Development Module 4-St. Joseph County

June 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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During the school-age years, the brain continues to undergo changes and develop – socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Caregivers and teachers are in a unique position to provide a variety of experiences that support all areas of development. This course addresses the basic principles of development for school-age children and implications for learning environments.  Limit 25.  11.Major domains of Child Development (recommended)  Pre-register by Tuesday, May 30th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org  

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Child Development Module 1- 2 hrs-St. Joseph County

June 6, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Child Development Module 1 focuses on the whole child. This course is an introduction to child development touching on each developmental domain for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Providers will be able to define child development, examine developmental domains for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Providers will also identify how to involve and collaborate with parents to support positive child development. Child development birth to five years of age. This training meets the Health and Safety orientation training requirements for topic areas: 8.…

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Health- Module 2 Part 1- Nutritional Practices 2 hrs-St. Joseph County

June 7, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Health- Module 2 Part 1- Nutritional Practices includes related health topics for children. Providers will evaluate their current nutritional practices through a self- assessment and will compare nutritional needs of children based on age. Provider will also discuss and compare allergies versus intolerance to food. Identify causes of childhood obesity and the link to physical activity. Recognize nutritional requirements for children and promote healthy eating. This training meets the Health and Safety orientation training requirements for topic areas: 3. Prevention and…

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We Are All in This Together: Being a Team Player to Support Children and Families-St. Joseph County

June 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Great work happens when teams act together.  Are you a team player at your program?  What exactly does it mean to be a team player?  Learn to express, appreciate and compliment individual skills as well as to cooperate and work together.  Gain strategies for coming together to give your best work.  Limit 25.  Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 5th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Safe Sleep Practices & Reducing Risk of SIDS in Child Care-St. Joseph County

June 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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An Important Training for Those Caring for Infants This is an interactive training on national safe sleep standards for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental death in child care. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, June 6 by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org This training was developed to meet Public Law 162-2005 requirements for licensed home child care providers and home providers receiving CCDF vouchers.

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Health- Module 2 Part 2- Vaccinations and Medications 2 hrs-St. Joseph County

June 13, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Health- Module 2 Part 2- Vaccinations and Medications- This training will also explain how vaccinations work and why it is important to immunize children and adults. Providers will discuss current medication storage and distribution practices. Safely store, administer and properly document the use of medications. Implement strategies to stop the spread of infectious diseases including immunizations. Physical activity and infection disease are other areas of health for children that will be discussed in this training. This training meets the Health and…

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Family Child Care Mixed Age Groups: When School Agers are in the Mix -St. Joseph County

June 19, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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School age care is more than just homework help and free play. What does planning for school age look like when you have a wide range of ages and abilities? How do you keep school agers engaged?  Explore advantages, challenges and unique concerns of having school agers in the mix.  Specific strategies to help family child care providers plan and facilitate exciting experiences for school agers that keeps them wanting more will be presented.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by…

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Safety- Module3- Part 1 Building the Basics-2 hrs-St. Joseph County

June 20, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Safety- Module 3 has topics related to the safety of children. Providing a safe environment and planning for emergencies are vital. Through education and proper transportation safeguards, providers can ensure children’s safety and prevent injuries. Providers will define the relationships between development stages and risk of injury. Identify potential safety hazards in an out-of-home care and learning environment. Define steps to maintain safe building, grounds, and equipment. This training meets the Health and Safety orientation training requirements for topic areas: 4.…

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Safety- Module 3 Part 2 Hazards-2 hrs-St. Joseph County

June 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Safety- Module 3 has topics related to the safety of children. Providers will identify safety hazards that could be present in an early childhood learning environment. Providers will create emergency plans for keeping children safe. Procedures for storing mediation and hazardous materials and transportation rules will be reviewed and examined. This training meets the Health and Safety orientation training requirements for topic areas: 6. Handling and storage of hazardous materials and appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants 7. Appropriate precautions in transporting children…

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Outdoor Play for Infants and Toddlers-St. Joseph County

June 29, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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What types of outdoor play experiences are you currently offering your infants/toddlers? Come explore the possibilities. Learn ways to provide intentional outdoor experiences that build upon the interests of infants and toddlers. Look at how to connect the Indiana Early Learning FOUNDATIONS content area Science to your outdoor play. Limit 25 Pre-registration is required by Thursday, June 27th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ecalliance.org

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July 2017

Summer Brain Games for School-agers-St. Joseph County

July 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Beat the summer learning loss of school-agers with brain games. School-agers who experience hands-on learning, engaging programming and creative projects in the summer return to school on track and ready to learn. Experience brain games that provide opportunities for a wide variety of learning opportunities in a variety of settings that will keep your school-agers wanting more.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, July 11th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Serving Families and Children Experiencing Homelessness-St. Joseph County

July 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Learn how to identify families seeking/utilizing child care services who are homeless.  The new state policy regarding Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) eligibility will be discussed.  Gain resources to support the social emotional needs of children who are experiencing homelessness.  Limit 25. Pre-register by Thursday, July 13th contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Ouch! Biting Hurts! What are They Trying to Tell Us?-St. Joseph County

July 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Infants and toddlers communicate through behavior and unfortunately this sometimes includes biting.  Understanding what they are trying to communicate when they bite is an important first step in addressing biting incidents.  Strategies for responding appropriately to biting incidents as well as working with families will be discussed.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, July 18th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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License Orientation-OT II-St. Joseph County

July 31, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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For those interested in becoming a licensed home/center or an unlicensed registered ministry, complete Orientation Training I, Start-Up Workshop for Homes, Centers and Ministries, to learn about basic health, safety, and start-up requirements, plus information on the different types of child care programs in Indiana. Upon completion, you will be eligible to attend Orientation Training II, Preparation for Child Care Home Licensing offered by Early Childhood Alliance. Orientation training is strongly encouraged, but not required for ministries. Limit 25.   For…

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August 2017

Introduction to the NEW Indiana Early Learning FOUNDATIONS-St. Joseph County

August 8, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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In this introduction to the Indiana Early Learning FOUNDATIONS (Revision 2015), learn how this early learning development framework provides core foundations and skills that children are to achieve at various ages. Explore ways to connect the Areas of Development of the FOUNDATIONS to providing appropriate learning experiences for young children. Limit 25 Pre-register by Thursday, August 3rd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Child Abuse Detection and Prevention-St. Joseph County

August 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Created by the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning Health Consultants, this training provides information on the prevalence of abuse and neglect, causes and prevention and how to report. Limit 25. (This session meets the requirement for Unlicensed CCDF providers as well as other child care providers required to complete Child Abuse Detection and Prevention training.) Pre-registration is required by Thursday, August 3rd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Building a Sense of Community with Preschoolers-St. Joseph County

August 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Having successful interactions with each other helps preschoolers understand what it means to be part of a group.  Explore teaching strategies that builds peer relationships, promotes collaboration and working together.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Monday, August 7th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org  

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A Handful of Fun: The Importance of Sensory Play for Toddlers-St. Joseph County

August 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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What type of sensory play opportunities are you providing toddlers? Come explore how to successfully implement “hands-on” sensory activities that are meaningful to them. Ideas for using a sensory table and outdoor sensory play will be shared. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, August 8th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ecalliance.org

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Get Ready, Get Set, Go!-Making the Transition from Summer to Fall with School-agers (Training with On-site Support)-St. Joseph County

August 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Successful transitions from Summer to Fall school-age programming require thoughtful reflection, assessment and preparation, input from kids, families and school personnel, a systematic approach to implementation, active engagement of leaders and lots of communication. Practical strategies that will assist in being ready, set and able to go with school-agers in the Fall will be shared.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Monday, August 21st by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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September 2017

Safe Sleep Practices & Reducing Risk of SIDS in Child Care-St. Joseph County

September 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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An Important Training for Those Caring for Infants This is an interactive training on national safe sleep standards for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental death in child care. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, September 5th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org This training was developed to meet Public Law 162-2005 requirements for licensed home child care providers and home providers receiving CCDF vouchers.

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Looking at Daily Routines of Infants and Toddlers Through a Different Lens-St. Joseph County

September 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Do you ever feel like much of your day is dedicated to just taking care of the physical needs of infants and toddlers?  Yet, the caregiving tasks related to eating, sleeping, diapering/toileting and comforting are essential to their well-being.  These tasks provide the perfect opportunity for some one-on-one time together so learning can happen.  Strategies for imbedding this type of interaction in the daily routines of caring for infants and toddlers will be explored.  Limit 25 Pre-register by Tuesday, September…

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Helping School Agers Live by the Rules-St. Joseph County

September 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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School Age programs should include rules so that the expectations for behavior are clear to both staff and school agers alike. Learn how to co-develop rules with school agers so there will be buy in, understanding and accountability. Learn strategies to help school agers take responsibility for their actions. Limit 25 Pre-register by Monday, September 18th contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org  

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October 2017

Building a Sense of Community with Preschoolers-St. Joseph County

October 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Having successful interactions with each other helps preschoolers understand what it means to be part of a group.  Explore teaching strategies that builds peer relationships, promotes collaboration and working together.  Limit 25. Pre-register by Monday, October 2nd contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Looking at Discipline in a New Way for Toddlers, Preschoolers and School-Agers-St. Joseph County

October 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Learn how understanding brain development can result in reacting to misbehavior with discipline strategies that are most appropriate and constructive.  Topics to be discussed include defining discipline, questions to consider when faced with misbehavior and looking at “time out versus time in.” Pre-registration is required by Thursday, October 5th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ecalliance.org

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Afterschool Activities That Support Social Emotional Learning (SEL)-St. Joseph County

October 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Helping school-agers develop skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts and make responsible decisions keeps challenging behaviors in control. Learn the different social emotional skill areas and how to promote them through learning activities with school-agers. Experience social emotional skill-building through discussion, read-alouds, role-playing, games and more.  Limit 25. Pre-register by Thursday, October 5th contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Early Brain Development: The First Three Years-St. Joseph County

October 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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A child’s brain grows and develops at a rapid pace, especially during the first three years of life. Understanding how the brain develops and ways to actively support this growth is critical to providing quality care. The science behind the developing brain and how early experiences and relationships build the foundation for lifelong learning will be explored.  Fun, simple “brain-building” activities for infants and toddlers will be shared.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, October 5th by contacting ECA:…

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November 2017

School Age Child Development Module 4-St. Joseph County

November 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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During the school-age years, the brain continues to undergo changes and develop – socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Caregivers and teachers are in a unique position to provide a variety of experiences that support all areas of development. This course addresses the basic principles of development for school-age children and implications for learning environments. Limit 25. 11.Major domains of Child Development Pre-register by Thursday, November 2nd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Family Child Care Mixed Age Groups: When School Agers are in the Mix-St. Jospeh County

November 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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School age care is more than just homework help and free play. What does planning for school age look like when you have a wide range of ages and abilities? How do you keep school agers engaged?  Explore advantages, challenges and unique concerns of having school agers in the mix.  Specific strategies to help family child care providers plan and facilitate exciting experiences for school agers that keeps them wanting more will be presented.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by…

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Child Development Module 1- 2 hrs-St. Joseph County

November 14, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Child Development Module 1 focuses on the whole child. This course is an introduction to child development touching on each developmental domain for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Providers will be able to define child development, examine developmental domains for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Providers will also identify how to involve and collaborate with parents to support positive child development. Child development birth to five years of age. This training meets the Health and Safety orientation training requirements for topic areas: 8.…

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Health- Module 2 Part 1- Nutritional Practices 2 hrs-St. Joseph County

November 15, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Health- Module 2 Part 1- Nutritional Practices includes related health topics for children. Providers will evaluate their current nutritional practices through a self- assessment and will compare nutritional needs of children based on age. Provider will also discuss and compare allergies versus intolerance to food. Identify causes of childhood obesity and the link to physical activity. Recognize nutritional requirements for children and promote healthy eating. This training meets the Health and Safety orientation training requirements for topic areas: 3. Prevention and…

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Infant Feeding and Development: Transitioning to Solid Foods-St. Joseph County

November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Introducing solid foods to infants is recommended when they are developmentally ready.  The question is, “How do we know what it means to be developmentally ready?”  When and how to offer solid foods in ways that are sensitive to the needs of each infant will be discussed.  Learn how the ways infants are fed can impact their development.  Strategies for working with families in supporting their infant’s individual feeding plan will be shared.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday,…

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Health- Module 2 Part 2- Vaccinations and Medications 2 hrs-St. Joseph County

November 20, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Health- Module 2 Part 2- Vaccinations and Medications- This training will also explain how vaccinations work and why it is important to immunize children and adults. Providers will discuss current medication storage and distribution practices. Safely store, administer and properly document the use of medications. Implement strategies to stop the spread of infectious diseases including immunizations. Physical activity and infection disease are other areas of health for children that will be discussed in this training. This training meets the Health and…

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Safety- Module 3- Part 1 Building the Basics-2 hrs-St. Joseph County

November 28, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Safety- Module 3 has topics related to the safety of children. Providing a safe environment and planning for emergencies are vital. Through education and proper transportation safeguards, providers can ensure children’s safety and prevent injuries. Providers will define the relationships between development stages and risk of injury. Identify potential safety hazards in an out-of-home care and learning environment. Define steps to maintain safe building, grounds, and equipment. This training meets the Health and Safety orientation training requirements for topic areas: 4.…

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Safety- Module 3 Part 2 Hazards-2 hrs-St. Joseph County

November 30, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Safety- Module 3 has topics related to the safety of children. Providers will identify safety hazards that could be present in an early childhood learning environment. Providers will create emergency plans for keeping children safe. Procedures for storing mediation and hazardous materials and transportation rules will be reviewed and examined. This training meets the Health and Safety orientation training requirements for topic areas: 6. Handling and storage of hazardous materials and appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants 7. Appropriate precautions in transporting children…

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Indiana Early Learning FOUNDATIONS in Action-3 to 5 Year Olds (Social Studies)-St. Joseph County

November 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Take an in-depth look at the Developmental Area Social Studies to plan experiences for preschoolers that support learning about their world, both physical and social. (Training meets Paths to QUALITY requirement for introduction to the FOUNDATIONS)  Limit 25. Pre-register by Tuesday, November 28th contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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December 2017

Safe Sleep Practices & Reducing Risk of SIDS in Child Care-St. Joseph County

December 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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An Important Training for Those Caring for Infants This is an interactive training on national safe sleep standards for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental death in child care. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, November 30th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org This training was developed to meet Public Law 162-2005 requirements for licensed home child care providers and home providers receiving CCDF vouchers.  

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Child Abuse Detection and Prevention-St. Joseph County

December 7, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Created by the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning Health Consultants, this training provides information on the prevalence of abuse and neglect, causes and prevention and how to report. Limit 25. (This session meets the requirement for Unlicensed CCDF providers as well as other child care providers required to complete Child Abuse Detection and Prevention training.) Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, December 5th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Indiana Early Learning FOUNDATIONS in Actions-3 to 5 Year Olds (Science)-St. Joseph County

December 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Take an in-depth look at the Developmental Area Science to identify multi-sensory experiences that invites preschoolers to explore, experiment and observe. (Training meets Paths to QUALITY requirement for introduction to the FOUNDATIONS)  Limit 25. Pre-register by Tuesday, December 5th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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School Age D.A.P.P.-Developmentally Appropriate Pinterest Projects-St. Joseph County

December 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Do you spend time searching Pinterest Projects for your school-agers? How do you determine which projects are worthy? Learn how to choose Pinterest Projects that connect to academic standards and project-based learning while at the same time are engaging to school-agers.  (You are welcome to bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop if you have one.)  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, December 14th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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January 2018

It’s A Family Affair-A Smooth Transition to Kindergarten-St. Joseph County

January 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Entering kindergarten can be both an exciting and stressful time for families and their children.  Early Childhood providers have the unique opportunity to help make this a smoother transition from the Early Childhood program to the Kindergarten classroom.  The role of the Early Childhood provider in implementing “best practice” for this important transition will be discussed.  Support strategies for both families and their children will be shared.      Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, January 9th by contacting…

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Afterschool Spaces that WOW!-St. Joseph County

January 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Indoor and outdoor environments are essential to quality programming. Discover best practices for what to include in your school age space and how to set it up for success. Limit 25 Pre-register by Thursday, January 11th contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Successful Group Time with Toddlers-St. Joseph County

January 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Come to discuss ways to create engaging small group experiences that allow toddlers to be active learners.  Participants will practice planning a group time experience considering the support toddlers need from their caregivers during group time experiences.  Limit 25 Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, January 23rd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org  

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February 2018

Adding Whole Grains to Your Menu-St. Joseph County

February 1, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Understand what are the health benefits for children in offering whole grain-rich grains in your early care and education menu.  Learn what whole grain-rich means and which foods are whole grain-rich.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, January 30th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ecalliance.org

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Make Your Full Day with School-Agers Exciting and Fun!-St. Joseph County

February 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Do your school-agers get bored easily when they spend a full day in your care? Learn how to plan a diverse and dynamic full day school-age child care (SACC) program on any budget. Leave with many ideas for keeping school-agers engaged and wanting more. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, February 1st by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Engaging Fathers In the Early Childhood Setting-St. Joseph County

February 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Understanding how the current “father absence” crisis in America impacts young children will be discussed. Strategies for making father engagement live and breathe in every part of a early childhood program will be shared. Limit 25. (Jeff Fater, Men’s Coaching Manager for Reason Enough to Act is a co-presenter for this training.) Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, February 6th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Everyday Math Experiences for Infants and Toddlers-St. Joseph County

February 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Children use math concepts to make sense of their world from the moment they are born. We support their development and understanding of these concepts through experiences, interactions, play and caregiving routines. With reference to the Indiana Early Learning FOUNDATIONS, strategies for providing developmentally appropriate early math experiences with the infants and toddlers in your program will be explored. Limit 25. (Training meets Paths to QUALITY requirement for introduction to the FOUNDATIONS) Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, February 20th by…

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March 2018

Safe Sleep Practices & Reducing Risk of SIDS in Child Care-St. Joseph County

March 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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An Important Training for Those Caring for Infants This is an interactive training on national safe sleep standards for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental death in child care. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, March 6th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org This training was developed to meet Public Law 162-2005 requirements for licensed home child care providers and home providers receiving CCDF vouchers.

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School-Age Fun with Food, Make & Take-St. Joseph County

March 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Cooking and food projects are a fun way to model good nutrition habits with school-agers.   Life skills such as preparing food, reading a recipe and knowing the difference between a teaspoon and tablespoon can be learned.  Fun food experiences that you can take back to your school-age program will be shared.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Monday, March 19th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Infant Feeding and Development: Transitioning to Solid Foods-St. Joseph County

March 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Introducing solid foods to infants is recommended when they are developmentally ready. The question is, “How do we know what it means to be developmentally ready?” When and how to offer solid foods in ways that are sensitive to the needs of each infant will be discussed. Learn how the ways infants are fed can impact their development. Strategies for working with families in supporting their infant’s individual feeding plan will be shared. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday,…

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Let’s Get Preschoolers Moving!-St. Joseph County

March 24, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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A critical part of the Early Childhood experience often overlooked for children is their involvement in gross motor activities. Gain creative ways to maximize the space in your indoor and outdoor environments to meet the gross motor needs of preschoolers participating in your program. The importance of intentionally planning for motor activities will also be discussed. Experience a variety of age appropriate gross motor activities that you can do with preschoolers. Limit 25. Pre-register by Thursday, March 22nd by contacting…

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April 2018

Understanding Each Other: Communicating with Families of Infants and Toddlers-St. Joseph County

April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Infants and toddlers feel safe and secure when the adults in their lives work together on their behalf. This requires open, on-going communication in order to achieve this type of relationship between caregivers and families. Now the tricky part. Your communication approaches, just as your interactions with infants and toddlers, need to be unique with each family. Effective communication strategies for working together will be explored so that infants and toddlers are receiving the best care possible. Limit 25. Pre-register…

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Wear Flip Flops and Make Summer Learning Memories-St. Joseph County

April 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Author Kellie Elmore says it best, “Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.” Summer is a time that evokes special feelings and vivid memories in all of us. For school-agers, summers are full of promise and possibilities. Reflect, discuss and explore learning experiences that meet school-agers’ needs. Build their knowledge and generate new interests. Leave with summer plans that create life-long memories. Limit 25 Pre-registration is required by Monday, April 16th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;…

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Child Abuse Detection and Prevention-St. Joseph County

April 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Created by the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning Health Consultants, this training provides information on the prevalence of abuse and neglect, causes and prevention and how to report. Limit 25. (This session meets the requirement for Unlicensed CCDF providers as well as other child care providers required to complete Child Abuse Detection and Prevention training.) Pre-registration is required by Monday, April 23rd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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May 2018

Supporting Young Children’s Positive Behavior Through Emotional Intelligence-St. Joseph County

May 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Children deal with many of the same emotions adults do. Unlike adults however, they frequently don't have the words to talk about how they are feeling. Their emotions are often acted out in physical and inappropriate ways. Helping children to understand their emotions and strategies to build their emotional literacy will be discussed. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Monday, April 30th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Planning a Dynamic School-Age Summer Program-St. Joseph County

May 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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The best school-age summer programs include a wide variety of learning activities including hands-on exploration, projects, field trips and much more. Learn useful tools for planning a summer for school- agers that focuses on quality programming. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Monday, May 14th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Ouch! Biting Hurts! What are They Trying to Tell Us?-St. Joseph County

May 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Infants and toddlers communicate through behavior and unfortunately this sometimes includes biting. Understanding what they are trying to communicate when they bite is an important first step in addressing biting incidents. Strategies for responding appropriately to biting incidents as well as working with families will be discussed. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, May 22nd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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June 2018

The Traumatized Child: Creating Trauma-Sensitive Space in the Early Childhood Setting-St. Joseph County

June 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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In the early childhood setting, children who have witnessed or experienced trauma need a safe, trauma-sensitive space of support. The signs, symptoms and possible causes of early childhood trauma as well as how children may express these experiences in the early childhood setting will be discussed. Ways of support will also be shared. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, June 12th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Safe Sleep Practices & Reducing Risk of SIDS in Child Care-St. Joseph County

June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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An Important Training for Those Caring for Infants This is an interactive training on national safe sleep standards for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental death in child care. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, June 14th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org This training was developed to meet Public Law 162-2005 requirements for licensed home child care providers and home providers receiving CCDF vouchers.

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Summer Brain Games for School-agers-St. Joseph County

June 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Beat the summer learning loss of school-agers with brain games. School-agers who experience hands-on learning, engaging programming and creative projects in the summer return to school on track and ready to learn. Experience brain games that provide opportunities for a wide variety of learning opportunities in a variety of settings that will keep your school-agers wanting more. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 18th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Play with Babies-Tummy Time-St. Joseph County

June 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Understand the many benefits of creating tummy time for infants and ways to make it possible in your environment and routine. Limit 25 Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, June 26th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ecalliance.org

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July 2018

Summer Survival Tips: Strategies to Stay Focused and Avoid Burnout-St. Joseph County

July 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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When the challenges of school-age summer programs exceed the benefits, staff have the potential to get run down and burned out. Learn strategies to stay focused and engaged to the summer’s end to maintain a successful summer experience for all. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by the Monday, July 16th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; Maricela Madden

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August 2018

Building a Sense of Community with Preschoolers-St. Joseph County

August 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States

Having successful interactions with each other helps preschoolers understand what it means to be part of a group.  Explore teaching strategies that builds peer relationships, promotes collaboration and working together.  Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, August 9th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; Maricela Madden

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Get Ready, Get Set, Go!-Making the Transition from Summer to Fall with School-agers (Training with On-site Support)-St. Joseph County

August 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Successful transitions from Summer to Fall school-age programming require thoughtful reflection, assessment and preparation, input from kids, families and school personnel, a systematic approach to implementation, active engagement of leaders and lots of communication. Practical strategies that will assist in being ready, set and able to go with school-agers in the Fall will be shared. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Monday, August 13th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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September 2018

Finding and Using Local Foods in Child Care Programs-St. Joseph County

September 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Do you want to include locally grown foods in your menus? Not sure how to start? From farmers markets to backyard gardens, learn what the local food movement is about. Purchasing and food safety tips as well as menu ideas that children are sure to enjoy will be shared. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, September 11th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ecalliance.org

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Afterschool Homework Time That Works!-St. Joseph County

September 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Homework time that works well afterschool improves child learning and success. Gain strategies for an engaging homework time that builds study skills, work habits, teamwork, creativity, independent learning-and makes schoolwork more enjoyable! Limit 25 Pre-registration is required by Monday, September 17th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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October 2018

School-Age Spaces: How Environments Nurture Social-Emotional Skills-St. Joseph County

October 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Examine your role in creating supportive environments in school-age programs. Learn to apply and analyze strategies that focus on positive spaces that support social-emotional growth. (This professional development session is ideal for those with some experience in social-emotional learning.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Monday, October 22nd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.

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Let’s Give Children What They Need: Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Preschool and PreK-St. Joseph County

October 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Examine the framework of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) as it relates to Preschool and PreK learners. Gain strategies to use this framework to enhance your work with this age group. This professional development session is appropriate for educators who are new to working with Preschool and PreK learners, 3-5 years of age or who need to refresh their understanding of DAP for this age group.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, October 23rd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;…

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Safe Sleep Practices & Reducing Risk of SIDS in Child Care-St. Joseph County

October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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An Important Training for Those Caring for Infants This is an interactive training on national safe sleep standards for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental death in child care. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, October 25th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org This training was developed to meet Public Law 162-2005 requirements for licensed home child care providers and home providers receiving CCDF vouchers.

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Infants and Toddlers-St. Joseph County

October 30, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Examine the framework of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) as it relates to working with infants and toddlers. Strategies for implementing DAP with this age group will also be explored. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators who are new to working with infants and toddlers, birth to 2 years or who need to refresh their understanding of DAP for this age group.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, October 25th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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November 2018

Safe Sleep Practices & Reducing Risk of SIDS in Child Care-St. Joseph County

November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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An Important Training for Those Caring for Infants This is an interactive training on national safe sleep standards for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental death in child care. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, November 6th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org This training was developed to meet Public Law 162-2005 requirements for licensed home child care providers and home providers receiving CCDF vouchers.

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Spaces That Nurture: Learning Environments for Infants and Toddlers-St. Joseph County

November 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Learn about setting up learning environments for infants and toddlers. Gain strategies on how to use resources to enhance your work with this age group. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators who are new to working with infants and toddlers, birth to 2 years or who need to refresh their understanding of learning environments for this age group.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, November 8th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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License Orientation-OT II-St. Joseph County

November 20, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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For those interested in becoming a licensed home/center or an unlicensed registered ministry, complete Orientation Training I, Start-Up Workshop for Homes, Centers and Ministries, to learn about basic health, safety, and start-up requirements, plus information on the different types of child care programs in Indiana. Upon completion, you will be eligible to attend Orientation Training II, Preparation for Child Care Home Licensing offered by Early Childhood Alliance. Orientation training is strongly encouraged, but not required for ministries. Limit 20. For…

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Family Partnerships: Engaging with School-Age Children’s Primary Supports-St. Joseph County

November 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Developing a relationship with families can have a huge impact, but it can also be complicated. Methods to effectively engage families in before-and-after-school settings will be examined. Select strategies for increased communication and family partnerships tailored to the unique needs of your program will be shared. (This professional development session is appropriate for school-age educators who want to deepen their family engagement practice.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, November 15th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Learning Centers for Preschool and Pre-K Settings: Create a Rich Learning Environment-St. Joseph County

November 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Learning centers provide children with rich learning opportunities. Examine a range of centers and how to incorporate them in early childhood environments for Preschool and Pre-K learners. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators who are new to working with Preschool and Pre-K learners, 3-5 years of age or who need to refresh their understanding of learning environments for this age group.) Limit 25 Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, November 27th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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December 2018

Teaching Strategies: Effective Practices with Infants and Toddlers-St. Joseph County

December 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Explore the research and recommendations for effective teaching strategies with infants and toddlers. Learn ways on how to use these resources to enhance your work with this age group. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators who are have some knowledge and experience working with infants and toddlers, birth to 2 years.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, December 11th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Why Do They Do That? Understanding Youth Development-St. Joseph County

December 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Make sense of what is happening inside the mind of a young person from a safe distance! The differences between healthy and unhealthy youth development will be discussed. Define your role in helping to shape the personal growth of youth. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators working with school-age youth.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, December 13th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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January 2019

Safe Sleep Practices & Reducing Risk of SIDS in Child Care-St. Joseph County

January 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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An Important Training for Those Caring for Infants This is an interactive training on national safe sleep standards for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental death in child care. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, January 8th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org This training was developed to meet Public Law 162-2005 requirements for licensed home child care providers and home providers receiving CCDF vouchers.

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What Sets You Apart From The Rest: The Indiana Afterschool Standards-St. Joseph County

January 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Aligning with a standardized quality system is essential for school-age programs. Review the Indiana Afterschool Standards, developed from the National Afterschool Association Standards in 2009 and used in thousands of Indiana school-age programs. Identify the specific steps that lead to quality school-age programs and the benefits that are gained through this alignment. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators working with school-age youth.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, January 10th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Milestones Matter: Using Free Resources about Developmental Milestones-St. Joseph County

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention form the basis of tracking children's development and provide suggestions for engaging families. Learn how to use these free resources. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, January 10th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Healthy Foundations: Program Practices for Wellness-St. Joseph County

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Learn about nurturing physical activity and healthy eating with young children. Through new research and best practice guidelines, discover the groundwork for healthy practices. Explore new information on how much children need to move and how important nutrition is to healthy development. Gain skills to look at your own schedules and methods to see where there is room for healthier practices. Early childhood education professionals of all levels can benefit from this overview. (This professional development session is appropriate for…

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February 2019

Designed to Develop: Materials & Environments in School-Age Programs-St. Joseph County

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Materials for use in school-age programs will be identified and discussed. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators who are new to working with school-age youth or have limited knowledge on how to set up a school-age program.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, February 14th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Let’s Play! Using Child-Directed Play for Learning-St. Joseph County

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Genuine, child-directed free play opportunities spark deep, foundational learning for all ages. Examine your current practice and gain strategies to foster free play with young children to school-age youth. (This professional development session is designed for educators with experience in planning for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and/or school-age youth.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, February 19th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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March 2019

Milestones Matter: Using Free Resources about Developmental Milestones-St. Joseph County

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention form the basis of tracking children’s development and provide suggestions for engaging families. Learn how to use these free resources. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, March 7th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Lesson Planning Made Easy-St. Joseph County

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Great school-age programs rely on solid planning. The Indiana Afterschool Network’s free lesson plan template designed in partnership with school-age experts will be reviewed. Learn about the theory, practical application and steps toward implementation of this tool, designed to boost youth engagement in school-age programs. This professional development session is ideal for educators working with school-age youth.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, March 14th contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Lesson Planning: Culturally Responsive Practice-St. Joseph County

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Cultural responsiveness in lesson planning, with additional grounding in Indiana's Early Learning Foundations and developmentally appropriate practice will be examined. Reflective activities to explore lesson planning through a culturally responsive lens will be shared. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators with some experience in lesson planning for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, March 19th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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April 2019

Strategies to Spark Learning in Preschool and Pre-K-St. Joseph County

April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Examine strategies for teaching in preschool and pre-k environments that focus on learning outcomes and child-directed experiences. Outline how to implement both in your practice on a daily basis. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators who are working with Preschool and Pre-K learners, 3-5 years of age.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, April 11th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org COMING IN MAY-MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT: USING MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS to INCREASE PRESCHOOL & PRE-K LEARNING…

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Building Healthy Habits: Strong & Lasting Nutrition & Movement Practices for School-Age Children-St. Joseph County

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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School-age children develop habits that impact their lives for decades. How to support the development of healthy habits, specifically around nutrition and physical activity will be reviewed. Using best practices and current research, learn how to select healthy activities to integrate into programs. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators working with school-age youth.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, April 11th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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May 2019

Make Every Word Count: Using Meaningful Conversations to Increase Preschool & Pre-K Learning-St. Joseph County

May 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Strategies to engage preschoolers in meaningful conversations that build quality interactions will be examined. Create a plan of action to increase learning outcomes and teacher-child interactions. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators who are working with Preschool and Pre-K learners, 3-5 years of age.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, May 2nd by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org COMING IN JUNE-PLANNING FOR ALL CHILDREN: AN INTRODUCTION to UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING

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School-Age STEM Made Simple-St. Joseph County

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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What STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is will be discussed. Learn how to incorporate STEM learning into school-age programs. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators new to working with school-age youth or who have limited knowledge about STEM.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, May 16th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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June 2019

Safe Sleep Practices & Reducing Risk of SIDS in Child Care-St. Joseph County

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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An Important Training for Those Caring for Infants This is an interactive training on national safe sleep standards for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental death in child care. Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, June 4th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498;mmadden@ECAlliance.org This training was developed to meet Public Law 162-2005 requirements for licensed home child care providers and home providers receiving CCDF vouchers.

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Developing Effective Questions That Spark Curiosity & Growth in School-Age Settings-St. Joseph County

June 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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The intentional use of questions expands children's learning by promoting curiosity, exploration and problem-solving. Practice creating effective questions to engage school-age youth. (This professional development session is ideal for educators working with school-age youth.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, June 6th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Planning for All Children: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning-St. Joseph County

June 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Learning happens in many ways, and children, like adults have diverse preferences. Explore learning styles and how to plan educational experiences for children in multiple ways. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers who want to offer flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, June 11th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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Planning Individualized Learning Experiences for Infants-St. Joseph County

June 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WNIT, 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, Indiana 46601 United States
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Participate in an in-depth exploration on planning appropriately for infant learning and development. Explore how to address each infant’s unique needs when planning for growth. (This professional development session is appropriate for educators working with infants.) Limit 25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, June 18th by contacting ECA: 260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498; mmadden@ECAlliance.org

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