Workshops & Presenters

Keynote Presentation

The 2 Cup Kid and the Half Cup Mom:

Exploring the Neurobiology Behind Attachment

Amy Nelson

Emotional Milestones - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist

Early childhood experiences play a crucial role in long-term outcomes. When children are securely attached they are able to explore their worlds and develop a range of skills, including the ability to regulate their body and emotions, build an understanding of self and others, and move through complex developmental milestones. However, a compromised or distressed attachment system can have devastating consequences, resulting in feelings of inadequacy and problem behaviors. In this presentation childcare providers will be introduced to the neurobehavioral theories of attachment and how it influences learning and behavior.

Friday Sessions

Session One

Play the Wiggles Away: Strategies for Teaching Self- Regulation 

Amy Nelson

Emotional Milestones - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist

In order to support the development of self-regulation in young children, childcare providers need to understand the science behind how these skills develop. In this training childcare providers will learn about the benefits of play and how it contributes to the development of self-regulation. Participants will have an opportunity to practice play-based strategies to promote the development of self-regulation with the children in their care.

Think Outside: Let Nature Nurture Learning

Jill Anderson

Heart & Smile Creative Consulting 

The call to action is louder than ever before. Current and ongoing research and our real-life experiences with challenging behaviors and interactions are evidence that children are struggling. They are struggling with the very real effects of the deficit of unstructured time outdoors, in nature, and with its elements. We will discover and discuss strategies to intentionally create opportunities for children to explore their sense of wonder and discover the variety and complexity of life. This supports early learning the way children’s brains and bodies crave – through active play and exploration! Participants will understand the role of the natural world and its importance in the learning environment for young children. Participants will determine strategies that fit their settings best to incorporate nature throughout the day and encourage interaction with the natural environment outdoors. Participants will discover how nature provides opportunities and materials for learning across all developmental domains.

Session Two

Mistaken Goals of Misbehavior: The Crucial C’s Kids Need to Succeed

Amy Nelson

Emotional Milestones - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist

Having a challenging child in your care can disrupt your whole internal state. It can make you feel inadequate, incompetent, intimidated and inferior. It can also be an opportunity to grow yourself personally and professionally in ways you never thought you’d stretch. Effective discipline recognizes the reasons why kids do what they do and works to change those beliefs, rather than merely attempting to change behavior. This training will help childcare providers understand the purpose behind misbehavior and teach them how to work with the issue, rather than against it.

Art for All Children 

Jacqueline Crocker

Family Childcare Provider

This course will help teachers build a foundation for the successful inclusion of all children in art experiences through participation in an art experience and reflection about the creative process.

Saturday Sessions

Session One

Life According to Mr. Rogers….

Beth Reeder

Make a Difference Train and Consultation/Wichita Collegiate School - 3 & 4 year old teacher

We will use the timeless words and video of Mr. Rogers to learn
how best to meet the needs of students today. We will look at the many parts of a
child’s life and Mr. Rogers wisdom to provide the best learning experience possible.

What Belongs in a Contract? Creating and Improving Your FCC Contract

Robyn Kelton

M.A., is a Quality Training Specialist for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership 

Contracts are a critical business document that family child care providers can use to communicate with families and protect themselves and their business, but oftentimes determining what belongs in a contract can be unclear or confusing. Using the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) as a guide, this workshop will provide participants with the knowledge needed to create or improve their own family child care contracts.

Fun, Fun, Fun until the Teacher Told Me to Stop!

Dawn Brown 

Christ the King Early Education Center - Director

B.S. Early Childhood Education

In this class participants will explore their attitude towards risky play. They will have a chance to learn about six areas or risky play. They will also learn how they can start providing risk taking experiences for the child in their setting.

Clear is Kind: Communication to increase compliance

Julie McEathron

Emotional Milestones - MS Ed. Early Childhood Instructional Consultant

Concise language involves using the most effective words in order to get one’s point across. Childcare providers may often use words in their sentences that may clutter their message. This may confuse children and result in undesired behavior or lack of compliance. In this training childcare providers will gain a basic understanding of language development and how it impacts compliance. They will learn how to convey a clear message when instructing children in their care.

Session Two

You Didn’t Tell Me That…. Effectively Communicating with Parents

Beth Reeder

Make a Difference Train and Consultation/Wichita Collegiate School - 3 & 4 year old teacher

Persons will gain useful tools for handling the tough conversations with
parents. How to professionally raise concerns with parents about their child’s needs. Persons will also connect with parents as they learn more about the child.

Put it in Writing: Creating and Improving Family Handbooks

Robyn Kelton

M.A., is a Quality Training Specialist for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership 

Many of the challenges family child care providers face can be eliminated by having clear family policies in writing. An effective family handbook can set expectations, clarify relationships, reduce frustration, and help bridge communication between providers and families, but writing and organizing effective policies for a handbook can be challenging. Using the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) as a guide, this workshop will help providers create a more efficient and effective family handbook.

Developing Environmental Literacy in Preschoolers

Rosanna Munoz

Nature Play Preschool 

In this class, participants will learn why children need nature, what early childhood environmental education looks like, and learn ways to increase nature in their own programs.

Coming to our senses, understanding sensory processing differences – Part 1

Amy Nelson

Emotional Milestones - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist

Child Care professionals are called to accommodate and support children with a variety of needs.  Sensory Processing differences are widely unrecognized, since children are developing their need to self-regulate.  Providers can be on the forefront of providing information, resources and supportive services to individuals with sensory processing differences.  This course unpacks the concept of Sensory Processing and how to apply this knowledge.

Session Three

Free Play?!? No way!!

What is free play, why is it important, how to successfully implement it

Sarah Holmes

Infant/Toddler Specialist at KCCTO-KITS

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Keeping it R.E.A.L. Recyclables. Engaging Environments.

Adaptations for all Ages. Loose Parts

Star Robinson 

KCCTO - Training & Technical Assistance Specialist

How can lose parts and recyclables strengthen young children’s STEM skills?  This course explores using everyday materials to engage mixed age groups safely.  Participants will examine the importance of their role in supporting math and science skills; how to manage the environment using recyclables and lose parts; and bring it all together to align with Mathematics and Science KELS.

From Seed to Harvest: How to reap the benefits of gardening with children

Carrie Griffin

Family Child Care Provider

Planting a garden and including children in the growing process provides an enormous boost to their understanding of life cycles and the food that nourishes their bodies. In this workshop, participants will see a huge variety of ways to include gardening into their program no matter how small their space or how limited their budget. Different types of gardens will be discussed, from vegetable gardens and sensory gardens to butterfly gardens and herb gardens. Any of these can easily be incorporated into any program and enhance children's knowledge of the natural world. Visuals of my personal gardens will be shown and discussed, and I will share the resources I used to develop them. Participants will leave with an action plan to start their own garden and tips to engage their families in the process. Experienced gardeners will also benefit by learning about a variety of plants to try and new ways to incorporate lessons in the garden.

Coming to our senses, understanding sensory processing differences – Part 2

Amy Nelson

Emotional Milestones - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist

Child Care professionals are called to accommodate and support children with a variety of needs.  Sensory Processing differences are widely unrecognized, since children are developing their need to self-regulate.  Providers can be on the forefront of providing information, resources and supportive services to individuals with sensory processing differences.  This course unpacks the concept of Sensory Processing and how to apply this knowledge.

 

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