Calendar

Apr
6
Tue
Training: There Is No Excuse for Child Abuse – Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Training: There Is No Excuse for Child Abuse - Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual

Must email Michell at mkocan@richmondsmartstart.org to register by Tuesday, March 30, 2021

During this session participants will learn how to identify forms of child abuse, recognize common signs of child abuse and neglect and how to assist children who are in abusive environments. Discussions on how to report suspected child abuse will also take place. We will use the NC FELD tool as we focus some attention on the domain emotional-social development and explore how children form relationships and interact positively with familiar adults who are consistent and responsive to their needs.

Apr
20
Tue
Training: What is “positive guidance” and why should I use it? – Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Training: What is “positive guidance” and why should I use it? - Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual

Must email Michell at mkocan@richmondsmartstart.org to register by Tuesday, April 13, 2021

What discipline means and its importance will be the main focus of this session. Participants will learn positive guidance strategies to use in working with young children, how to identify factors that promote aggression in young children and appropriate guidance practices. We will use the NC FELD tool as we focus some attention on the domain emotional-social development and explore how children express positive feelings about themselves and confidence in what they do.

Apr
29
Thu
Training: Working Together to Strengthen Families – Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual
Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Training: Working Together to Strengthen Families  - Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual

Must email Michell at mkocan@richmondsmartstart.org to register by Thursday, April 29, 2021

Building protective and promotive factors to reduce risk and create optimal outcomes for children, youth and families, supporting parents as decision makers/leaders and valuing the culture and unique assets of each family are ways we can all help to strengthen families. Join this session to learn how you as an early childhood professional can support and strengthen families. We will use the NC FELD tool as we focus some attention on the domain emotional-social development and explore how children identify, manage, and express their feelings.

May
5
Wed
Board Meeting @ Virtual Meeting
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
May
13
Thu
Training: Welcome to My World – Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual
May 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Training: Welcome to My World - Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual

Must email Michell at mkocan@richmondsmartstart.org to register by Thursday, May 6, 2021

Children develop their identity and attitudes through experiences with their bodies, social environments, and their cognitive development stages. As these three factors interact, young children progress through certain stages of racial and cultural awareness. In this training, we will talk about the stages of racial and cultural awareness. Participants will be provided with ideas for activities that will help children accept themselves and others. We will use the NC FELD tool as we focus some attention on the domain emotional-social development and explore how children demonstrate a positive sense of self-identity and self-awareness.

May
20
Thu
Training: Making Connections When Reading – Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual
May 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Training: Making Connections When Reading - Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual

Must email Michell at mkocan@richmondsmartstart.org to register by Thursday, May 13, 2021

What does it mean to share a story with a child or group of children? Participants will learn how to expand children’s language and give feedback while reading. We will also discuss how to maintain combined attention and follow the lead of the children while reading a book. We will use the NC FELD tool as we focus some attention on language development and communication and explore helping children develop interest in books and motivation to read.

Jun
10
Thu
Training: Resiliency – Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual
Jun 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Training: Resiliency - Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual

Must email Michell at mkocan@richmondsmartstart.org to register by Thursday, June 3, 2021

How do you handle everyday stressors and recover from occasional crises? Want to learn some stress management techniques and how to minimize stress? Participants will learn strategies to help them better handle stressful situations and how to respond versus react. During this session a discussion on how to help children handle adverse situations will take place as well. We will use the section of the NC FELD tool that focuses on emotional-social development during the discussion.

Jun
29
Tue
Training: Caring for Infants & Toddlers in Group Settings – Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual
Jun 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Training: Caring for Infants & Toddlers in Group Settings - Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual

Must email Michell at mkocan@richmondsmartstart.org to register by Tuesday, June 22, 2021

In this session participants will learn about how care provided in group settings should support strong relationships and positive learning experiences. Discussions will take place on how the development in the first 3 years is a complex process, as all areas of development are interdependent and that new accomplishments in any one area enable changes in other areas. Participants will be reminded that every little interaction can have an impact for a lifetime. We will use the NC FELD tool as we focus some attention on cognitive development and explore how children use their senses to construct knowledge about the world around them.

Aug
17
Tue
Training: I Am Moving, I Am Learning – Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual
Aug 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Training: I Am Moving, I Am Learning - Taught by Katrina Chance @ Virtual

Must email Michell at mkocan@richmondsmartstart.org to register by Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Physical activity fosters normal growth and development, can reduce the risk of various chronic diseases, and can make people feel better, function better, and sleep better. Some health benefits start immediately after activity, and even short bouts of physical activity are beneficial to any age group. In this training participants will learn strategies and activities for:

  • Designing active learning environments
  • Developing movement skills and concepts
  • Planning for repetition and variation of practice of motor skills
  • Facilitating self-regulation, body management, and executive function skills
  • Supporting early learning across all components of curriculum

We will use the NC FELD tool as we focus some attention on health and physical development and explore getting children engaged in active physical play indoors and outdoors.

Aug
18
Wed
Board Meeting @ Virtual Meeting
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm