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LEAF October 28, 2017

 6 hours of training for $70
 New venue, new date, ample parking, smoke-free environment!
 All sessions (except A, F, G, K) qualify for Parent Aware.
 All sessions are approved through Achieve MNCPD and for your licensing training requirements.
 More than 20 vendors will be participating in this event in the Vendor Hall (the Rafters Room). Please make note to visit that area, discover new resources, and perhaps win a magnificent door prize.
 REGISTER EARLY. Sessions at this event fill up each year. 

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Relationships: The Cornerstone of Early Brain Development

Relationships: The Cornerstone of Early Brain Development

Three quarters of human brain development takes place outside of the womb, with the majority of that development unfolding during the early years.
The importance of the early years is supported by research findings; human brain development hinges on the interplay between nature and nurture. What this means for children is the care they receive will have a decisive and long-lasting impact on how their brains develop.
Positive relationships are at the center of healthy brain development. Relationship rich environments support creativity, emotional health, academic success, and social competence. Relationship deprived environments contribute to distress, emotional dis-regulation, and long-term academic and social disparities.
As early educators we are participating in the development of the next generation. If we hope for a society where citizens are competent to care for each other and the world they live in we will need to ensure that programs and services are designed to encourage and support developing brains.

Topics Addressed:
Early brain development
Attachment
Emotional development
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
Relationship-based care

Objectives:
1. Understand the biological process of early brain development.
2. Understand the impact early relationships have on emotional development and self-regulation.
3. Understand the developmental process of emotional regulation.
4. Understand the impact Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) has on early development and long-term health and wellbeing.
5. Understand the importance of relationship-based care.
6. Recognize qualities of relationship-based care.

*AM Sessions

A: Small Changes, Big Results: Inspiring Ourselves to (Re)Ignite our Passion

A: Small Changes, Big Results: Inspiring Ourselves to (Re)Ignite our Passion

“Change is most lasting when it is built on small positive habits” is the advice offered by most self-help books. Examine key insights from outstanding self-help (or personal growth) books. Explore what tweaks you can make today to ignite or reignite your passion (in work and life)! Leave with several hands-on tools to use. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” -Steve Jobs

Presenter: Kristen Wheeler Highland
KCF IV CDA 6
B: Anger and Aggression in Young Children

B: Anger and Aggression in Young Children

Anger and aggression can cause anxiety for children, caregivers, and parents. This class is designed to develop techniques and strategies to help children express themselves in appropriate ways. We will discuss different options in programming as well as different ideas on how to support the parent in parenting their child.

Presenter: Judy Davis
KCF II.C CDA 3
C: Homelessness and the Developmental Impact on Children

C: Homelessness and the Developmental Impact on Children

This session will address issues related to homelessness and the sociological underpinnings of homelessness. Participants will explore and discuss current statistics related to childhood homelessness and demonstrate an understanding of the child, family, and community impacts. The session will also address some of the byproducts of homelessness. Participants will explore and discuss current research addressing toxic stress, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences (ACE).
Presenters: Dr. Molly Harney & Aleesa Novy
KCF I & III CDA 3
D: Managing Behaviors When Your Buttons are Getting Pushed

D: Managing Behaviors When Your Buttons are Getting Pushed

How do we keep it together when our buttons are being nudged, pushed, or slammed? Come and review methods of managing children's behavior when your patience is being tried and tested. We will examine our care-giving behaviors as we seek ways to remain responsive and not reactive.

Presenter: Steven Roecklein
KCF II.C CDA 3
E: Early Literacy: Myths About How Children Learn Language, Part I.

E: Early Literacy: Myths About How Children Learn Language, Part I.

Must also register for Part II (Session J)
This four-hour, level 2 course, focuses on the inter-relatedness of children’s language and literacy development with other areas of development (physical, cognitive, personal/social, creative, and approaches to learning), includes information on the implementation of early literacy for all age groups (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.)

Presenter: Marcia Schlattman
KCF II.B CDA 2
F: Active Supervision: Provider Self-Care and Privacy

F: Active Supervision: Provider Self-Care and Privacy

Meets the Family Child Care provider annual supervision training requirement. This training curriculum will define MN DHS Rule 2 Licensing standards and best practices regarding supervision in family child care settings; identify the effects of provider stress/depression on supervision of and interaction with children; and identify appropriate self-care and privacy strategies that promote effective supervision and safety in child care.

Presenter: Karlene Dunaisky
KCF VII.B CDA 1

*PM Sessions

G: Having Hard Conversations, First Steps

G: Having Hard Conversations, First Steps

Having a conversation with someone that you don’t want to have; a conversation that is hard is nerve wracking. Your inner voice tells you that you need to have the conversation to improve (fill in the blank) but still you dread it, or procrastinate it. Hard conversations are never “not hard,” but hard is relative. This workshop will help you understand the process for planning for and handling hard conversations. Hard conversations can be awkward and uncomfortable, but you can learn some tips, tools and language to make them more professional, empathetic and effective.

Presenter: Kristen Wheeler Highland
KCF VI CDA 6
H: They Stick to Me Like Bandaids: Creating Positive Attachment and Bonding Relationships

H: They Stick to Me Like Bandaids: Creating Positive Attachment and Bonding Relationships

Infants and toddlers need to form strong attachment and bonding relationships. This can be difficult to do in group care but is a necessity in developing healthy children. This class is designed to focus on the how and whys of making strong attachments with infants and toddlers so that they can move smoothly into the next stages of development.

Presenter: Judy Davis
KCF II.C CDA 3
I: An Approach to Teaching & Developing Empathy in Children

I: An Approach to Teaching & Developing Empathy in Children

Explore and examine how to encourage and enhance the empathy skills of children within our child care settings. Learning listening skills so that children can improve their social and emotional interactions with others children and adults.

Presenter: Steven Roecklein
KCF II.C CDA 3
J: Early Literacy, Part II

J: Early Literacy, Part II

See session description E. You must also register for Session E in order to fulfill this four-hour class requirement.

Presenter: Marcia Schlattman
KCF II.B CDA 2
K: Active Supervision: Provider Self-Care & Privacy

K: Active Supervision: Provider Self-Care & Privacy

Meets the Family Child Care provider annual supervision training requirement. This training curriculum will define MN DHS Rule 2 Licensing standards and best practices regarding supervision in Family Child Care settings; identify the effects of provider stress/depression on supervision of and interaction with children; and identify appropriate self-care and privacy strategies that promote effective supervision and safety in child care.

Presenter: Karlene Dunaisky
KCF VII.B CDA 1
L: Observation and Documentation: Planning for Individual Needs

L: Observation and Documentation: Planning for Individual Needs

This course on observation will focus on observation strategies, documentation methods, and using data to inform individualized care and learning experiences, especially for children with developmental concerns and challenging behaviors.

Presenter: Sandra Hruby
KCF IV.A CDA 7


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