Family Child Care Training Opportunities

Plan ahead and join us for some amazing professional development opportunities designed specifically for family child care providers. Come learn and earn up to 10 hours of KDHE training hours with these new Live-Virtual training opportunities. 

Learn more about our special trainers, Jeff Johnson, Patricia Dischler and Marie Taylor.

Don’t Wait to Register…Limited Seats are Available.

Understanding Play Scheme Theory with Jeff Johnson

Have you ever met a child who repeatedly dumped containers of toys, threw everything they could get their hands on, or loved hanging upside down? These repeated patterns of behavior are examples of play schemas. Understanding these schemas provides insight into why kids do such things. This training investigates 11 common play schemas and ways to support them in an early learning setting and improve interactions with children–and learning.

LIVE-Virtual: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm CST

Professionalism in Family Child Care by Patricia Dischler

Family Child Care Business Owners are an essential sector of the Early Childhood Education system! Gaining respect and appreciation from others begins with how you see yourself. Together, we’ll explore the elements of professionalism, how it starts with a professional attitude, and trickles into every aspect of your work to strengthen your business, your educational program, and your career path.

LIVE-Virtual: Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm CST

Unconscious Bias: A Personal Reflection with Marie Taylor

Lean into your own identity to begin to understand how unconscious bias intersects with their own lived experiences. It is the first step to creating racially equitable early childhood environments.

LIVE-Virtual: Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm CST

Caring for the Caregiver with Jeff Johnson

Working with children can be physically and emotionally exhausting, and many caregivers spend so much time focused on the kids’ needs that they fail to take care of themselves. This often leads to stress and burnout as caregivers struggle to find time in their busy lives for self-care. The result? Stressed, anxious, drained, frustrated, and burnt-out early learning professionals. Based on the books, Finding Your Smile Again and Keeping Your Smile.

Offered LIVE Virtual: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm CST

Unconscious Bias and Early Childhood Spaces with Marie Taylor

In this training, participants will begin to unpack the unconscious bias in early childhood environments. Research about unconscious bias in early childhood will be discussed to understand how it presents in early childhood. The training will go in-depth in each early childhood developmental domain and discuss adaptive changes to reduce unconscious bias.

Offered LIVE-Virtual: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm CST

Advocacy in Family Child Care by Patricia Dischler

The “Unicorn of the Early Childhood Education Field”, family child care is often misunderstood by legislators and state leaders. For this reason, it is more important than ever for family child care business owners to take the lead in advocating for their needs, informing not only politicians, but the rest of the ECE field of our work, and staying informed and involved. This session shows providers how they can get involved, grow as leaders, and affect change for the important work they do.

Offered LIVE-Virtual: Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm CST

Do It Yourself Learning with Jeff Johnson

Based on our books, Do It Yourself Early Learning and Everyday Early Learning, the session takes a hands-on look at dozens of ideas for using materials from your local home center, grocery store, big box store, dollar store, or recycling bin to promote child-directed play, exploration, discovery, and learning

Offered LIVE-Virtual: Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm CST