KCCTO Learning Communities

Would you like to receive free KDHE-approved training in a community of your peers? KCCTO is now recruiting child care providers for participation in Learning Communities. Participating providers will receive free training, support from a trained facilitator, a peer community, and access to materials and resources that will help meet your goals. Keep reading to learn more about our current community options!

New Providers

Looking for an opportunity to learn and grow while connecting with other new providers? 

Join this 3-month learning community and engage with a small group of other new professionals to explore creative experiences for young children. Discover the benefits of dramatic play, art and creativity, and incorporating music with physical activity for supporting children’s learning and development. During this learning community, you will complete 12 hours of professional development and engage in live discussions during two (2) Zooms and three (3) individual check-ins with your Training and Technical Assistance Specialist.  As a bonus you will receive support materials in the last week of the Learning Community to help support your success with creative experiences for children.  As a participant of this Learning Community, you will have early registration for an upcoming Live Virtual Event in June 2022. 

You will be registered for all of the following courses: 

  • Learning Community Launch Pad
  • More Than Dress Up
  • Movement Through Music
  • Process and Art Creation

In addition, you will meet with a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist to work together to create a focus area goal during the first week.  You will also meet with your TA specialist two more times while you are completing the course bundle to check in on your goal progress over the 3 months.  There will be several group zooms available for additional connection times with your peers.  

This course bundle is appropriate for all early care and education professionals. 

Registration is available for new family child care providers who are newly licensed within the last 36 months. 

Regional Providers

We know that child care providers in many areas of Kansas do not have access to peer groups. The Regional Learning Communities can help to connect any provider who cares for children in a KDHE licensed program to others in their geographic area. Support topics will be based on the collaborative needs of the group. Potential topics may include but are not limited to: inclusive care for children with special needs, culturally sensitive care, self-care, and mindfulness.

  • Quarterly sessions of KCCTO Facilitator support (3 months long)
  • Participation in a peer community
  • Connection to local programs and support
  • Resources and materials to meet your goals
  • Free KDHE approved training throughout the year

Regional Learning Communities are targeted to rural, densely-settled rural, and frontier counties.

Interested? Join a Learning Community today!

Contact Ruddy Benavides at ruddy7e@ksu.edu or 785-532-7197.

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This project was made possible by grant number 90TP0078-01-00. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.