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. Choose one of the learning communities below to learn more.

New Provider Learning Community

Oct – Dec 2022

New Provider Learning Community

Supporting Social Emotional Development

Join this 3-month learning community and engage with a small group of other new professionals to explore social emotional development, temperaments, strategies to support children’s learning and how the environment can assist children’s learning and competence.  Also explore what trauma and adverse childhood experiences are and how they impact development and strategies for building resilience in children. 

During this learning community, you will complete 16 hours of professional development and engage in live discussions during two (2) Zooms (optional) and three (3) individual check-ins (required) 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 supporting children’s social emotional learning. As a participant of this Learning Community, you will have early registration for a Live Virtual Event offered during this session. 

The course bundle includes the following courses that will begin on October 6 and go through November 10, 2022: 

  • Exploring Social and Emotional Development 
  • Understanding Temperaments of Young Children  
  • Supporting Relationships Through Engaging Environments  
  • Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences  

Registration is available only for new family child care providers: Newly licensed within the last 36 months (about 3 years). 

Jan – Mar 2023

New Provider Learning Community

Family Matters Course Bundle

Join this 3-month learning community and engage with a small group of other new professionals to explore ways to engage families, build effective communication skills, examine conflict resolution strategies and shared decisions, and understand the definition and impacts of homelessness. 

During this learning community, you will complete 11 hours of professional development and engage in live discussions during two (2) Zooms (optional) and three (3) individual check-ins (required) 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 engaging families and building relationships. As a participant of this Learning Community, you will have early registration for a Live Virtual Event offered during this session.  

The course bundle includes the following courses that will begin on February 2 and go through March 9, 2023: 

  • Family Partnerships 
  • Recognizing and Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness  
  • Power of Positive Communication  

Registration is available only for new family child care providers: Newly licensed within the last 36 months (about 3 years). 

Rural & Frontier Learning Community

Please Note: Rural & Frontier Learning Communities are targeted to rural, densely-settled rural, and frontier counties. Not sure if your area is considered rural or frontier? View Map

We know that child care providers in many areas of Kansas do not have access to peer groups. The Rural & Frontier 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.

Enroll in one or more of the following trainings to receive up to 16 hours of training over an 8-week session that includes online discussions, peer interactions, attendance in zoom session to network and connect with your own assigned Technical Assistance Specialist in setting SMART goals and creating a plan to reach those goals. 

Upcoming Trainings:

  • Sept 29 – Dec 8: Education for a Civil Society 
  • Jan 19 – Mar 30: Exploring Challenging Behaviors

Join a Rural & Frontier Learning Community today!

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

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.