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Child Growth and Development

 

Early Childhood Education

Trauma Awareness in the Classroom — Topic Code: K1.3 C1     ECE & SA 
Each year in the United States approximately five million children experience some form of traumatic experience. Traumatic experiences can have a devastating impact on the child, altering their physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. As childcare providers, and teachers it is very probable that a trauma impacted child resides in your classroom. We will investigate how trauma impacts the child and gain a better understanding of how to support the child as they begin to heal. 
 
Don’t Laugh At Me — Topic Code: K1.9 C2     ECE & SA
There will be an in depth discussion about different levels of bullying and where we see it in contemporary culture. Additionally, we will review what schools are doing and how after school programs can work with the school community to alleviate bullying and create a caring learning environment.
 
 Building Resilient Children — Topic Code: K2.13 C1     ECE & SA
Teachers can make a difference in the life of their students by teaching them how to deal with stress and strengthen them so they can bounce back from disappointment, fear or anger. Learn how to help children focus on individual strengths and build skills in dealing with others. Participants will develop asset-building learning activities as part of the curriculum.

School Age


Trauma Awareness in the Classroom — Topic Code: K1.3 C1     ECE & SA
Each year in the United States approximately five million children experience some form of traumatic experience. Traumatic experiences can have a devastating impact on the child, altering their physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. As childcare providers, and teachers it is very probable that a trauma impacted child resides in your classroom. We will investigate how trauma impacts the child and gain a better understanding of how to support the child as they begin to heal. 
 
Don’t Laugh At Me — Topic Code: K1.9 C2     ECE & SA
There will be an in depth discussion about different levels of bullying and where we see it in contemporary culture. Additionally, we will review what schools are doing and how after school programs can work with the school community to alleviate bullying and create a caring learning environment.
 
Building Resilient Children — Topic Code: K2.13 C1     ECE & SA
Teachers can make a difference in the life of their students by teaching them how to deal with stress and strengthen them so they can bounce back from disappointment, fear or anger. Learn how to help children focus on individual strengths and build skills in dealing with others. Participants will develop asset-building learning activities as part of the curriculum.]

The Environment, Curriculum & Content

Early Childhood Education

Writing Your ERS Improvement Plan — Topic Code: D2.4 C1     ECE & SA
Completing an improvement plan that results in changes to the learning environment may be a new experience for directors.  In this session, participants will use the ERS self-assessment as a tool to better understand how the Environmental Rating Scales support the appropriate use of indoor and outdoor physical space and materials to promote comprehensive, developmental learning outcomes.  Participants will practice writing a detailed improvement plan that will be a resource to them when they return to their center.  Completing an ERS self-assessment prior to this session is encouraged but not mandatory. 
 
Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood — Topic Code: K2.1 C1
Inclusive processes and practices help staff develop and meet individual learning outcomes.  In this course, participants will gain an understanding of how meeting child’s needs (biology, age, temperament, physical needs), can promote positive learning outcomes.  Participants will plan for appropriate use of indoor and outdoor physical space and materials to support comprehensive, developmental learning outcomes. 
 
Troubleshooting the Early Learning Standards — Topic Code: K2.5 C2 
Using the elements of the Standards Aligned System (SAS) to support student success can result in challenges for teachers.  By identifying these areas, teachers who care for infants through young school-age children will develop strategies to use the Early Learning Standards in their classroom.  In this session, teachers will be able to grow in their understanding of the Learning Standards by participating in a variety of activities that will strengthen their abilities to use the Learning Standards creatively and effectively.
 
Motivating Your Staff with Early Learning Standards — Topic Code: K2.15 C1 
Help your center’s staff, who care for infant through school- age children, utilize their knowledge of the PA Early Learning Standards and motivate them to become creative and flexible in incorporating them into their lesson plans.   
 
Big Body Play — Topic Code: K2.13 C1
Participants will examine the need for active, physical play on a daily basis and gain an understanding of how this play promotes not only physical development but social and emotional development as well.  Additionally, participants will be challenged to confront their pre-conceived notions about rough and tumble play and why it is a necessary part of early childhood learning. 
 
Engage-Explore- Reflect – Promoting Children’s Science Inquiry and Learning — Topic Code K2.7 C2
Learn how to draw out a child’s prior experiences and knowledge by asking questions that engage children in exploration and hands on discovery which involves the collection of data and group reflection. Through “science talks” teachers can help children formulate ideas and theories and develop a “minds on” approach to STEM concepts and content learning. 
 
Room Arrangement: Maximizing Your Space! — Topic Code: K2.2 C1     ECE & SA
This session is full of great ideas for room set-up, creating developmentally appropriate environments, and helping teachers and assistant teachers in assessing their current or new classroom environments to then decide what may need to be changed. Topics such as considering perspective when designing environments for children, focusing on the importance of EYE LEVEL, organization: noisy with noisy & quiet with quiet and evoking feelings of wonder & curiosity to discover will be discussed.  
 
Lesson Planning: The Play Experience — Topic Code: K2.14 C2     ECE & SA
Plan, Play, And Learn!  Three critical steps to a successful after school program. Participants will learn how to incorporate assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation strategies into their daily work. We will engage ourselves in numerous playful learning activities while reinforcing academic standards. Come ready to Plan, Play, and Learn! 
 
Active Learning and Intentional Teaching — Topic Code: K2.2 C2     ECE & SA
Now that I set up my classroom environment for open-ended play, how do I also use it to facilitate children’s learning? When is adult-guided learning needed and when should child-guided learning predominate? Intentional teachers keep in mind the key goals for children’s learning and development in all domains by creating supportive environments, planning curriculum, and selecting from a variety of teaching strategies those that best promote each child’s thinking and skills. 
 
Science All Around Us! — Topic Code: K2.14 C2     ECE & SA
You don’t have to be a science whiz to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) content to kids, or to get kids excited about STEM. Kids are curious and love to learn about the world around them. In this session, you will learn to use the STEM process to inspire young minds, how after school staff can play an important role in facilitating youth’s learning about science, and creative tips for sneaking science into your daily program.   
 
Helping Children Learn Self-Control — Topic Code: K2.13 C2     ECE & SA
Develop tools and approaches to help children behave in appropriate ways. Learn ways to remove the barriers to learning and help children make up for their deficit of self-control. Recognize the importance of relationships and how caring adults can support socially rejected or withdrawn children develop friendship skills.  
 
Sneaking In the Standards in After School Programs — Topic Code: K2.14 C2     ECE & SA
Do you want lots of fun and engaging activities that focus on academics? Do you want children to learn without losing the playful, engaging, characteristics that make afterschool such an enjoyable part of childhood? You don’t have to choose between fun and academics. When learning is active, engaging, hands-on, novel, relevant, and playful we can build positive relationships that make afterschool special and enhance academic achievement this is a highly participatory workshop where participants will leave with a potpourri of ideas for incorporating playful activities that link to the PA Learning Standards! 
 
The Importance of Play — Topic Code: K2.14 C1     ECE & SA
Discover new ways of thinking about play and its importance in the lives of children. Get in touch with the spirit of play as you create new and exciting ways of using open-ended materials with children. Become a play advocate and learn to articulate the values of play and exploration as a way of meeting standards.   
 
Growing UP WILD — Topic Code: K2.7 C2     ECE & SA
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and encourages them to explore the world around them. Growing Up WILD features 27 field-tested, hands-on activities about wildlife, people and the environment. Each activity includes art projects, reading, music, math connections and outdoor learning as well as content about specific groups of animals or ecological concepts. The activities are designed to address development and learning in all areas including social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive domains.  Participants will engage in some of the activities from Growing Up WILD and learn how to incorporate them into their classroom. All activities are correlated to NAEYC Standards, Head Start Domains and PA Education Standards. Participants will receive the Growing Up WILD guide. 
 
Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) Strategies for Early Childhood Classrooms — Topic Code: K2.13 C1
In the effort to address the ever growing need to support practitioners in dealing with challenging behaviors, this session explores the use of the Pyramid Teaching Model. This Model provides classroom practitioners and staff with guidance in the use of the evidence based practices of PBIS for the healthy social and emotional development of young children.  This model focuses on promoting prevention and intervention through the use of universal practices that address the needs of ALL children, and provides secondary practices that target the individualized and specialized supports for children with at-risk behaviors.  Program Directors and practitioners will gain a better understanding of how their professional presence and the environment impact student behaviors through the exploration of the social and emotional environmental tools of the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool for Preschool Classrooms (TPOT) and The Pyramid Infant Toddler Observation Scale (TPITOS).  
 
Brain Blaster — Topic Code: K1.4 C2     ECE & SA
Our brains are wired for “We” and connecting with others. Learn how to strengthen pro-social conditions and use some brain- compatible techniques that will stimulate and engage children’s involvement and learning in after school.
 
Project Based Approach in School-Age Care — Topic Code: K2.13 C2     ECE & SA
How do we support children’s interests and enrich their lives?  Long-term projects!  Projects engage children’s interests, build resiliency, have an impact on at-risk children, develop research skills, build self-esteem, develop relationships with families, and support learning standards.  Learn how to introduce children to project-based activities through brainstorm techniques like “Know? Want to Know? Learn (K-W-L)” charts and the use of Activity Webs. We will link web ideas to learning outcomes, determine appropriateness and practicality of topics, and ways to support youth in an inquiry-based learning setting. 
 
Nature in the School Yard — Topic Code: K2.7 C2     ECE & SA
Outdoors is where a child can become part of the natural world – watching it and wondering about it.  Keep it simple, low cost, and share the message that nature explorations can and should happen right outside their own back doors.  This session offers hands-on learning around involving adaptations, habitats, cycles, and designs of nature.  
 
Classroom Environments that Support Positive Behaviors — Topic Code K1.9 C2     ECE & SA
In order for children to demonstrate positive behaviors, early childhood teachers must provide them with a learning environment that encourages positive relationships with both adults and peers. Additionally, classroom routines and activities must foster the development of social-emotional skills. 
 
Designing Open-ended Art — Topic Code: K2.14 C2     ECE & SA
Do you want to get rid of 20 identical penguins staring at you from the bulletin board? Do you want art projects that promote creativity?  Learn how to select open-ended materials that can be used in more than one way and that can become many different things in the hands of the children that play with them. We focus on self-expression and imagination and how to move from product oriented art to process-oriented. Come ready to play and create. 

School Age

Can We All Get Along? Seven Socials Skills All Kids Need — Topic Code: K2.11 K2.13 C2
The role of the school-age practitioner is to teach social skills. We will discuss the whys and needs to teach social skills. Socials skills will be broken down into seven skill clusters. Participants will examine ways to support the development of each skill cluster. 
 
Behavior Management Strategies — Topic Code: K2.13 C2
Healthy, secure relationships require that we control our own upset. Learn techniques to be proactive with children developing trust, offering choices, and seizing moments of conflict as opportunities to teach and learn. Participants will explore a strength-based approach to manage challenging behaviors and foster social and emotional development in their classrooms. Participants will discuss the differences between using reward and/or punishment to manage behavior verses using supportive interactions, creating a classroom culture and developing necessary life skills of the children in their care. 
 
Success with SACERS — Topic Code: K2.1 C1 
Using the SACERS as a guide, participants will review the components of a responsive learning environment and understand how their personal interactions can enhance children’s experiences in the classroom. By participating in group activities, participants will explore how a responsive learning environment will support the needs and interests of all learners. 
 
Writing Your ERS Improvement Plan — Topic Code: D2.4 C1     ECE & SA
Completing an improvement plan that results in changes to the learning environment may be a new experience for directors. In this session, participants will use the ERS self-assessment as a tool to better understand how the Environmental Rating Scales support the appropriate use of indoor and outdoor physical space and materials to promote comprehensive, developmental learning outcomes. Participants will practice writing a detailed improvement plan that will be a resource to them when they return to their center. Completing an ERS self-assessment prior to this session is encouraged but not mandatory. 
 
Developing “Can Do” Kids — Topic Code K2.9 C2
Learn how to support community based learning in your afterschool program. Help children reach their full potential as they engage in doing good and helping others in their community. Learn creative ways to involve youth in community service projects.
 
Room Arrangement: Maximizing Your Space! — Topic Code: K2.2 C1     ECE & SA
This session is full of great ideas for room set-up, creating developmentally appropriate environments, and helping teachers and assistant teachers in assessing their current or new classroom environments to then decide what may need to be changed. Topics such as considering perspective when designing environments for children, focusing on the importance of EYE LEVEL, organization: noisy with noisy & quiet with quiet and evoking feelings of wonder & curiosity to discover will be discussed. 
 
Clubs, Clubs, Clubs!! — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
Fully engage your children with ongoing club activities that key into your talents, and capture the interest of your children. Clubs are unique opportunities to strengthen the relationships between staff and children; the relationships that are so vital to long term positive outcomes in the children we serve. In addition to fun and social time, the children will acquire new skills through the sequence of activities that lead to the proud moment of a final product.
 
Lesson Planning: The Play Experience — Topic Code: K2.14 C2     ECE & SA
Plan, Play, And Learn!  Three critical steps to a successful after school program. Participants will learn how to incorporate assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation strategies into their daily work. We will engage ourselves in numerous playful learning activities while reinforcing academic standards. Come ready to Plan, Play, and Learn! 
 
 Active Learning and Intentional Teaching — Topic Code: K2.2 C2     ECE & SA
Now that I set up my classroom environment for open-ended play, how do I also use it to facilitate children’s learning? When is adult-guided learning needed and when should child-guided learning predominate? Intentional teachers keep in mind the key goals for children’s learning and development in all domains by creating supportive environments, planning curriculum, and selecting from a variety of teaching strategies those that best promote each child’s thinking and skills. 
 
 Magical Math — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
 This workshop is designed for the “I Hate Math” types. This session will transform you from a mathematical weakling to mathematical heavyweight! We will explore ways to engage youth in math, and examine how in an after school program, math activities can create a bridge to remedy the disconnect between isolated math skills and practical problem solving situations. 
 
 Basics of Lesson Planning in School-Age Care — Topic Code: K2.15 C1
Reaching outcomes for youth in out-of-school time is not chance. It requires intentionality and planning. When youth are excited and engaged, you are charged. When they are bored, you are discouraged.  How do you shape their interests into meaningful program activities? How do you intentionally link your activities to support positive youth development and the academic standards? In this session, you will explore how your program mission guides your curriculum choices and we will share and adapt planning and assessment tools to meet the needs of your program. 
 
Science All Around Us! — Topic Code: K2.14 C2     ECE & SA
You don’t have to be a science whiz to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) content to kids, or to get kids excited about STEM. Kids are curious and love to learn about the world around them. In this session, you will learn to use the STEM process to inspire young minds, how after school staff can play an important role in facilitating youth’s learning about science, and creative tips for sneaking science into your daily program.  
 
Helping Children Learn Self-Control — Topic Code: K2.13 C2     ECE & SA
Develop tools and approaches to help children behave in appropriate ways. Learn ways to remove the barriers to learning and help children make up for their deficit of self-control. Recognize the importance of relationships and how caring adults can support socially rejected or withdrawn children develop friendship skills.  
 
Sneaking In the Standards in After School Programs — Topic Code: K2.14 C2     ECE & SA
Do you want lots of fun and engaging activities that focus on academics? Do you want children to learn without losing the playful, engaging, characteristics that make afterschool such an enjoyable part of childhood? You don’t have to choose between fun and academics. When learning is active, engaging, hands-on, novel, relevant, and playful we can build positive relationships that make afterschool special and enhance academic achievement this is a highly participatory workshop where participants will leave with a potpourri of ideas for incorporating playful activities that link to the PA Learning Standards! 
 
The Importance of Play — Topic Code: K2.14 C1     ECE & SA
Discover new ways of thinking about play and its importance in the lives of children. Get in touch with the spirit of play as you create new and exciting ways of using open-ended materials with children. Become a play advocate and learn to articulate the values of play and exploration as a way of meeting standards.   
 
Growing UP WILD — Topic Code: K2.7 C2     ECE & SA
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and encourages them to explore the world around them. Growing Up WILD features 27 field-tested, hands-on activities about wildlife, people and the environment. Each activity includes art projects, reading, music, math connections and outdoor learning as well as content about specific groups of animals or ecological concepts. The activities are designed to address development and learning in all areas including social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive domains.  Participants will engage in some of the activities from Growing Up WILD and learn how to incorporate them into their classroom. All activities are correlated to NAEYC Standards, Head Start Domains and PA Education Standards. Participants will receive the Growing Up WILD guide. 
 
Act Out: Drama in School-Age Programs — Topic Code: K2.14 C1
Acting games for the non-actor. Kids have a built-in love for imagination and exploration. Playing games that allow children to experience different imaginary situations will improve their social skills and help them learn to control their reactions in real life. In this session, practitioners will learn to stimulate creative thinking, increase empathy and awareness, promote language development, and have fun with drama!  
 
Transition Games to Fit in Your Backpack! ­– Topic Code: K2.2 C2
On no, the bus is not here yet! What do I do with 20 kids while we wait?? Learn some transition activities you can do to keep children engaged while they wait. These activities only require everyday items you can fit in your backpack!  
 
Brain Blaster — Topic Code: K1.4 C2     ECE & SA
Our brains are wired for “We” and connecting with others. Learn how to strengthen pro-social conditions and use some brain- compatible techniques that will stimulate and engage children’s involvement and learning in after school. 
 
Building an Idea Factory — Topic Code: K2.12 C2
Learn how to engage children through real-world problems and challenges. Develop hands-on, minds-on activities stemming from children’s questions that engage children emotionally and build on what they already know. 
 
Games, Games, Games — Topic Code: K2.14 C2
Children should play games that give them confidence and a feeling of worth, rather than rejection. Through cooperative play and games, school-age children can learn about sharing and getting along, teamwork, trust, and group unity. This is a highly interactive and collaborative workshop where participants will leave with a potpourri of ideas for incorporating learning and non-competitive games into their school-age programs.   
 
Linking After School Activities to the Standards — Topic Code: K2.1 C2
It’s after school, not school.  Learn how to plan activities that are hands-on, engage youth, and incorporate the learning standards.  Learn how to involve youth in planning and making decisions about the daily program activities.   
 
Project Based Approach in School-Age Care — Topic Code: K2.13 C2     ECE & SA
How do we support children’s interests and enrich their lives?  Long-term projects!  Projects engage children’s interests, build resiliency, have an impact on at-risk children, develop research skills, build self-esteem, develop relationships with families, and support learning standards.  Learn how to introduce children to project-based activities through brainstorm techniques like “Know? Want to Know? Learn (K-W-L)” charts and the use of Activity Webs. We will link web ideas to learning outcomes, determine appropriateness and practicality of topics, and ways to support youth in an inquiry-based learning setting.   
 
Class Room Management Techniques — Topic Code: K2.13 C2
It is the goal of all school-age professionals to make the program environment a place of success and enjoyment for themselves and their students. In this session, we will explore practical tips and strategies to integrate guidance, instruction, and motivation into a management system that allows school-age professionals to reduce their stress, while leading activities and lessons by preventing little-known management headaches. 
 
Nature in the School Yard — Topic Code: K2.7 C2     ECE & SA
Outdoors is where a child can become part of the natural world – watching it and wondering about it.  Keep it simple, low cost, and share the message that nature explorations can and should happen right outside their own back doors.  This session offers hands-on learning around involving adaptations, habitats, cycles, and designs of nature. 
 
Classroom Environments that Support Positive Behaviors — Topic Code K1.9 C2     ECE & SA
In order for children to demonstrate positive behaviors, early childhood teachers must provide them with a learning environment that encourages positive relationships with both adults and peers. Additionally, classroom routines and activities must foster the development of social-emotional skills. 
 
 Social Power Cooperative Games — Topic Code: K2.10 C2 
When a group of children get together to share an activity and they discover their personal potential and equal contribution to the group’s experience, something very special happens: They Get Along. Differences are forgotten, they begin to share and there is reciprocal responsiveness to each other’s needs. As leaders, we must create environments that intentionally offer this opportunity. Come ready to play, communicate, listen, develop self-control and cooperate as we build Social Power! 
 
Read Us a Story: The Motivating Power of Stories — Topic Code: K2.15 C2     ECE & SA
Stories help stimulate the imagination an impart moral and community values. Learn how to incorporate read-a-louds and story- telling in your program. Extend stories and create themed based learning activities that will educate and engage youth. Use stories to drive Project Based learning. 
 
Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
Keep your school-agers busy this summer while building teamwork, problem solving and communicative skills. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about activities that compliment academic learning and creative ways to ignite children’s passion for learning. You will receive an array of ideas, websites, and resources to use in your program. 
 
Preventing Summer Slide Series – Science in the School Yard — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
Outdoors is where a child can become part of the natural world, watching it and wondering about it. Continue to support their curiosity through inquiry based activities designed for the outdoor classroom. We will keep it simple, low cost and share the message that nature explorations can and should happen right outside their own back doors. This session will feature hands-on-learning activities you can use to help children actively engage in constructing their own understanding of science and the world in which they live. You will learn ways to help them practice good habits of research and evidence collection the skills needed to participate in meaningful scientific investigation of the natural world. All activities are well suited for both urban and rural settings. 
 
Preventing Summer Slide Series – – Reader’s Theater, Comic Books, and Comedy Club — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
Support literacy and learning through drama, comedy, graphic novels, and story -telling. Help children understand dialogue through the use of “voices” in the books, analyze point of view through questions, make predictions and inferences from text, recognize shifts in mood and integrate visual information with body gestures and facial expressions. Learn how to engage literacy learning through drama and the arts.
 
Speak Up- Developing a Responsive Classroom — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
Help children champion a cause and learn with a purpose. Help youth develop global competency by investigating the world/their community, recognizing perspectives, communicating ideas, and taking action. We will explore community service projects for kids that span a wide range of topics including: easing poverty, promoting literacy, improving neighborhoods, supporting the troops, cleaning the environment, caring for the elderly, helping animals, and much more.
 
Connecting Science to Creativity — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
Learn how to explore science through art activities. Integrating art and science in your afterschool programs helps children learn how to express their creativity as well as predict, test ideas, problem solving, and develop critical thinking skills.  The arts have the power to engage children and give them multiple modes of learning.  By integrating art and science we open doors to creativity and innovation which helps to make learning relevant, challenging, and exploratory. Come and use your imagination to explore, experiment, and engage. 
 
Literacy and Arts in Afterschool — Topic Code: K2.14 C2
Learn how to build literacy skills in young readers through storytelling, reader’s theater, skits, and creative word games.  Give children an extra boost of confidence and develop reading skills. 
 
Foundations for STEAM in Your Program — Topic Code: K2.15 C2     ECE & SA
You don’t have to be a science whiz to teach STEM content to kids or to get kids excited about STEM. Learn to use the STEM process to inspire young minds. Kids are curious and love to learn about the world around them. Learn how staff can play an important role in facilitating youth’s learning about science.  Learn some creative ways to sneak STEAM into your daily program and have fun investigating. 
 
Inquiry Science — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
Learn how to engage young minds in scientific inquiry to solve problems.  Inquiry involves exploring through asking questions and looking for answers.  Making observations, planning, and conducting investigations, and interpreting data that leads to new understanding.  Use the five “E’s”: engage, explore, explain, extend, evaluate to format lessons that build on child posed questions.  
 
Health & Fitness Outdoor Play — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
Time spent outdoors supports many aspects of children’s health. We will review research on how exposure to the natural environment can promote increased physical activity, healthy development, and overall well being.  You don’t have to wait for a ‘green play’ prescription from the doctor.  You can start today with your program and families by organizing a Nature Club and go outside to explore a wealth of natural adventures right in your own school yard.
 
Planet Protectors – Going Green — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
Going green is more than a slogan – it’s a lifestyle.  Join us and learn how to empower children to Bring It, Bag It, and Protect It by participating in the green movement: Go Green – and make our planet clean!  This session will provide a multitude of resource ideas and activities to help you to move students from just appreciating the environment to maintaining and sustaining it. 
 
Program Design with STEAM in Mind — Topic Code: K2.15 C2
Learn how to include STEAM experiences in your program planning and scheduling. Develop strategies to get all key stakeholders involved. 
 
Music and Movement Fun in Your Classroom — Topic Code: K2.14 C2
Remember those silly songs and chants you learned as a child? They stick with you. Besides providing enjoyment, music can play an important role in language and literacy development. Through music, memory skills can be improved, and aural discrimination increased.  Come enjoy a tuneful learning session.  
 
Technology in After School– Topic Code: K2.16 C2
Learn how to create meaningful after school projects that take full advantage of the unique learning opportunities that computers and other technology afford.  Technology-enriched activities can be a powerful tool to engage children in learning, and broaden their skills for the 21st Century.  Participants will need to bring a photo of themselves that will be used in a collage activity. 
 
Responding to Bullying — Topic Code: K1.9 C2
Learn how to create a classroom environment where everyone feels safe, accepted, and appreciated.  When students accept each other, they are less likely to bully each other.  Learn strategies that help all students – including bullies – learn better ways of relating to others.
 
Responding to Challenging Behavior: Creating Positive Classroom Environments: — Topic Code: K1.9 C2
Learn how to create a classroom environment where everyone feels safe, accepted, and appreciated.  When students accept each other, they are less likely to exhibit challenging behaviors of bully each other.  Learn strategies that help all students: learn better ways to relate to others, increase self-control, decrease impulsivity, and use methods for calming down. 
 
Toolbox for Challenging Behaviors — Topic Code: K2.13 C2
Explore ready-to-use group management activities to help manage even the toughest children.  Identify ways to motivate children with time-saving and engaging strategies that provide positive reinforcements for desired behaviors.  Examine fun tricks of the trade that will have you and the children actually enjoying a streamlined discipline experience. Children not only learn new social skills but enhance their thought process about making better behavior choices for themselves and for the impact on everyone around them. 
 
Designing Open-ended Art — Topic Code: K2.14 C2     ECE & SA
Do you want to get rid of 20 identical penguins staring at you from the bulletin board? Do you want art projects that promote creativity?  Learn how to select open-ended materials that can be used in more than one way and that can become many different things in the hands of the children that play with them. We focus on self-expression and imagination and how to move from product oriented art to process-oriented. Come ready to play and create. 
 
Celebrating Diversity with Art — Topic Code: K2.9 C2
Take a trip to various countries through their crafts and literature. Discuss the role of the creative art experience in the after school setting. We will increase our ability to implement appropriate diverse art activities, and investigate how learning can happen through art. 
 
Service Learning in After School Programs — Topic Code: K2.9 C2
Let’s build the character and self-esteem of the children in our care while bettering our communities! Service Learning is a unique and often profound tool to build academic skills, develop a sense of community among groups, foster leadership skills, and instill a sense of civic duty in our children. The effects are long lasting. Learn how to play and implement service learning projects in your program. It’s easy as 1-2-3!
 
Keys to Quality Afterschool: Environments, Relationships, and Experiences Using the Best Practices Guide — Topic Code: K2.4 C2
Learn how to use the newly developed ERE Toolkit for SAC to enhance school-age environments and provide a framework for continuous quality improvement. The toolkit was designed to help school-age practitioners explore their role and responsibilities in facilitating the positive growth and development of children in their care.  It incorporates Laurie and Jim Ollhoff’s Generations Approach to Understanding School-Age Care, as well as their ERE Theories that discuss how the Environment, Relationships, and Experiences influence children. 
 
Links to Learning School-Age Child Care Curriculum Framework- Foundations (2 Part Series) – Topic Code: K2.9C C2 & D2.9C2 
This session supports practitioner understanding of the role of after school in providing complementary supports to ensure developmental progress of children.  Participants learn how to guide curriculum planning in after school, and how to link activities to learning standards and quality standards. The content also explores theme and project-based learning, and how they are beneficial to children in after school programs. 
 
Links to Learning – Coordinating & Collaborating with Schools — Topic Code: K3.9 C2 & D3.9 C2
In this session, we will explore ways to increase linkages between school and after school, focusing on specific strategies to build relationships, to increase communication and coordination between the program and the school, and work on curriculum together. 
 
Links to Learning – Art — Topic Code: K2.9 C2 
Participants learn how to guide curriculum planning in afterschool and how to link activities to arts learning and quality standards.
 
Links to Learning – Family Engagement — Topic Code: K3.9 C2 & D3.9 C2
This session will focus on the importance of family engagement in afterschool with regard to children’s learning and development. Participants will explore practical ways to engage families and develop a plan for better family engagement. 
 
Links to Learning – Literacy — Topic Code: K2.9 C2
Participants learn how to guide curriculum planning in after school and how to link activities to literacy learning and quality standards. 
 
Links to Learning – Homework — Topic Code: K2.9 C2
We will explore how to guide curriculum planning in after school and how to use the environment, relationships, and learning goals to support homework policies and school achievement. 
 
Links to Learning – Math — Topic Code: K2.9 C2
We will learn how to guide curriculum planning in after school and how to link activities to math learning and quality standards.
 
Links to Learning – Physical Activities and Healthy Living — Topic Code: K2.9 C2 & K7.3 C2
Participants learn how to guide curriculum planning in after school and how to link activities to physical activity, healthy living learning standards and quality standards. 
 
 Links to Learning – Science — Topic Code: K2.9 C2
Benchmarks for science literacy, science activities, and teachable moments in science will be explored. 
 
Links to Learning- Social and Emotional Learning — Topic Code: K2.9 C2
Participants learn how to guide curriculum planning in after school and how to link activities to social and emotional learning standards and quality standards.  
 
Links to Learning – STEM Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math — Topic Code: K2.9 C2
Participants learn how to guide curriculum planning in after school and how to link activities to STEM learning and quality standards. 
 
Links to Learning – Technology — Topic Code: K2.9 C2
Participants learn how to guide curriculum planning in after school and how to link activities to technology learning and quality standards.

Supporting English Learners (ELLs) and Dual Language Learners (DLLs) in Early Childhood Classroom Settings (4 Part Series)

Topic Code: K4.15 C2 & K3.1 C1 & K2.11 C2 & K3.6 C1 
 
Part 1: Culture, Language and Learning: Teacher Perspectives, Family Perceptions, and Children’s Knowledge and Understanding    
This module will examine the components of culture including the characteristics of the dominant culture and diverse cultures
represented in early childhood settings. Participants will have opportunities to discuss components of culture including linguistic variations and the impact of culture on successful developmental outcomes.
 
Part 2: Developmental Framework for Second Language Acquisition
This module will address beliefs about ELLs/DLLs, compare first and second language acquisition, and examine factors affecting second language acquisition.
 
Part 3: Integrating Best Practices in the Early Childhood Classroom for ELLs/DLLs
This module will build and expand on information presented in previous modules. The focus will be on strategies to provide comprehensible input for ELLs/DLLs in the classroom.
 
Part 4: Creating Family Partnerships to Facilitate Successes for English Language Learners
Participants will discuss barriers to family involvement and strategies to address barriers. We will view four separate preschools that successfully involve families and examine the attainment of cultural competence.

Families in Society

Early Childhood Education

Strengthening Families Strengthening Relationships with Children, Families & Colleagues (2 Parts) — Topic Code: K5.1 C2     ECE & SA
Learn why relationships matter. Learn strategies to build relationships adult to child and child to child. Nurturing children’s relationships with each other forms the community. You will develop strategies to support children’s social emotional development and build a community that promotes the idea that “we are in this together”. 
 
Kindergarten Transition: Strengthening Family and Community Engagement — Topic Code: D3. 7 C2     ECE & SA
What can families do to prepare their child for school? Helping a child make a successful transition into formal schooling takes a team effort. Early childhood programs can help by talking to the children and their families about the changes that are coming. Learn how to communicate with area school districts and provide families with information concerning registration and other kindergarten orientation events. Work with the kindergarten program and develop recipes for readiness you can use in your classroom and share with families.  Learn how to develop effective communication, and engagement strategies that will directly support positive learning outcomes for children. 
 
Building Bridges for Collaboration-Kindergarten Transition — Topic Code D3.7 C2     ECE & SA
Transition involves change.  The transition within and among early learning settings can be one of the most significant events that a young child experiences. Participants will take part in professional development which will inform and engage them in activities to support preschool children as they transition to kindergarten.  Learn how to strengthen connections among children, families, early learning programs and school districts in your community.  
 
Sharing the Tough Stuff: Communicating with Parents about Discipline — Topic Code D3.2     ECE & SA
We socialize our children according to the way we were socialized.  We will explore how socialization goals differ for collectivists in an individualist early care and youth setting. Learn how to sensitively lead discussions that bring both staff and family voices to the table to share their perspectives on developing socialization goals that help children learn to get along with each other. 
 
Parents as Partners — Topic Code: K3.6 C1     ECE & SA
Participants will discuss ways to bring parents into the fabric of the program. Topics include benefits and barriers to building relationships with parents, ideas for welcoming parents, increasing communication between parents and staff, and allowing parents to help mold the program.  
 
Engaging Families — Topic Code: K3.2 C1     ECE & SA 
This session supports relationship building with families. We will learn about different parenting styles and explore factors that impact connecting with families. We will develop strategies to reach out to families in ways that support the child’s development.  

School Age

Strengthening Families Strengthening Relationships with Children, Families & Colleagues (2 Parts) — Topic Code: K5.1 C2     ECE & SA
Learn why relationships matter. Learn strategies to build relationships adult to child and child to child. Nurturing children’s relationships with each other forms the community. You will develop strategies to support children’s social emotional development and build a community that promotes the idea that “we are in this together”.  
 
Kindergarten Transition: Strengthening Family and Community Engagement — Topic Code: D3.7 C2     ECE & SA
What can families do to prepare their child for school? Helping a child make a successful transition into formal schooling takes a team effort. Early childhood programs can help by talking to the children and their families about the changes that are coming. Learn how to communicate with area school districts and provide families with information concerning registration and other kindergarten orientation events. Work with the kindergarten program and develop recipes for readiness you can use in your classroom and share with families.  Learn how to develop effective communication, and engagement strategies that will directly support positive learning outcomes for children. 
 
Building Bridges for Collaboration-Kindergarten Transition — Topic Code D3.7 C2     ECE & SA
Transition involves change.  The transition within and among early learning settings can be one of the most significant events that a young child experiences. Participants will take part in professional development which will inform and engage them in activities to support preschool children as they transition to kindergarten.  Learn how to strengthen connections among children, families, early learning programs and school districts in your community. 
 
Sharing the Tough Stuff: Communicating with Parents about Discipline — Topic Code D3.2     ECE & SA
We socialize our children according to the way we were socialized.  We will explore how socialization goals differ for collectivists in an individualist early care and youth setting. Learn how to sensitively lead discussions that bring both staff and family voices to the table to share their perspectives on developing socialization goals that help children learn to get along with each other.
 
Parents as Partners — Topic Code: K3.6 C1     ECE & SA
Participants will discuss ways to bring parents into the fabric of the program. Topics include benefits and barriers to building relationships with parents, ideas for welcoming parents, increasing communication between parents and staff, and allowing parents to help mold the program.  
 
 Engaging Families — Topic Code: K3.2 C1     ECE & SA
This session supports relationship building with families. We will learn about different parenting styles and explore factors that impact connecting with families. We will develop strategies to reach out to families in ways that support the child’s development. 

Supporting Conversations about Race and Culture in Early Childhood (SA & ECE)

Topic Code: K3.3 C3 & D6.7 C3
 
Race Matters Orientation
Participants will be introduced to the Race Matters Toolkit designed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The approach described in deals specifically with policies and practices that contribute to inequitable outcomes for children, families and communities. Participants will learn how to apply specific tools to analyze existing data, policy and practice for shortcomings and gaps.  
 
Supporting Conversations about Race and Culture in Early Childhood: Module 1
The first in the series, this module will facilitate and expand on early childhood equity and diversity about race and culture by exploring, discussing and sharing our own experiences and the role culture plays in our lives.
 
Supporting Conversations about Race and Culture in Early Childhood: Module 2
This module will briefly review American history from the perspective of People of Color – American Indians, African American, Latinos, and Asian Americans. The policies and institutional structures will be examined for equity back stories. The impact of these policies will be linked to equity and social justice today.  
 
Supporting Conversations about Race and Culture in Early Childhood: Module 3
Participants will begin to examine ways in which to plan supportive environments for children and families. We will examine young children’s identity development (social identity relative to race). Participants will identify and discuss classroom strategies for addressing biases.  
 
Supporting Conversations about Race and Culture in Early Childhood: Module 4 
Participants will examine ways in which to plan supportive environments for diverse children and their families. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of enlisting and including families in the process.

Child Assessment

Early Childhood Education

A Comprehensive Approach to Individual Child Assessment — Topic Code: K4.1 C1     ECE & SA
Staff will explore how to implement regular and systemic methods for observing, documenting and interpreting data to ensure that children receive individualized and developmentally appropriate experiences to support growth and learning. 
 
Conferences: Partnering With Families — Topic Code: K4.11 C2     ECE & SA 
Formal family conferences are an important component of ongoing home-program communication and have positive benefits for a child’s development. Learn how to develop strengths-based family conferences that help families learn about and support their child’s growth and behavior. Develop communication techniques that avoid bruised feelings on both sides and promote a supportive partnership. Learn how to boost conference attendances and seek out alternative strategies for face to face conferences that consider the needs of families and program. 

School Age

A Comprehensive Approach to Individual Child Assessment — Topic Code: K4.1 C1     ECE & SA
Staff will explore how to implement regular and systemic methods for observing, documenting and interpreting data to ensure that children receive individualized and developmentally appropriate experiences to support growth and learning. 
 
Conferences: Partnering With Families — Topic Code: K4.11 C2     ECE & SA
Formal family conferences are an important component of ongoing home-program communication and have positive benefits for a child’s development. Learn how to develop strengths-based family conferences that help families learn about and support their child’s growth and behavior. Develop communication techniques that avoid bruised feelings on both sides and promote a supportive partnership. Learn how to boost conference attendances and seek out alternative strategies for face to face conferences that consider the needs of families and program.  
 
Observation Level 1: The Basics of Observing Children — Topic Code: K4.15 C1
In this session we will identify and discuss techniques and tools for Observing Children understanding the styles, abilities and interests of individual children and youth. We will analyze and apply specific observation tools to typical after school scenarios using case studies and examples.  
 
Observation Level 2, Unit 3: Using Observation to Support School-Age Childrens Development — Topic Code: K4.7 C1, K4.7 C2, K4.7 C3
Participants will use four observation techniques to document children’s development in the four domains: physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and moral. Using the observations they will create plans to meet the children’s individual developmental needs.  
 
Observation Level 2, Unit 4: Observing as a Tool to Guide Classroom Structure and Daily Planning — Topic Code: K4.1 C1, K4.1 C2, K4.1 C4
The focus of this session is to use your observations as a tool to guide your classroom structure and daily planning. We will use the information we gather to create the best possible environments for school-age children.  
 
Observation Level 2, Unit 5: Using Observation to Create Responsive Environments — Topic Code: K4.1 C2, K4.2 C2, K4.4 C2
Identify, determine, and employ methods to observe the environment or children’s behavior.  Learn to analyze the information collected and plan to improve your environment based on your observations. 
 
Observation Level 2, Unit 6: Sharing Your Observations with Parents, Team or School Age Children — Topic Code: K4.11 C2
Using observations to communicate with parents and co-workers in formal and informal discussions of how to support the child’s development.  Participants will understand the importance of confidentiality in communication.  
 
Using Portfolios to Bring Out the Best in School-Age Children:
 
Supporting Children’s Development and Enhancing Program Quality (Part 1 of 2) — Topic Code: K4.17 C2  
Preparing for Success – Implementation of Portfolios (Part 2 of 2) — Topic Code: K4.17 C2

A six-hour professional development event, participants will learn about how Portfolios in school-age programs can be used as a tool to document children’s growth and development, for program planning and implementation, for helping children reflect on their experiences and set goals, for sharing important information about children’s experiences with parents, and for professional development. Information will be shared about using developmental checklists as a framework for portfolio development, analyzing completed checklists and related documentation, and comparing and linking checklists to the Pennsylvania Child Service Report and the Key Areas of the PA Learning Standards.

Recommended prerequisite: Basics of Observation, Using Observation to Support Individual School-Age Children’s Development: Level 2, Unit 3, Using Observation to Create Responsive School-Age Environments and Activities: Level 2, Unit 5.  

Communication

Early Childhood Education

Communication: Scaffolding Language Development — Topic Code: K5.7 C2     ECE & SA
Learn how to support and encourage Infant/ Toddler and Preschool communication, language development, and thinking abilities in the classroom and through their parents. 
 
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Difficult Discussions — Topic Code: D5.2 C2     ECE & SA
This session will give practitioners practical communication techniques that will help them manage stressful conversations and redirect the conversation and open the doors to a positive productive dialog. There are many types of conversations but we will focus on Conversation for Breakdown and Conflict Resolution. By taking a solution focused approach we will practice active listening responses to help the receiver express their feelings and clarify their needs. 
 
Strengthening Relationships with Children, Families and Colleagues (two- part series) — Topic Code: K5.1 C2     ECE & SA
Learn why relationships matter. Learn strategies to build relationships adult to child and child to child. Nurturing children’s relationships with each other forms the community. You will develop strategies to support children’s social emotional development and build a community that promotes the idea that “we are in this together”.  
 
Staff Team Building Activities in ECE and School Age Care — Topic Code: K5.3 C2     ECE & SA 
Building cohesive teams is a very important process that will help ensure strong group commitment and bonding. Teambuilding games are a fun and motivating way to develop group cohesiveness. Team members become cheer leaders for one another with a shared purpose and desire to tear down walls in communication, problem solve and increase productivity. Come and explore some games and exercises to help build a unified group of caregivers. Dress comfortably and appropriately to kick off your shoes and have some fun in PLAYING Team Building! 

School Age

Communication: Scaffolding Language Development — Topic Code: K5.7 C2     ECE & SA
Learn how to support and encourage Infant/ Toddler and Preschool communication, language development, and thinking abilities in the classroom and through their parents. 
 
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Difficult Discussions — Topic Code: D5.2 C2     ECE & SA 
This session will give practitioners practical communication techniques that will help them manage stressful conversations and redirect the conversation and open the doors to a positive productive dialog. There are many types of conversations but we will focus on Conversation for Breakdown and Conflict Resolution. By taking a solution focused approach we will practice active listening responses to help the receiver express their feelings and clarify their needs.  
 
Strengthening Relationships with Children, Families and Colleagues (two- part series) — Topic Code: K5.1 C2     ECE & SA
Learn why relationships matter. Learn strategies to build relationships adult to child and child to child. Nurturing children’s relationships with each other forms the community. You will develop strategies to support children’s social emotional development and build a community that promotes the idea that “we are in this together”.  
 
Staff Team Building Activities in ECE and School Age Care — Topic Code: K5.3 C2     ECE & SA
Building cohesive teams is a very important process that will help ensure strong group commitment and bonding. Teambuilding games are a fun and motivating way to develop group cohesiveness. Team members become cheer leaders for one another with a shared purpose and desire to tear down walls in communication, problem solve and increase productivity. Come and explore some games and exercises to help build a unified group of caregivers. Dress comfortably and appropriately to kick off your shoes and have some fun in PLAYING Team Building! 

Professionalism & Leadership

Early Childhood Education

Ethical Decision Making — Topic Code: K6.1 C2     ECE & SA
An interactive workshop that makes the NAA Code of Ethics/NAEYC Code of Conduct a living document. Participants will learn how to promote positive and ethical decision making when faced with challenging situations involving children and youth, families, colleagues and the community. 
 
Accentuate the Positive-Making Change Happen — Topic Code K6.12 C2     ECE & SA 
This session uses a strengths-based approach to improving quality. Through the use of self- evaluation and goal setting, programs will learn how to communicate their vision and tie it to program practice. Participants will connect and find ways to maximize resources and achieve center-based change. 
 
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Your ERS Visit — Topic Code K6.4 C1     ECE & SA 
Participants will review the process of designation and discuss key components of the ERS observation.  A variety of self-assessment tools and resources will be introduced to assist teachers as they prepare for the process. 
 
Teachers Social Emotional Elevator — Topic Code K6.1 C1     ECE & SA
Program leaders will learn how to build their resiliency and strengthen their protective factors which help them move on in positive ways.  Leaders will use reflective journaling strategies for strengthening their relationships, internal beliefs, initiatives, and self-control – four key areas shown to contribute to adult resilience. Building resiliency impacts the person, but it also resonates in the work done with staff, families, and children. Re-energize – be the resilient person you are meant to be, and keep bouncing back.  
 
Taking Our Jobs Seriously, Not Ourselves — Topic Code K6.3 C2     ECE & SA 
How do you bring yourself to work? What is your impact on the group? Do you know your “Role” and strive to achieve group goals? Think” Disney”- have you ever seen Mickey Mouse having a bad day? Even if you have to play a role of friendly smiling, energetic, courteous, positive cast member remember you work in order to help children play, learn, and enjoy their stay in our programs. Learn how to promote collaboration, proactive attitudes, and empower your team to focus on the children’s experiences to achieve effective performance while having FUN!  
 
“Staff Relationships—How to Be A Team Player” — Topic Code: K6.3 C2     ECE & SA
Teamwork occurs when diverse abilities and insights join together and work toward a common goal. Learn how to develop trust, acceptance, risk taking and communication within your team. Participants will take part in activities that promote cooperation and harnessing the multiple strengths and knowledge of the individuals to promote best practice and meet the needs of children and families. 
 
Get your PQAS — Topic Code: K6.4C3     ECE & SA 
You want to become PQAS’d, so what are you waiting for? Here’s your opportunity to get your questions answered, receive help to complete the application, get assistance with the proper formatting of your module, or learn about the Adult Learning Principles. This session will meet your needs regardless of where you are in the PQAS process. This session is geared towards those dedicated to becoming PQAS Instructors. Whether you want to learn more about becoming an Instructor; or you have most of your application and module completed and just need some tweaking, or you have all the elements but require assistance with the specific formatting required, this session can help!  

School Age

Ethical Decision Making — Topic Code: K6.1 C2     ECE & SA 
An interactive workshop that makes the NAA Code of Ethics/NAEYC Code of Conduct a living document. Participants will learn how to promote positive and ethical decision making when faced with challenging situations involving children and youth, families, colleagues and the community.  
Accentuate the Positive-Making Change Happen — Topic Code K6.12 C2     ECE & SA
This session uses a strengths-based approach to improving quality. Through the use of self- evaluation and goal setting, programs will learn how to communicate their vision and tie it to program practice. Participants will connect and find ways to maximize resources and achieve center-based change. 
 
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Your ERS Visit — Topic Code K6.4 C1     ECE & SA
Participants will review the process of designation and discuss key components of the ERS observation.  A variety of self-assessment tools and resources will be introduced to assist teachers as they prepare for the process. 
 
Teachers Social Emotional Elevator — Topic Code K6.1 C1     ECE & SA
Program leaders will learn how to build their resiliency and strengthen their protective factors which help them move on in positive ways.  Leaders will use reflective journaling strategies for strengthening their relationships, internal beliefs, initiatives, and self-control – four key areas shown to contribute to adult resilience. Building resiliency impacts the person, but it also resonates in the work done with staff, families, and children. Re-energize – be the resilient person you are meant to be, and keep bouncing back.  
 
Taking Our Jobs Seriously, Not Ourselves — Topic Code K6.3 C2     ECE & SA
How do you bring yourself to work? What is your impact on the group? Do you know your “Role” and strive to achieve group goals? Think” Disney”- have you ever seen Mickey Mouse having a bad day? Even if you have to play a role of friendly smiling, energetic, courteous, positive cast member remember you work in order to help children play, learn, and enjoy their stay in our programs. Learn how to promote collaboration, proactive attitudes, and empower your team to focus on the children’s experiences to achieve effective performance while having FUN!  
“Staff Relationships—How to Be A Team Player” — Topic Code: K6.3 C2     ECE & SA
Teamwork occurs when diverse abilities and insights join together and work toward a common goal. Learn how to develop trust, acceptance, risk taking and communication within your team. Participants will take part in activities that promote cooperation and harnessing the multiple strengths and knowledge of the individuals to promote best practice and meet the needs of children and families. 
 
Pennsylvania School-Age Professional Credential – Whats it all about? — Topic Code: K6.4 C2
If you are interesting in furthering yourself professionally and are interested in the Pennsylvania School-Age Professional Credential, please join us for this information session! Meet the instructor and get answers to your questions! Learn about course objectives, process and outcomes. The PA School-Age Professional Credential is administered by the Pennsylvania Key and is a competency based credential model based on performance. Applications will be available for completion at the session. 
 
School-Age Professional Credential Advisor Training — Topic Code: K6.4 C3
This session will introduce the basic goals, principles and requirements of the Pennsylvania School-Age Professional Credential (SAC) and discuss the roles and responsibilities of the School-Age Credential Advisor. This session will prepare the SAC Advisor on how to perform objective and valid observations, to eliminate bias, to observe for details and write complete and objective comments of the SAC Candidate. The SAC Observation Assessment Tool will be used to record observations and to learn how to give feedback based on observation that will guide the professional growth of the candidate.    
 
Get your PQAS — Topic Code: K6.4C3     ECE & SA 
You want to become PQAS’d, so what are you waiting for? Here’s your opportunity to get your questions answered, receive help to complete the application, get assistance with the proper formatting of your module, or learn about the Adult Learning Principles. This session will meet your needs regardless of where you are in the PQAS process. This session is geared towards those dedicated to becoming PQAS Instructors. Whether you want to learn more about becoming an Instructor; or you have most of your application and module completed and just need some tweaking, or you have all the elements but require assistance with the specific formatting required, this session can help!  

Health, Safety & Nutrition

Early Childhood Education

Health Safety & Supervision in ECE — Topic Code: K7.7 C2     ECE & SA
This session will cover the most relevant health and safety topics facing early childhood practitioners. We will review procedures for controlling the spread of infectious diseases, hand washing, diapering, and sanitizing and disinfecting the environment. Practitioners will examine strategies for supervision of children in child care settings. Techniques to maintain staff, child ratios, counting children, positioning, moving children, and playground supervision will be covered. Staff will develop plans that will keep children safe and prevent accidents.  
 
Supervision Protocols — Topic Code: K7.7 C2     ECE & SA
As staff members and volunteers interact with children and teens, our first and foremost concern is to keep children from harm. This session will review protocols for supervision and sound practices for preventing abuse by managing risks. We will assess daily activities and develop protocols for age-appropriate supervision and interactions with children.  
 
Eco-Healthy Children — Topic Code: K7.1 C2     ECE & SA
Eco-Healthy Childcare is a nationally recognized, science-based, pediatric environmental health program that is tailored to child care programs of all types. The goal of Eco-Healthy Childcare is to introduce child care program directors (or those who have decision-making authority within their facilities) to the most common environmental hazards that may be present in their programs. This information will give Pennsylvania early learning programs powerful information that can reduce or eliminate the likelihood that children and/or staff are exposed to these particular environmental toxins.  
 
Playground/Outdoor Supervision, Safety & Fun Activities — Topic Code: K7.8 C3     ECE & SA
While learning and discussing what fun activities children and staff like to do outside and on the playground, participants will also learn strategies and receive and review tools for playground safety, supervision and maintenance. In this session, participants will learn strategies for playground supervision in the following focus areas: Active Observation; Rule Setting; Documentation (Inspection & Maintenance and Emergency Response); General Playground Safety; Fun Activities.         

School Age

Quality Supervision in School Age Care — Topic Code: K7.7 C2 
This session will cover the most relevant health and safety topics facing school-age practitioners. We will review procedures for controlling the spread of infectious diseases and develop methods to monitor safety. We will examine strategies for supervision of children in child care settings. Techniques to maintain staff, child ratios, counting children, positioning, moving children and playground supervision will be covered. 
 
Supervision Protocols — Topic Code: K7.7 C2     ECE & SA 
As staff members and volunteers interact with children and teens, our first and foremost concern is to keep children from harm. This session will review protocols for supervision and sound practices for preventing abuse by managing risks. We will assess daily activities and develop protocols for age-appropriate supervision and interactions with children.  
 
 Eco-Healthy Children — Topic Code: K7.1 C2     ECE & SA
Eco-Healthy Childcare is a nationally recognized, science-based, pediatric environmental health program that is tailored to child care programs of all types. The goal of Eco-Healthy Childcare is to introduce child care program directors (or those who have decision-making authority within their facilities) to the most common environmental hazards that may be present in their programs. This information will give Pennsylvania early learning programs powerful information that can reduce or eliminate the likelihood that children and/or staff are exposed to these particular environmental toxins.  
 
HOST: Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Out-of-School Time – Two-Part Series — Topic Code: K7.1 C3
Part 1: Healthy Eating 
Develop and understanding of the current child and youth wellness crisis and develop the necessary approaches to healthy eating in your out-of-school time program. We will introduce you to the latest research-based tools and resources to effect change in your program, and thereby help youth (and staff) shape better habits and practices for health and overall well-being. We will engage in discussions around health eating options for snacks and meals, and the challenges that come with changing food purchasing practices.  
 
Part 2: Afterschool Gets Moving  
 The 2nd part of this series will focus on learning how to introduce and facilitate more physical activity so children can be spared the consequences of childhood obesity. If space and resources are a challenge, this session is designed with the needs of such programs in mind. We will use research-based tools to effect change and this is an active session, so come ready to PLAY! 
 
 Playground/Outdoor Supervision, Safety & Fun Activities — Topic Code: K7.8 C3     ECE & SA
While learning and discussing what fun activities children and staff like to do outside and on the playground, participants will also learn strategies and receive and review tools for playground safety, supervision and maintenance. In this session, participants will learn strategies for playground supervision in the following focus areas: Active Observation; Rule Setting; Documentation (Inspection & Maintenance and Emergency Response); General Playground Safety; Fun Activities. 
 
 Advancing Health and Wellness in School-age — Topic Code: K7.3 C2 
Learn how to incorporate nutrition education and fun fitness activities in your daily routine. Using evidence-based practices we will explore how to build an infrastructure that supports healthy eating and physical activity through management policies and budgeting practices. Come ready to play and learn how to serve foods and beverages that promote lifelong health and help prevent chronic disease.  

Program Organization & Administration

Early Childhood Education

Program Administration: Human Resources — Topic Code: K8.9 C2     ECE & SA
Human resources are a program’s most important asset. What happens when a new employee is hired? How do you orient new staff so they will stay? How is staff performance evaluated? Share your expertise and learn how to grow and nurture your staff team. 
 
Building Your Bottom Line — Topic Code: D8.5 C2     ECE & SA
Are you able to use the money your center earns to accomplish the things you feel are important for the children in your care? Do you know if the programs your center offers are profitable? Knowing that the cost of quality care is too high for many families to pay, and that government agency may impose low payments through funding caps and reimbursement rates when purchasing care for low income children how can directors and Boards create budgets that support the true cost of quality care?  We will address these financial topics and how you can communicate to Boards and stakeholders within the organization ways they can serve as major players for fundraising and tuition assistance. 
 
Planning For the Worst Case Scenario — Topic Code: K8.3 C2     ECE & SA
Having a risk management plan means a program has taken action to prevent disasters from happening and has prepared for emergencies. Learn how to develop policies and practices for keeping children and staff safe. 
 
School-Age Directors with Vision — Topic Code: K8.1 C2     ECE & SA
This session will provide program leaders with the tools they need to begin building an organization characterized by collaborative relationships, where staff members have to opportunity to learn from one another, from families, and from the work. Directors will practice using relationship-based supervisory techniques and identify ways to use self-awareness, careful observation, and flexible response in the role of supervisor.  
 
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) — Topic Code: K8.1 C2     ECE & SA
Helping programs move from surviving to thriving. Leadership is the energetic process of getting others fully and willingly committed to a course of action to meet commonly agreed upon objectives. The professional development focus will be on leadership. This session also focuses on helping directors move from managing their programs to building the relationships they need in order to create change. Through self-reflection, leaders will express their views and share their values and beliefs in best practices. They will examine if their rhetoric matches their actions.
 
Building Relationship-Based Organizations — Topic Code: K8.11 C2     ECE & SA 
This session will provide program leaders with the tools they need to begin building an organization characterized by collaborative relationships, where staff members, have the opportunity to learn from one another, from families, and from the work. Directors will practice using relationship based supervisory techniques, and identify ways to use self-awareness, careful observation, and flexible response in the role of supervisor. 
 
Grooming the Challenging Employee — Topic Code: K6.3 C2     ECE & SA
This session will support administrative staff in learning how to inspire staff members who are “stuck”. Participants will look at several types of employees that present specific management challenges, will examine what is behind the behavior, and how to support varied learning styles to help them become more successful in the work environment. 
 
Driving a Vision — Topic Code: K8.1 C2     ECE & SA 
Program owners, administrators, and leaders will examine strategies to accomplish a fluid vision that meets changing environments, cultures and economy. Participants will be provided with practical approaches that help leaders understand what is takes to “Stick to the plan…Make it clear… Be consistent” 
 
Survival Kit for Directors — Topic Code: K8.12 C2     ECE & SA
Designed for early childhood managers who deal with people and care for children. Learn new and positive ways of dealing with others, managing your time, implementing appropriate methods to monitor income and expenses, and tackling change to improve quality in your program. 

School Age

Motivating Your School Age Team — Topic Code: K8-C2-91
Program leaders will examine their leadership beliefs and consider how to lead more effectively.  We will explore several team development approaches including the F.I.S.H. philosophy and its four fundamental practices. 
 
Program Administration: Human Resources — Topic Code: K8.9 C2     ECE & SA
Human resources are a program’s most important asset. What happens when a new employee is hired? How do you orient new staff so they will stay? How is staff performance evaluated? Share your expertise and learn how to grow and nurture your staff team. 
 
Building Your Bottom Line — Topic Code: D8.5 C2     ECE & SA 
Are you able to use the money your center earns to accomplish the things you feel are important for the children in your care? Do you know if the programs your center offers are profitable? Knowing that the cost of quality care is too high for many families to pay, and that government agency may impose low payments through funding caps and reimbursement rates when purchasing care for low income children how can directors and Boards create budgets that support the true cost of quality care?  We will address these financial topics and how you can communicate to Boards and stakeholders within the organization ways they can serve as major players for fundraising and tuition assistance. 
 
Planning For the Worst Case Scenario — Topic Code: K8.3 C2     ECE & SA 
Having a risk management plan means a program has taken action to prevent disasters from happening and has prepared for emergencies. Learn how to develop policies and practices for keeping children and staff safe.
 
School-Age Directors with Vision — Topic Code: K8.1 C2     ECE & SA
This session will provide program leaders with the tools they need to begin building an organization characterized by collaborative relationships, where staff members have to opportunity to learn from one another, from families, and from the work. Directors will practice using relationship-based supervisory techniques and identify ways to use self-awareness, careful observation, and flexible response in the role of supervisor.  
 
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) — Topic Code: K8.1 C2     ECE & SA
Helping programs move from surviving to thriving. Leadership is the energetic process of getting others fully and willingly committed to a course of action to meet commonly agreed upon objectives. The professional development focus will be on leadership. This session also focuses on helping directors move from managing their programs to building the relationships they need in order to create change. Through self-reflection, leaders will express their views and share their values and beliefs in best practices. They will examine if their rhetoric matches their actions.
 
 Building Relationship-Based Organizations — Topic Code: K8.11 C2     ECE & SA
This session will provide program leaders with the tools they need to begin building an organization characterized by collaborative relationships, where staff members, have the opportunity to learn from one another, from families, and from the work. Directors will practice using relationship based supervisory techniques, and identify ways to use self-awareness, careful observation, and flexible response in the role of supervisor. 
 
Grooming the Challenging Employee — Topic Code: K6.3 C2     ECE & SA
This session will support administrative staff in learning how to inspire staff members who are “stuck”. Participants will look at several types of employees that present specific management challenges, will examine what is behind the behavior, and how to support varied learning styles to help them become more successful in the work environment.
 
Driving a Vision — Topic Code: K8.1 C2     ECE & SA 
Program owners, administrators, and leaders will examine strategies to accomplish a fluid vision that meets changing environments, cultures and economy. Participants will be provided with practical approaches that help leaders understand what is takes to “Stick to the plan…Make it clear… Be consistent” 
 
Survival Kit for Directors — Topic Code: K8.12 C2     ECE & SA
Designed for early childhood managers who deal with people and care for children. Learn new and positive ways of dealing with others, managing your time, implementing appropriate methods to monitor income and expenses, and tackling change to improve quality in your program. 

Professional Development Series: Across Multiple Knowledge Areas

PBIS Sessions

School Age

Supporting a Positive After School Climate through the Power of Resiliency and Assets  — Topic Code: K3.5 C3
Creating a healthy social and emotional environment for families, youth, and staff does not happen by accident. It takes work! Through the use of the Community Action Poverty Simulation, participants will experience the challenges of everyday life, emotional stress, and relationships from a different angle. Within the setting of experiences and interactions, participants will share in a special kind of awakening, that will challenge them to become a part of a community aimed at building climate change and resiliency strategies that are proactive, in order to elevate professional and personal understanding.   
 
Exploring Social Emotional Development & Health in Youth — Topic Code: K2.13 C2
This hands-on training digs into the question of how to give youth the gift of social skills. Through examples, activities and practical strategies, professionals will explore the Seven C’s of Social Skill Clusters, and will take in a clearer understanding of why intentionally teaching social skills is vital to the success of today’s youth. 
 
Success for All: Positive Behavior Supports — Topic Code: K2.13.C2
This session was created as a means to provide practical materials, strategies and resources to school-age programs that are interested in building positive behavior support systems. Through evidence based approaches and techniques, the session will inform programs of how to establish a social culture to overcome barriers to social interactions, engaged learning, and relationship building in order to achieve social and emotional success for all children. 
 
Behavior Management Strategies — Topic Code: K2.13 C2
This simple, effective and FUN approach to behavior management increases student participation and focus by decreasing disruptive student behaviors. Without adding extra time, school-age professionals continue to facilitate activities while students compete for the opportunity to refrain from disruptive, inattentive or aggressive behaviors.
 
Climate Change: Putting It All Together — Topic Code: D2.13 C3
One of the major challenges of ‘change’ is to get people at all levels to understand, accept and facilitate the implementation of the “new” processes. In this session, we will examine, discuss and share how to implement and lead change with attention to both the organizational and human factors. Participants will reflect on newly gained knowledge from previous sessions, and identify their own role in transforming their program climate to sustain change and stimulate continued growth and success. 

PCAN Sessions

Early Childhood Education

PCAN: Building Collaborative Relationships with Families, Module 1  — Topic Code: K3.1 C2     ECE & SA
In this session, you will be introduced to concepts, information and practices focused on developing collaborative relationships with families that support children and reduce risk factors for abuse.  
 
PCAN: Social-Emotional Development of Infants, Toddlers and their Families, Module 3 — Topic Code: K1.1 C1
Healthy social-emotional development begins at birth when meaningful relationships are developed with parents and caregivers. This module assists practitioners in identifying children whose social-emotional development needs more in-depth observation and support. 
 
PCAN: Helping Parents and Providers Understand Temperament, Module 4 — Topic Code: K2.2C1     ECE & SA
This session introduces the three primary temperament types: flexible, fearful and feisty. There will be an emphasis on strategies child care providers use to individualize their approach with children of each temperament type, as well as a discussion of attachment and its importance to children’s healthy development. 
 
PCAN- The Influence of Culture on Caregiving, Module 5 — Topic Code: K3.3 C2
This session offers child care professional the opportunity to explore how one’s culture influences routines, caregiving style, and parenting choices. Participants will also learn and practice an approach (“cultural reciprocity” ) for resolving culturally based dilemmas with families.
 
PCAN – Understanding and Responding to Abuse and Neglect of Infants and Toddlers, Module 6 — Topic Code: K3.5 C2
Defines child abuse and neglect, discusses its prevalence among infants and toddlers, highlights the risk factors for abuse and neglect, and discusses the impact that maltreatment can have on a very young child’s development.
 
PCAN – Supportive Responses to Troubled Parent-Child Interactions, Module 7 — Topic Code: K3.5 C2
This session presents strategies that child care providers can use in partnering with parents when risk factors for abuse and neglect are present.  Strategies range from prevention activities that support the parent-child relationship, to suggestions for how to discuss abuse and neglect with parents.   
 
PCAN – Challenging Behaviors in Infants and Toddlers, Module 8 — Topic Code: K1.4 C2
This training provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs and feelings regarding challenging behavior, to learn more about some of the antecedents of challenging behavior, and to practice discussing such challenges with parents in an effective and supportive manner.  
 
PCAN – Relationship-Based and Reflective Organizations, Module 9 — Topic Code: K8.11 C2     ECE & SA
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect engages the school-age child care community in helping to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect of children and youth.  This session for directors, will explore how and why leaders utilize reflective and relationship-based principles in the child care environment.  Opportunities to discuss and practice reflective and relationship-based hiring strategies and supervisory techniques are introduced in this session, as is a three-step problem-solving model for use with staff. 
 
PCAN – Supporting Staff in Their Work with Parents, Module 10 — Topic Code: D3.6 C1     ECE & SA
This training addresses the supervisor’s role in creating an organizational plan to respond to suspected abuse or neglect.  Issues discussed include: supporting staff members in their efforts to prevent abuse and neglect, assessing the readiness of one’s program to report suspected abuse, developing procedures to respond to suspected abuse/neglect, and discussing concerns about abuse and neglect with parents. 
 
PCAN – Building a Healthy Brain — Topic Code: K1.3 C2 
This session provides an introduction to the anatomy and functions of the brain for young children. There is a strong emphasis on translating research to practice, with many opportunities for participants to discuss how the use relationships, respect, repetition, routines, and responsive interactions to build healthy brains.  

SACC University

These are entry-level trainings to orient staff to the out-of-school time field. These professional development opportunities will provide new staff with strategies they can use immediately in their work with 5-12 year olds.   

 SACC University: Safety & Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in School-Age Care — Topic Code: K7.1 C1
Participants will learn how to set up healthy, safe learning environments for school-age children, how to employ effective supervision to keep children safe and plan for individual differences, and learn strategies to incorporate wellness and fitness activities that promote healthy youth.   
 
SACC University: Managing the Environment, Not the Child — Topic Code: K2.1 C1 
Participants will learn about the particular developmental characteristics of children ages 5-12.  Participants will learn strategies for guiding, managing, and supervising school-age children’s activities.   
 
SACC University: Putting Kids in the Center – Youth Choice and Voice — Topic Code: K2.15 C1
Participants will learn how to plan activities that engage youth, incorporate the learning standards, and involve youth in planning and making decisions about the daily program activities.   
 
SACC University: Relationships — Topic Code: K3.1 C1 & K6.3 C1
Participants will explore strategies that promote positive relationships within an inclusive, diversity-rich school age program.  Learn how to build relationships with the child, the family, co-workers, and community.  
 
SACC University: Professionalism — Topic Code: K6.4 C1 & K6.6 C1
Participants will learn to identify examples of professional and unprofessional behavior based on the National Afterschool Association Code of Ethics, and will explore professional development, career planning, and the Pennsylvania Career Lattice.