Upcoming call for F2S to ECE Providers

Are you interested in connecting with farms or farmers? Join the Farm to ECE Community of Practice call on April 27th from 3-4pm to hear Chris Iberle, WSDA Farm to School Lead, share how early learning programs can connect with farms in their area that are interested in working with child care to supply local foods, or be a part of education. Chris will also talk about new tools being developed to connect programs with farmers and ask for your feedback. Click here to register. The Farm to ECE Community of Practice is a network of farmers, providers, programs and others interested in learning about farm to ECE in Washington State. To learn more, visit https://wafarmtoschoolnetwork.org/communities-of-practice/farm-to-childcare-ece/

The Science & Power of Hope – Registration Open

We are pleased to announce an exciting training opportunity on The Science & Power of Hope!  Learn how you can build hope for yourself and others!

DATE: May 25, 2021
TIME: 12:00PM—4:00 PM
LOCATION: Virtual Event

HOPE SCIENCE–  Hope is real, hope is measurable, and hope is malleable. Youth who demonstrate higher levels of hope do better in school, report less substance use, and experience less anxiety and depression.  Learn how motivation and pathways are keys to achieving goals and experiencing a better life.

Space is limited and will fill up fast.  Click on the following link to register:https://forms.gle/a6SKufBU8fg1cnpc9

Continuing Education Units and Clock Hours are available (pending approval). For questions, please contact Ashley Geleynse at the Whatcom County Health Department at AGeleyns@co.whatcom.wa.us or 360-778-6066. 

Another training opportunity this Spring… Facilitate the Awesome! Be an amazing Resource to Teens.

Click here for more information on this upcoming training from our local WSU Extension.  

Community Education Workshop: Victim Rights

Join us for a FREE virtual Community Education Workshop!

Every April the office for Victims of Crime leads communities in their yearly observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCRW). This year NCVRC is April 18-24, and the the is “Support Victims, Build Trust, Engage Communities.”

NCVRW is designed to promote victims rights. In that spirit, VSS is hosting a FREE workshop on Victims Rights on April 25th.

The one-hour workshop will be hosted by Amanda Petrowski, the Snohomish County Victim Services Coordinator. During the workshop, Amanda will be giving participants a look into Washington State’s Crime Victims Bill of Rights.

The best part, is that this event is open to anyone who is interested in learning!

The workshop is coming up quicly, so be sure to register today! Have any questions, or trouble registering? Email Amanda at amanda@victimsupportservices.org

New Paint to Learning Training & More!

Anti-Bias Series: The Role of the Leader
April 13, 2021 
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Kat Kayser & Jaime Thompson

Join Jaime and Kat to explore anti-bias reflection and practices to improve leadership in your program.
Mindful Touch and Gesture with Infants and Toddlers
April 15, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jordyn Laughlin and Esther Iles
Through the use of our hands, we not only feed, dress, and play with infants and toddlers, but also communicate care, security, and safety. Non-verbal communication like touch and gesture is powerful in supporting a child’s participation, independence, and cooperation. During current times with mask-wearing, this communication is especially vital for teachers to convey to children that they are accepted for who they are and have a voice and place in the world around them.
Enhancing Quality of Early Learning Year 1, Part 1: Responsive Caregiving & Culturally Responsive Practices
April 22 & 29, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Elyssa Yunker

This training includes the first five hours for Enhancing Quality of Early Learning Year 1 (EQEL). It covers Responsive Caregiving & Culturally Responsive Practices over two sessions.

Enhancing Quality of Early Learning Year 1, Part 2: Brain Architecture
May 13 & May 20, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Julie Wasilewski

This training covers the second five hours for Enhancing Quality of Early Learning Year 1 (EQEL) to be held over two sessions. To register for Part 2, participants should have already completed EQEL Part 1. After Part 1 and Part 2, all 10 hours for EQEL in Year 1 will be complete.
Introduction to Best Practices – Routines and Transitions
May 18, 2021
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sue Duncan

In this session, participants will identify and apply knowledge of best practices around routines and transitions. Transitioning from one activity to another can be challenging for children and adults, while routine activities can seem drab or boring. Engaging children in meaningful interactions can enhance children learning, decrease challenging behaviors, and improve the productivity of early learning settings. Come and explore how you can engage in powerful interactions during routines and transitions.  
Explorando la Naturaleza (Spanish Only)
19 de mayo, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maria Salazar

Aprenda como usar el currículo de Growing Up WILD y ayude a los pequeños a hacer conexiones con el mundo natural, a hacer preguntas y encontrar soluciones usando prácticas apropiadas de acuerdo a la edad de los niños. El currículo incluye literatura, matemática, ciencia, arte, desarrollo físico y social emocional.
Paint to Learn!
June 3, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Elyssa Yunker and Sue Duncan

Join us as we walk through how to host your own Paint To Learn event. Paint to Learn integrates art and STEM learning concepts in fun and creative activities. Be prepared to experience this training through the eyes of a child—hands-on participation required and materials will be provided! Learn more information about the Paint to Learn program here: https://www.kbtckids.org/paint-to-learn 

Online Training Support

All of our trainings will continue to take place as live, online sessions via Zoom video conferencing. If you would like assistance registering for classes or have questions about Zoom, please contact Program Assistant Sue Duncan at sue_duncan@oppco.org or (360) 603-6179 from 8 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday.Thank you!