Vroom STEM Training

We are very pleased to invite you to a Free introductory VROOM training via Zoom (online) Select Either Tuesday August 4 OR Thursday August 6both offered from 9 – 10:30 a.m.Each class is limited to 12 participants! Intended Audience: Early Learning Professionals (Librarians, Home Visitors, Child Care Providers, etc.) and anyone who is interested in Brain Building with Children! This class will focus on Vroom’s STEM tips. Vroom is a science based set of tools and resources that empower parents and caregivers to be brain builders. Vroom was built on research funded by the Bezos Family Foundation. The Vroom approach is designed with thoughtful input from leaders in the fields of neuroscience, child development, and behavior economics, combined with the wisdom and input from parents and caregivers across the county! Vroom consists of a series of over 1,000 brain-building activities that can be accessed in English and Spanish via a free Smartphone app, texting or online resources. There are tip collections for Math, Science, Working With Others, Literacy and more!
In this training you will learn about Vroom and the principles and concepts behind their resources.How to access Vroom resources and materials.Developing a personalized plan for Vroom activation.
‌REGISTERRegister now for either one of these FREE Vroom Classes!
Instructor: Susan Goss, Program Coordinator, United General District 304
Sponsored By: WA STEM and the Children’s Council of Skagit County

Resilience in Washington State: What Works and How to Make it Happen

Webinar: Resilience in Washington State: What Works and How to Make it Happen

Presented by: Dario Longhi and Dr. Suzette Fromm Reed

Hosted by: Essentials for Childhood, Washington State Department of Health; and Emerging Wisdom

Presenters Biographies

Dario Long, since 1990, has been researching what works in Social and Health programs at DSHS.  Dario has a long history of following the data in Washington and using data to help us understand what works and what helps.  As a research manager, Dario is gifted at helping communities translate the data into practical community organizing strategies. Dario was Research Director of the Family Policy Council. Now retired, since 2012, he is still doing formative evaluations and consulting with community organizations, as a partner, in Participatory Research Consulting with Marsha Brown. Dario is committed to educational equity. 

Dr. Suzette Fromm Reed serves as Associate Professor, founding director/chair of National Louis University’s (NLU) Ph.D. program in Community Psychology. Prior to NLU, she led research and evaluation for non-profit, child welfare organizations at both the national and local levels. She holds an MA in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychology in the Public Interest. Her research, recent publications and community trainings focus on the buffering role of community/organizational resilience between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and mental and physical health, as well as academic and employment outcomes.

For more information:

Resilience Analyses and Notes

Webinar PowerPoint Presentation

Webinar Summary


NAEYC Virtual Institute

Starting June 1, NAEYC will offer weekly presentations of content shared by NAEYC experts and a diverse group of presenters from all sectors of the industry – over 100 in total! Our presenters include policy experts, higher education faculty, school leaders, researchers and educators. While typically this type of content is only offered at NAEYC Professional Learning Institute, we are providing access to these presentations during the NAEYC Virtual Institute at no charge as our gift to you for all that you give to young children and their families. 

We understand how important flexibility is for early childhood professionals during this time. Presentations will be available on-demand to watch at any time until July 17th.

Select the Learning Catalog to browse available presentations.

2020 Early Math Symposium


FREE Online Event

Registration for the Virtual Early Math Symposium is open!

Date & Time:

Friday June 26, 2020

8:00 am – 6:00 pm PDT

This year’s virtual Early Math Symposium will focus on fun, creativity, and discovery while supporting the mathematical development of all young children! Please join us online Friday, June 26. This year’s Symposium will feature keynotes from:

  • Dr. Doug Clements, Distinguished University of Denver Professor of Early Childhood Mathematics and STEM education, and
  • Dr. Julie Sarama, Distinguished Professor at the University of Denver and Researcher of Young Children’s Development of Mathematical Concepts
  • Stuart J. Murphy, Visual Learning Specialist and Award-Winning Children’s Author of the MathStart Series which Integrates Reading with Math and STEM, and
  • Jon Dueck, Teacher Development and STEM Director for the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Dr. Rachel Lambert, Faculty Member at the University of California Santa Barbara whose Interests lie in Mathematics Education, Disability Studies, and Social Justice

The symposium will debut film director Les Mayfield III’s I’m Ready family engagement math shorts: Sneak Peak here: Fluff and Fold

Get ready for lunch recess with Mobius Mysteries Hands on Fun with the AIMS Center for Math and Science. Please have on hand: paper, scissors, tape, and a pen/pencil.

Join us for these early learning breakout sessions:

  • Math is Everywhere
  • Effective Online Professional Learning
  • Math and Art
  • Family Math Nights
  • Early Math for Infants and Toddlers
  • Talking with Young Children about Math
  • Bringing Language and Math Instruction Together: How best to support young dual language learners (DLLs) in their mathematical journey
  • What’s the Big Idea? Foundational math for 3- to 6-year olds
  • STEAM Installations for Home, Care Centers and Classrooms
  • “More, More, More,” Said the Baby: How language and math work together in the thinking of infants and toddlers
  • Let’s Play and Learn Together! Games engage ALL children and families in math thinking
  • The Math/Literature Connection

ChildCare Aware June Training’s

Introduction to Early Achievers
June 2, 2020
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Cost: FREE
STARS hours: 1.5
Trainer: Elyssa Yunker


Have you just enrolled in Early Achievers? Would you like to know more about how you can prepare for your rating? Introduction to Early Achievers will help you understand the critical role you will play in the quality improvement journey for your program and how you can make the most of your Early Achievers participation.
Online: Best Practices Series – Introduction to ERS-3
June 11, 2020
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: $5.00
STARS hours: 2
Trainer: Kristen Bowler-Marere


This is one of six modules in the Best Practices Series that supports Early Achievers by emphasizing high-quality adult practices measured by the Environment Rating Scale – Third Edition. This session will introduce measurements. definitions of terms, and how to score the assessment. Participants will focus on themes in the tools and will examine what they already know about these themes: teaching and interactions, quality learning environments, and best practice.
Online: Finding Self-Compassion in Uncertain Times
June 15, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: $5.00
STARS hours: 1.5
Trainer: Julie Wasilewski


This is a discussion-based class for early childhood teachers who like to learn by reflecting on their own opinions and reactions and by listening to those of other people. Those who register will be emailed a three-page article to read before class. In our field, we learn to have empathy for children and families, but do we remember to have self-compassion? Lets explore how our earliest memories impact how we talk to (and about) ourselves and how that, in turn, affects our work with children. Lets also discuss what it looks like to be compassionate to ourselves during this stressful time of uncertainty and change.
Cuidado Infantil Informado por Trauma
19 de Junio y 26 de Junio
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Entranadora: Melanie Coyne
Costo: $10.00


Aprende a través de una lente de neurociencia cómo el trauma afecta el cerebro, las emociones, y el comportamiento.  Descubra ideas que apoyan el establacimiento de conevión, seguridad, y bienstar para todos los niños a fin de crear una practica informada sobre el trauma en los programas de aprendizaje temprano.
Online: Best Practices Series – Interactions
June 23, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:30 p,
Cost: $5.00
STARS hours: 2
Trainer: Julie Wasilewski


This is one of six modules in the Best Practices Series that supports participants in Early Achievers by emphasizing high-quality adult practices measured by the ERS-3. This session will introduce best practices for teachers interacting with children individually, in groups, and among their peers. We will look at interactions that promote self-regulation and provide proactive tips to use every day. Interacting with the children outside, both verbally and playing alongside them, we will come away with ideas on how to get the most out of gross motor time.

Resilience in Washington State: What Works and How to Make it Happen

With Suzette Fromm Reed, community psychologist, and Dario Longhi, change/sociology researcher. Presented by the Washington State ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice.

What works? What kinds of resilience increases community-wide levels of well-being and moderates ACE impacts? Come learn about the evidence of the effects of contextual resilience based on research from 108 Washington communities.

How to make it happen?  What we can learn from strategies employed in Walla Walla to increase community capacity, implement trauma-informed practices, change the culture of schools, and involve neighborhoods?

Hear research findings and implications for Washington and beyond.

When: May 26, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Resilience in Washington State: What Works and How to Make it Happen

You must register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions for joining the webinar.

Equity in IECMHC Webinar Series

The Childrens Equity Project kicked off its four part equity series last week with its first webinar, entitled : How did we get here? An overview of the causes of Disparities in Child Outcomes, and the Role of Child Serving Systems. The webinar was attended by over 1,500 participants. A recording and handouts will be available next week on the IECMHC.org.website.

The purpose of the Equity in IECMHC Webinar Series is to promote equity through IECMHC by building awareness of the impact of institutional racism and other forms of bias on the experiences of children and families from marginalized communities and identifying policies and strengthening culturally responsive practices that reduce disparities and improve child outcomes.

This series will consist of three additional webinars that build off previous webinars.

  • Culture Identity, and History as Sources of Strength and Resilience for Tribal Communities
  • Culture, Identity, History as Sources of Strength and Resilience for African American Children and Families
  • Culture, Identity, History as Sources of Strength and Resilience for Latino Children and Families

Math Anywhere – Online Series

The Children’s Council of Skagit County and Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition are offering the opportunity to become trained in Math Anywhere!

STARS hours & Clock Hours now available!

These are online classes via Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account to participate.

Each session will be offered twice – once in the morning from 9:00 -11:00am and once in the afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00pm. You can choose which time works best for you. Session 1 is the overview of Math Anywhere and is a pre-requisite for the Session 2-4 deep dives. While the first sessions on June 9 provide an overview and are open to the first 100 people who register, the remaining deep dive sessions are limited to 30 participants each. Participating in one or more of the deep dive sessions on June 16, 23 or 30, requires a commitment to provide one or more sessions using what you learn and the materials we will provide to you after the session. These train-the-trainer sessions will allow you to conduct learning groups with children and adults, virtually or in person. We will ask you to report back to us by December 15, 2020 about the number of sessions provided and the number of adults and/or children who participated. Training colleagues, parents and other care givers, or providing learning opportunities for children are acceptable. More information regarding this commitment will be given in the deep dive sessions.

Registration: There are two separate registration processes. The first is for Session 1 (overview). The second registration process lets you select which deep-dive (sessions 2-4) sessions to attend. Although it is encouraged, you do not have to participate in each deep dive session. When registering, if the session option is not showing, that means it is full. Session options will be removed as soon as they hit maximum capacity.

Session 1 Register HERE

Sessions 2-4 Register HERE

Session 1: Math Anywhere! Invite Math Play into Every Day
Date: June 9th
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 100 in each AM and PM session

Description: Is “playful” the first word that comes to mind for you when you think of mathematics? Many of us experienced math as the opposite of playful, but in reality there is a vital connection between play and math learning. This session will provide an overview of the Math Anywhere! strategies for inviting math thinking and talk into everyday situations and creating optimal conditions for mathematical play. We will have a little fun trying these ideas out ourselves and leave with resources to share with others.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  The relationship between play and mathematics
●  What can grownups do to foster math learning?
●  Math prompts. you can use anywhere

Deep Dive Sessions:

Session 2: How Many? Noticing and Talking about Quantity
Date: June 16th
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 30 in each AM and PM session

Description: This session will focus on Math Anywhere! activities designed to elicit conversations about quantity. Learn about the resources that inspired us and engage with some of the free resources we have created. We will uncover the important math thinking that happens when we engage in How Many? conversations or ask children to hunt for quantities. After trying a few activities out together, you will leave equipped and inspired to share these resources with others.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  What is quantity?
●  Prompts to inspire noticing quantity
●  What can grown-ups do to foster quantitative thinking

Session 3: Find Shapes: Exploring Geometry in our Landscapes
Date: June 23rd
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 30 in each AM and PM session

Description:This session will focus on Math Anywhere! activities designed to elicit conversations about shape. Math is all around us, but often goes unnoticed- especially by grown-ups who have learned to tune color and form and sound out in our environment, and focus our attention more narrowly. We will try some activities together and share resources for educators, caregivers, and families.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  Noticing what children notice
●  Prompts to inspire noticing shape
●  What can grown-ups do to foster thinking about shape

Session 4: Same or Different? Yes!
Date:June 30th
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 30 in each AM and PM session

Description:Many people profess a love of math because it is “predictable” and there is always “one right answer.” But, inviting a little ambiguity into our questions creates space for multiple right answers and richer conversations. We will explore resources and strategies that can help grown-ups embrace ambiguity and enjoy the surprises childrens’ thinking can hold.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  Attributes and mathematical actions
●  Rethinking right answers
●  What can grown-ups do to foster comparing and sorting

ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice Webinar

Are you currently staying home? Keep informed. Watch two great ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice webinar recordings: Trauma-informed Workplaces & The Science of Hope.

Trauma-Informed Workplaces: Practice Applications in Equity, Empathy, and Employee Development

Presenters: Delena Meyer, Owner and Strategist, Way Enough Decision Coaching, and Toby Lucich, Managing Partner and Founder, Kinetic Health, have found emerging practices that can change the way people show up at work. They call it “Human at Work.” In this webinar, Meyer and Lucich help participants understand what trauma-informed approaches might begin to look like when applied to workplace policy, management, and employee experience.

The Science of Hope: Hope Predicts Adaptive Outcomes, Hope Buffers the Effects of Adversity, and Hope Can be Influenced and Sustained

Presenter: Kody Russell, Executive Director of Kitsap Strong, introduces the science of hope and shows how it buffers adversity and stress, leads to positive outcomes, and is a strength that can be nurtured with targeted intervention. This workshop presents the science of Hope as a psychological strength in our ability to cope with traumatic experiences and flourish toward future goals. Russell presents “hands-on” tools to assess and nurture hope across the lifespan. He asks participants to examine how they are a pathway for clients to achieve goals and how they can help clients see them as pathways and not barriers.