ChildCare Aware – STAR Trainings

Featured Trainings

Were pleased to offer a variety of engaging trainings this summer for early childhood educators. We hope to see you!

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 or 360-603-6179 from 8am-3pm Monday-Friday.

Teaching Strategies GOLD™: Introduction for Teachers 
July 8 & 9, 2021 
8:30 am – 11:30 am 
Dawn Hendricks

Growing Up Almost WILD 
July 15, 2021 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Kristen Bowler-Marere and Charlotte Zissel

Basic Financial Statements for Child Care Providers 
July 22, 2021 
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Josephine Escalante

Basic Financial Statements for Child Care Providers 
July 22, 2021 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Josephine Escalante

Addressing Challenging Behavior in Young Children: The Leader’s Role 
August 3, 2021 
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 
Jamie Ashton

Marketing for Child Care: Showing Off Your Strengths! 
August 23, 2021 
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Program Planning & Development, Level 3

Introduction to Best Practices – Routines and Transitions 
August 24, 2021 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
Sue Duncan

CCDF Hearing and June STARS Trainings for You

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 or (360) 603-6179 from 8 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday.

Featured Trainings

Introduction to Best Practices – Math and Science
June 9, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jaime Thompson
STARS: 2.5

This session of the Best Practice Series introduces best practices for engaging math and science learning in early childhood settings. Participants will explore what the research says about early math and science experiences, and how enriching materials and quality adult-child interactions can support math and science development throughout the day. This can ensure that children will gain the foundational skills and dispositions that will support their future success.
Inspiring Peak Performance: Competence, Commitment, and Collaboration Series
June 16, 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Julie Wasilewski and Jamie Ashton

Imagine what your program would look like if it were a true professional learning community—a place where teachers see each new day as an opportunity to expand their competence and confidence and support one another in moving toward a shared vision of program excellence. This workshop presents five strategies, including developmental supervision, teacher induction, individual learning plans, peer learning teams, and 360-degree feedback, that together will help you build teacher competence, strengthen staff commitment, and expand opportunities for collaboration to make that vision come alive.

*Register soon! Registration closes June 9.
Mindful Touch and Gesture with Infants and Toddlers
June 23, 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.

BUILD 2021 Virtual Conference

The BUILD Initiative is thrilled to open registration for our annual conference, BUILD 2021: Reinvent Early Care and Education Quality Improvement to Advance Racial Equity. Join us virtually on July 19 for one of seven pre-conference sessions, and July 20 – 22 for more than 30 learning sessions, a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, a closing plenary featuring Anna Deaveare Smith, networking opportunities, and opportunities to engage with conference sponsors. 
About Ibram X. Kendi 
Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books. Dr. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is also the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University.Dr. Kendi is a contributor at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. He is the host of Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi, a new podcast launching on June 9 with Pushkin Industries and iHeartMedia. In 2020, TIME Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Read moreAbout Anna Deaveare Smith
Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, teacher, and author who is credited with creating a new form of theater. Her most recent original work, Notes from the Field, looks at the vulnerability of youth, the criminal justice system, and contemporary activism. The New York Times named the stage version among the best theater of 2016 and TIME Magazine called it one of the top 10 plays of the year. In February 2018, HBO premiered the film version, which was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award. Her television and movie credits include such shows as Shonda Rhimes’s new project,  ABC’s series For the People and Blackish. She also co-starred on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and was featured on the long running series, The West Wing. Her films include The American PresidentRachel Getting MarriedPhiladelphia, Dave, Rent, and Human StainRead more

About the Conference
For a vast majority of families, some form of child care is an economic necessity while parents and caregivers work or attend school. In addition to the economic advantages, research demonstrates that young children experience both short- and long-term benefits from high-quality early care and education. Four pivotal studies of early childhood programs, all serving primarily Black children from families with low incomes, demonstrate the importance of high-quality early experiences for lifelong educational, developmental, and economic gains. But the programs in these studies had important attributes—especially related to the comprehensiveness of services provided—that are not prevalent in early care and education today. Learn more about BUILD 2021

Pre-Conference Sessions 
Pre-conference sessions will be held on July 19. These sessions last two to three hours and provide an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the topics with a smaller audience. Space is limited. To register for a pre-conference, make sure you select the ticket with the pre-conference add-on ($475 total) and select your session during registration. Registration 
Register before June 11 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $350. After June 11, the rate increases to $450. You must register for pre-conference sessions at the same time you register for the general conference. 

Free Early Math Training

We are very pleased to invite you to a Free Math Anywhere training series via Zoom beginning on June 4th!
About Math Anywhere!: Established in 2017, Math Anywhere! is a community-based project in Washington which aims to build positive math experiences outside of school. We think:
math can be playful
interesting math-y ideas to explore exist all around us, wherever we go
anytime is a good time to chat about math
everyone has important math thinking to share
Math Anywhere has been working to create place-based media and visiting with children and their grown-ups in different community spaces to share our ideas. This training series will broaden how you think about math and inspire you to play with math in the places you visit every day. 
Training Series Dates:  Register for some or all (Session 1 required for Sessions 2-4)
June 4th – Session 1: Math Anywhere! Invite Math Play into Every Day
June 11th- Session 2: How Many? Noticing and Talking about Quantity
June 18th– Find Shapes: Exploring Geometry in our Landscape
June 25th– Same or Different? Yes!

All sessions will be held from 9-11am.

Intended Audience: Early Learning Professionals (Librarians, Home Visitors, Child Care Providers, etc), Parents, and anyone who is interested in having fun with children!

Follow-up sessions on Mathemetizing Spaces: August 27, October 15, Nov 19- designed for folks who complete or have completed the above Math Anywhere sessions

Instructor: Molly Daley, Math Coordinator at ESD 112 

Sponsored By: Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition

Funded By: Washington STEM

Questions? Contact Kendall Appell at

Child Care Aware – Discussion and Free STARS Hours

Featured Trainings

Through the Night: Documentary and Panel to Discuss
May 20, 2021
6:30 pm – 7:30 am
Sue Duncan and Kristen Marere

DETAILS: Register for this event to receive your link to the screening of Through the Night. You may view the film anytime between May 7– May 14, 2021. If you would like to earn STARS hours, join us on a virtual Zoom session for a panel to discuss and reflect on key themes and takeaways.
You can also access the film for free via PBS until June 9.
Film Synopsis
To make ends meet, Americans are working longer hours across multiple jobs. This modern reality of non-stop work has resulted in an unexpected phenomenon: the flourishing of 24-hour daycare centers. Through the Night is a verité documentary that explores the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider – whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center.
The film follows a mother who works the overnight shift at a hospital; another holding down three jobs to support her family; and a woman who for two decades has cared for children of parents with nowhere else to turn. Over the span of two years, across working holidays, seven day work weeks, and around-the-clock shifts, the film reveals the personal cost of rising wealth inequality in America and the close bonds forged between parents, children, and caregivers.
Learn about the film’s impact campaign at
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 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: 
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 or (360) 603-6179 from 8 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday.
Thank you!
Child Care Referrals
Do you remember the last time you updated your referral profile with us? You may have already been reached out to by one of our staff. We do this every year to make sure your information is being shared correctly.

We know that many programs are struggling with low enrollment numbers due to COVID-19. If you are an owner or director with vacancies to fill, we encourage you to review your Child Care Aware of Washington profile to update your information and ensure that your program has accepted both the data sharing policy and the box to receive referrals.
Click here to request the link to update your program profile

Questions? Email Sue Duncan at

PreK – 2 Math & Engineering Instructional Strategies

PreK – 2 Math & Engineering Instructional Strategies

This workshop will focus on practices and routines to support STEM (mathematics & engineering) in early learning.  Participants will explore ways to leverage reading to develop mathematical and engineering concepts and experience productive instructional routines to support student learning for all. 
May 3-23, 2021 | 8 a.m.- 5p.m.

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