ChildCare Aware August Training’s

This summer, all of our trainings will take place as a live, online sessions via Zoom video conference. If you need registering for classes or have questions about Zoom, please contact Program Assistant Sue Duncan at or (360) 603-6179 from 8 am – 3 pm M – F.

FLIP IT! Behavior Guidance Strategy 
Dates: Tuesday August 4, Thursday August 6, and Tuesday, August 10, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. all sessions
Trainer: Jaime Thompson
Cost: $30.00
Register: Online here

Over three sessions, this training focuses on an easy-to-use four step strategy in response to challenging behaviors. This strategy relies on a foundation of relationship, empathy and understanding of trauma and toxic stress and puts together research based techniques proven to support social-emotional development and improve behaviors. Participants will learn about the four steps: (F)eelings, (L)imits, (I)nquiry and (P)rompts, how to use them in a variety of situations, as well as practice using them in response to behaviors most prevalent in the classroom.
Best Practices – Introduction to ERS-3
Dates: August 6
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Trainer: Charlotte Zissel
Cost: $10
Register: Online here

Over three sessions, this training focuses on an easy-to-use four step strategy in response to challenging behaviors. This strategy relies on a foundation of relationship, empathy and understanding of trauma and toxic stress and puts together research based techniques proven to support social-emotional development and improve behaviors. Participants will learn about the four steps: (F)eelings, (L)imits, (I)nquiry and (P)rompts, how to use them in a variety of situations, as well as practice using them in response to behaviors most prevalent in the classroom.
Introduction to Best Practices: Language and Literacy
Date: August 12, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Trainer: Kat Kayser
Cost: $10.00
Register: Online here

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 (ERS-3). This session introduces best practices for engaging in rich interactions to promote language and literacy development. We will explore what research says about how children learn, what adults can do to prepare the environment for success, and how adult-child interactions can complement children’s learning without interrupting it.
Implementación de un Plan de currículo Emergentes
el 13 de agosto y el 20 de agosto
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ariana Salazar y Maria Salazar-Velazquez
Registo: Aqui

(Training led in Spanish only.) Primera parte de cuatro de una serie sobre la implementación de un plan de currículo emergente en un programa de aprendizaje temprano. Esta sección cubre la historia y la filosofía básica del currículo emergente, así como el papel del maestro, el papel del niño y el papel del medio ambiente.
Online: The Unteachable Moment 
Date: September 22, 2020 
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 
Trainer: Josephine Escalante
Cost: $5.00
STARS: 1.5
Register: Online Here

Excellent, effective educators often notice and tap into the teachable moment — that magical time when something unexpected happens and an unplanned, but fabulous opportunity arises to share a new insight or guide children in exploration or discovery. A second path to effective teaching — and parenting — especially of young children, lies in honing our ability to also recognize the unteachable moment, when tempers and emotions run hot and things seem to erupt out of control.

NRC-PFMCH 2020 Education Series Webinars

The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFMCH), in partnership with Bright Futures National Center and the Screening Technical Assistance and Resource Center, has implemented a 2-part webinar series, Making Connections: The Critical Role of Family-Centered Care in Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). The goal of this series was to provide state Title V Maternal and Child Health / CYSHCN programs, pediatricians, families and other with information about the impact of social determinants of health (SDoH) on CYSHCN and their families, including implementation strategies for state programs. The series discussed the role of these groups and state systems in addressing SDoH for CYSHCN by using components of the medical home model of care.

Social Determinants of Health Resources to Support Implementation of Screening and Referrals 

Developed by the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, this fact sheet series discusses​ social determinants of health (SDoH) screening and referrals for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. Opportunities for collaboration and partnership between Medicaid, Title V Maternal and Child Health / CYSHCN programs, and pediatricians are discussed. State-level case studies provide innovative and replicable strategies for implementing SDoH screening and community referrals. 

Tools for Better Public Health Communications

Research shows that many people don’t understand what public health is or what public health professionals do. It’s hard to ask people to support and fund public health if they don’t know what it is. That’s why the de Beaumont Foundation and the Aspen Institute have released a set of practical communication tools at  


August 7 Webinar – COVID-19 and Early Post-Partum Breastfeeding: Emerging Evidence and Recommendations In observance of World Breastfeeding Week, the DC Breastfeeding Coalition and DC Health are hosting a Webinar with internationally recognized experts from major health organizations to discuss the current evidence and recommendations for breastfeeding in the wake of COVID-19. Register today.

August 11 Webinar – Systemic Racism & Health: Solutions, Making Change Happen This webinar hosted by the National Institute for Health Care Management will discuss how systemic racism harms health, and how solutions-based approaches at the state and community level are making a difference. Register today.

October 6 Virtual Event – Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting The Adolescent Health Initiative is pleased to offer an interactive training on providing trauma-informed care, hosted virtually on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST. The 2020 Connection Session is designed for health care professionals who serve adolescents, including physicians, nurses, social workers, health center managers, and other youth-serving community professionals.  This interactive event is partially funded through the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Lifelong Learning at Michigan Medicine. Registration is open.

Save the Date – Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is hosting a virtual symposium on Thursday, September 17, 2020 to highlight state, tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations. The virtual symposium will feature national, state, tribal and local experts leading these efforts and is developed for public health leaders at all levels and community organizations confronting the pandemic. Learn more

ACEs and Resilience Virtual Community of Practice Gathering

Save the Date – September 24, 2020

ACEs and Resilience Virtual Community of Practice Gathering hosted by Essentials for Childhood.

Registration information and agenda coming soon.

We are adapting to the new reality and coming together virtually while we remain physically apart. Join colleagues to learn together and process how we are confronting the pandemics of racism, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and COVID-19.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone working to build resilient communities, address and prevent ACEs, adverse community environments, and other forms of trauma, or to create communities where ALL children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.
  • Whether this is your first Community of Practice event or you have joined us in the past, we’d love to see you there.

Spread the word. Share this announcement with other leaders and organizers in your community, including parent leaders.

If this notice was forwarded to you and you want to keep informed about the ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice, email  and ask to join the distribution list.

Watch your Inbox – Registration information is coming soon

Reopening Early Learning (P-3) Conversation Series

Presenter: Sarah Southard

An opportunity to come together for facilitated conversations about reopening schools in the fall.  Join the conversations and share current plans, ideas, questions, and concerns with your colleagues.  There will be opportunities for problem-solving and brainstorming around topics that will be generate by the group.

Target Audience: Classroom teachers/leads, paraeducators, and administrators from any/all preschool through third grade programs.

This series is being offered in collaboration with members of the Northwest Early Learning Coalition.

  • Clock Hours and STARS hours available (up to 6)

When: Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:30 PM throughout August

Where: Online (Zoom)

Cost: No fee charged

Registration Ends: Tuesday August 4th, 2020 3:00 PM


10 Ways that WIC and Head Start Can Collaborate

Enhancing Participant-Centered Services

In an effort to support and encourage collaboration on a State and local level, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Head Start programs have developed a resource highlighting 10 ways these two programs can collaborate to enhance participant-centered services. This resource outlines specific ways and suggested strategies on how WIC and Head Start programs can work together.

WIC State and local agencies are encouraged to reference the ’10 Ways’ document and featured collaborations as examples of on-going and successful approaches to collaborating with the Head Start Program.

You can find additional resources to strengthen local, state and regional coordination, such as webinars that provide insights from Connecticut’s and Mississippi’s collaborations between their respective WIC and Head Start programs

webinar to learn about how WIC, Head Start, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program will work together to improve program coordination and service delivery is also available.

CDC’s FREE Training on Monitoring Children’s Developmental Milestones

Introduction to this Course

As an early care and education provider, you play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of children. You are also very well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. This FREE, online training course, Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, helps you fulfill this role by providing tools and best practices for monitoring the development of children in your care and talking about it with their parents.

This 1-hour, 4-module course focuses on:

  • Why monitoring children’s development is important
  • Why you have a unique and important role in developmental monitoring
  • How to easily monitor each child’s developmental milestones
  • How to talk with parents about their child’s development

Learning objectives for the training include:

  • List three developmental concerns that early care and education providers should monitor.
  • Identify at least three developmental milestones for class’s age group.
  • Describe how to use “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources in early care and education work with children and parents.
  • Describe two communication strategies to use when talking with families about their child’s development.

Also available in Spanish!

Visit CDC Watch Me Training to learn more!

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.