Even adults never stop learning!Align partners with the WY Quality Counts program and the Department of Workforce Services to create and provide a variety of statewide continuing education courses for child care professionals, because when you succeed our children succeed.
For easy reference, here’s a schedule of $10 Classes: Schedule PDF.
To register for classes and to see the most up-to-date schedule, please visit Align’s registration site. Questions? Please call 877-322-5446.
Engaging Curious MindsThis workshop will examine what we can do as early childhood providers to maximize our efforts with young children across the developmental domains in the Wyoming Early Learning Guidelines and Foundations. We will explore what works to engage curious minds from birth to 5 years of age in a variety of environments and for a wide variety of children. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal stories of success and challenges as a way to add to the learning content and process. The open format for this workshop is aimed at fostering discussion, learning and laughter. Come join in the fun!
Strategies for Understanding and Promoting Literacy Development in Early ChildhoodThis Workshop will explore the development of literacy skills from birth to age 5. Participants will explore the early childhood development from the sensory processing of a newborn to the early literacy skills of a preschooler. From birth age five children develop a variety of knowledge and skills that helps promote literacy throughout the lifetime. In addition to exploring this process, participants will learn strategies to promote knowledge and skill development related to literacy for infants, Toddlers and preschoolers.
Avoid the Telephone Game: Effective CommunicationEver feel like what you say is not what is being heard? Bring your whole team to this four hour session to learn about your different communication styles. Once you know how you talk and how your team members hear, you’ll learn the strategies to convey your message more effectively. These lessons will also help you communicate more clearly with parents and business partners.
Early Childhood STEMThis interactive workshop will explore the strategies for making science and math relevant to young children and early childhood care providers. Regularly seen as areas in need of improvement, math and science are an often overlooked part of everyday interactions with young children. With some conscious effort and planning as well as a commitment to spontaneity (which young children demand!), these domains can be more actively explored with young children. Build your confidence and skill whether you are a seasoned pro or new to the art and science of early childhood development.
Communication Across GenerationsThis workshop explores how the life experiences of different generations impact communication styles. We’ll learn strategies for reaching across these barriers so communication with co-workers and families can be more effective.
Social-Emotional Development of Infants, Toddlers, and Their FamiliesThis 6-hour training examines the relationship between a child’s development and the stages of parent development, classifies developing social-emotional skills of very young children, and practices skills that assist child care professionals in building effective relationships with children and their parents.
The Good FightFor conflict resolution and dealing with challenging communication issues, don’t wait until you are in a difficult situation to prepare! Whether it’s a one-time issue or a persistent problem, there are strategies for addressing conflict and moving on. Join this four-hour session to add valuable skills to your toolbox.
First Steps to Leadership: Awareness of Self and OthersUnderstanding your own personality is the first step to leading others. During this four-hour session you will use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to explore how you take in, process, and use information to take action. We’ll examine each personality type and how people in leadership roles can use this knowledge for enhanced relationships in their business.
Next Steps to Leadership: A Deeper PerspectiveWe’ll explore leadership theory and concepts and ethical responsibilities in this four-hour session. We’ll then take the theory and apply it to real life situations using case studies relevant to the child care industry.
Care and Feeding of Your Child Care BusinessYou love kids and have started a child care business, but do you understand the market in which your business operates? This course provides insight and tips, thought on getting paid for your work, and outlines some aspects to consider when your business grows and you need to hire some help.
Silence Says a Thousand Words: Addressing Word GapStudies show that, in their first three years, low-income children are exposed to 30 million fewer words than kids from higher income families. In this one hour webinar, we’ll discuss the ongoing impact this has on literacy and learning. Plus, we’ll talk about how you, as a childcare provider, can help make up the deficit.
Twitbooking and Instatube: Social MediaIt’s free and easy so everyone should be doing social media, right? Join us for this one hour webinar about the real cost of social media and how you could be using it to promote your business. We’ll discuss how to choose the right platforms, using photos of your facility and kids, how much time to spend, and whether you should be adding bucks to get more bang.
What’s Happening? Marketing Your BusinessIt doesn’t matter how good your business is if no one knows about it. Join us for this one hour webinar about marketing and your business. We’ll discuss building a marketing plan, promotion avenues, and the five P’s of a marketing audit.
Planning For SuccessWhether you’ve always planned to be a business owner or it ‘just happened,’ this one hour webinar can help you look at some of the details that help make a business successful. We’ll look at why a business should have a mission and how to make a plan to meet that mission. Not a business owner? That’s okay, there is still information here to help you understand why your role as a member of the staff is important.
My Culture, Your CultureUnderstanding culture is important to us all. In this webinar we will look at not only what it means to us, but what it means to those we work with. We will identify the six knowledge bases needed for teaching culture and some ways to introduce culture to our classroom.
Where Do The Dollars Go?Do you ever get to the end of the month and wonder where your money went? Well, we can’t promise to change that for you after a one hour webinar but we can help you understand what happened and set some goals to possibly change that in the future.
Getting It All DoneIn this hour we will discuss some tried and true tips and tricks to help you manage the time that always seems to get away. While some of this information is broad and helpful in every aspect of life, some of it is specific to the child care industry. Your first step to putting more hours in your day is to attend this webinar.
Who Will Speak For Us? Advocacy in Early Child CareIn this one-hour webinar, learn what others around the state have done to improve child care programs in their area, and ways you can do the same in your community. An advocate doesn’t have to be a person immersed in the political arena – you just need passion for what you want to do.