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Professional Development


The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia is committed to helping care givers and early childhood educators find opportunities for professional development. We do this by offering training, partnerships and sharing resources.

Upcoming Trainings

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PARENT & COMMUNITY CAFE-Daytona Beach @ Volusia County Health Department
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

What is a Parent & Community Cafe?

FUN—FREE—Supportive—Educational get-togethers where parents can talk openly with one another about the struggles of parenting and ways to strengthen their families
Parent Cafés provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with other parents and caregivers about things that are important to building and maintaining strong, healthy families. The Cafés are “hosted” by parents from the community who have been trained on how to help facilitate the conversation and discussion. The goals of these Cafes are to help parents help each other.

Who can attend Parent Cafe’s?

Anyone in a parenting role! Moms, dads, relative caregivers, foster parents, expecting parents, and community organizations that provide resources to parents are welcome! It doesn’t matter if your kids are toddlers or teenagers, whether you’re a new or a seasoned parent – Cafés are for ALL parents.

Participant incentive raffle for one $25 gift card, a light meal, and free childcare is provided!

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Teaching Young Boys; Strategies for Improving Programs and Reducing Behavior Challenges, by Jerry Parr and Ron Blatz
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Young boys, as a group, generally struggle more than girls in early childhood and elementary programs. This is not due primarily to bad behavior, but to a “fundamental mismatch between how most young boys develop, grow, and learn, and the kinds of expectations, outcomes, activities, and discipline approaches used in programs during the early years.” (Oh Boy! F Wardle, 2018)

This Webinar will be loosely based on Francis’ Wardle’s new book “Oh Boy! Strategies for Teaching Boys in Early Childhood” (Exchange Press, 2018).

The Challenge of Boys

Causes: How Did We Get Here?

Young Boys are Unique

The Solution: Theoretical Underpinnings

Policies and Program Practices

Curricular Approaches

Aspects of a Classroom

Play in the Outdoors

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How to Create Experiences WITH Young Children Rather Than Planning Activities FOR Them, By Jacky Howell, M.A.
Aug 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

In the field of early childhood education, the focus has often been on planning an activity FOR children that is focused on coming up with a product. This session, presented by author, consultant, and DAP expert, Jacky Howell, will help you and your staff members experience a shift in thinking about classroom experiences.

You will learn:

The reasons why creating experiences WITH children leads to meaningful play and learning.

How to develop experiences that are dynamic and connective learning opportunities aligned with developmentally appropriate practice.

How experiences can promote development, align with practice, and engage children in higher order thinking.

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Lessening Challenging Behaviors: Teachers and classrooms as partners in facilitating pro-social development, by Michelle Salcedo
Sep 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

At times, children’s challenging behaviors are a mismatch between the social & emotional demands of the classroom and their ability to be part of a classroom community. Just like children learn to walk, to recite the alphabet, and to put on their own shoes; they must learn the social & emotional skills they need to navigate the early childhood classroom. There are many ways that teachers can respond to challenging behaviors; but only some of them actually TEACH children the skills they need to control their emotions, as opposed to punish them for their lack of social maturity. This session, presented by author and social-emotional expert, Michelle Salcedo, provides teachers with strategies to respond to behaviors with strategies and techniques that teach children; thus making them less likely to reoccur.

Join this session to:

understand and be able to articulate how children’s behaviors are a form of communication.

learn and be able to demonstrate practices that are effective in helping children develop pro-social behaviors.

learn and be able to apply the MoNSTeR approach to responding to challenging behaviors.

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