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University of Illinois Extension

Free Training for Childcare Providers in Madison and St. Clair Counties

April 23, 2014

The Department of Defense, in conjunction with University of Illinois Extension and the Children’s Home and Aid Society, is providing free trainings to those licensed day care providers whose location is in Madison or St. Clair counties.  Through a grant called CYTTAP (Children and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Program), a series of INCCRRA-approved trainings is coming to you this spring.   CYTTAP exists only in those counties in Illinois that have large numbers of off-base military families.  However, to attend these free trainings, you do not have to be currently serving military families, simply provide services in Madison or St. Clair county.  Providers outside of Madison and St. Clair counties may attend for $10 per workshop.

The following workshops will be offered at the University of Illinois Extension office at 1 Regency Plaza, Suite 200 in Collinsville, IL:

Rock Solid Foundations:  Promoting Social Emotional Competence of Young Children

Building Positive Relationships – This interactive training will invite you to consider ways to build positive, nurturing, responsive, and dependable relationships with young children. 

              Monday, May 5, 2014                                                6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Enhancing Emotional Literacy – This training will increase your awareness of the kinds of interactions between adults and young children that support enhancing children’s emotional competency. 

              Tuesday, May 6, 2014                                                6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Tools of the Trade II:  Inspiring Young Minds to be SET* ready for life!

*Science, Engineering, and Technology

  Inspiring Young Minds: The Scientist in All of Us – Science is everywhere!  Kids are curious and love to learn about the world around them.  Staff can play an important role in facilitating youth’s learning about science, engineering, and technology (SET).  

              Monday, June 2, 2014                                                6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  Creating SET-Rich Environments – Learn to develop SET learning opportunities, increasing youth’s natural interest, promoting learner-centered science and integrating science throughout the day.  This session uses a carousel of group-directed, mini-centers that feature ways to create SET-rich environments. 

              Tuesday, June 3, 2014                                                6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Better Kid Care (Instructor led modules)

  Math for Every Age – This workshop will help early childhood professionals learn what young children understand about math at each age and simple math activities to do with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 

              Monday, June 9, 2014                                                6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, June 21, 2014                                               8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  Sparking Kids’ Curiosity:  Arts and Creative – What’s so great about curiosity?  Learn how to help kids grow curiosity with clever materials to spark children’s creative thinking and learning. 

              Tuesday, June 10, 2014                                  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


              Saturday, June 21, 2014                                 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.


Pre-registration is required for these workshops and no walk-ins will be accepted. You may register online at http://extension.psu.edu/cyttap  and click on the green tab at the bottom of the screen.  For any questions regarding these trainings or the registration process, please contact Cara Allen at 1/309-837-3939 or at cballn@illinois.edu.


Source: Cara Allen, Extension Educator, Family Life, cballn@illinois.edu

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