Professional Development

Useful Trainings ~ Supportive Coaching ~ Motivating Mentoring

Quality Training and Supports that Raise Expectations of Self and the Early Childhood Field

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Community Workshops

Open to ALL - Bringing all those that care for and about kids together to learn, share and hear different perspectives of early childhood.

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Core Trainings

Meets Wyoming Childcare Licensing Requirements
"Get the Cores" is a FUN, In-person training that meets pre-service and annual training requirements
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Mentoring Supports

On-the-job supports: answers questions; validates you as a professional; helps you problem-solve issues; role models appropriate practices and provides materials and resources

Describe the Mentor Role

"A mentor fosters a relationship with the mentee in order to provide professional as well as emotional support with encouragement and respect. She shares her knowledge, experiences, skills, and motivation for growth.”
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Training and Coaching

You Are a Key Curriculum - `a la Carte Menu

We learn through our senses, when the information coming in through the senses is not processed correctly, it causes distress, discomfort, and confusion that can be perceived as negative behaviors. Understanding sensory issues will help you to understand and provide for the child’s needs vs using a punitive approach. This training will help you to identify basic principles of sensory issues, characteristics of children with sensory issues, and when and how to refer a child to a specialist. You will gain several effective and inexpensive tools and activities to use in the classroom for sensory issues.

Trainer/Coach:  Shellie Szmyd, OTR/L

Physical development is a key area of child development. Knowledge and understanding of gross and fine motor skills and the sequence of their development will prepare you to provide appropriate activities to promote and improve gross and fine motor skills. 

Trainer/Coach: Shellie Szmyd, OTR/L

Running a successful childcare is more than providing exceptional care to the children.  Adequate attention needs to be given to the business side of running a childcare too.  This includes many components like; handbooks, policies and procedures, mission statements, curriculum development, marketing, budgets, and so on… This is a great training for new directors, home providers and anyone who is interested in the nuts and bolts of running a childcare program.

Trainer/Coach: Theo Powers, BS

What is best for our children is to be safe, healthy and learn good food habits. It is your job to identify the safety hazards for kids indoors and outdoors. This, “Safety, Health, and Nutrition,” training shows you what those could be and how to look for them. Food safety is critical to providing exceptional care to children. Children need to eat! This training will help you to identify food safety risks and how to prevent them.  In addition, understanding of how to read food labels for nutritional value, to serve food that nutritionally boosts development will be shared. 

Trainer/Coach: Theo Powers, BS

One of the best ways to evaluate child progress is the use of portfolios.  Documenting your observations of children in their daily play, activities, and routines, and adding samples of their work provides a genuine picture of the growth of the whole child.  Portfolios give a timeline of development, help you to plan and provide activities that support individualized development based on child strengths, and they are a great communication tool for teachers, children, and parents.  This training makes it easy as it walks you through how to implement the use of portfolios to document learning in your program.

Trainer/Coach: Theo Powers, BS

Discovery, experimentation, and practice are how kids learn best. You can learn how to develop an appropriate curriculum that supports the developmental growth of children in safe, fun, learning environments, both inside and outside! 

Trainer/Coach: Theo Powers, BS

Childcare providers are professionals!  Being an early childhood professional has distinct characteristics.  You will help develop a list of characteristics for professional identity and unity.  Every profession has a code of ethics to unify and guide them.  A review and discussion of the NAEYC Code of Ethics occur to validate yourself as a professional in the early childhood profession. 

Trainer/Coach: Theo Powers, BS

Help What Works is a two-part training that provides methods for helping with challenging behaviors. No one behavioral intervention works for all behaviors.  Just when you think something is working, you need to find another intervention! The Help What Works trainings gives you many tools to help you understand that behavior is communication and strategies to use to be proactive in individualized interventions for children that give them new skills.

Trainer/Coach:  Lynn Gordon, MS, LPC, NCC, RYT

Help What Works is a two-part training that provides methods for helping with challenging behaviors. The second part of this training focuses on the behavioral intervention about giving choices and understanding the four goals of misbehavior. Dealing with behaviors is a challenge for both the child and the adult.  Understanding the feelings of both the child and yourself helps you to provide the appropriate strategy that guides both the child and you.

Trainer/Coach:  Lynn Gordon, MS, LPC, NCC, RYT

Family is the Identify their strengths and the qualities they bring to their work.  They’ll be able to identify and speak about their purpose in what they do.  Express their own validation about themselves and the work they do.   Learn about bias, what it is and identify their own biases as it relates to family, children, and the community.

Trainer/Coach:  Lynn Gordon, MS, LPC, NCC, RYT

What is a professional? To be a professional, you need to believe you are a professional. Key professional characteristics, sure things that will have others seeing you as a professional too, will be shared and discussed. You will leave the training with clear strategies for improving your professional status.

Trainer/Coach:  Lynn Gordon, MS, LPC, NCC, EFL, RYT

Other Trainings - `a la Carte Menu

A large box becomes an underwater cave that transforms the room into an ocean.  K-cups becomes the perfect stamp, water bottles become shaker noisemakers, and so on.  Fun, creative, inspiring ways to reuse and recycle various materials that promote fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving, cognitive, and social skills.

Trainer/Coach: Theo Powers, BS

A childcare provider IS a key person in the life of the children they tend to and nurture.  Identifying your strengths and qualities validates your purpose in the work you do with children. Self-care is essential to being able to give your best to care of children.  Ways to take care of one’s self will be discussed. Learn how the Serve and Return interaction shapes the brain to support healthy development.  Toxic Stress is discussed; how it affects young children, how to identify it and ways to buffer it.  Some discussion on behaviors and actions to take when developmental issues are concerning.   This is an information-packed course that can be tailored to meet your training needs!

Trainer/Coach:  Lynn Gordon, MS, LPC, NCC, RYT

Oh, those picky eaters!  Gain an understanding of why picky eating occurs and, of course, get creative ideas and strategies to deal with picky eaters.   Learn the steps to eating (yes there are steps), how anxiety affects eating, ways to increase the variety of foods eaten, typical stages and ages that picky eating occurs, and when eating is a larger problem. 

Trainer/Coach:  Shellie Szmyd, OTR/L

~ Affordable Fees 

~ Choose from the menu of various topics to meet your training needs

~ Customizable training and services that support new ideas or fill gaps.

~All trainings are taught by experts and are STARS approved

~All  You Are a Key subjects include two hours of onsite coaching


Onsite, follow-up from the trainer of a specific training. This approach gives the participant time to process the information, try the skills, ask questions, and receive affirming feedback.

Why Coaching Too?

Research shows that traditional training like workshops and conferences, alone, is ineffective at applying skills into practice. Adding coaching and mentoring supports, betters professional growth, skill improvement, and increased knowledge while on the job

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