Professional Learning Alternatives, Inc.

 is a nonprofit education and advocacy resource for child care professionals, parents, and those interested in supporting the development of children and youth.

Deb Colling, MNM

Executive Director

8244 177th Lane

Forest Lake, MN 55025


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16th Annual Child Care Professional Institute
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Forest Hills United Methodist Church
1790 11th Street SE
Forest Lake, MN 55025


January 2018

See "Links" section for resources mentioned in the January 2018 Newsletter.

November 2017

"Is Nature Deficit Disorder Real?"
View the interview with DON SHELBY, keynote presenter for the
10th Annual Child Care Professional Institute (2/25/12), discussing the recommendations and benefits for children and youth in spending more time in the outdoors and the research data upon which the recommendations are made.

Videography and editing by Rand Thill


Event and Resource Flyers

Autism Awareness Information

Early Childhood Screening - Get Your Child Onboard! 
(For information and locations in your community, contact your school's
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Department or school district office.)

Articles and Flyers


Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace - What Youth Should Know 
Youths in Military Families Since 9-11 
Changing Perceptions of Sexual Violence Over Time 
What You Need to Know About Prescription Drug Abuse 

Character Counts! Poster  

Monitoring Your Teen's Activities:  What Parents and Families Should Know  

Eating and Emotions in Obese Toddlers  

Community Resources

Forest Lake Area Partnership for Families (FLAPF)

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church Community Resource Center  

Emergency Foodshelf Network

Activity Ideas

Send us your ideas so we can share them here.

Don't forget to PLA today!

Geometric Shape & Sort
Seasonal Freebies for Teachers
Smack-A-Bug! Sight Word Game
St. Patrick's Day Paddy Potato Project

Crossword Puzzle 

Family Activities
We All Need Trees
Adopt a Tree
Trees as Habitat
The Fallen Log
Looking at Leaves
Tree Cookies
Signs of Fall

Healthy Habits for Life/Sesame Street
Healthy Habits - 1
Healthy Habits - 2
Healthy Habits - 3
Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Minnesota Symbols Coloring Book

Benefits of Wind Power

Nature's Calendar

Natural Playscapes

ABCs of Environmental Education

Endangered Species Coloring Book

Kids Activities Brochure

Sammy Soil Coloring Book

Science Demonstration - Drinking Water (K-12)

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Be Water and Energy Wise! Tips

The Water-Energy Connection Activities

Kids Gardening

Natural Playgrounds


Climate Kids

The Field Museum Water Calculator

Planet Green Carbon Quiz

Going Green - Parent Further

Bird Food Feeders

Send us your ideas and we'll include them here for others to enjoy, too.

International Owl Cams

MN DNR Eagle Cam

North American Bear Center Live Webcam in Minnesota

Eagle Webcam in Decorah, Iowa

(Scroll down to view recent videos.)

Nestcams in various states

Today we say THANK YOU to those who have served our country through their military service. We must also thank their families who also served, sometimes unwillingly. While they most certainly love their service members, these loved ones may not have otherwise chosen this life of service for themselves. Difficult choices were made and we are most grateful. Thank you all for your service.

(November 11, 2017)

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