Professional Learning Alternatives, Inc.
is a nonprofit education and advocacy resource for child care professionals, parents, and those interested in supporting the development and education of young children.
Deb Colling, MA
8244 177th Lane
Forest Lake, MN 55025
April 2013 (docx)
April 2013 (pdf)
March 2013 (docx)
"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
If you prefer to register offline, download a Registration Form and choose the option that suits you.
Union Misrepresentation in Minnesota
Union Update May 1, 2013
Members of the Minnesota Legislature have offered a bill to unionize licensed child care professionals and unlicensed caregivers who accept child care assistance payments. To speak out against this infringement on small, independent business owners, immediately contact your legislator. For details on the bill, visit www.childcareunioninfo.com.
for up-to-date, non-political information about this very important issue.
Locate your provider contact to ask your questions about the potential
effects to your private business.
Other legislation related to your business is also pending.
Get the latest and make your voice heard today before it's too late!
You are already empowered. But you must use your power for it to make any difference!
(This information is not intended to be taken as an overall anti-union stance.
For this type of independent, self-employed, small business owner, however, it is not a workable choice.)
Early Childhood Screening - Get Your Child Onboard! (pdf)
(For information and locations in your community, contact your school's
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Department or school district office.)
Articles and Flyers
Marijuana and Your Health – Just the Facts Part 1
Drug Guides for Parents and other concerned adults
Caring for Older Adults? Holiday Gift Ideas for Caregivers and Care Receivers (doc)
Top 10 Tips to Minimize Holiday Stress (doc)
Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace - What Youth Should Know (pdf)
Youths in Military Families Since 9-11 (pdf)
Changing Perceptions of Sexual Violence Over Time (pdf)
What You Need to Know About Prescription Drug Abuse (pdf)
Character Counts! Poster (pdf)EE Week Educators: Ocean Connections - Watersheds to Reefs (pdf)
Monitoring Your Teen's Activities: What Parents and Families Should Know (pdf)
Washington County Youth (WACY)
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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 (pdf)
We All Need Trees
Adopt a Tree
Trees as Habitat
The Fallen Log
Looking at Leaves
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
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African Penguins (Minnesota Zoo)
Peregrine Falcon Webcam (downtown St. Paul, MN)
Live Barn Owl Webcam at the Audubon California Starr Ranch Sanctuary
North American Bear Center Live Webcams in Minnesota
Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, Minnesota
Eagle Webcam in Decorah, Iowa
(Scroll down to view recent videos.)
Nestcams in various states
Click here for a list of suggested donation items for
military service members and their families. We will accept your donations at all PLA-INC.-sponsored seminars.
Thank you to all military veterans, current service members, and their families for their dedicated service and untold sacrifices for us.
(November 11, 2012)
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