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
8244 177th Lane
May - June 2016
BLOX of TYME
Are you grappling with your professional development budget? Seeking better management of your time and money? Wishing there were seminars close to home? Needing someone with whom to talk over sensitive situations (or simply to vent)? Looking for a mentor? Focusing on your business development?
We have the answer for you! Manage your time with BLOX of TYME. Use your BLOX of TYME for most any PLA-sponsored professional development service.
"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
March 1, 2016
The votes are in!
Eligible Voters: 2,348
Votes for CCPT: 392
Votes AGAINST Representative (CCPT): 1,014
We did it! WE WON!!!! Even with every advantage given to the union, Minnesota’s child care providers just won the union election! We have now secured enough NO votes to guarantee a victory!
Union Misrepresentation in Minnesota
Unionization Update March 1, 2016
New info about SEIU as well as legislation in Minnesota.
Child Care Professionals and
Personal Care Attendants (in Minnesota):
Visit www.childcareunioninfo.com or www.pcaunioninfo.com for details.
Visit Facebook: Childcare Providers Who are Happy to Be Union Free
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 and may, in fact,
Event and Resource Flyers
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
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)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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North American Bear Center Live Webcams in Minnesota
Eagle Webcam in Decorah, Iowa
(Scroll down to view recent videos.)
Nestcams in various states
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military service members and their families. We will accept your donations at all PLA-INC.-sponsored seminars.
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 grateful. Thank you for your service.
(November 11, 2015)
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