Current Schedule of Seminars

NOTE:   Please read carefully to determine whether it is a PLA-INC.-sponsored event or an event sponsored by a different organization that has contracted our presentation.

Seminars sponsored by other organizations have their own guidelines and require registration

through that organization.  Check the key below for registration information.

Please check often to see if there are any additions, changes, or cancellations.

 PLA-INC. Seminars:  Advance registration is strongly recommended.  Cancellations are decided several days prior to a seminar.  In general, a minimum of six (6) persons is required to hold a seminar, including staff, parents, and guests.  To avoid disappointment for yourself and others: 

Don’t wait until the last minute to register.


                                                                                    JULY 1, 2015

Cancellation and Refund Policy


Register at least three (3) business days in advance of the seminar you wish to attend.  Payment and/or coupon(s) must accompany registration.  In the event of cancellation, you will be notified and your funds will be held for a future seminar.  No credits will be issued for seminars without 24 hours' prior notice by participant.  Refunds are provided only in the form of credits for future seminars.  A minimum number of participants is required to hold the seminar.   In addition, without advance registration, you will not be personally notified of any changes or cancellations.  Changes are also noted in the schedule posted below.  If you have questions regarding your seminar, you are encouraged to contact our office.

Note:  Beginning May 1, 2013, credits issued are valid for six (6) months from the original seminar cancellation date.  All other pending credits will expire December 31, 2013 unless otherwise noted on your coupon.

We accept Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards.

Our seminars are open to all who have an interest in furthering their education concerning children from birth to 13 years old:  licensed child care professionals, center staff, parents, ECFE/ECSE staff,

K-6 teachers, grandparents, foster parents, youth leaders, Montessori educators, preschool staff, faith-based nursery volunteers, medical and legal professionals, unlicensed persons (FFNs), babysitters, etc. 

You must be at least 13 years old to attend seminars and institutes.

~Location information and links to maps are below.~

All seminars and instructors are "approved" by MNCPD unless otherwise noted.

July 2016

Minnesota Knowledge and Competency Framework

The Minnesota Knowledge and Competency Framework is a collaboration of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Human Services (DHS), and Health (MDH), and other community partners.  Fourteen child care professionals were also on the advisory committees.  KCF is a revision and update of what we have come to know as the Core Competencies.   There are three documents reflecting the types of care provided:

Working in Family Child Care

Working with Infants and Toddlers

Working with Pre-school Aged Children in Centers and School Programs

Core Competency, KCF, and CDA Content Alignment

Child Growth and Development classes will now be under MN Knowledge and Competency Framework Area 1
(KCF 1).  Behavior Guidance classes which were previously CC I or CC IV have now become KCF II.C. Please contact your licensor if you have questions as to what classes are required.

PARTICIPANT GUIDES:  You may have noticed that there are several newer courses that use Participant Guides. For the most part, when you attend one of these professional development events, you will be required to download your own copy of the guide.  You may then print it and bring it to class or choose to bring your laptop or tablet/notebook for viewing.   In most instances, your instructor (including Child Care Aware and other agencies) will not provide these handouts.  He or she may offer working copies for use during the class.  Please be aware of this new policy:  Whether you have immediate access to Internet or a printer, you will still have to secure your own guides. 

Bring paper and pen(cil) to each seminar. 

Handouts are limited.

Working copies may be used during a session; upon request, additional resources will be emailed to you after a seminar. You may also be required to download materials prior to attending a seminar.  Instructions will be provided as needed.

Plan to arrive in time to order a beverage or meal to eat during the seminar.  Do NOT bring in food or beverage from the outside.

DO invite a friend!  DO invite a parent!

Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  




Breaking Bad...News
Difficult Conversations

Identify several complexities families face that prevent successful communication. Learn how to professionally communicate with families, while being compassionate and understanding. Examine best practices and strategies for dealing with difficult conversations. Create a plan and be prepared for your next difficult conversation.

KCF:  III (Level 1); CDA:  IV


Mon Dec 116:30 
PM -
8:30  PM
Perkins (Forest Lake)$20Washington1
Health and Safety I (Family Child Care)

This series-based course, intended for experienced providers, meets licensing in-service requirements as described in the Child Care Development Fund.  Participants will explore MN Rule 2 licensing standards and best practices around health and safety.  KCF:  VII.A (Level 1); CDA:  1

Download the handout for this event from Plan to 1) print your own copy and bring it to class or 2) download it to a portable electronic device and bring that to class.


Mon Jan 15, 20186:30 
PM -
8:30  PM
Perkins (Forest Lake)$22Washington1
Contracted Presentations

Effective July 1, 2016:  
For all courses sponsored by think small, you must register at least two days prior to the event.  Registration occurs only online for most events.  To register online, you must have an account with  NOTE:  Some courses require that you download a participant guide and bring it to class or bring an electronic device upon which to view it.  Details are included when you register.



Sudden Uunexpected Infant Death (SUID)
Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)
Mon Nov 276:30
PM -
Fridley Community Center (Fridley)
Breaking Bad...Habits
Setting Boundaries with Families

Set boundaries with families to allow for a professional environment and mutual respect. Discover what boundaries participants want in their unique environment and make a plan to implement them. Create an environment that is open and supportive with families, yet has professional boundaries.  
KCF:  III (Level 1); CDA:  IV

Sponsored by CCPNCC.  Register by contacting Mona at 
Nov 30
PM -
Learning Center (Old Elementary School)
Rm 147 (North Branch)

Why Do Kids Act the Way They Do?  
Understanding How a Child is "Wired"  Key #3 (CICC)
Mon Dec 46:30
PM -
Blaine Human Service Center
Mother Nature vs. Guitar Hero

Increasing evidence indicates children exhibit higher self-esteem, less stress, better concentration, and more creativity when they spend time outside.  We’ll review research and actively preview nature-based activities from Project Learning Tree (PLT), an international award-winning environmental education program.  Let’s get kids off the couch and away from
TV and video games!

KCF:  II.A; CDA:  2

Professional Development Day
There are three two-hour sessions taught by three different instructors.  For details and to register, contact 
Cheryl at 651.681.8621 or 

Sat Jan 13, 20188:30 AM - 10:30 AMMinnehaha United Methodist Church (3701 E 50th St., Mpls., MN 55417$50.00Hennepin4
Building Relationships:  Roadblocks or Bridges
Thur Jan 116:30 
PM - 

Show Me Yours and I'll Show You MineTues Jan 166:30 
PM - 

Making Music - Even if You're Not a MusicianTues Feb 206:30 
PM - 

Sponsored by CCPNCC.  Register by contacting Mona at 

Thur Feb 22


Seminars highlighted in  RED  have been rescheduled.

Seminars highlighted in  GRAY  have been filled.

Items highlighted in  YELLOW  have been changed since original posting

(ex. date, time, location).


                                                                        July 1, 2015


1:     Available for online registration through PLA-INC. 

        (We accept Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards.)

2:     Private events.

3:    These seminars are presented by PLA-INC. and are sponsored by Child Care Aware MN (fka: 

        Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (MN CCR&R).  Registration for these events is to

        be done through

4.     Events open to the public; register through event sponsor.

     NOTE:  CICC = Center for Inclusive Child Care

                      PITC = Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers

                                  (fka as Infant Toddler Training Intensive - ITTI)

As of July 1, 2016, what we have known as the Core Competencies has been replaced by the Knowledge and Competency Framework.  Competencies for individual courses have (or will be shortly) converted to the new Knowledge and Competency Framework.  Over the next few weeks, we will make those revisions on this site as well.  Thank you for your patience as we make these updates.  If you need the information immediately, visit  Click here for the Core Competency, Knowledge and Competency Framework and CDA alignment.


Parent Aware Indicators


 1.  Child Development                                                                                                                   

 2.  Authentic Observation

 3.  Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

 4.  Curriculum Implementation

 5.  Nutrition

 6.  Obesity Prevention

 7.  Development disabilities, special health care needs, and behavioral challenges

 8.  Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Development)

 9.  Working with Families from Different Cultures

10.  Assessment                                                                                                                           


Baby's Space

2438  18th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN  55404

Blaine Human Service Center

1201  89th Avenue NE

Blaine, MN  55434

Bunker Hills Activity Center

550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW

Andover, MN  55304

Caribou Coffee

3100 White Bear Ave. N.

Maplewood, MN  55109

Dunn Bros Cafe

14775 Victor Hugo Blvd. N.

Hugo, MN  55038

Giese Memorial Library

26855 Forest Blvd

Wyoming, MN  55092

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Brunswick

2088 Highway 70

Mora, MN  55051

Maple Grove Community Center

12951 Weaver Lake Road

Maple Grove, MN  55369

Minnco Center

236 2nd Ave. SW

Cambridge, MN  55008

Perkins Restaurant

140 Garfield St. N.

Cambridge, MN  55008

Perkins Restaurant

1155 W. Broadway Avenue

Forest Lake, MN  55025 

Perkins Restaurant

38624 14th Ave.

North Branch, MN  55056

Room for Growing Child Development Center

268  12th Street SW

Forest Lake, MN  55025

Rosemount Community Center/National Guard Armory

13885 South Robert Trail

Rosemount, MN  55068

think small  (east)
10 Yorkton Court
St. Paul, MN  55117


think small  (west)

Hennepin Square Building

2021 East Hennepin Ave.  Suite 250

Minneapolis, MN  55413



19845 Forest Rd. N.

Forest Lake, MN  55025

Seminar Registration and Cancellation Policy

Register at least 3 - 5 business days in advance to ensure enrollment.  In the event of cancellation, you will be notified and your check/coupon/credit card payment will be held for a future seminar.  No coupons/credits will be issued for seminars without 24 hours notice by participant.  Note:  Refunds are provided only in the form of coupons/credits for future seminars.  Coupons/credits are valid for six (6) months from the original seminar cancellation date. We do not provide cash refunds. 

Registration is recommended for planning purposes.  A minimum number of participants is required to hold the seminar and we would like to ensure that sufficient materials can be prepared for you.  In addition, without advance registration, you will not be personally notified of changes or cancellations.  Locate your seminar in the table above for any changes or cancellations.  Click here for the registration form.  All online registrations must use a credit card. 
We accept Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards.

If you prefer to use a check, follow these instructions:

Payment Options

Send check payable to Professional Learning Alternatives, Inc. to:

Professional Learning Alternatives, Inc.

8244 177th Lane

Forest Lake, MN 55025

Please include your name and seminar title and date with your payment.


Click the registration links under each seminar. 

Complete the form and follow the online payment instructions.

Remember:  By registering, you indicate your commitment to attend a seminar.  Though your
name may be on the seminar list, your registration is not complete
until payment is received.

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