Seminars

Seminars will no longer have a Core Competency but will be aligned with the Knowledge and Competency Framework.
Child Growth and Development seminars will now be under MN Knowledge and Competency Framework Area I (KCF I).
Behavior Guidance seminars 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 seminars are required.

CC/KCF

Core Competency, Knowledge and Competency Framework and CDA alignment

**Dates shown are the expiration date of the course.



Abusive Head Trauma

(1 Hour) (1/6/2019)

This Abusive Head Trauma course will meet new state professional development requirements for Family Child Care providers. The curriculum will address the symptoms and consequences of abusive head trauma; identify risk factors for abusive head trauma; identify strategies to use when frustrated and stressed; review mandatory child abuse and neglect reporting.  KCF:  VII.B; CDA:  1


Active Supervision: Out-of-Home Safety Issues

(3/11/21)

Meets the Family Child Care provider annual supervision professional development requirement. This curriculum will Identify potential hazards or safety issues children are exposed to when participating in out of home activities, events and transportation; assist participants in determining needed resources and adult assistance required for out of home activities depending upon the event, the ages and characteristics of the children enrolled and recognized potential safety issues involved; and assist participants in creating a plan to address safety concerns when taking children out of the home for activities, using tools provided and practiced during the seminar.  KCF:  VII.B; CDA: 1


Active Supervision: School-Age Children

(3/11/21)

Meets the Family Child Care provider annual supervision professional development requirement. This curriculum focuses on the supervision of school-age children in a mixed age group setting. It will identify factors in the environment that affect supervision: identify and evaluate how activities may increase supervision of school-age children; and discuss how relationships may affect supervision, including bullying behavior and girl friendships.  KCF:  VII.B; CDA: 1

ADHD: Seeing the Disability Behind the Behavior

(7/2/19)

Navigating the landscape of a child with AD/HD might be easier if providers had a ‘map’ to follow!  Join other participants in this interactive seminar in discovering the myths and facts of AD/HD as well as exploring successful and practical strategies for inclusion of children with AD/HD.
KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

An Introduction to the NAYEC Code of Ethical Conduct

(6/30/22)

Increase your understanding of the NAYEC Code of Ethical Conduct and learn how to use it when you face thorny ethical situations in your day to day work.  Identify the personal values and morality you bring to your early childhood program. Explore the sections of the Code and increase your ethical commitment and professionalism by determining ways to use it in your work with children, parents, peers, and the community.  KCF:  VI; CDA:  6

Autism - Including Children and Social, Communication, and Behavioral Needs

(7/3/19)

This seminar will explore the key characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and give early childhood practitioners tools to more effectively include a child with autism in their child care setting.  Included in this interactive seminar are myths and facts about ASD as well as practical strategies and tips for inclusion.  KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

Breaking Bad...Habits: Setting Boundaries with Families

(8/24/22)

Set boundaries with families to allow for a professional environment and mutual respect. Discover what boundaries participants want in their unique environment and making a plan to implement them. Create an environment that is open and supportive with families, yet has professional boundaries.  KCF:  III; CDA:  4

Breaking Bad...News: Difficult Conversations

(8/24/22)

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; CDA:  4

Building Relationships: Roadblocks or Bridges?

(PITC) (12/18/20)

Building relationships is one of the most important aspects of successfully including all children in your child care setting. The quality of the partnership between the family, caregivers, and specialists supporting the child may be impeded by “roadblocks.” Learn strategies to promote successful teaming and collaboration, thus promoting an improved quality of life for the child and family.   KCF:  III; CDA:  4

Caregiving Strategies: Building Resilience in Children at Risk

Children may face many stressors that put their development at risk.  In this interactive and informative session, participants will explore common internal and external stressors and risk factors for children.  Participants will also examine strategies for strengthening resiliency in their child care programs.  (CICC)  KCF:  II.C:  CDA:  3

Caring for Children with Physical Disabilities: Strategies That Work!

(7/9/19)

This informative seminar will provide participants with a better understanding of children with physical disabilities by exploring a range of typical and atypical physical development as well as suggestions for safe and appropriate positioning and handling of children with special needs. Participants will examine concrete strategies regarding the use of adaptive equipment; learn how to create an appropriate environment, and learn safe lifting techniques so that children will be inclusive participants in all aspects of their child care setting!  KCF:  II.A; CDA:  2

Challenges in Feeding Young Children in Child Care

(Level 3) (3 Hours) (1/7/21)

An estimated 25% of typically developing young children and up to 35% of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities experience feeding problems such as poor feeding because of organic causes or highly selective food behaviors. Problems with feeding may lead to significant negative nutritional, developmental and psychological issues such as failure to thrive, impaired parent/child interaction and chronic aversion to mealtimes. This course addresses common feeding problems in young children and offers strategies for child care providers to help children develop healthy eating habits.  KCF:  VII.A; CDA:  1

Child Care Emergencies: Be Prepared

(6 hours) (11/23/21)

Identify the risks and hazards that may affect your child care program. Examine the nine national best practices for creating strong emergency plans to protect the children in your care. Create a written emergency plan specific for your program. Develop an action plan for communicating and maintaining your emergency plan.  KCF:  VII.B; CDA:  1

This course does not meet the CCDF requirements so providers are not taking courses that will not count for licensing in this area.”

Child Care Emergencies: Taking a Look

(2 hours) (11/23/21)

Identify the risks and hazards that may affect your child care program and examine the best practices for protecting the children in your care. Review the emergency plans and discuss communicating, maintaining and practicing your emergency plan.  KCF:  VII.B; CDA:  1

“This course does not meet the CCDF requirements so providers are not taking courses that will not count for licensing in this area.”

Child Development: Executive Functions Through the Developmental Domains

(Level 2) (8 hours) (1/7/21)

This course provides information on the core skills and dimensions of the development of executive functioning in young children; what happens when there is a disruption to the development of executive functioning skills; how to identify vulnerable populations at risk for toxic stress, relationships, and resilience; and understanding the techniques for creating a child care environment that provides safety and calm to those children who have experienced trauma.  KCF:  I; CDA:  8

Childhood Obesity: The Burden of Obesity and Its Impact on Young Children

(Level 2) (3 hours) (1/7/21)

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years. The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese. There are a number of factors that contribute to the rise in this significant health problem, including a more sedentary lifestyle. This course explores some of those factors and provides information on how child care programs can play a positive role in obesity prevention in young children.  KCF:  II.D; CDA:  2

Childhood Obesity: Components of a Healthy Nutrition Environment at Child Care

(3 hours) (1/7/21)

This course continues to build on what was covered in Obesity in Children from Birth to Six Years Level 2. Course content includes current information about childhood overweight and obesity; nutrition and physical activity in child care; and exploration of various nutrition and physical activity curricula that are appropriate for use in child care settings.  KCF:  II.D; CDA:  2

Children's Behavior: The Importance of the Practitioner's Role

(7/9/19)

Whether someone has been in child care for one week or for 10 years, at some point everyone has had to guide a behavior that disrupts the daily routine.  Join this seminar for an interactive look at challenging behavior and the child care role in working through it based on experiences and background.  (CICC)  KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

Children's Development: What to Expect and When to Be Concerned

(4/24/19)

This interactive seminar will provide an overview of the red flags for developmental delays in young children, how to share developmental concerns with families, and local referral resources.  Attendees will receive useful brochures describing typical child development and red flags for atypical development and other resource information.  (CICC)  KCF:  IV.A CDA:  7

Creating a Multicultural Environment for All Children

(8 hours) (3/11/2019)

This seminar has been designed to help early care and education providers think deeply about their work with diverse children and families. We will be exploring how to address our own biases, and celebrate differences in teaching and caring for young children. We will talk about our role as educators, the development of children, and plan a program that integrates the diversity of cultures and languages into our daily interactions so they become a source of learning for all children and adults.  KCF:  II.B; III;  CDA:  2; 4

Creating Cultural Connections in Child Care

(6 hours) (5/31/2023)

Families and communities provide the foundations children need to be successful. This course will at the resources and reflective skills providers need to work successfully with diverse families. Methods to find and promote the strengths of families as a way to promote child development will also be discussed.  KCF:  III;CDA:  4

Do You See What I See?

(PITC) (12/18/2020)

Responsive care is built around a child’s individual routines and his family’s cultural values. It is also the heart of successful inclusion of children with special needs. We’ll discuss perceptions and assumptions that color our observations and how we can get the rest of the story.   KCF:  III; CDA:  4

Early Childhood Mental Health: Why Your Role Matters!

(Key # 1) (12/4/2019)

In this seminar, participants will discover ways in which their early childhood role can nurture the emotional development of young children through interactions, practices, and modeling in order to build secure attachment relationships. Participants will examine what mental health means in young children and discuss specific strategies for providing consistency, responsiveness, and security in an emotionally healthy setting.  (CICC)  KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

Early Childhood Screening: What it’s All About?

(3/25/2020)

Everything you need to know about early childhood screening so you can properly inform child care providers and parents. KCF:  IV.A; CDA:  7

Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

(12/24/2020)

As children naturally discover, explore, and experience their environment, guided activities help them gain valuable skills: observing, listening, identifying, classifying, making sensory comparisons, and communicating. Attend and experience nature-based activities designed to help children develop their cognitive, social, physical, auditory skills. Participants will get a music CD and the “PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood” book, which contains 11 thematic units consisting of a main activity, music/movement, reading/writing, snack, art, outdoor play, math/manipulatives, woodworking, and family connections. Bonus: While children of all ages are suffering from “Nature Deficit Disorder,” nature is especially effective for children with special needs. There is an additional fee of $25.00 to cover the cost of book and music CD. Participants may go outdoors for this session; dress accordingly.  KCF:  II.A; CDA:  2

Exploring the Family Caregiving Partnership

(5/5/2019)

In this interactive seminar, participants will examine the importance of building quality relationships with families of children with special needs as an essential element in successful child care placements.  Specific strategies will be developed for building parent-provider partnerships including open communication, trust, respect, and other key components necessary for achieving the goal of successful inclusion and retention of all children.  (CICC)   KCF:  III; CDA:  4

From Farm to Child Care

(5 hours) (4/11/2023)

Discover how to help children 0-5 years old establish lifelong healthy eating behaviors by strengthening connections with where and how food is grown for all communities – rural, urban, and suburban. Learn how to purchase local foods, prepare quick, healthy, and safe meals and snacks for children through hands-on instruction. Understand how to incorporate farm, garden, & kitchen concepts and activities into the curriculum and understand the importance of purchasing local foods for childhood health and community vitality. Learn about Farm to Early Care & Education concepts, a growing statewide and nationwide movement prioritized by many families, public health partners, and beyond.  KCF:  VII.C; CDA: 1

From Farm to Child Care

(4 hours) (9/19/2023)

Discover how to help children 0-5 years old establish lifelong healthy eating behaviors by strengthening connections with where and how food is grown for all communities – rural, urban, and suburban. Learn how to purchase local foods, prepare quick, healthy, and safe meals and snacks for children through hands-on instruction. Understand how to incorporate farm, garden, & kitchen concepts and activities into the curriculum and understand the importance of purchasing local foods for childhood health and community vitality. Learn about Farm to Early Care & Education concepts, a growing statewide and nationwide movement prioritized by many families, public health partners, and beyond.  KCF:  VII.C; CDA: 1

Health and Safety I – Family Child Care

(In-Service) (12/29/2021)

This series-based course intended for experienced providers and meets licensing in-service requirements as well as the health and safety requirements from the Child Care Development Fund. Participants will explore MN Rule 2 licensing standards and best practice around health and safety.  KCF:  VII.B; CDA:  1

Health and Safety II – Family Child Care

(In-Service) (12/29/2021)

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

HealthyKids, HealthyFuture: Nutrition, Beverages, and Infant Feeding

(8/29/23) (3 hours)
(Formerly called: Let’s Move Child Care – Nutrition, Beverages, and Infant Feeding)

This course will present information about the prevalence of childhood obesity, factors that influence obesity, and the resulting health effects. Participants will examine the role caregivers play in developing healthy lifestyles for children. Participants will also explore three comprehensive strategies to promote healthy weight in children including nutrition, healthy beverages and infant feeding.  KCF:  II.D; CDA:  2

How Do We Give Children a Strong Start? Know the Key Emotional Milestones

(Key #2) (12/4/2019)

This seminar focuses on the important emotional milestones caregivers can help children achieve as the foundation for positive mental health.  This class will discuss how to use social and emotional development checklists to identify where children are in their development and look at strategies to support them as they progress to the next social/emotional milestone.  (CICC)  KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

Inclusion: Developmentally Appropriate Care for All Children

(5/6/2019)

Participants will examine key concepts of developmentally appropriate inclusive care, including the important role of the caregiver in the creation of an encouraging environment. The primary focus of this seminar is enhancing the participant’s skills in observation and in encouraging and fostering positive social interaction as well as learning to promote productive play within child care settings. The benefits and challenges of including children with special needs in community care will be explored thoroughly throughout this seminar.  KCF:  IV.A; CDA:  7

Inside the Child: Social and Emotional Development

This interactive seminar will give participants a chance to look at a child’s behavior from the “inside out.”  Participants will examine children’s temperament and development in relation to children’s behavior and social emotional development.  (CICC)  KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

Let's Move! Child Care – Physical Activity and Screen Time

(3 hours)

This course will present information about the prevalence of childhood obesity, factors that influence obesity, and the resulting health effects. Participants will examine the role caregivers play in developing healthy lifestyles for children. Participants will also explore two comprehensive strategies to promote healthy weight in children including physical activity and screen time.  KCF:  II.D; CDA:  3

Living with Disability – The Family Perspective

(4/21/2019)

This seminar highlights the unique issues that families of young children with special needs face in partnership with their child care programs. Participants will explore the family perspective and discuss the topics of grief and “loss of dreams”. The session will explain similarities between all families including those with children with special needs and those without and emphasize the need for acceptance and respect of diversity for family structures, values, and members.  KCF:  III; CDA:  4

Making and Keeping Friends: The Importance of Friendship Skills

(Key # 6) (12/4/2019)

This seminar will examine the important relationship between mental health and social development.  Participants will explore key ‘friendship skills’ and social competencies needed for children to be successful in their social relationships.  Strategies will include how to use activities to promote prosocial skills to avoid aggression and build self-esteem in all children.  (CICC)  KCF:  II; CDA:  2

Me, Too! Creating Environments for Everyone

(PITC) (12/18/2020)

Creating an environment that works for everyone requires a thoughtful, sensitive, and reflective approach. Explore strategies for adapting your environment (space, toys, activities, routines) to the ever-changing needs of the children.   KCF:  II.A; CDA:  2

More Alike Than Different!

(5/12/19)

The focus of this interactive and challenging seminar is on ability awareness and respect for diversity.  Participants will look at the myths that influence and affect one’s own attitudes about children with special needs and how that applies to child care practice, including a look at children’s books on special needs.  The seminar emphasizes the importance of supporting all children in their development for a positive sense of self-worth.  (CICC) KCF:  II.A; CDA:  2

Mother Nature vs. Guitar Hero

(1/31/2019)

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

Nutrition in Children from Birth to Six Years

(Level 2) (3 hours) (1/7/2021)

This course will cover healthy eating behavior of infants, toddlers and preschoolers, explain current eating patterns of young American children including information about food insecurity; the role of good nutrition in children’s physical, mental, and social/emotional development; and high-quality foods from many cultures.  KCF:  VII.A; CDA:  1

Observation: Find the Function of Behavior

(5/1/2019)

Ever thought: They’re doing it on purpose? Join this seminar to discover how through observation, early educators can see the clues children give adults to the purpose behind their behavior. Once the purpose is understood, a more effective response can be made to meet the child’s needs. Participants will examine observation tools for finding the function of a child’s behavior.  (CICC) KCF:  IV.A; CDA:  7

Prevention and Behavior: It’s All About Environment

(5/5/2019)

What does the early childhood environment say to children? This seminar will examine the physical and social environments and their effect on children’s behavior. Learn how to prevent and guide children’s behavior through hands on activities and practical strategies. (CICC). KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

Raising Empowered Children

(11/26/2018)

Children require several skills in order to cultivate a sense of confidence and self-esteem.  We will discuss strategies you can add to your tool box that will foster accountability, respect, and relationship-building in children of all ages and how these skills affect the atmosphere in your classroom or home.  You will understand how mastery of these skills generates self-advocacy and more positive behaviors and rewards, thus empowering each child so gifted by his caregivers or parents.  KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

Say Yes to No

(6 hours) (1/15/2019)

We’ll talk about the importance of building and maintaining a secure connection with your child and identify different parenting styles so you can recognize yours.   Learn how to set appropriate limits and consequences, instill self-discipline, and how to avoid power struggles.  Understand and practice helpful praise and ways to build competency in each child that also fosters self-esteem.  You will write an individual action plan for your family or program.  One session is merely an over view.  The two-part session allows for in-depth study and planning for your family.   KCF:  II.C, III; CDA:  3,4

Sensory Processing Disorder

(9/8/2020)

This seminar describes the characteristics of Sensory Processing Disorder and how it may impact young children in child care programs. Each participant will have the opportunity to examine their own sensory preferences and apply that knowledge to the sensory needs of children. Strategies for inclusion will be presented as well as local resources.  (CICC)  KCF:  II.A; CDA:  2

Setting the Stage: What Part Do You Play?

(PITC) (12/18/2020)

Caregivers strive to provide a safe, welcoming environment for all children so they may fully and actively participate. Each person caring for the child brings his/her own history, ideas, attitudes, and questions to the table. We will explore the critical importance of maintaining confidentiality, building trust, facilitating communication, handling concerns, acknowledging emotions, accessing information, as well as careful observation of the child within the cultural boundaries of the family and program and your role in achieving a sensitive balance.  KCF:  III; CDA:  4

Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine!

(9/1/9/2020)
(Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behavior of Children)

Learn about healthy sexual development in children and adolescents, how to recognize signs that may be cause for concern, and how your responses to these behaviors are effective tools in preventing the perpetration of child sexual abuse.  This overview is also suitable for parents, teen helpers, and youth leaders of all ages.  KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

Strengthening Families (TM)

(Level 2) (6 hours) (1/7/2021)

This course provides an in-depth review of the Strengthening Families approach, including key aspects of the five Strengthening Families protective factors. Participants will identify strategies for supporting families in building healthy, positive social connections, and accessing concrete support in times of need as well as strategies for supporting families in building parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and child development.  KCF:  III:  CDA:  4

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

(SUID) (1 hour) (1/6/2019)

This seminar meets the new professional development requirement for Family Child Care providers on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. The curriculum will address state regulations and national recommendations to reduce Sudden, Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) including SIDS, suffocation, and other sleep related infant deaths. Safe sleep environments will be discussed, as well as consequences of non-compliance with state regulations. Examples of a safe sleep policy will be available.  KCF:  VII.B; CDA:  1

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Abusive Head Trauma

(AHT) (1/22/2019)

This course meets DHS education requirements for both SUID and AHT.  Content includes recommendations to reduce SUID, including SIDS, suffocation, and other sleep related infant deaths, safe sleep environments, MN Child Care regulations related to safe sleep, as well as symptoms and consequences of abusive head trauma, risk factors for AHT, and strategies to use when stressed, angry, or frustrated.  (This course can be separated into two one-hour courses if necessary.)  KCF:  VII.B; CDA:  1

Supporting Resilience in Children: The Little Engine that Could!

(Key # 5) (12/4/2019)

This seminar examines characteristics of resiliency and its key relationship to children’s mental health.  Participants will explore the role resiliency plays as a critical factor in how children who are at risk will handle stress, react or adapt to negative situations, and overcome obstacles in their emotional growth.   Participants will develop practical strategies for improving their environment and programming to enhance and support resiliency in young children.   (CICC)  KCF:  I; CDA:  8

Teaching Children to Know Their Own Engines: A Look at Your Environment

(Key # 4) (12/4/2019)

Do you see children who struggle with their emotions? This seminar will examine specific strategies for promoting self-regulation skills in young children through environmental supports in the early childhood setting and how impulse-control relates to their positive mental health.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore key characteristics of the physical and emotional environment that can encourage children to learn to identify and express their feelings through everyday activities.  (CICC)  KCF: IIe; CDA:  3

The Nurtured Heart Approach

(Overview) (9/17/2020)

Children with high intensity temperaments are often seen as children who are challenging in school or child care settings. The “Nurtured Heart Approach,” based on the work of Howard Glasser, is a unique approach for working with children who have challenging behaviors. This course combines four effective strategies for helping caregivers transform the way they see children who have high energy and high intensity from a challenge to a “gift.”  (CICC)  KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

The Redleaf Family Child Care Curriculum – Teaching Through Quality Care

(8 hours) (12/1/2021)

Learn planning and implementation of the Redleaf Family Child Care Curriculum including the domains of child development, elements of effective curriculum, and the role of authentic assessment in gathering information about young children’s development. Develop strategies to adapt curriculum to meet individual children’s needs. Explore scaffolding, age appropriate outcomes, and daily schedules. This class has been developed to address professional development requirements associated with Parent Aware.  KCF:  II.A; CDA:  2

Thriving with Your Teen

(5 hours) (1/24/2019)

Learn practical information and leave with tools to support parents and other caring adults with pre-teens/teens (ages 10-17).  Participants learn about how to make the most of their relationship and find common ground with their teenager and discuss recent research that can provide useful insight about teens, teen development, and effective parenting tips. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend.  KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

Tools for Your Toolbox: Strategies to Meet Challenging Behavior

(7/9/2019)

This seminar offers many tools for working with children who have challenging behaviors, including specific guidance strategies as well as directions for making picture schedules and fidget toys. This interactive course has very practical information for implementing strategies in early childhood programs. (CICC). KCF:  II.C; CDA:  3

When Concerns Arise: Identifying and Referring Children with Exceptional Needs

(5/12/2019)

Ever wondered about developmental red flags?  The goal of this seminar is to assist providers with the identification and referral of children who have developmental concerns in their childcare programs.  Participants will explore the benefits of supporting and assisting parents in seeking help for a child who may be in need of specialized services by understanding the assessment process and local referral contacts.  A main focus will be how to share concerns with parents in a respectful manner if red flags for developmental concerns are present.  (CICC) KCF:  IV.A; CDA:  7

Why Do Children Act the Way They Do? Understanding How a Child Is ‘Wired’

(Key # 3) (12/5/2019)

This seminar focuses on the important emotional milestones caregivers can help children achieve as the foundation for positive mental health.  This class will discuss how to use social and emotional development checklists to identify where children are in their development and look at strategies to support them as they progress to the next social/emotional milestone.  (CICC)  KCF:  I; CDA: 8

Minnesota Infant-Toddler Credential (MNITC) Courses

(30 hours) (8/6/2020)

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