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Training

RPC offers ongoing professional development and support for early educators in Randolph County to ensure licensed centers and homes meet state requirements for staff certification and training as well as enhance the quality of early care and education.Training is offered for early educators who work with children birth–5 years, with extended training opportunities for school age care, and work in child care programs or family child care homes in Randolph and neighboring counties.

We also provide personalized, virtual technical assistance and support for Randolph County early educators. LEARN MORE  

Online training resources:
Child Care Resources Inc. Child Care Services Association  Early Childhood Investigations WEBINARS Ed Web Hi Mama  KAPLAN NAEYC Sesame Street in Communities Southwestern Child Development Commission

To register for online training, see the training event description for online registration link. To register for an in-person class or series, please complete and submit our registration form.  Training Form

Nov
7
Sat
Community of Learners Symposium: Partnering with the Environment as a Third Teacher—The Healing Power of Nature @ Online via ZOOM
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Community of Learners Symposium: Partnering with the Environment as a Third Teacher—The Healing Power of Nature @ Online via ZOOM

The feel of a place is sometimes indescribable, yet highly influential. It can nurture or undermine health and wellbeing. As mentioned at our last symposium on documentation, nature is an environment that many of us seek for peace—a place to breathe. Likewise, we often see the children in our care find their inherent rhythms with dirt, plants, creatures, wind, campfire, and water. When we invite nature to be our partner in learning and wellness, we ultimately invite ourselves and each other into healing partnership. The outer landscapes of our beings can speak to each other in powerful ways. Our job is to open that communication. Children are full participants in this.
GOALS:
1. Observe the possibilities that surround us in natural environments every day.
2. Notice how children engage and express connections with nature. Appreciate how we adults do, too.
3. Explore how we adults can be inspired by children’s nature-based knowing, as well as facilitate deeper inquiry and connection within our learning environments.

Credits: 2
Presenter: Jodi Wert

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Nov
10
Tue
Powerful Messages for a Healthier Tomorrow @ Online via ZOOM
Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Powerful Messages for a Healthier Tomorrow @ Online via ZOOM

Join us for this training that looks at how our conversations impact the children in our care. Conversation gives children a variety of messages. What adults say is powerful. As a caregiver, you play a big role in developing a child’s healthy habits. In time, comments accumulate to give children messages about how much control they have over healthy life choices. Think about how you may influence children’s experiences. Listen to what is said throughout the day and decide if it is a phrase that helps or hinders the child’s preferences. What you say has an impact on developing healthy choices. Negative phrases can easily be changed into positive, helpful ones.

Credits: 1.5
Presenters: Meredith Shields, Patty Sullivan

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Nov
12
Thu
Directors’ Institute: Informational Session @ Online via ZOOM
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Directors' Institute: Informational Session @ Online via ZOOM

This session will provide updates on current and projected changes from the Division of Child Development Early Education, Randolph Public Health, and Environmental Health. Guests will include other local agencies. Open discussion to follow.

Credits: 2
Presenters: Cindy Trogdon, Mona Ndiaye, Andrea Brunk

Dec
1
Tue
Growing Up WILD: Session 1 @ Online via ZOOM
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Growing Up WILD: Session 1 @ Online via ZOOM

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through its materials and training programs, it demonstrates how early childhood learning objectives can be reached through use of the outdoors and nature-themed activities combined with art, music, and play. It also builds the confidence of early childhood educators to lead outdoor explorations by providing ready-made activities, easily digestible background information, and high-quality personal training programs. All participants receive and activity guide with 27 hands-on nature-based activities. Targets children 3-7 years.

CEUs: 0.5 (participation in BOTH sessions on 12/1 and 12/8 is REQUIRED)
Presenter: CC King

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Dec
8
Tue
Growing Up WILD: Session II @ Online via ZOOM
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Growing Up WILD: Session II @ Online via ZOOM

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through its materials and training programs, it demonstrates how early childhood learning objectives can be reached through use of the outdoors and nature-themed activities combined with art, music, and play. It also builds the confidence of early childhood educators to lead outdoor explorations by providing ready-made activities, easily digestible background information, and high-quality personal training programs. All participants receive and activity guide with 27 hands-on nature-based activities. Targets children 3-7 years.

CEUs: 0.5 (participation in BOTH sessions on 12/1 and 12/8 is REQUIRED)
Presenter: CC King

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