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Professionals working with young children explore the prison pipeline and the work of Walter Gilliam. Examine how children who have experienced trauma and are at risk. Identify ways to prevent expulsion from early learning environments, which leads to better success in school and life.


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Have you been putting off writing that will? Are you confused about trusts and estate planning? Speak with our expert and let them help you navigate this important responsibility.


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Does upgrading your bathroom always make your home more valuable for resale? Will granite countertops look nice, but not deserve a higher asking price? Discover options on wisely choosing which home improvements you invest in.


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Are you preparing to make that 'big step' and buy your first home? What are the differences between loans? How much can you afford? Let's talk about it and remove the guesswork from these big questions.


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The arrangement of the physical environment is a vital part of any program. Gather ideas for helping staff use the arrangement of space and materials to meet the developmental needs of young children.


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Learn ways to set up and organize your space, both indoors and out, to meet the needs of the children in your care.


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Creative art activities help children develop a variety of important skills, including cognitive, physical, social-emotional, and language. Utilize a variety of fresh, creative art activities to engage children and enrich your curriculum. Bring a pair of scissors.


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Gather ideas for using assessments to enhance learning in your early childhood setting. Discuss how to use observations to create developmentally appropriate learning experiences for infants and toddlers.


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Learn specific visual strategies and communications systems designed to help caregivers support children with Autism.


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Improve your ability to help care for and educate young children with Autism as you concentrate on learning specific behavior and guidance strategies.


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Children with special needs often display behaviors that appear inappropriate and disruptive. Learn specific strategies to guide children toward a more appropriate response.


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Spending time outdoors is a valuable experience for even the youngest children. Gather ideas for making outside time one of learning, enjoyment, and exploration.


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Reading books with children is important, but so much more can be done to encourage and enhance early literacy and language skills. Gather ideas for literacy activities for a variety of ages, including literacy games, child-made books, and writing activities.


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The impact of trauma and toxic stress occurs in the context of our relationships with others and our environment. Adversities in childhood affect brain development and neural network connections. Examine Adverse Childhood Experiences and how these experiences may be considered trauma.  Review the F.A.N. Framework to focus on working with young children and families and building strengths and protective factors in those families to help mitigate trauma's effects on development.


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Discuss the challenges commonly faced when supervising others. Gather ideas for managing friends, family, men, women, and a variety of generations in the workplace.


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Providing child care for mixed age groups can be a great challenge. Planning and organization can be the key to having an effective and appropriate program for children of various ages. Includes DIY classroom ideas.


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Promote good health and nutrition, prevent illness, reduce injuries, arrange materials and space, and establish routines in the early childhood environment for learning, exploration, and play. Books required.


October 25, 2021 to December 6, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, Classroom (A216)
Focus on the development of children's social skills, empathy, and respect for others through the use of positive guidance techniques and prevention of behavior problems. Discover the relationship between guidance methods and children's individuality, personality, and developmental needs. Books required.


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Study developmentally appropriate equipment, activities, and methods to promote the physical and cognitive development of children. Discover how to incorporate music, art, literature, writing, and block play into daily activities while encouraging creativity and problem-solving. Language development and communication are also featured. Books required.


October 5, 2021 to November 16, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, Electronic Lab (F205)
Focus on the management of resources, organization strategies, communication, planning, record keeping, ethical practices, and working cooperatively with others. Explore the importance of participating in professional development and advocacy activities. Books required.


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What is Autism? Explore ways to provide developmentally appropriate care and education techniques for working with young children with Autism.


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Children with Sensory Processing Disorder, also known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID), have trouble organizing information coming in through their senses. Explore the characteristics of children with sensory processing issues and examine strategies for assisting these children in the early childhood setting.


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Become familiar with factors influencing speech and language development and discover ways to support children with special needs as they develop communication skills.


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Young children are often seen as defiant when they are tired, hungry, or upset. However, there are a growing number of children who exhibit defiant behaviors at other times and more frequently. You will learn the symptoms, causes, and classroom strategies for helping young children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.


November 15-22, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, Training Room 27 (2425)
Young children who display gifts or talents in particular areas benefit from having responsive caregivers who can meet their needs in the child care setting. Discover ways to identify each child's gifts and talents and to individualize curriculum for students in the early childhood setting.


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Discuss the importance of creativity in infant and toddler development. Explore ideas for early art activities and other ways to encourage creativity throughout your early learning environment.


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Discuss the guidelines of a developmentally appropriate program and examine excellence in the administration of an early learning program.


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Focus on the development of child brain development within the context of family, environment, and culture as well as infant mental health. Explore attachment, the importance of nurturing relationships, as well as how child and parents' individuality, personality, and temperament impact growth.


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Professionals working with young children explore their cultural awareness and how concepts such as marginalization and implicit bias impact their work. Learn strategies to embed empathy and acceptance while working with children and families.


Thursday, November 4, 2021, 06:00pm - 09:00pm, Training Room 27 (2425)
The classroom environment can be a powerful teaching tool. Gather ideas for creating a look and feel for your classroom that promotes learning and positive behavior.


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Do you communicate effectively with your staff? Discover practical ways to communicate and connect with the families of children in your childcare setting.


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Help staff grow in their commitment to your program and the field of early childhood education by encouraging professional attitudes and behaviors. Provide your staff with the knowledge and assistance they need to provide the best possible experiences for children and families.


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Explore the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct while considering how this position statement impacts the actions of both you and your staff.


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Share information and connect with the families of children with special needs.


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As a small business owner, you should have contracts and policies in place that help you communicate with families. Explore the components of effective contracts and policies, as well as the pitfalls to avoid.


December 6-12, 2021, Online
Gather ideas for simple and inexpensive marketing techniques that will help attract families to your program. Ideas for communicating with existing families and getting them involved will also be shared.


November 15-21, 2021, Online
Interested in homeschooling your child? This seminar lays the foundation for what you need to know according to Oklahoma law for homeschool associations and how to access resources in your community.


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Become familiar with ways to include children with special needs in the child care setting. Identify the definition of special needs, learn about guidelines for working with children with disabilities, and gather ideas for making adaptations to curriculum, activities, materials, and equipment.


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Discover information about newborn and infant crying patterns, inconsolable crying (The Period of PURPLE Crying©), soothing techniques, and strategies to prevent Abusive Head Trauma and Shaken Baby Syndrome.


Thursday, December 2, 2021, 06:30pm - 08:30pm, Meeting Room (3222)
Explore strategies for encouraging meaningful interactions and gather tips for creating a successful infant toddler environment.


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Discover ways to foster good communication with the families of infants and toddlers. Discuss ways to incorporate information shared by families into the early learning setting.


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Designed for center administrators to discover how to help staff use an evidence-based framework to address children's social and emotional development and challenging behavior.


November 29, 2021 to December 5, 2021, Online
Lesson plans are an important component of any high-quality early learning environment. Review the components of successful lesson plans and discover available resources and creative ideas geared towards young children.


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Music and movement can help children learn and grow. Discover creative ways to include music and movement in your school-age program.


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This online test through the Oklahoma Family Resource Coalition's Child & Parenting Specialist credential is essential for prevention education programs designed for well-functioning families with typical parent/child issues and families who are experiencing moderate to severe family stressors (i.e., child abuse, family disruption, children with special needs, etc.).


August 23, 2021 to December 17, 2021, Online
Increase your awareness of services offered for parents and caregivers with special needs children by attending this On the Road seminar. Provides information and resources for professionals, parents, and caregivers to assist in navigating the complex healthcare system.


Thursday, December 2, 2021, 06:00pm - 09:00pm, Training Room 29 (2427)
Discover how to open your family child care, including balancing time and money, regulatory entities, and resources.


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How do you plan for a successful day with infants and toddlers? Discover ways to plan developmentally appropriate days and create effective schedules and routines for your learning environment.


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Explore what it means to create a foundation for positive social interactions during infancy. Discuss factors that influence behavior and review tips for handling difficult toddler behaviors.


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Understand the warning signs of child abuse and neglect, state regulations, and processes for reporting. Strategies for preventing abuse, supporting families, and keeping children safe will be explored and discussed.


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As you look at houses, they might all start to look the same. What clues should you look for in a great value, and which ones indicate a more significant, costly issue? Let our expert give you some great tips!


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Examine the value of relationships in the infant and toddler early learning setting, while discussing the importance of secure attachments.


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Photos are an important addition to any early childhood setting as they can be used to individualize and personalize concepts and activities, make abstract concepts real to children, and support all areas of the curriculum. Join us as we explore many ways to enrich children's learning experiences with photos.


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Science experiments aren't for scientists. They are fun for everybody, and that includes you and the children in your program. Be ready to be amazed at how easy it is to use ordinary material in extraordinary ways! Ideas shared are appropriate for pre-k and elementary students.


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Our expert has some tips, gadgets, and common-sense strategies to deter a break-in or theft at your home.


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Communication includes our own professional bias, emotion, knowledge of child development, and culture. Review types of communication, how to effectively communicate with families and involve them in the process, and reflect on their ability to be self-regulated and "present" in their interactions. A simulation with HARUV allows practicing communication techniques. It provides a safe atmosphere for discussion and reflection on professional skills that empower families through values and a strengths-based approach.


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Increased attention to early learning outcomes has emphasized the importance of screening and assessing infants and early childhood programs and services. Flexibility with procedures for gathering information for observation skills and screening/assessments are critical for professionals to understand the family and cultural context where children are embedded. A simulation with HARUV allows you to practice using a screening tool and provide a safe atmosphere to reflect on your own implicit bias and culture as it impacts this process.


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Required by Oklahoma State Department of Education for all Special Education Paraprofessionals, content focuses on skills and topics important for success as Special Education Paraprofessionals. Book included.


November 8-11, 2021, 08:00am - 03:00pm, TBA
Acquire strategies for supporting both home language development and English language learning while collecting ideas for literacy materials, props, and ways to meet the needs of English language learners.


October 27, 2021 to November 3, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, S.T.E.M Classroom (F203)
Become more comfortable in the job of Child Care Center Director by discovering key elements of a center director's job. Identify strategies for making the job more enjoyable while becoming a more effective leader.


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Bring your staff together for this fun-filled, activity-rich training course that demonstrates the importance of the 3 C's: Communication, Cooperation, and Common Purpose.


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Investigate various temperament traits and how to observe them in children. Discover ways to use this knowledge to build positive relationships with infants and toddlers and to plan effectively.


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Learn how to effectively manage your resources, as well as those of your childcare center. Explore the topics of budgeting, fundraising, collecting fees, delegating responsibilities, dealing with paper piles, and much more.


November 1-7, 2021, Online
Current brain research demonstrates children who have been exposed to traumatic events have changed brain architecture. Professionals who work with young children who have experienced trauma and toxic stress will gain a broader understanding of trauma, toxic stress, and strategies to mitigate risks and better support children.


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How do you make meetings and trainings for your staff more fun and meaningful? Discover inexpensive ways to encourage and motivate your employees.


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Looking for the right opportunity to expand your profession knowledge and skillset? Expand your strategies for supporting behavior management of special need students and occupational updates.


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Identify what virtual learning looks like for young children. Discover developmentally appropriate ways to engage young learners utilizing virtual platforms. Expand virtual learning beyond screens.


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Visual schedules use visual cues to support learning with young children. Discover ways to use visual schedules to reduce behavior challenges and classroom disruptions.


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You will be introduced to the concept of anxiety disorders and developmentally typical anxiety. Discuss the three major anxiety types seen in young children, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Signs and symptoms for each sub-type and strategies for helping children will be shared.


October 25, 2021 to November 1, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, Training Room 27 (2425)
Young children are naturally energetic, but why are some children highly active? Discover reasons for high activity levels, and what you can do to help guide and support children who consistently exhibit impulsive, distracted behaviors.


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