Child Development Trainings

All child care staff of Department of Human Services certified child care providers that participate with Child Care Works (CCW) are required to take a minimum of one professional development training in Child Development annually.

Trying Together is offering a variety of courses for child care providers in order to meet these needs.

Registration information coming soon.

Virtual Course Offerings:

The Beautiful Brain: The Importance of Understanding How Your Child’s Brain Grows and Develops

This discussion has been developed to familiarize caregivers of young children with how the brain develops and how strong brain development can be effectively supported through fun and engaging activities, setting children on a lifelong pathway of success. Discussion materials and content are based on the “Working for Kids: Skill Building” training series.

Instructor: Lindsey Ramsey
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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Cultural Consciousness and Awareness in the Early Childhood Field

This session will give participants an opportunity to engage in a conversation about the role cultural consciousness and awareness plays in the Early Childhood Field. The instructor will provide a forum for respectful dialogue where participants can share their experiences with race and how it relates to their work with young children. The instructor will discuss the importance of family culture is integral to child development and will discuss strategies to include/ maintain responsiveness to family cultural practices. Space will also be provided for self-reflection and group discussions about current teaching practice.

Instructors: Allison Hritz and Judy Graca
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
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Supporting Children’s Play as a Way to Positively Respond to Our New Normal

What does play look like in the “new normal”? In this course, participants will define the elements of play according to Dr. Peter Gray, discuss play adaptations, and explore the implications of play in adherence to health and safety guidelines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of this course, participants will use acquired knowledge of play to create a “play action plan.” Using the “play action plan,” educators will adapt their practice to support children’s play and meet standards for health, safety, and social-emotional growth.

Instructors: Allison Hritz and Judy Graca
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Date: March 21, 2023

Using What You Know about Temperament to Promote Positive Social and Emotional Development

A child’s temperament describes the way in which she approaches and reacts to the world. While temperament does not clearly define or predict behavior, understanding a child’s temperament can guide educators in helping children to appropriately express their preferences, desires, and feelings. Information about temperament can guide caregivers to identify children’s strengths and the supports they need to succeed in their relationships and environments. In this course, participants will reflect on the temperaments of themselves and their students and implement supports to promote positive social and emotional development and behavior.

Instructor: Alicia Sebastian
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
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