Professional Development

Free Online Course! The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

With leading experts in the field – from Harvard University, New York University and UNICEF - ecourse participants will explore how neuroscience, sociology, anthropology and other studies have influenced our understanding of early childhood development. Find out more and register now!

Webinar: 5 Things You Can Do Today to Lessen Challenging Behaviours Tomorrow

At times, early educators may feel powerless in the face of challenging behaviours. But, there are steps you can take to lessen these behaviours! Through humour, concrete examples, and practical suggestions, participants in this webinar will learn about five common causes of challenging behaviours, how to recognize them, understand their impact, and how to remedy them so peace and happiness can prevail.

Webinar – Young Children in Refugee Families and Early Childhood Programs: Ways to Mitigate the Effects of Trauma

Young children in refugee families often endure significant direct or indirect trauma from their experiences during conflict, flight, or resettlement. The issue of trauma has gained increasing visibility across the early childhood field, yet relatively little research has explored the specific traumatic experiences and needs of young refugee children or strategies to address them. High-quality early childhood programs can have enormous benefits, particularly for the children of immigrants and refugees. Join this webinar where experts will discuss the effects of trauma on the development of young refugee children, and practical strategies that child-care providers in Canada are using to support the resiliency of refugee children and families.

Webinar- Engaging Families of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Strategies to Enhance Your Practice

Engaging families can be a challenge, particularly if their infant or toddler has a disability or may show signs of developmental delay. Families of children with disabilities are often deluged by service providers and advice from early intervention teams, therapists, doctors, and other professionals. Join this session to learn strategies for enhancing family engagement practices for your program as well as your staff’s confidence in building culturally responsive partnerships with families of the infants and toddlers with disabilities included in your program.

Webinar: Extending the Book Experience: Strategies That Promote Language and Literacy in Dual Language Learners

Are you familiar with strategies that support DLLs in each stage of language development? Are you creating purposeful and intentional learning experiences that foster English language acquisition? Based on the planning guide, 10 Best Practices for Developing Book Experiences for Dual Language Learners, this webinar will support early childhood educators as they improve overall academic success with language and literacy development.

Webinar: Hiring and retaining qualified staff is not mission impossible!

This webinar reviews some of your biggest staffing challenges, and provides ideas for overcoming those challenges, including unique approaches to recruitment, screening, and retention.

Webinar – Play Therapy Techniques in Early Childhood Settings: Supporting Social-emotional Learning & Self-regulation

In this webinar, you will learn how to support children’s development through their most natural means for expression: play. You will learn about essential play skills, derived from Child-Centered Play Therapy, and how to engage young children in play and interact with them in ways that can strengthen the attachment relationship while supporting the acquisition of vital coping skills.

Webinar: 5 Big Ideas About Early Brain Development

Find out about “5 big ideas” about early brain development that every parent and early childhood professional should know and use every day! For example, 700-1000 new neural connections form in a baby’s brain every second! What does that mean for the baby, and for your program?

Webinar: Using Movement for Optimal Development and Early Learning

This recorded webinar discusses guidelines for creating a movement-friendly environment and managing safety. You'll also learn about techniques that build confidence and self-esteem through a wide variety of activities that you can easily use in your classroom.

Webinar: Strategies That Promote Language and Literacy Development in Dual Language Learners

Are you creating purposeful learning experiences that foster English language acquisition? Do you have strategies for supporting DLLs in each stage of language development? This webinar is designed to support early childhood educators as they improve children's success with language and literacy development.