Professional Development - General Resources

Podcast: Working with Children with Developmental Delays and Autism

In this podcast, HiMama chats with Dr. Cara Goodwin about the different ways educators and parents can not only support children with developmental delays and autism but how to recognize the signs early. Dr. Goodwin mentions that early intervention is the most effective thing we can do to help children reach their highest potential, and why it’s important to take action quickly to help support these children!


Free Weekly Exchange Resources

Since 1978, Exchange Press has promoted the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through Exchange magazine, books, and training resources. To support early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive, they are offering a weekly free resource. Sign up here to receive a thoughtfully selected Exchange Press resource each Wednesday. Resources will include: magazine articles, video content from Ed.Flicks Training Videos on Demand, book segments, and so much more!

HiMama Helps Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccines and Child Care Policies

Covid-19In this webinar, participants join law and virology experts to hear about how the vaccine works and how to create vaccine policies for their programs. They'll also have a chance to ask questions and learn more about keeping their CNC program safe!

NARA Child Care Webinar Series: Best Practices for Keeping Child Care Settings Healthy and Safe During the Pandemic

COVID IMAGEJoin experts for this two-part webinar series on best practices for child care settings during the pandemic. In the first session, participants will hear about the layered approach to preventing the transmission of COVID-19, the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, and how to select use cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting products. Session two will focus on the ventilation and how it fits into an overall healthy building plan with respect to COVID-19 disease and other indoor contaminants, as well as 3 simple steps you can take to improve ventilation in a child care facility.


WEBINAR: Using Routines to Help Children Adjust After COVID Closures and Other Disruptions

In this webinar, participants will learn practical strategies to help children readjust to attending early childhood programs after COVID-19. In this strategy packed webinar, an experienced play therapist and child psychologist shares the importance of structured daily routines to smooth transitions. He will also provide some ideas for play-based interaction skills that can empower children with a perceived loss of control that children often experience during major life changes.

WEBINAR: Provoking Inquiry with Loose Parts

Join co-author of the award-winning books, Loose Parts: Inspiring Play for this webinar full of tips for choosing and setting up loose parts for children in your program! Participants will learn the value of loose parts in play, how to choose loose parts using different lenses for different learning goals, and how to set provocations that promote inquiry.

Professional Development: Self-Care in the Context of 2021

COVID IMAGEStrengthening self-awareness to reduce burnout in times of stress and uncertainty (Self-Care) is a keynote address focusing on the need for self-awareness and self-care in 2020. Now more than ever we need to access our sources of resilience, strength and grounding. Participants will be introduced to the concept of burnout and learn about the Zones of Self-Awareness to detect when their stress response systems have been activated. Several sources of resilience will be explored for strengthening or building self-regulation and grounding in times of stress.


WEBINAR: Implementing Virtual Learning-Tips from the Front lines

Looking for fresh ideas? Join this HiMama webinar for virtual learning inspiration, strategies for supporting your team, and tips for building community during the pandemic.

Webinar: How to Effectively Teach Social-Emotional Skills to Children Who Exhibit Challenging Behaviour

It’s easy to become focused on trying to stop unwanted behaviour when young children are using aggression to try and get their wants and needs met. This can also be true when they are not following directions or we feel they are being disrespectful in some way. Yet, in addition to stopping the behaviour we also need to teach them what do instead! Challenging behaviour signals that the child needs support to develop their social-emotional skills. Learn about the importance of focusing on social-emotional learning and discuss practical strategies that use to proactively teach children the necessary social-emotional skills!

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!