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Saturday 01/07/2017

School Age Credential Level 1 Modules 7b and 8a Introductory Presenter: Ashley Harms

Time & Address
9:00am To
3:30pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

Audience & Course Description
Providers of School-Age Children
(7b) This session includes looking at how to help children and youth develop friendships and friendship skills. Discussion will include how to manage conflict as it plays a pivotal role in the development of relationship skills. Topics will also include bullying and harassment. National Afterschool Association (NAA) Standards on human relationships will be addressed.
(8a) Using the National Afterschool Association (NAA) Standards, this module will look at the differences between “community” and a “sense” of community, including ideas for creating and strengthening a sense of community. Participants will explore the ideas of the surrounding community as a resource and how to support children and youth engagement within it.

Registration CDA Area & Fee
Use Registration Form CDA: 3&5 FREE

Tuesday 01/10/2017
Wednesday 01/11/2017
Thursday 01/12/2017 & 01/19/2017

ExceleRate Online Computer Support Introductory Presenter: Rachel Feigel & Kristian Boyle
Infant/Toddler Resource Night Introductory Presenter: Heather Gordon
An Introduction to the Environmental Rating Scale (ERS) Intermediate Presenter: Rachel Feigel Kristian Boyle Heather Gordon

5:30pm To
8:30pm YWCA Computer Lab 4990 East State Street Rockford Winnebago
6:00pm to
8:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago
6:00pm To
8:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford Winnebago

ExceleRate Bound Providers
Seeking a circle of quality, but needing a bit of assistance for ExceleRate trainings that are available online? We can help! Contact Rachel or Kristian at 815-4849442 ext. 224 or 208 for more information.
Providers of Children 0-3
Creativity not your strong suit? We have just the solution to up your creative quotient! Join Heather, Infant/Toddler Specialist, and “create” songs and flannel activities. The “cost” to participate will be providing two activities that you use in your own program. Please be ready to share directions and a demonstration.
All Providers
This training is for center-based programs and family child care providers and offers an overview of the Environment Rating Scales. The Environment Rating Scales are userfriendly assessment tools that measure the quality of the learning environment for infants through school-age children. After completing this training, participants will be able to use the tool(s) for program self-assessment and improvement planning.

Use registration form FREE
Use Registration Form CDA: 2 FREE
Use Registration Form CDA: 5 $10

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Date
Saturday 01/14/2017
Tuesday 01/17/2017
Saturday 01/21/2017

ECE Credential Level 1 Modules 8b and 8c Introductory Presenter: Andrea Angileri

Time & Address
9:00am to
3:30pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

Audience & Course Description
All Providers (License Exempt Providers Tier 3)
(8b) As toddlers mature, their minds are not the only things growing at an incredible rate. You will understand the special areas of physical development in preschool-aged children. You also will earn about fine motor activities that will help preschoolers grow into their bodies while developing proper coordination and movement.
(8c) Appropriate speech patterns and language skills are crucial to nurturing effective communications by preschoolers. In this third class on preschool development, you will explore how to use a picture and storybooks to lay the foundation for good reading and proper language use. This class comes complete with discussion on how to help children with special needs.

Registration CDA Area & Fee
Use Registration Form CDA: 2 FREE

ExceleRate Orientation for Licensed Family Child Care Introductory Presenter: Kristian Boyle & Rachel Feigel
Heartsaver®
First Aid/CPR/AED INTRODUCTORY Presenter: Debb Webb Basic Healthcare Education LLC

6:00pm To
8:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford Winnebago
8:30am To
5:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

Licensed Family Child Care Providers
ExceleRate™ Illinois is the quality rating and improvement system for licensed family child care, licensed child care centers, Head Start, and Preschool for All programs. This orientation provides family child care providers an overview of the goals, quality indicators, benefits of participation, application process, and the system supports available for success at reaching each Circle of Quality.
All Providers
This is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrive. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.
This training will meet IDCFS licensing requirements.

Use Registration Form CDA: 5 FREE
Use registration form CDA: 1 $25 (providers listed on CCS database) $50 (other)

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Date

Monday 01/23/2017

Child Care Center Infant/Toddler Providers Round Table Discussion Introductory Presenter: Heather Gordon

Tuesday 01/24/2017

Challenging Behaviors Introductory Presenter: Jacque Ruch M.ED., LCSW

Wednesday 01/25/2017

Safeway Food Handler Presentation and Certification Introductory Presenter: Kelly McNeal

Saturday 01/28/2017

Sing Your Way Through the Year Introductory Presenter: Jennie Johnson Sic

Time & Address

Audience & Course Description

6:00pm to
8:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago
6:30pm To
8:30pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

Child Care Center Providers of Infant/Toddlers
Something new for Fiscal Year 2017! Heather, the Infant Toddler Specialist, is inviting child care center providers of infant/ toddlers to an evening of discussion in regards to the rewards and obstacles that you, as providers face on a daily basis. The desired outcome of these meetings would be that any participant leaves a bit more informed and enthused about the next day!
All Providers
Two part workshop focusing on challenging behaviors in children. The first session will be an overview of the what, why and possible solutions. The second session will be a discussion on what was tried within the week, what worked, what didn’t and explore other solutions.

Registration CDA Area & Fee
Use Registration Form CDA: 6 FREE
Use Registration form CDA: 3 $7

6:00pm to
8:30pm Highland Community College 2998 W Pearl City Rd Freeport, IL 61032 Room H-120 Stephenson

All Providers
This training will offer a Food Handler workshop that has been approved by ANSI and will meet the DCFS certification requirement. This workshop consists of a slide presentation followed by a 40 question test.

Use Registration Form CDA: 1 $15

9:00am to
11:00am YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

All Providers
Sing your way through the year using pocket charts and interactive posters that children will love. Children remember and enjoy learning lyrically. Teach them math, reading, science, and social studies through song. Make song charts to take with you and use in your classroom or home.

Use registration form CDA: 3 $5

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Date

Saturday 01/28/2017

Early Childhood Developmental Screening Introductory Presenter: Mary Kelley

Tuesday 01/30/2017 02/13/2017 & Thursday 03/02/2017

Tiny Fingers Workshop Introductory Presenter: Heather Gordon

01/30/201703/03/2017

Child Care Business Academy Introductory Presenter: Mary Cline (online)

Time & Address
8:00am to
4:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

Audience & Course Description
All Providers
This training review child growth and development in early childhood environments related to brain development and learning. Through observation, the child care practitioner is able to monitor young children’s interactions and age appropriate skill levels to focus on activities which enhance learning. A review of several commercial screening tools is discussed to allow child care practitioners more options monitoring a child’s typical development. Case studies provide hands on learning for the participant on use of a developmental screening tool and guidelines for the need for referral to early intervention programs.

Registration CDA Area & Fee
Use registration form CDA: 7 $15

6:00pm to
8:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

All Providers
An in-depth workshop on teaching baby sign language. This skill not only is useful for communicating with the very young who have not developed their verbal skills, but also very beneficial to providers of children with special needs who may not be able to communicate verbally. A few basic sign language activities will be introduced.
All Providers
*See informational flyer at the end of the training calendar for complete course information and requirements.
Building a Business Plan to Build Your Business is a dynamic, self-paced, online training series. The purpose of this series is to introduce individuals to a business plan. Topics include; Defining and creating a business plan for your program/business, understanding how a business plan can increase your BAS score, how to highlight your business strengths and build on your weaknesses, using research to market your business, and understanding your business’s profits and losses.

Use registration form CDA: 2 FREE
Use registration form CDA: $10 (Gateways Members) $25 (Public)

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Date
Saturday 02/04/2017
Saturday 02/04/2017
Saturday 02/04/2017
Tuesday 02/07/2017

School Age Credential Level 1 Modules 8b and 9 Introductory Presenter: Ashley Harms

Time & Address

Audience & Course Description

9:00am to
3:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

Providers of School-Age Children
(8b) Families are central to the lives of children and youth. It is essential that all school-age and youth programs be “family friendly” and inviting so that families feel welcomed and valued. Using the National Afterschool Association (NAA) Standards, this session will explore ways to partner with families to enhance the experience of children and youth.
(9)This module will focus on how the personal and professional development of school-age and youth providers profoundly impacts the children, youth, families and colleagues they work with. National Afterschool Association (NAA) Standards in human relationships and administration will be discussed.

Registration CDA Area & Fee
Use registration form CDA: 4 & 5 FREE

Family & Community Partners in Learning Introductory Presenter: Sue Benters

9:00am to
12:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford Winnebago

All Providers
The benefits of strong family and community engagement practices in the child care setting will be the basis of discussion. Participants will identify the strengths of current family and parent policies, as well as discuss strategies to develop a strengths-based family and community engagement plan.

Use registration form CDA: 4 FREE

An Introduction to Transitions Introductory Presenter: Sue Benters

12:30pm To
3:30pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford Winnebago

All Providers
Participants will recognize the effects of various types of transitions – including activity, classroom, program, family and community – on families and a child’s learning and development. Participants will be provided with strategies to assist families in times of transition, as well as identify specific types of transitions that impact children and families.

Use registration form CDA: 3,4,5 $10

What is CCAP? Introductory Presenter: Tina Haynes

6:00pm To
8:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

All Providers
Join this informative session to become more familiar with the procedures, including the application process, provider qualifications, the payment process, and parent co-payments. The Child Care Assistance Program is funded by the IL Department of Human Services.

Use registration form CDA: 5 FREE

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Date
Tuesday 02/07/2017
Wednesday 02/08/2017
Saturday 02/11/2017

ExceleRate Illinois Orientation Introductory Presenter: Kristian Boyle & Rachel Feigel
File Folder Games Introductory Presenter: Heather Gordon
ECE Credential Level 1 Modules 8d and 9 Introductory Presenter: Andrea Angileri

Time & Address
6:00pm To
8:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford Winnebago
6:00pm To
8:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago
9:00am To
3:30pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

Audience & Course Description
Directors & Assistant Directors of Child Care Centers
ExceleRate™ Illinois is the new quality rating and improvement system for licensed child care centers, Head Start, and Preschool for All programs. This orientation provides child care centers an overview of the goals, quality indicators, benefits of participation, application process, and the system supports available for success at reaching each Circle of Quality.
All Providers
This workshop will offer a bounty of file folder games and activities designed to keep children busy, engaged, and learning. The four significant skills for using age-appropriate activities with children and about non-competitive versus competitive games will be shared. There will also be a “make/take” component within the workshop.
All Providers (License Exempt Providers Tier 3)
(8d) In this final session of preschool development, you will dive deeper into how preschoolers learn and identify tips for making learning fun. With suggestions for activities that encourage your preschoolers to explore numbers, shapes, colors, and science, this class gives all the information you need to grow and stretch the ability of children to think and understand.
(9) Completing the important section on child development, this class looks at school-age children to uncover how their learning and growth differs. With tips on how to better care for school-aged youth, this class also offers you guidance on how to set rules and limits and to get your school-aged children to appreciate safety and respect.

Registration CDA Area & Fee
Use registration form CDA: 5 FREE
Use registration form CDA: 2 FREE
Use registration form CDA: 2&8 FREE

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Date
Thursday 02/23/2017
Saturday 02/25/2017
Saturday 02/25/2017
Tuesday 02/28/2017

Brain Development Introductory Presenter: Heather Gordon
ECE Credential Level 1 Modules 1 and 2a Introductory Presenter: Jennie Johnson Sic
Finding A Curriculum That Works for You Introductory Presenter: Rachel Feigel
An Introduction to Tiny Fingers Introductory Presenter: Heather Gordon

Time & Address

Audience & Course Description

6:00pm To
8:00pm Ida Public Library 320 N. State St.
Belvidere Boone
9:00am To
3:30pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago
9:00am To
1:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago
6:00pm To
8:00pm Freeport Public Library 100 E. Douglas Street
Freeport Stephenson

All Providers
Science tells us that 95% of a child’s brain develops between birth and age 5. What do we know about a child’s brain? How do we create and implement activities to make sure we are hitting all the lobes of the brain? If you want answers to these questions join our Infant/Toddler Specialist Heather to find out more.
All Providers (License Exempt Providers Tier 1)
Participants receive an overview in child development for children birth through early school-age. Emphasis will be on understanding basic milestones in development as well as on strategies used to promote the healthy development of children.
Ensuring a child’s health and wellbeing requires more than basic first aid and emergency contacts. In this class, you will learn how to help the growth of healthy children-from the basics like hand washing to a more in-depth look at various practices surrounding health care.
All Providers
Participants will define developmentally appropriate practice and review the benefits of various curricula approaches. Through group activities and discussion on the use of effective curriculum, participants will be able to determine which curriculum approach best fits their program.
All Providers
This workshop will be an overview of baby sign language. This skill not only is useful for communicating with the very young who have not developed their verbal skills, but also very beneficial to providers of children with special needs who may not be able to communicate verbally. A few basic sign language activities will be introduced.

Registration CDA Area & Fee
Use registration form CDA: 8 FREE
Use registration form CDA: 1 FREE
Use registration form CDA: 5 FREE
Use registration form CDA: 2 FREE

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Date
Wednesday 03/01/2017
Thursday 03/02/2017 Live Webinar (accessed via internet) Wednesday 03/08/2017 Face-to Face Workshop Monday 03/13/2017 Live Webinar (accessed via internet)
Saturday 03/04/2017

ECE Credential Level 1 Module 2b, and 2c Introductory Presenter: Jennie Johnson Sic
The Foundation of The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool Introductory Presenter: STARNET
Heartsaver®
First Aid/CPR/AED INTRODUCTORY Presenter: Debb Webb Basic Healthcare Education LLC

Time & Address
9:00am to
3:30pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago
Webinar Log-in 6:45pm, web 7:00-9:00pm Workshop (@YWCA) Reg. 8:00, workshop 8:30am-3:30pm Webinar Log-in 6:45pm, web 7:00-9:00pm
8:30am To
5:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

Audience & Course Description
All Providers (License Exempt Providers Tier 1)
Whether you are responsible for providing a quick snack or a wellbalanced meal, understanding children’s dietary needs creates healthier and happier kids. Learn the basics of good nutrition, food safety, and various practices surrounding nutrition through this class that offers hands-on activities and practical discussions that will make science and good nutrition easy to understand.

Registration CDA Area & Fee
Use registration form CDA: 1&3 FREE

A child’s safety is the number one concern for parents and child care providers alike. In this third class, you will identify tips for creating a safer group care environment, confront the issue of abuse and neglect, and learn more about emergency preparedness and first aid.

Providers of Preschool Children
Through varied experiences and individual reflection, teachers will understand the framework of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool 5th edition. We will examine the ten Interest Areas and explore how to make them engaging to young children. Teachers will be able to use the five volumes; establish a positive social-emotional environment in their classroom; design effective classrooms; establish positive messages in the environment; develop a daily schedule that is based on their program’s needs and informed by the Objectives for Development & Learning.

Register at: http://www.sta rnet.org/home/ CDA: 1-8 FREE

Full participation in both of the webinars, full attendance at the workshop, and completion of assignments are all required to receive a certificate.

All Providers
This is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrive. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants. This training will meet IDCFS licensing requirements.

Use registration form CDA: 1 $25 (providers listed on CCS database)
$50 (other)

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Date
Tuesday 03/07/2017

Safeway Food Handler Presentation and Certification INTRODUCTORY Presenter: Kelly McNeal

Time & Address
6:00pm To
8:30pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

Audience & Course Description
All Providers
This training will offer a Food Handler workshop that has been approved by ANSI and will meet the DCFS certification requirement. This workshop consists of a slide presentation followed by a 40 question test.

Registration CDA Area & Fee
Use registration form CDA: 1 $15

Tuesday 03/07/2017
Wednesday 03/8/2017
Tuesday 03/14/2017 & 03/21/2017

ExceleRate Illinois Orientation for Licensed Family Child Care: INTRODUCTORY Presenter: Kristian Boyle & Rachel Feigel
Family Day Care Infant/Toddler Round Table Discussion INTRODUCTORY Presenter: Heather Gordon
An Introduction to the Family Child Care Rating Scale (FCCRS) INTERMEDIATE Presenter: Rachel Feigel & Kristian Boyle

6:00pm To
8:00pm Ida Public Library 320 N. State St. Belvidere, IL 61008
Boone
6:00pm To
8:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago
6:00pm To
8:00pm Washington Park Christian Church 801 Concord Avenue
Rockford, IL Winnebago

Licensed Family Child Care Providers
ExceleRate™ Illinois is the quality rating and improvement system for licensed family child care, licensed child care centers, Head Start, and Preschool for All programs. This orientation provides family child care providers an overview of the goals, quality indicators, benefits of participation, application process, and the system supports available for success at reaching each Circle of Quality.

Use Registration Form CDA: 5 FREE

Family Child Care Providers of Infant/Toddlers
Something new for Fiscal Year 2017! Heather, the Infant Toddler Specialist, is inviting family child care providers of infant/toddlers to an evening of discussion in regards to the rewards and obstacles that you, as providers, face on a daily basis. The desired outcome of these meetings would be that any participant leaves a bit more informed and enthused about the next day!

Use registration form CDA: 6 FREE

Family Child Care Providers
This training is for family child care practitioners and provides an overview of the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS). FCCERS is a user-friendly assessment tool used to measure the quality of the learning environment. After completing this training, participants will be able to use the tool for program self-assessment and improvement planning.

Use registration form CDA: 5 $10

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Date
Saturday 03/18/2017
Saturday 03/25/2017
Saturday 03/25/2017

Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Module #3 Childhood Obesity INTERMEDIATE Presenter: Rebecca Kroiss
An Introduction to the Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) INTERMEDIATE Presenter: Rachel Feigel & Kristian Boyle

Time & Address
8:00am To
5:00pm YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago
9:00am To
1:00pm YWCA YWCA 4990 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Winnebago

Audience & Course Description
Infant/Toddler Center Directors and Staff
PITC is designed to help child care directors and infant/toddler care teachers become sensitive to infants’ cues, connect with their family and culture, and develop responsible, relationship-based care. This training takes an in-depth look at cognitive and social-emotional development, encouraging growth within daily routines and tips on setting up appropriate environments for experienced infant and toddler professionals.
All Providers
This training is for center-based programs and family child care providers and offers an overview of the Environment Rating Scales. The Environment Rating Scales are userfriendly assessment tools that measure the quality of the learning environment for infants through school-age children. After completing this training, participants will be able to use the tool(s) for program self-assessment and improvement planning.

Registration CDA Area & Fee
Use registration form CDA: 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 $10.00
Use registration form CDA: 5 $10

Make and Take Preschool Math INTRODUCTORY Presenter: Jennie Johnson Sic

10:00 am To
12:00pm IDA Public Library 320 N. State Street Belvidere, IL 61008
Boone

All Providers
Children learn so many math concepts while having fun playing games. Make and take home with you math games that are geared for preschoolers. Although, it will be easy to make small adjustments so that older children can play them too.

Use registration form CDA: 2 $5

Ready for a Jumpstart? We have Busy Boxes!
Heather Gordon, Infant/Toddler Specialist, has created sets of materials and activities to improve interaction with infants and toddlers.
Contact Heather to arrange a drop off visit to your site/home. Heather will demonstrate different ways the materials in the box can be used with the 0-3 audience. She will then leave the box with you for two weeks, and pick it up at the end of the two week period. Contact Heather today at 815-484-9442 ext. 228, or [email protected]

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