February Online Courses from Think Small Institute

Intro to Advocating with Elected Officials

Tuesday, February 21st 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST
Instructor: Marie Huey
KCF VI: Professionalism
CDA Content Area VI: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
Price: $24.00

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Explore early care and education advocacy and policy initiatives in Minnesota and nationally. Discuss early care and education systems in Minnesota and find your elected officials! Practice sharing your expertise and story to advocate for young children.


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January and February Online Courses Delivered by
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The courses below are Develop-approved and designed to support Minnesota-based early childhood educators. The clock hours for completed courses will be reflected on each educator’s individual Develop Learning Record. For support please contact pdsupport@thinksmall.org or call the PD Support Voicemail Line at 651-641-3549.


Building Foundation: Positive Communication with Children
Saturday, February 11, 8:30am to 10:30am
Instructor: Stacy Boysen
KCF II.C: Promoting Social & Emotional Development
2 hours, $10.00

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Discover positive communication practices that result in healthier relationships between adults and children. Explore how positive and negative communication patterns impact children’s self-awareness and ability to communicate with others. Implement strategies that will assist children in building pro-social skills that will last a lifetime.

ADHD: Supporting the Child 
Monday, February 13, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Instructor: Kim Woehl
KCF II.C: Promoting Social & Emotional Development
2 hours, $10.00

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Examine ADHD in this online course. Gain an understanding of the disability and exercise strategies that will turn challenges into successes for the child and the program.

Rethinking Roughhousing: Rough & Tumble & Big Body Play
Thursday, February 23, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Instructor: Kristen Wheeler-Highland
KCF II.D: Promoting Physical Development
2 hours, $10.00

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Roughhousing, rough and tumble play and big body play is often misunderstood. “Play – especially active physical play, like roughhousing – makes kids smart, emotionally intelligent, lovable and likable, ethical, physically fit, and joyful.” (DeBenedet & Cohen) Yet, out of fear for children’s safety, most adults either don’t allow or discourage rough and tumble or roughhousing play. Concerns about whether it is dangerous, is aggressive or causes aggression. Define what is meant by rough and tumble, roughhousing and big body play. Discuss fears and concerns. Rethink supporting rough and tumble, roughhousing, big body play within care settings.