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Training that keeps up with you!

Don't stress about fitting training into your schedule.  Instead, complete your annual training hours with us!  Child Care Options offers an array of early childhood and school-age trainings face to face, online and even by mail.

Child care providers have one of the most important jobs - the care and education of children during the most crucial early learning and school-age years.  Child Care Options strives to provide trainings that cover critical issues and provide relevant information.  Through training activities, providers gain practical application and knowledge of the material, which we hope will inspire improvement in overall practice.

Courses vary in level of difficulty and number of training hours, and are priced accordingly.


Saturday Morning Training

Adventure Play: More Play, More Peace Workshop:  Presented by, Nancy Bower. Children need many opportunities for play AND they need opportunities to learn how to be peacemakers. How can we add play to their day?  What are the challenges and what will support us in this work/play?  This workshop is for anyone working with children, from toddlers and preschoolers to early elementary ages.  Come to this workshop wearing comfortable clothes and footwear.  You will be playing!

September 20-Waterville;  November 8-Freeport; 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.


Handwriting Without Tears®, Get Ready For School:  Presented by, Jen Campbell. This workshop introduces Handwriting Without Tears readiness curriculum full of developmentally appropriate activities for preschoolers, such as playing, building, singing and coloring that help children develop a foundation in language proficiency, social skills, fine and gross motor control, color and shape awareness, letter and number recognition and counting.  In addition activities will be provided in assisting you the caregiver, with program planning for your classroom and expanding the range of a single activity to meet the needs of children with lower and higher levels of skill.

October 4-Waterville; 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Allowing Music to Unlock the Door to Literacy:  Presented by, Judy Fricke. Music used in a variety of ways can be the key that opens the door to literacy for infants and toddlers, preschoolers and teachers alike.  During this workshop Judy will present three groups of hands on activities which can encourage and empower the early childhood educator to engage in “music to literacy” activities regularly with their children. Simple and enjoyable tools from bounces, tickles and wiggles to simple folk dancing and drumming create a fun-filled time of sharing. Music and movement can create a fun activity that helps open children’s minds to their culture and their imaginations and introduce their bodies to the freedom of artisticpression.

October 25-Bangor; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm


Moving Toward Intentional Supervision:  Presented by, Lori Moses. Supervision is the key to effective management, and yet, in our busy schedules of running child care programs, supervision is often not viewed as a priority.   This training will explore a deeper understanding of the role of the supervisor as well as that of the supervisee.   Participants will develop a deeper understanding of reflective supervision through active discussion, case studies and self-reflection.

October 25-Portland; 8:30 am to 12:30 pm                                                                                                                                           

How Difficult Can This Be?: The F.A.T. City Workshop, Richard D. Lavoie:  Presented by Deb Crump.  For kids with learning disabilities, the classroom can be an intimidating place.  In this workshop, you will experience a series of exercises that cause frustration, anxiety and tension…feelings all too familiar to children with learning disabilities.  These exercises will allow you to see the world through the eyes of a child with learning disabilities.  Strategies for working more effectively with learning disabled children will also be discussed.  This is a workshop that you won’t want to miss!

November 1-Waterville; November 15-Auburn; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm



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