Professional Development Opportunities

Kids don’t come with instructions!  It is important for even trained professionals to stay up to date on the latest information.  This page will list the various professional development and in-service opportunities for early childhood staff.

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Parent Family & Community Engagement Online Simulation
The PFCE Online Simulation takes you to a virtual Head Start Center where you assume the role of a Head Start staff member meeting a mother and her child during an intake visit to introduce the family to the program. In the role play, you will practice four every day and engaging relationship-building strategies with emotionally responsive avatars:

  • Describe observations of a child’s behavior to open up communication with family members.
  • Listen actively.
  • Encourage families to share about their child.
  • Support parents’ competence.
Every year millions of children undergo physical or emotional trauma. On this site you’ll find free online courses that offer creative and practical approaches to understanding and working with maltreated children.  Courses include:  The Amazing Human Brain and Human Development, Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the Impact of Trauma, The Cost of Caring: Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working With High-Risk Children and Families and Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children.  There are no CEUs or Certificates of Completion available for these free online courses.

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KAIMH Endorsement:  The intent of the KAIMH Endorsement (IMH-E®) is to recognize and document the development of infant and family professionals within an organized system of culturally sensitive, relationship-based, infant mental health learning and work experiences. Endorsement by the Kansas Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (KAIMH) will verify that an applicant has attained a level of education as specified, participated in specialized in-service trainings, worked with guidance from mentors or supervisors, and acquired knowledge to promote the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive, relationship-focused services to infants, toddlers, parents, other caregivers and families.  For more information you can visit the KAIMH website or this Powerpoint.

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Implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions within Different Settings and Systems
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) recently hosted a webinar, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports from Preschool to High School: A Conversation about Implementation (August, 2012), which is now available for viewing online. The webinar features a discussion with Glen Dunlap, Lise Fox, and George Sugai on the key elements of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and implementation features within early childhood programs and K-12 schools

Listen to the PODCAST!!  The Abecedarian Project – an early childhood program for children from infancy through age 5 — is one of these famous studies. Last month, in an article in the journal Developmental Psychology, researchers released results of a study on later outcomes for the children in the Abecedarian project, giving us fresh information on their well-being at age 30.

Is there a specific Professional Development Opportunity that you need that is not listed here?  Please contact Dana at


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