Effective parent-teacher communication

 

Participants in this training will learn skills to effectively communicate with the families and parents of the children in their classroom (ages birth – 12).  This training will focus on types of communication, improving communication skills, and tips for effective communication.

After this training, you will be able to

  • Communicate with families about general daily activities, developing skills, and accomplishments as a means of building relationships.
  • Communicate honestly, sensitively, and empathically in a family-friendly and culturally appropriate way.
  • Create opportunities for two-way communication to build relationships with families based on mutual trust and understanding.
  • Demonstrate and maintain positive and appropriate relationships with families.
  • Employ regular and ongoing opportunities to exchange information with families pertinent to their child’s learning and development.
  • Use a variety of methods to engage all families in active two-way communication.
  • Collaborate with coworkers to create and maintain a welcoming environment for families.

 

Participants in this training will learn skills to effectively communicate with the families and parents of the children in their classroom.   This may include center-based teachers, family, group and center-based childcare providers and early childhood consultants.

 

Throughout this training, you will hear references to Dr. Day Care policies and procedures. Follow your early childhood center’s specific policies. If your center needs assistance in developing policies, contact drdaycare@drdaycare.com or 401-475-7707 x222 for assistance.

For Dr. Day Care teachers and staff, always check with your Administrator for the most up-to-date policies, procedures, or forms.

After completing this training, you will receive a certificate for 2 Professional Development hours.

(This training is APPROVED in Rhode Island for DHS/Center-ELP training hours)

 

Click on the course titles below to progress through this training.  All videos and questions must be answered to receive a training certificate.

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Still need help?  Send us an email with your question at info@drdaycare.com.

 

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Why should anyone listen to you? Establish yourself as an expert.

How to establish yourself as an expert: Self-publish, support the community, join networking groups, and more

Leadership skills come from experience and education, but positioning yourself as an expert also comes from great PR and marketing. You must market and brand yourself to ensure others perceive you as an expert.  Many of the leaders in the child care field have the skills to educate children, teachers, and staff but lack the confidence to brand themselves as an expert.

This course will teach child care owners, decision makers, and leaders how to become experts in the field.

How can you show that you are an expert?  Advocate for quality child care, educate, and inform public policy. Share your advice through parenting advice columns, newspaper articles, radio and tv shows, or other professional outlets. Join local networking groups and build community partnerships. Evaluate what is and is not working.

Read real-life tips on how Dr. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith established herself as the expert through self-publishing her own book, submitting weekly advice columns, appearing on radio shows, running a  monthly tv show, forming and influencing public policy by becoming a state legislative liaison, and the networking groups that have made a big impact in the success of her child care center.

 

As part of this training you will:

  • Learn options on how to establish yourself as an expert
  • Identify your own unique expert skills that will establish you as an expert
  • Evaluate opportunities available to participants that will make an impact in the success of your child care center

 

After completing this training, you will receive a certificate for 1 Professional Development hour.

 

Click on the course titles below to progress through this training.  Complete the final quiz to receive a training certificate.

Planning a Preschool graduation ceremony

Graduation is such a special milestone in a child’s life. 

This ceremony is a great opportunity to celebrate learning and to recognize an important milestone, one that may be the first of many milestones. The innate feeling of pride and accomplishment as you walk across the stage to receive your preschool diploma is so amazing.  From the tassel on the graduation cap to hearing the ceremonial music of “Pomp and Circumstance” for the first time, graduation is a special moment.

After taking this course, you will learn the importance of celebrating educational milestones such as graduation and also HOW to hold your own graduation ceremony.

 

Interested in only the graduation resources on how to hold a graduation ceremony but not completing the training?  Download the PDF here: PreK Graduation Resources for teachers from Dr. Day Care.


(Please note: to receive a professional development certificate, please navigate through this course and answer the questions at the end)

 

After this training, you will be able to

  • Understand the importance of celebrating educational milestones such as graduation.
  • Consider the connection between child assessment and communicating readiness for Kindergarten with families.
  • Identify ways to incorporate elements of the graduation ceremony into curriculum to help children prepare for graduation.
  • Recognize that incorporating graduation music into the ceremony will help children to understand the meaning of the event.
  • Be familiar with steps required to plan and execute a successful graduation ceremony.
  • Understand the importance of planning ahead and organizing tasks necessary to prepare for graduation into a timeline

 

If you have any questions or need further guidance, reach out to us!  We are willing to help any child care center host this special night for families.  You can email us at info@drdaycare.com or use the Contact Us form on our website, www.drdaycare.com.

 

Throughout this training, you may see references to Dr. Day Care policies and procedures. Follow your early childhood center’s specific policies. If your center needs assistance in developing policies, contact drdaycare@drdaycare.com or 401-475-7707 x222 for assistance.

 

For Dr. Day Care teachers and staff, always check with your Administrator for the most up-to-date policies, procedures, or forms.

 

After completing this training, you will receive a certificate for 1 Professional Development hour.

 

Click on the course titles below to progress through this training.

Creating and supporting a developmentally appropriate Infant room

 

This training will demonstrate a developmentally appropriate learning environment for an Infant classroom.  At Dr. Day Care, we refer to this as an Infant Model Classroom.  From this training, you will learn about the typical routines and daily expectations in an infant classroom.

 

After this training, you will be able to

  • Understand typical routines and daily expectations in an infant classroom.
  • Describe environments and materials that support infants’ development.
  • Understand developmental milestones for infants.
  • Recognize the importance of quality relationships between infants and adults and begin to apply this knowledge to the classroom.
  • Understand the significance of establishing and maintaining communication with families.
  • Reflect on your own ideas and experiences associated with communicating with families.
  • Plan activities that promote communication with all families in your program.

 

This training is primarily intended for use by those supporting infants within group settings. This may include center-based teachers, family, group and center-based childcare providers and early childhood consultants.

Throughout this training, you will hear references to Dr. Day Care policies and procedures. Follow your early childhood center’s specific policies. If your center needs assistance in developing policies, contact drdaycare@drdaycare.com or 401-475-7707 x222 for assistance.

For Dr. Day Care teachers and staff, always check with your Administrator for the most up-to-date policies, procedures, or forms.

 

After completing this training, you will receive a certificate for 2 Professional Development hours.

(This training is APPROVED in Rhode Island for DHS/Center-ELP training hours)

 

Click on the course titles below to progress through this training.  All videos and questions must be answered to receive a training certificate.