Professional Development | Collaborative For Children

Professional Development

Welcome to Collaborative for Children's Institute for Early Learning! The institute offers quality live virtual, in-person and online professional development for child care directors and early childhood educators. These trainings help build skills, knowledge and management capacity. 

We have a vast selection of live virtual and online courses. Early childhood professionals can easily access these courses from anywhere with internet access, and complete them at their own pace and on their own schedule.

The trainings listed below are live virtual sessons that offer interaction with the instructor and other participants.

We offer Zoom training as an interactive learning experience. In order to receive credit for any Zoom course, you must attend sessions with your computer camera and microphone on.

Recognize, Intervene, and Prevent Child Maltreatment in your Community.
March 6, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Description: Learn the laws and regulations in place to safeguard children and the role of child care providers in reporting child maltreatment. Via case studies, identify the common indicators of abuse and neglect and potentially abusive individuals. Understand how community-level risk factors affect families and how to implement preventive factors in your centers. Apply professional and sensitive communication and intervention strategies for working with families involved.


Get Them Talking! Using Responsive Strategies to Support Language Development in Infants and Toddlers
March 6, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Description: This training will provide teachers of infants and toddlers with teaching strategies and activities to support the expressive and receptive language development of infants and toddlers. We will begin with a review of the developmental milestones of both age groups. Then we will move on to discuss specific strategies we can implement in the classroom to be more responsive. Finally, we will learn some new fun activities to use in the infant and toddler classrooms to support language development.


Gather Round: It’s Circle Time
March 25, 2021 06:00 - 08:00 PM
Description: Circle Time is a important part of the early childhood classroom, but are we teachers making the most of it?  Participants will discover how to take advantage of 3-5 minute fun segments of circle time to teach a wide variety of objectives including reading, writing, math, and science! 


Hooray for Habitats: Wetlands, Deserts, and Woodlands (Part 1 of 2)
March 27, 2021 09:00 - 11:00 AM

Description: Using examples of habitats in Texas helps children understand the importance of what surrounds them and how to take care of it. This session introduces teachers to habitats like wetlands, deserts, woodlands, and oceans using simple hands-on science activities and experiments. Engage your students with action-oriented games like an alligator egg hunt, “whooooo” can fly like an owl and a crayfish molting relay. How do whales eat microscopic food? Can I catch food with different bird beaks?.

Make sure you join us and register for the second part of this amazing training, called Hooray for Habitats: Oceans and Glasslands on April 24, 2020!


The Critical Importance of Play
April 10, 2021 09:30 - 11:30 AM

Description: Parents face the daily challenge of making the best decisions for their children’s development both at home and at school. In an era when even our youngest children's classrooms are driven by standards, many parents question the value of play at school when there is so much to learn in so little time. Parents are also bombarded with a multitude of technology and toy options that leave them wondering what is really best for their children’s creative development outside of school. This exclusive play session will empower participants to advocate for the importance of play in an early childhood classroom and select materials and toys to support children’s imaginations at home.


10 Essential Concepts for Early Childhood Math
April 15, 2021 06:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Description: Are you a bit nervous about teaching math? Not sure what to teach or how to make it meaningful for children? Join us to learn ten essential foundations for preschool math. You will find out how to plan activities for counting and simple addition and subtraction, as well as measurement, patterns and classifying, and shapes. This will be hands-on with lots activities like number sculptures, shish-kebob patterns, and post-it note quilts.


Understanding Autism: What's Going on in that little Brain
April 17, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Description: Children who have difficulty playing with others, communicating or rigid behaviors may be demonstrating symptoms of ASD. You will learn about brain development and its role in social relationships, the core cognitive deficit of ASD, classroom management techniques and ways to interact with and support children who may be on the spectrum.


Fun with Behaviors! Responsive Interactions and Behavior Guidance that Kids will Love!
April 24, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Description: Participants will review the meaning of responsive interactions, developmental stages, milestones and classroom environments. From this foundation, participants will learn developmentally appropriate and effective strategies to easily incorporate into everyday routines throughout the day.


Hooray for Habitats: Oceans and Grasslands (Part 2 of 2)
April 24, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Description: This session introduces participants to ocean and grassland habitats using new and creative ideas! Engage your students with action-oriented lessons to take them on an ocean adventure. Experimenting with sand, salt water vs. fresh water, and waves-in-a-bottle help children to understand the ocean as a habitat. Children love ocean animals and learn how they eat, find shelter, and survive in our vast oceans. Making ocean slime, shell imprints, and a take-home octopus plus eating like whales and pelicans make this session a hit with educators! For grasslands, hands-on lessons include grass seed art, earthworm tunnel jars, and a scavenger hunt for grassland plants and animals. Children delight in the stinky skunk game and pouncing like foxes hunting a mouse! Insect life cycles and a cricket jumping contest round out the fun in this lively training!