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.


Live Virtual sessions

Early childhood geometry: Let’s get in shape!
May 30, 2020 9 a.m.
Description: What in the world is a rhombus? How can we measure the area of a kiss? Why are there so many different kinds of triangles? Don't get bent out of shape, get your geometry brain tuned up in this fun session for teachers of kids in preschool through second grade. You'll leave with 15+ activities plus picture book titles that teach geometry with stories. Join us!


Bold Conversations
June 4, 2020 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
 As early childhood professionals, our days are filled with conversations with families, staff, co-workers and those in the community. Effective communication gets the intended results in the most professional way. However, the truth is that these conversations can often be tough and challenging. If want to fuel your communication style, don't miss this virtual session in which you will learn seven steps that will enable you to have bold and effective communication.


Wow Them with Weather!

June 6, 2020, 9:30 a.m.
Description: This professional development covers two exciting topics: weather and natural disasters. Using Zoom, participants will gain fresh ideas about teaching temperature, wind, the water cycle, hurricanes, earthquakes, and much more! Making the water cycle in a baggie and learning new wind, rain and cloud experiments are always fun! A Weather Pie Chart teaches children to observe daily weather patterns, Earthquake Eggs demonstrate how mountains form, and a Tornado in Jar are all ways to captivate the attention of young children. During this training you will be able to actively engage in demonstrations and hands-on experiments. You can participate in the activities during the training by using a simple supply list, or you can simply watch and learn. We can brainstorm and answer questions in real time, so come ZOOM with us!

Integrating Art in the Preschool Classroom
June 11, 2020 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Description: The process of creating increases children’s confidence, motor skills and emotional well-being. When we value the process over the product, we show children that their effort is worthwhile. Join us to experience more than 20 process-oriented, developmentally appropriate art projects for children ages 3-5.


Minimum Standards: Stay Current and in Compliance
June 13, 2020, 10 a.m.

Description: All those rules and regulations can be difficult to understand and remember. This workshop will review the minimum standards child care workers need to know in a fun, fast-paced fashion. Come laugh as you learn!


In Focus: Best Practices Designed for Small, Diverse Groups of Children Including Multi-age Settings (Registration link coming soon.)

June 18, 2020, 6 p.m.
Description: How do you effectively meet the individual needs of each child when you have smaller, more diverse groups of children? What about multi-age groups? In this session we explore best practices that do just that. For some practitioners and programs the information will affirm and enrich your current program practices and for others it may mean taking a risk and rethinking a few things you have in place. No matter where you are, this session is designed to add to your knowledge base and understanding of quality early childhood education. And as always, our goal remains the same, give all children the best possible start in education and life to become all they can be.

Supporting Children with Autism - in Virtual and Live Classrooms (Registration link coming soon.)
June 20, 2020, 10 a.m.
Description: Identify the difficulties that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience. Learn ways to interact with and support these children, wherever you are. You will gain specific teaching strategies and environmental supports that help children with communication, social skills, behavioral patterns and sensory integration issues. You’ll be ready to support children on the spectrum and all your other children, too!

Conexiones De Ensenanza Intecional para Apoyar el Aprendizaje y Desarrollo de los Niños (Training in Spanish) (Registration link coming soon.)

July 18, 2020, 9 a.m.
escription: Los participantes aprenderan mas acerca de la ensenanza intencional y entenderan que tiuenen un papel Importante que desempenar en la facilitacion de aprendizaje y desarrollo de los ninos. Participantes exitosos examinaran una variedad de planteamientos intencionales y apropiadas, asi como la forma de conectar con los ninos para ampliar su aprendizaje.

24 hr Pre-Service Series (Rregistration link coming soon.)
Aug. 6, 2020, 9 a.m. 

Description: This Pre-Service training program consists of 4 virtual sessions with 6 hours of instruction per session. The program renders a total of 24 hours of training, which is required for all new teachers by Child Care Licensing. Participants will explore topics such as child development, developmentally appropriate activities, supervision of children, positive guidance and discipline, health and safety practices, child abuse and neglect, and much more.


Recorded Trainings 


Engaging teachers when the world stands still
Description: How do you keep teachers motivated and engaged when the early childhood profession has experienced such changes due to the current pandemic? Many teachers are without work, working with fewer children and may even lack the momentum for continuous professional development. What can leaders do? How will we prepare for reopening? What protocols need to be in place? Join us for this virtual experience to determine how to help teachers gain the right focus, create virtual learning opportunities with children, connect with families and keep themselves energized and connected even when it appears that the world is standing still.




Working together through COVID-19: Keeping calm, staying brave, and navigating change for when we open our doors

Description: Whether your center is open now or will reopen next fall, there is much to consider in planning. As early childhood educators, we play a vital role in the health, safety, and emotional well-being of our communities during emergencies, such as the COVID-19 Pandemic. Not only do our children and their families depend on our knowledge of age-appropriate coping strategies, our own families and the community look for educators as guides in times of crisis. In this session, we will bring you key strategies to support both students and educators as you plan your day to day or for the successful reopening of your center.




The literate classroom: Write around the room
Description: Are you making the best use of your centers? Transition times? Join us as we talk about goals for your classroom and how to intentionally build literacy activities into all parts of your day. Walk away with practical ways to make literacy learning inviting to young children.




More math! Less stress! Fun centers and games for pre-K through 2nd grade
DescriptionMath doesn’t have to be scary or hard. Join us to learn 15 plus games and centers you can do with simple items you probably already have on hand, such as playdough, buttons, straws and more. You'll learn simple tips for setting up centers and using games to keep math time joyful.

CDC Guidance During COVID-19

 Description: This virtual training will review the updated health, screening, and safety guidelines for child care providers that remain open to provide needed child care for essential workers. We will discuss screening and exclusion criteria and enhanced health and safety practices in child care during the COVID-19 Outbreak.



Help! I Don’t Want to Be in the House!

Description: We have a few tips just for you. Join with other early childhood professionals in this virtual space and discuss ways to stay calm and embrace our current reality.



Preventing the Spread of Communicable Disease

Description: In this Zoom interactive training, you’ll learn about common illnesses in child care; how to minimize their spread through daily habits and cleaning; how to administer medications; and what you need to know about immunizations. Even though you’ll be sitting in the comfort of your own home, we’ll have hands-on activities and ways for you to connect with others to share ideas, classroom activities that you can download and handouts to support further learning. This training meets annual requirements for licensing.