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The course is designed to provide a conduit between the early childhood preschool community and the public school teachers and administrators. Work will be done that supports the efforts of both entities to best support children with a successful transition between the two settings. The format will be a professional learning community with a facilitator who can lead content discussions and shared product creation.

Cost: Free Event

The Strengthening Business Practices training series supports both center-based and family child care providers in their efforts to strengthen their knowledge in three key areas – fiscal management, marketing and staff recruitment and retention. These trainings reinforce the belief that sound business practices improve the sustainability of child care businesses which support program initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for children. Each of these training sessions provides foundational concepts around terminology, reporting, and processes.

 Gateway Community Center- South End Best Beginnings Conference Room
1203 Highway 2 WestKalispell, MT 59904      Cost $80

The Certified Montana Preschool Teacher Education course is a 60-hour introduction to the content areas and skills needed to work with preschool-aged children effectively. The course covers the 13 Child Development Associate (CDA) functional areas, and is a requirement for caregivers working in STARS programs at STAR 3 or higher who are not at level 4 on the Practitioner registry. This hybrid version of the course uses a combination of in-person sessions and and distance learning methods to provide a flexible and effective learning experience.

Additional Date/Time Information

6:00pm to 7:30pm
Conference calls: March 6th, 13th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th, May 1st, 8th, June 5th, 12th, & 26th (6-7:30pm)
In Person classes: March 20th, April 17th, 24th, May 15th, 22nd, 29th, & June 19th (6-9 pm)
Cost:  Free**
**Fee applies when taking course for college credit 
Sat Mar 0 9

CPR/ 1st Aid

Carriage House
133 3rd Ave W, Kalispell, MT 59901, USA

Hands-on CPR/AED/1st Aid training for adult, child and infant.

Contact The Nurturing Center front desk to register for this course and pay.

Cost: $50

In early childhood, research on the biology of stress shows how major adversity, such as extreme poverty, abuse, or neglect can weaken developing brain architecture and permanently set the body’s stress response system on high alert. Science also shows that providing stable, responsive, nurturing relationships in the earliest years of life can prevent or even reverse the damaging effects of early life stress, with lifelong benefits for learning, behavior, and health. Being aware of the impacts of adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress on children and their families is the first step to promoting positive change. When early educators are informed about the science behind toxic stress and ACES they can effectively act as a buffer against the negative impacts and become a positive force in the lives of children.

Cost: $24

Carriage House
133 3rd Ave W, Kalispell, MT 59901, USA

This course introduces providers to the statewide agencies and programs in Montana that support quality early care and education programs. The course also includes information on program quality. Topics include licensing requirements, child development, curriculum, environments, guidance, family partnerships and professionalism.

This course is required for new directors within 90 days of a role change or appointment to director role.

Cost: Free Event

This course provides information to early childhood professionals regarding the Early Childhood system in MT. Early childhood practices that promote health, safety, professionalism and quality care and education are explained. Community resources to support early childhood professionals, families and children are presented.

This course is required for all new staff within 90 days of employment.

Cost: Free Event

The Strengthening Business Practices training series supports both center-based and family child care providers in their efforts to strengthen their knowledge in three key areas – fiscal management, marketing and staff recruitment and retention. These trainings reinforce the belief that sound business practices improve the sustainability of child care businesses which support program initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for children. Each of these training sessions provides foundational concepts around terminology, reporting, and processes.

 Gateway Community Center- South End Best Beginnings Conference Room
1203 Highway 2 WestKalispell, MT 59904      Cost $80

Thu Mar 1 4

Plates and Play

Gateway Community Center
1203 US-2, Kalispell, MT 59901, USA

The second Thursday of each month for dining and play – created especially for families with children under the age of 8. “Bite” into a new play theme and meet other families with young children in our community. This event will focus on D-ICE: Fun with Math. Click here to see the flyer plates and play poster.final

Located at the Gateway Community Center in the Gathering Room.

Free family event

Participants will learn how to implement project approach into a “study” utilizing the block or building center in their program. We will take a look at current block area environments and alter the setting according to children’s interests around a child-led study. The content will be inquiry-based, using critical thinking skills, reflection, and various investigative approaches, and will connect to the Montana Early Learning Standards, as well as integrating engineering design principles. This 10 hour course will be broken down into a series of 3 classes. Participants will also be expected to implement a Building/ Block Project with-in their programs throughout the series, and document the project to share back with classmates in the final class.

Cost: $80

Kid Kare
75 Claremont St, Kalispell, MT 59901, USA
This course will explore the first level of the Pyramid Model that promotes positive behavior. We will explore how a child’s challenging behavior is used as a means of communicating and getting his or her needs met. We will focus on the importance of building relationships with children, families and colleagues and how environments, schedules and routines play a critical role in supporting children’s social and emotional development and preventing challenging behavior. Prerequisite: Introduction to Pyramid Model (on childcaretraining.org)

Course will be held at Kid Kare 310 Sunnyview Lane Kalispell, MT 59901

Cost:  Free event