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Sat May 0 4

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

If you missed the last Provider Forum or if you are still a bit confused by the new licensing rules and regulations or any of the new changes through the state, this FREE event is for you! We are coming to your area to answer questions, and help you navigate the new waters of Early Childhood in our State. The first 2 hours of our forum, will include discussion on the new regulations that have had the greatest impact on facilities in our region, as well as a Q&A portion with representatives from: Provider Services/STARS, Best Beginnings, and a representative from licensing. The final hour will be reserved for Web assistance with your Registry accounts, or for anything else you might need. We will have computers available– bring any paperwork that you need uploaded into the ECP site.

Cost: FREE

In order for children to experience enhanced learning it is important for infant, toddler, and preschool staff members to have an understanding of attachment theory. The goal of the COS-C approach is to make the theory of attachment accessible to early educators.
The ten-hour curriculum designed for parents works equally well for teaching child care providers about attachment offering an understanding of the:
• Reciprocal relationship between attachment and exploratory systems;
• Secure, insecure and disorganized attachment;
• The need to move from behavioral approaches to seeing problem behaviors as communication regarding attachment needs;
• How to respond sensitively to children’s cues that indicate their attachment needs and understand miscues as insecure strategies that children use to hide their needs;
• Ways for adults to manage their own defensiveness around certain attachment needs.
Another component of COS-C is to help teachers assess their relationships with specific children and develop a plan to enhance the security of the relationship when needed (Zero to Three, 2017).

Cost: $20.00

This course will explore the second level of the Pyramid Model aimed at preventing challenging behavior. In Module 1 we learned about the importance of building positive relationships and designing supportive environments. This Module builds on what was learned in Module 1 by learning effective strategies, ideas and resources to teach children friendship skills, emotional literacy, development of empathy, impulse control and problem solving. Prerequisites: Introduction to the Pyramid Model (on childcaretraining.org) and Pyramid Module 1.

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

Thu May 0 9

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

If you missed the last Provider Forum or if you are still a bit confused by the new licensing rules and regulations or any of the new changes through the state, this FREE event is for you! We are coming to your area to answer questions, and help you navigate the new waters of Early Childhood in our State. The first 2 hours of our forum, will include discussion on the new regulations that have had the greatest impact on facilities in our region, as well as a Q&A portion with representatives from: Provider Services/STARS, Best Beginnings, and a representative from licensing. The final hour will be reserved for Web assistance with your Registry accounts, or for anything else you might need. We will have computers available– bring any paperwork that you need uploaded into the ECP site.

Cost: FREE

As spring rolls around in Western Montana many early childhood programs look to getting outside and enjoying the long missed sunshine. Planting and growing is such an essential part of spring. This class is for every level of garden enthusiast, whether you have always wanted to start a garden with your childcare kiddos, or you have been gardening for years with your little ones. This class will help providers start or strengthen existing school gardens, link what’s going on in the garden to the classroom curriculum, and help children develop a deeper understanding of growing cycles, the earth and the healthy foods that can come from the earth.

Cost: $16

In order for children to experience enhanced learning it is important for infant, toddler, and preschool staff members to have an understanding of attachment theory. The goal of the COS-C approach is to make the theory of attachment accessible to early educators.
The ten-hour curriculum designed for parents works equally well for teaching child care providers about attachment offering an understanding of the:
• Reciprocal relationship between attachment and exploratory systems;
• Secure, insecure and disorganized attachment;
• The need to move from behavioral approaches to seeing problem behaviors as communication regarding attachment needs;
• How to respond sensitively to children’s cues that indicate their attachment needs and understand miscues as insecure strategies that children use to hide their needs;
• Ways for adults to manage their own defensiveness around certain attachment needs.
Another component of COS-C is to help teachers assess their relationships with specific children and develop a plan to enhance the security of the relationship when needed (Zero to Three, 2017).

Cost: $20.00

This course will explore the second level of the Pyramid Model aimed at preventing challenging behavior. In Module 1 we learned about the importance of building positive relationships and designing supportive environments. This Module builds on what was learned in Module 1 by learning effective strategies, ideas and resources to teach children friendship skills, emotional literacy, development of empathy, impulse control and problem solving. Prerequisites: Introduction to the Pyramid Model (on childcaretraining.org) and Pyramid Module 1.

This is a chance to hear from The Nurturing Center’s Child Care Eligibility Manager about the program policies, procedures, and changes to the Best Beginning Scholarship. The presentations will include plenty of time for questions and answers so that providers are receiving information that is applicable to their work with the scholarship program. If you have ever wondered why things are done the way they are, here’s your chance to find out.

Cost: Free Event

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 hire or role change.

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

Kootenai Valley Head Start
263 Indian Head Rd, Libby, MT 59923, USA

As spring rolls around in Western Montana many early childhood programs look to getting outside and enjoying the long missed sunshine. Planting and growing is such an essential part of spring. This class is for every level of garden enthusiast, whether you have always wanted to start a garden with your childcare kiddos, or you have been gardening for years with your little ones. This class will help providers start or strengthen existing school gardens, link what’s going on in the garden to the classroom curriculum, and help children develop a deeper understanding of growing cycles, the earth and the healthy foods that can come from the earth.

Cost: $16

Mon May 2 7

Office Closed

The Nurturing Center office will be closed in honor of Memorial Day, May 27, 2019. We will resume normal business operations on May 28, 2019 at 8:00 am.