Our facilitators have over 40 years of combined experience in Licensed Child Care and continue to work directly in programs daily. Our professional learning is geared toward supporting educators, leaders, and administrators in achieving their professional development goals.
We are passionate about creating opportunities to support all levels of the early learning sector to ensure a thriving and engaged workforce that’s passionate about enhancing the lives of both children and their families. Our work is rooted in deeply-held beliefs that children deserve responsive and growing educators.
We intentionally create conditions to help you think about WHY we do what we do, the values and beliefs that hold up our work and then build conditions for educators to consider new strategies for HOW and WHAT they want to try in their programs moving forward.
Our Self-Paced Online Courses are designed to support you with specific topics related to Nature-Based Pedagogy, Emergent Curriculum, Inquiry Based Curriculum, Play Based Curriculum, and Child-Centered Learning.
These modules will provide you with the theory behind why these ideas are important for early years programs, as well as with concrete and practical strategies to integrate these ideas into your program with children infant to school age.
These modules are perfect for busy educators who want to gain more knowledge about specific topics such as:
Our Online Virtual Leadership Series was created to respond to the gaps we saw in the leadership training and support that is offered to Early Learning Leaders.
We have heard supervisors say their experience was lonely, exhausting, and left folks feeling like they were constantly putting out fires. We too, had experienced this in the past and used our own story of how we moved from a disengaged, compliance-driven workplace to a values-driven, thriving community with a shared purpose and vision.
We used our story to create a comprehensive leadership community series that uses modules, virtual or in-person meetings, and thinking ally groups to take research-based ideas and integrate them into our organization to cultivate thriving teams.
We provide protocols, resources, and group experiences that supply supervisors with all the tools to confidently lead their teams from a place of shared values. We support leaders to come up with reality-based solutions to tackle recruitment and retention, difficult conversations, cultivating culture, and pedagogical leadership.
“I have found much of the course very validating. Emergent curriculum sounds like something that needs "do-ing", but I've found it is actually a natural product of a child-led program. If we are listening to children, and taking their lead, the rest comes with time (and self-reflection). When I was an educator on the floor, my impulse was always to throw caution to the wind and embark on whatever adventure children wanted to take me on. If anything, my programming likely needed a bit more structure, but I have such an immense craving for children's ideas. I already know how I see the world. I'm seeking something NEW! I've heard my own story a hundred times, I want to hear theirs.
I find a lot of my struggle has been in de-programming educators from fiercely held practices that don't seem to match their values. This course has already given me many tools to broach that conversation. Reading over the many images of the child that we can hold as educators was eye-opening. I can recognize many of the ways we can commodify children for the benefit of the educators or even the parents. I see many long-held traditions of child care that seem to cater to parents, without always bringing benefit to the children. (Does a 3-year old need the graduation from preschool in front of a group of parents and peers? Are there ways to celebrate that milestone in a way that reflects the needs and ideas of the child?)”
Our conferences, virtual learning series, and seminars are all customizable for your specific goals and aspirations for your community.
We have worked with large municipalities and multi-site organizations to create six-month to one-year-long comprehensive professional learning strategies to achieve the unique goals and objectives of their organization.
These custom trainings will include a variety of modalities to support your specific needs and goals such as:
These are 100% customizable and are designed around your specific goals, strategic plan, and aspirations for the future with the goals of cultivating a reflective, engaged, and inspired workforce. We know that children learn best when they have educators that are fulfilled, supported, and engaged.
These plans are created to ensure all who participate have the opportunity to think critically about their current practice and consider the new ways to create belonging, well-being, engagement, and expression in their early years programs.
We will provide comprehensive mentorship support for all levels of educators including:
We ensure all of our offerings are responsive, meaningful, and impactful.