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Early Childhood Educators
Look in the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry for opportunities to earn professional development hours for annual certification requirements and build your resume. Each of the items below are included in the Registry Professional Development offerings by creating a free login and clicking “Find a training event.”
Virtual and face to face opportunities are available across the state.
Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
Triple P engages, encourages and empowers parents, building the necessary confidence and skills to raise competent, healthy children and teenagers, and to build stronger family relationships. It also helps parents manage misbehavior and prevent behavior problems from occurring in the first place. Triple P builds upon parents’ existing strengths and teaches them simple and practical strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs. Arizona PBS offers Triple P seminars, discussion groups and intensive trainings in both English and Spanish.
Triple P is different because it is not a one-size-fits-all parenting program. Triple P is a multi-level system offering increasing levels of education and support to meet the varying needs of parents.
- Seminars (90 minutes): Designed for parents or educators interested in general information about promoting their child’s development. Seminar topics include: Power of Positive Parenting, Raising Confident, Competent Children, Raising Resilient Children.
- Discussion Groups (2 hours): These are designed for parents or educators with specific concerns about their child’s behavior focused on specific topics including: hassle-free shopping with children, managing fighting and aggression, developing good bedtime routines, dealing with disobedience and hassle-free mealtimes with children.
- Group Triple P (Five 2 hour sessions + 3 individual phone conferences): This is designed for parents or educators with concerns about their child’s behavior who require intensive training in positive parenting, or those who wish to learn a variety of parenting skills to apply to multiple contexts.
PBS Kids & Ready to Learn Family and Community Learning
“Learn and Grow – Social, Emotional and Character Development Family Community Learning (FCL) experience” is comprised of 10 sessions designed for educators and parents focused on the following topics: Self-awareness, self-regulation and impulse control, self-confidence, compassion and empathy, friendship, responsibility, courage, perseverance and task persistence and gratitude. Face to face engagement includes opportunities for children of providers/parents to be involved. Offered in English and Spanish.
PBS LearningMedia online professional development
Explore more professional development content on PBS LearningMedia with resources like Connecting with Families and Spark Learning with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Connecting with Families focuses on strategies for using technology to enhance communication between educators and families. Spark Learning explores how media can spark children’s curiosity, conversations and play.
Sesame Workshop creates resources for parents and educators to incorporate a love of Sesame Street with a love of learning and growing. We recommend workshops like:
- Circles of Care
- A Conversation about Art Therapy
- Growing Together
- Helping Children Make Meaning After Trauma
- Roads to Resilience
- Taking Care of Myself
- Understanding Bullying
Mandated Supporter Training
This training is a supplement to Mandated Reporter Training and is about why and how to support. It is designed to help people who work with children and families understand ways to connect families to resources and support in order to reduce “family overwhelm” and prevent child maltreatment. Training topics include: the shared responsibility for child wellbeing, checking our assumptions about families, what it means to support families, finding resources and support for families and how to engage families who may need support. Offered in English and Spanish.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provides the skills needed to reach out and offer initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. This is a helpful professional development experience for any adult. Skills are applicable in the workplace, in schools and as parents. Coming Fall 2023.
Strengthening Families and the Protective Factors Framework
This framework, created by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need and social and emotional competence of children. Offered in English and Spanish.
Love and Logic Curriculum
The Love and Logic parenting approach is fun and easy to teach! Using plenty of real life stories and examples, the authors make this a program parents really enjoy being a part of. There are several curricula offered: Parenting the Love and Logic Way, Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun, Adults Supporting Youth with Challenging Pasts (Trauma Informed Care) and Adults Supporting Youth with Special Needs.
Mind in the Making
Mind in the Making (MITM) curates the science of children’s brain development and learning, shares it with the general public, families and professionals and translates this research into transformational in-depth training and materials. MITM’s Learning Modules, Skill-Building Opportunities and Book Tips serve professionals and caregivers across a wide array of sectors and take a two-generational approach to building executive function-based life skills within children and families.