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Just how safe are children in preschool and child care, and how likely is it that a child in your own classroom or facility will be seriously injured? In this workshop, we’ll look through the statistics and the research to discover the frequency of accidents in group care. We'll find out what you can do to keep children safer once you know where the danger lies.


2 professional development hours - $24

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It’s hard enough to prepare nutritious meals and snacks for children, but even more difficult to get children to eat them. Add to that cultural and regional preferences, seasonal ingredients, cooking methods, and children’s pickiness, and the strain to create good food for kids becomes clear. In this workshop, we’ll look at current thinking about children’s meals and consider some strategies to encourage healthy eating.


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If you remember when brain science revolutionized early childhood, get ready for news about children’s gut bacteria. 
In this workshop, we’ll look at the action of “good” microbes in protecting children’s health, and in preventing diseases like obesity and asthma.  You won’t believe what you learn – this is cutting edge stuff!  - and we’ll find out how your everyday actions can support or stifle the effect of children’s friendly germs.


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An overtired child is not the same as the well-rested child but determining children’s needs for downtime during the day is not so simple as it seems. In this workshop we’ll consider everything from seasonal light levels to naptime to the influence of food and activity on children’s rest. We'll make sense of the circadian cycles that rule our days… and make your days go well.


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Actions speak louder than words and when love and care are what you want to communicate, it’s what you do more than what you say that matters. In this session, you’ll find out how non-verbal communication, body cues, and tone and speed of voice make it easier – or more difficult - for children to feel happy and safe in your care. Learn simple tricks to win over your most challenging child.


Why Nature Matters
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If you ran a preschool on Mars, you and the children would likely stay in your climate-controlled space pod 24 hours a day. But even though you’re not on Mars, the child care environment you and your kids enjoy each day might as well be, if it’s like many child care facilities across the country. Does it matter if your playground is so safe and sterile that nothing living thrives there? Find out how Nature affects your attitudes, your health, and your happiness and the health and happiness of the children you serve.