Early Childhood

Workshop in Early Childhood

Early Learning Series 2016/17: Classroom Management & Proactive Strategies for Preventing Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood

Creating an Environment to Support Children's Social and Emotional Development- The foundations for learning are laid well before a child enters kindergarten. Research tells us that the pre-kindergarten years provide crucial opportunities for educators to influence children's growth and development. The classroom environment is a critical component in fostering children's social and emotional development. How the room is arranged, how routines and schedules are designed, how classroom rules are established and maintained-all contribute to building a strong learning community where children feel welcome, safe and eager to learn. Just as adults do, children thrive in an environment that they feel they have helped design to meet their needs and where they feel safe and valued as a contributing member of a community.


This interactive workshop is designed to provide practical suggestions for creating engaging, developmentally appropriate learning communities in which each child's social and emotional development is fostered. It is intended for all adults who work with preschool-age children and their families. Session Outcomes: As a result of today's session, I can:

  • Identify functions of challenging behaviors in order to prevent and respond effectively
  • Create supportive environments and partner with parents and families to promote community building and an enthusiasm for learning
  • Plan meaningful, engaging learning experiences that promote both social and emotional competencies and strong, sustainable learning communities
  • Align with Missouri Teacher Standards: Standard #1, Standard #2, Standard #3, Standard #4, Standard #5, Standard#6, Standard #8 and Missouri Early Learning Standards for Social and Emotional Development and Approaches to Learning.

Breakfast and afternoon snack will be provided. Lunch is on your own. 8:30-9:00: Registration/sign-in, breakfast & networking

Friday, September 16, 2016, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

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STEM Early Childhood Series

The Southwest Regional Professional Development Center is offering a STEM Early Childhood Series. This will be a three session series and teachers may sign up for all three trainings or choose separate trainings.

  • Each training will be held at the Kentwood Hall, 700 E. St. Louis, Springfield, MO
  • Training sessions will begin with breakfast and registration at 8:30 and the content will be presented at 9:00. Lunch will be “on your own”.
  • Each session will cost $125.00

Select sessions below for more information and registration.