Interested in a topic not listed? Contact the instructor, Karen Rucker, regarding the possibility of customizing a session to address your center's specific professional development needs or to address a specific age group. For additional information, click the Contact tab or send an email to krucker@RespectingChildren.com or call 717-314-8368.


All Age Groups

NEW!  Communication and Language Development Including Dual Language Learners - Ages birth to 5 years (2 hrs - K3 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.3; SQ.3.4.9 and EC.3.4.4)  There are multiple important early milestones we will explore to better understand how communication and language skills develop in the first 5 years, including Dual Language Learners.

NEW! Social and Emotional Development - Ages birth to 5 years 
(2 hrs - K1.9 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4)  There are multiple important early milestones we will explore to better understand how social and emotional skills develop in the first 5 years.  Partially based on work by Zero to Three, this session focuses primarily on ages birth through five years.


NEW!  Cognitive Development - Ages birth to 5 (2 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4) There are multiple important early milestones we will explore to better understand how cognitive skills develop in the first five years.  Content will include executive functioning - the mind's "air traffic controller."  Partially based on work by Zero to Three, this session focuses primarily on ages birth through five year.


Temperament:  One Key to Understanding Children (2 or 3 hrs - K1.7 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4):  We are all born with a natural temperament - some of us are flexible, some cautious, and some feisty.  Sometimes what we perceive as challenging behavior is really a clash in temperament traits.  Learn about the components of the three basic temperament styles and how this information can help you understand and better plan for the children in your care.  Introversion and extroversion will also be briefly explored as an additional layer to one's temperament.

ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: The Basics (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2)  In this session you will learn how the brain grows and develops from conception to 5 years old and describe the main parts of the brain and their functions, as well as explore how you as a provider can support healthy brain development in early childhood when the brain is the most plastic, or receptive to change. Your role is so important!  This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: The Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development ​(3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2)  The first five years are critical and it is important that providers set the stage for children's future success. Join us as we discuss how different factors can promote or inhibit healthy brain development.  Discussion will include the powerful role of the Five R's; relationships, responsive interactions, respect, routines and repetition. This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: The Brain's Role in Communication and Language Development (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2 & K5.1 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.3; SQ.3.4.9 and EC.3.4.4)  Join us as we explore important milestones to better understand how communication and language skills develop in the first 5 years, the brain’s role in the development of these skills, and how to support them, including multi-language learning. This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: Social Emotional Development (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2 and STARS SQ 3.4.4) We often think of children's social/emotional development as primarily influenced by interactions and experiences, but the brain also plays an important part. After taking this course you will understand how social–emotional development unfolds in the first 5 years and the brain’s role in this process.  This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: Understanding Cognitive Development and Executive Function (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4)  This course will help you understand what cognitive development and executive functions are and how young children develop cognitive and executive functions in relation to the developing brain.  We will start with how children grow and change in their intellectual/mental abilities such as thinking, reasoning and understanding.  Then we will move on to the "air traffic controller of the mind" - executive functioning - which includes the ability to control impulses, filter out distractions and sustain attention (all attributes every teacher wants to promote in young children!).  This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: Understanding How Children's Behavior Is Influenced by the Brain (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4) During this course you will learn how children’s behavior is influenced by the brain, brain anatomy, and root causes of challenging behavior.  Includes information on temperament's impact on behavior when coupled with brain development and the environment.  This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center.  The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.


ZERO TO THREE The Growing Brain: Everyday Play (3 hrs - K1.4 C1/C2; K1.8 C1/C2; K2 13 CI/C2 and STARS EC.2.2):  Explore the stages and types of play that unfold in early childhood, the role of the brain in this process, and how to maximize children's learning through play.  Includes information on how play supports the Six C's: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, content, creative innovation and confidence. This session focuses on ages birth through five years and is part of a series developed by the national Zero to Three center. The Growing Brain series is comprised of seven sessions and may be taken in any order or combination.



Infant/Toddler Specific

SERIES:  Infant/Toddler Social/Emotional Development (from CSEFEL: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) - STARS SQ.3.4.4


  • CSEFEL Infant/Toddler Module 1:  Infant/Toddler Social Emotional Development within the Context of Relationships (6 hrs - K1.1 C1; K1.2 C1; K1.3 C1; & K1.4 C1 and STARS SQ 3.4.4):  Social emotional development begins at birth and continues throughout life, providing a foundation for meaningful relationships and learning.  This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the process of infant toddler social emotional development, including key concepts such as temperament and attachment which affect a young child's ability to develop strong social emotional skills.  The workshop includes an emphasis of the importance of healthy relationships with caregivers for optimal social emotional development to occur.  NOTE:  Also available as an infant/toddler/preschool blended version of this session.


  • CSEFEL Infant/Toddler Module 2: Responsive Routines, Environments, and Strategies to Support Social Emotional Development (6 hrs - K1.1 C2;K1.2 C2; K1.3 C2; K1.4 C2; K1.7 C2; & K1.8 C2 and STARS SQ 3.4.4): There are a number of strategies that can be used to intentionally support the social emotional development of infants and toddlers.  This workshop is designed to present a sampling of those strategies to ECE practitioners.  The primary strategies addressed in this course include creating responsive routines, designing appropriate physical environments, and improving the emotional literacy of children in the early care and education setting.  Prerequisite: Module 1


  • CSEFEL Infant/Toddler Module 3: Individualized intervention with Infants and Toddlers: Determining the Meaning of Behavior and Developing Appropriate Responses in Infants and Toddlers (6 hrs - K1.1 C2; K1.2 C2; K1.3 C2; K1.4 C2; K1.7 C2; & K1.8 C2 and STARS SQ 3.4.4): Participants will engage in conversation around understanding and supporting the behavior of infants and toddlers.  Additionally participants will discuss how to develop a systematic, relationship based approach to address infant and toddler behavior that has not responded to the promotion and prevention efforts already incorporated into care settings (i.e. CSEFEL Teaching Pyramid Universal Practices).  Prerequisites: Module 1 & 2



Preschool Age Specific

SERIES:  Preschool Social/Emotional Development (from CSEFEL: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) - STARS SQ 3.4.4


  • CSEFEL Preschool Module 1: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments (6 hrs - K1.1 C1; K1.2 C1; K1.3 C1; & K1.4 C1 and STARS SQ 3.4.4): This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the process of social emotional development in young children and how such development is related to behavior.  The workshop includes an emphasis on the importance of healthy relationships with caregivers and how supportive environments promote optimal social emotional development and prevent challenging behaviors.  This session uses the training modules developed by the Center for Social Emotional Foundations in Early Learning (CSEFEL).  NOTE:  Also available as an infant/toddler/preschool blended version of this session.


  • CSEFEL Preschool Module 2: Social Emotional Teaching Strategies (6 hrs - K1.1 C2; K1.2 C2; K1.3 C2; K1.4 C2; K1.7 C2; & K1.8 C2 and STARS SQ 3.4.4): An important role for the early childhood teacher is to facilitate children's social/emotional development such that children have the skills and foundation they need to be successful in school.  This foundation includes the ability to solve problems, communicate emotions appropriately and effectively, and build friendships.  This module focuses on effective strategies for teaching these skills to children.  Prerequisite: Module 1


  • CSEFEL Preschool Module 3a:  Individualized Intensive Interventions: Determining the Meaning of Behavior (6 hrs - K1.1 C2; K1.2 C2; K1.3 C2; K1.4 C2; K1.7 C2; & K1.8 C2 and STARS SQ 3.4.4):  Children's challenging behaviors most often serve to express some feeling, need, or meaning that they are unable to communicate in a more appropriate manner.  This suggests the need for identifying the meaning and the skills that the child needs to communicate that meaning more effectively.  This module focuses on effective strategies for observing children and identifying the meaning for their behavior as a means of identifying skills that could be targeted for instruction.  Prerequisites: Module 1 & 2


  • CSEFEL Preschool Module 3b:  Individualized Intensive Interventions:  Developing a Behavior Support Plan (6 hrs - K1.1 C2; K1.2 C2; K1.3 K2; K1.4 C2; K1.7 C2; & K1.8 C2 and STARS SQ 3.4.4):  After determining the meaning of children's challenging behavior and the skills the child needs to learn to communicate that meaning more effectively, a plan is developed to support the child's use of the new skills and to decrease the likelihood that the child will need to use challenging behavior.  This module addresses a) strategies for teaching new skills and arranging the environment to support appropriate behaviors and prevent challenging behavior, and b) building teams (professionals and family members) to effectively support the child's behavior across settings.  Prerequisites: Module 1 & 2 & 3a


RespectingChildren.com

Karen Rucker, M.S.
Early Childhood/SAC Master Trainer

717-314-8368

K1:  Child Growth and Development