K3: Family, Schools and Community Collaborations and Partnerships

Karen Rucker, M.S.
ECE Master Trainer



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 on the Contact tab or send an email to krucker@RespectingChildren.com or call 717-314-8368.

All Age Groups

Understanding the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework (3 hrs - K3.11 C1/C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.9andFC.3.4.6):  All families benefit from protective factors that can be supported in the early childhood setting.  Participants will be introduced to the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework which includes five research-based protective factors (resiliency, social connections, knowledge of parenting/child development, concrete support in times of need, and social/emotional competence of children).  We will also identify strategies that help families build protective factors and explore the Strengthening Families Protective Factors self-assessment and goal-setting tool.  

UPDATED! Beneath the Iceberg: ACES and the Effect of Family Stressors on Children (2 hrs - K3.5 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.4):  Children's experiences influence their development.  The ACES study brings to light the long range impact of stress on children into adulthood.  Join us as we explore the myriad of stressors faced by today's families, the potential effects, and how practitioners can best serve the children in their care.

Communication and Language Development Including Dual Language Learners - Ages birth to 5 years (2 hrs - K3 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.3 and SQ.3.4.9)  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.