Early Childhood Professional Development

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

Leave It at the Door:  Managing Personal Stress in the Workplace (2 hrs / C2 - Standard Area 7):  Got stress??!!?  Everyday ECE professionals dedicate themselves to nurturing children, youth, and families.  Often they are so dedicated to serving others, they neglect their own needs.  When this happens, staff can experience stress that impacts job satisfaction and personal health.  Join us as we explore tools to manage stress in the classroom and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

The Importance of Supervision:  Indoors & Out (2 hrs / C1 - Standard Area 7):  As early childhood professionals, we ensure families that their children will be appropriately supervised while they are in our care - both indoors and outdoors.  Discussion of the consequences of inadequate supervision, legal responsibilities, strategies for effective supervision, and the role of a supervision policy.  

NEW!!  The Daily Dozen: 12 Important Components to Promote Playground Safety (2 hrs / C2 - Standard Area 7): More than 200,000 children are injured each year on playgrounds.  Learn how to detect hazards on your playground and take steps to prevent injury.  Information includes the importance of frequent playground checks, age-appropriate equipment, dangers that need to be addressed and a brief discussion on the critical role of supervision.

Standard Area 7: 

Health and Safety

Including Staff Mental Health


Karen Rucker, M.S.
ECE Master Trainer