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Guilford Early Learning Collaborative Professional Development Day

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, Guilford Child Development’s Regional Child Care Resources & Referral (RCCR&R) program hosted the Guilford Early Learning Collaborative (GELC) Professional Development Day for child care providers.

Professional Development Day was a big success with about 90 attendees from all over Guilford County. Community partners and presenters included:

  • Guilford Child Development’s (GCD) Head Start/Early Head Start program and the RCCR&R’s Single Portal of Entry (SPoE) program
  • Bringing Out the Best
  • EQuiPD
  • Guiding Healthy Behaviors
  • NC Pre-K
  • Partnership for Children of Guilford County

The day started off with an enlightening keynote done by Dr. Kelly Sullivan, a licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Her talk focused on the mental health of children who have experienced trauma. She had many of the attendees engaged, asking questions, and making comments.

After the keynote, attendees were able to attend breakout sessions. Some watched the film “Resilience” and others participated in the Yoga for Kids activity instructed by Sadie Payne. The Resilience film by James Redford was about the emerging science around toxic stress and how it can negatively impact children if left untreated. This film gave the attendees insight on the importance of treating children who have been through traumatic situations.

Lunch and snack time were provided by Apple Spice Junction and Nav Kitchen.

Throughout the rest of the day, door prizes were awarded, attendees were introduced to new opportunities/events within the community, and additional breakout sessions and workshops took place. Workshops included:

  • “Social and Emotional Milestones” instructed by Jennifer Anderson
  • “Engaging Dual Language Learners and Their Families” instructed by Nicole McCaskill
  • “Teaching Social-Emotional Skills to Young Children” instructed by Ilene Fisher
  • “Watch. Listen and Learn; Video Vignettes for Positive and Developmentally Appropriate Classroom Management” instructed by Janet Howard from Bringing out the Best and Nancy Close, a Pre-K teacher from Hunter Elementary
  • “Making Connections using 21st Century Technology in the classroom” instructed by Maggie Roberston and Kameka Patterson
  • “Quest for Family Engagement through the lens of cultural awareness” instructed by Rhodus Riggins, Jr., Tarsha Banister =, Harriette Baily and EQuIPD team members
  • “The Myth if the Super-Director: BUSTED instructed by Ashley Allen, EQuIPD

All of the sessions were targeted to help child care providers increase/improve their knowledge on social-emotional and behavioral management. Some attendees noted that they wished the sessions were longer because they learned so much! At the end of the day, every participant was rewarded with certificates worth 5.5 DCDEE credit hours and had the option to purchase .5 CEUs for the professional development requirements.

Many attendees enjoyed their experience and left with smiles on their faces. To view more pictures from this event, visit the RCCR&R Facebook page

If you are interested in finding out more about child care provider, parent, and caregiver trainings, please visit GCD’s Regional Child Care Resources & Referral training page and the Single Portal of Entry page for trainings throughout the county.

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