George Mason University Early Childhood Development Workshops

George Mason University Early Childhood Development Workshops Information about workshops offered by the Child Development Programs that provide training hours for Pre-school Educators in Northern Virginia.


PDD is Saturday. Still registering all day tomorrow...


Registration closes March 1st! Still lots of great workshops available. If you need training hours, here is your chance to get six in one day! We hope you'll join us! The link to register:


Hi Everyone, just a reminder, when you register, you do not have to pick more than one workshop per session. When a class is full, it will no longer be available to choose. So one choice is good. Thanks!

Okay Friends... just a reminder, the link is live! You can see the flyer, and register for the notices...
Professional Development Day

Okay Friends... just a reminder, the link is live! You can see the flyer, and register for the notices were also sent out Tuesday morning. Responses have started to come in, however all the Sessions are still open...and it's Early Bird! Centers with 8 or more can register as a group and save $10 per person. Individuals save $5.

When: Saturday, March 04, 2017 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time). Where: 4400 University Drive Fairfax, 22030 United States. Information phone lines: 703-993-4645 or 703-993-5807


Hi Everyone, when you register, you do not have to pick more than one workshop per session. I am trying to get the wording removed that asks you to do so. There is no way for me to differentiate between your first and second choice. When a class is full, it will no longer be available to choose. So one choice is good. Thanks!

Professional Development Day

Okay Friends...the link is live! You can see the flyer, and register for the notices will be sent out early Monday morning, for folks who aren't following us on Facebook.

When: Saturday, March 04, 2017 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time). Where: 4400 University Drive Fairfax, 22030 United States. Information phone lines: 703-993-4645 or 703-993-5807


And the previews is a new to us workshop on our menu...Taking Advantage of Technology

Through computers, smartphones, social media, and more,
technology is invading every area of our lives. Instead of
letting the technology have control, learn how to use it to
enhance your teaching! We’ll look at how you can use
technology to find new ideas and inspiration for teaching
and also ways you can use technology with your students
to inspire and explore. If you have a Wi-Fi-enabled device
(laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.), please bring it with you.

Presented by Sarah Erdman, Cabinet of Curiosities LLC


One of my favorite words...Consequences... and...we have a Conscious Discipline Workshop...The Truth About Consequences

In this Conscious Discipline workshop, participants will
reflect on the difference between punishments and consequences.
We will de-bunk five myths about consequences
and learn how to effectively use consequences in the

Presented by Mandy Lloyd, National Conscious
Discipline certified instructor


Coming soon! Registration starts Monday! The link will be posted as soon as we get the thumbs up from Reg On-line! Also check your brochures in the mail this time...going high tech on Monday. If you don't get an email from us and want one in the future (although this page will give you all the same info) me at [email protected].


Our new presenter, Shirley Smith, is a child development specialist trained in Conscious Discipline by National Conscious Discipline certified instructor, Mandy Lloyd.

Choices: A Win-Win Discipline Skill
In this Conscious Discipline-inspired workshop, you will
learn how to help children stay focused and on-task. You
will also help children feel empowered, reducing power
struggles. Presented by Shirley Smith, Child Development


Dr. Rene is back! Our long time presenter will be presenting in Session 3!

Kindergarten Readiness
This session will review guidelines for deciding kindergarten
readiness in this region. Included will be a discussion on
the pros and cons of holding a child back and a checklist of
skills every new kindergartner needs. Presented by Rene
Hackney, PhD, owner of Parenting Playgroups Inc.


Hi Early Childhood us get 100 likes...Please share our page with all your co-workers! We offer professional development for early childhood teachers...and our next Professional Development workshops are March 4th! Registration will be on-line soon and Early Bird starts January 30th!


The brochure in its entirety will be available in just a few days. In the here for a few more previews of our workshops!

STEM in Early Childhood Education
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a
hot buzzword, but what does it mean in the early childhood
classroom? This workshop will look at practical ways to
incorporate STEM into your teaching and give you a better
grounding in what it looks like in early childhood. We will
spend time thinking about what STEM means to young
children and what skills can help support their development.
We will also look at how to set up STEM explorations
in your classroom and ways to fold these concepts into the
rest of your curriculum. The focus will be on creating
strategies that you can implement immediately, with
resources that are on hand or easily obtained. Presented
by Sarah Erdman, Cabinet of Curiosities LLC


A brand new workshop from one of our favorites...Lori Carver-Johnson

“My Teacher Doesn’t Like Me”
Do you have a student who believes this? Is it a reflection of your behavior? As the teacher, what part of a child’s well-being are you responsible for? Are you aware of any biases (positive or negative) that may be triggering your own personal behavior and how you react to the children you teach? How can you develop strategies to improve the experience for both you and the child? Let’s take a journey together and discuss the role you play in creating emotional, social and behavioral well-being for both yourself and your students. Presented by Lori Carver-Johnson, M.A., PCC, BCC Pathfinders, Inc. Life Coaching, Board Certified Personal Life Coach, Mental Health Therapist


It's a couple of weeks until our complete brochure comes out. Here is another preview of our great offerings... this one is new to our program and it's from one of our favorites - Renee Edwards. It is only being offered during our first session at 8:00 am

Ready Readers: Books and Activities to Help Children Hear Sounds in Words

Children's ability to hear sounds begins to develop during the preschool years. When children understand and can identify rhyming words, beginning sounds and syllables, they are ready to learn how to read. This training will show how to help preschool children (ages 3-5) learn these skills through library books and enjoyable activities.


We've had a good response to our addition of Concious Discipline to the Professional Development Day Line up. Mandy Lloyd will present three(!) is the description of the first one...

What’s the Difference? An Introduction to Conscious Discipline®

Feeling tired of chaos in the classroom? Have you tried everything, but nothing works? Join this session to learn about Conscious Discipline, a comprehensive self-regulation program that creates safe, connected classrooms and teaches essential conflict resolution skills.


Save the Date! March 4, 2017 and keep following and liking us on Facebook!


Planning is underway for our next Professional Development Day on March 4, 2017. Mark your calendars!!!


Amended certificates have gone out. If you are expecting one, and it does not arrive this week please let us know!


If you have already sent in your completed registration form and payment, you should have received a confirmation letter email that included the workshops you are registered for. If you have not received your confirmation, and it has been a week or more since you mailed it, please send us an email ([email protected]) We will research our records and get back to you.


The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (VA ITSN) strives to achieve excellence in early care by increasing the knowledge level and skills of those who care for infants and toddlers, whether in family care homes or in center-based programs. It also serves to link existing community resources that support healthy, safe and nurturing care for children, birth-36 months. We are lucky to have two specialists presenting at our PDD. They will be at PDD for Session One and for Session Two.

Session One topics are: "Natural Temperaments of Infants and Toddlers", with Julie Renne and "ASQ-SE-2: Learn abut the Ages and Stages Questionnaire", with Helen Webster. During Session two, the choices are "An Overview of the ASQ-3" and "Connecting with Families".

NP 03 – Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom with LuAnn Carrig, Preschool Director and Professional Development Provider

By following the link below, you can hear our presenter LuAnn Carrig talk with Mark Gardner, LCSW, on his subject ? Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom.

Want to understand your own intelligences’ profile? (click the link within the link and go to self-assessment)

On October 22nd...come to George Mason and join LuAnn as she speaks about Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorders in her "You are on my last nerve, " says the child, workshop.

LuAnn Carrig talks about Multiple Intelligences in the classroom… Multiple Intelligences is an idea & theory created by Dr. Howard Gardner that looks at humans as having many ways of bein…


With the brochure out to all the Centers, it's time to pick your workshops! We know it's almost impossible to choose! Remember Early Bird ends September 23rd! So register early for the best price and to insure you get your first choices! Our workshops do fill!


Register as a group and save even more $$$ during our Early Bird registration...Last year 10 equaled a group. This year, we have lowered the group number to eight. Gather your co-workers and save!


Emails with the link to our brochure went out yesterday and...registrations are coming in. Don't miss out on our Early Bird Pricing or registering in time to get your first choices!


4400 University Drive MS 5C2
Fairfax, VA


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