Workshops offered for day care providers

by Jenn Smith
District 15 Early Childhood Programs

The St. Francis School District 15 Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is offering two workshops this spring to childcare providers that are interested in learning more about behaviors they may be encountering during their day and about how they can help develop key skills and behaviors in their day care that will help children be ready for kindergarten.

“They Are Pushing My Buttons” by Janice Hofschulte will be presented Monday, March 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Hofschulte has served principally as an instructor in the early childhood program, training future early childhood educators and early childhood professionals for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system for over 10 years.

The workshop will include information on discovering the purpose of behavior. Hofschulte will focus on effective responses and finish with ways day care providers can talk to parents about the tough topics.

The second workshop, “Being Ready, Defining It and Working with Children,” will be led by Jenny Dupre, Monday, April 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Dupre is a preschool and ECFE teacher in District 15. She has worked closely with district kindergarten staff to identify key skills and behaviors to develop during the preschool years that contribute to the success in kindergarten classrooms. Learn ways day cares can foster these skills in young children.

Dupre will also be focusing on beginning writing skills and share some strategies to enhance pencil grasp and letter formation in developmentally appropriate ways.

The workshops are offered at the Lifelong Learning Center. The workshops are free, but pre-register as there is limited space.

Registration can be done by sending an email to Melissa Denning at melden@stfrancis.k12.mn.us or leaving her a voice mail at 763-753-7178. Provide her with name, phone number and email address.

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