April, May & June 2017 Online Registration
This online form is used to register for training events sponsored by GRECS. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. You will receive a confirmation letter by mail listing the classes in which you have been registered. SUBMISSION OF THIS ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE REGISTERED IN THE CLASSES THAT YOU SELECT.
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  • April 2017

  • #5567 - Alabama Early Learning Guidelines Session #1: Orientation - This session will involve learners in activities to become familiar with the AELG course and basic child development concepts. It will explain the origin and the purpose of AELG, list the sessions included and help learners develop a basic understanding of concepts and terminology related to child development.
  • #5568 - Alabama Early Learning Guidelines Session #2: Observation & Assessments - This session will involve learners in activities to understand the critical importance of child observations. It will identify the purpose of intentional child observations, children’s learning styles and will demonstrate techniques of observing and reflecting on children, and how to complete a developmental checklist.
  • #5569 - Scrapbooking As a Developmental Tool - Scrapbooking is an age appropriate activity no matter what your development level is. It provides opportunities for developing and practicing fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination and language skills. (Michele Williams; AL Pathways: CGD, LEE; DHR: CD, LD; CDA: 2, 8; CCDF: 13, 19; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Preschool, School Age)
  • #5570 - The Power of Purposeful Preschool Environments - When you walk into a well-designed preschool classroom, you see children and adults working together in a productive surrounding. Teachers will discuss the four major elements to consider when creating such an environment. Careful attention to these elements reduces how much time the teachers spend maintaining safety and order. (Allison Goff; AL Pathways: LEE, CGD; DHR: QCCL,CD; CDA: 1, 2, 8; CCDF: 13; Intermediate Training Level; 2 hours/0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Preschool)
  • #5571 - Monkey Bars and Jungle Gyms - This session will focus on outdoor safety for young children. You’ll learn about common hazards to avoid on playgrounds and how to provide effective supervision during children’s outddor play. (Lisa Kirkland; AL Pathways: HSN; DHR: HSU; CDA: 1; CCDF: 5, 13; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: All)
  • #5572 - Active Learning Environments for Infants and Toddlers - Explore ideas for designing and providing stimulating active learning environments for infants and toddlers in early childhood programs. (Lisa Kirkland; AL Pathways: CGD, LEE; DHR: QCCL, CD; CDA: 1, 8; CCDF: 13, 20; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Infant/Toddler)
  • #5573 - Healthy Habits from A-Z - Healthy habits are important for children to promote growth, learning and development. This workshop will discuss ways that children can stay healthy – from the first Achoo! to getting enough ZZZZs. It will include video segments, resources and hands on activities to encourage children to develop healthy habits. Participants will receive a set of books related to the topics discussed and related educational materials. (Joanne Langevin; AL Pathways: CGD, HSN; DHR: HSU, QCCL, CD; CDA:
    1, 8; CCDF: 12; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Toddlers, Preschool)
  • #5574 - Alabama Early Learning Guidelines Session #3: The Role of Parent and Caregiver - This session will involve learners in activities to help facilitate positive relationships between parents and caregivers. The session will help learners become familiar with ways to help start, build and maintain positive relationships when children are in out-of-home care and learn how to set a positive tone for a partnership between parents and caregivers.
  • #5575 - Alabama Early Learning Guidelines Session #4: Self-Concept and Emotional Development - This session will engage learners in activities that can be used to help children develop a positive picture of self, understand and express their emotions. Learners will also use AELG to help children build self-esteem, identify and name their emotions and regulate behaviors.
  • #5576 - Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect of Infants and Toddlers in Early Childhood Settings - This session is designed to help caregivers of infants and toddlers recognize, appropriately address, and present abuse and neglect of infants and toddlers in child care. (Joanne Langevin; AL Pathways: CGD, HSN, ICFC; DHR: CD, PDG; CDA: 1, 3, 7; CCDF: 2, 6, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19; Intermediate Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool)
  • #5578 - Alabama Early Learning Guidelines #5: Social Development - This session will engage learners in activities that can be used to help children enhance their social interaction skills, identify strategies to help children develop trusting relationships with nurturing adults, demonstrate caring cooperation and role play relationship dynamics.
  • #5579 - Alabama Early Learning Guidelines #6: Language & Literacy - This session will teach learners to stimulate and enhance children’s communication skills. It will engage learners in using AELG to understand verbal and non-verbal communication, explore various methods of communication, identify with home languages, and become familiar with ages and stages of language and literacy development.
  • May 2017

  • #5580 - Creating a "YES" Environment - When a classroom environment is set up so that teachers have to constantly say “no” to the children, it is stressful for everyone. Come discover the four important parts to a “yes” environment. Being thoughtful and intentional about implementing these qualities in the classroom allows for less stress and more success, for both children and their teachers. (Allison Goff; AL Pathways: LEE, CGD; DHR: QCCL, PDG; CDA: 2, 3; CCDF: 13, 20; Intermediate Training Level; 2 hours/0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Toddler, Preschool)
  • #5581 - Protecting Infant and Toddlers in Early Childhood Settings from Disaster - This class is designed to train caregivers of infants and toddlers on protecting infant and toddlers in early childhood settings from disaster. The class will promote critical thinking on what dangers are specific to the child care environment the caregiver is working in. (Joanne Langevin; AL Pathways: HSN; DHR: HSU; CDA: 1; CCDF:
    3, 7, 9, 10, 19; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Infant/Toddler)
  • #5582 - Director's Forum: Program Planning & Evaluation - Join us for a discussion of program evaluation for child care centers. The session will include a discussion and comparison of evaluation tools, strategies for illiciting parent and staff feedback, and how evaluaton data can be used for program planning and improvement. (Ann Sands; AL Pathways: MA, ICFC; DHR: QCCL, CCPF, AM; CDA: 4, 5; CCDF: 16, 18, 20; Intermediate Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: ALL)
  • #5583 - Infant/Toddler Course 2017 - This new 12-hour course addresses some of the most common issues facing caregivers of babies and toddlers. Join us for two days packed full of information on important topics like coping with crying and feeding challenges; how to set effective limits; and, encourage the development of self-control in young children.
  • #5584 - Attachment Styles: How to Bond with Babies - This class is designed to train caregivers of infants and toddlers on protecting infant and toddlers in early childhood settings from disaster. The class will promote critical thinking on what dangers are specifc to the child care environment the caregiver is working in. (Lisa Kirkland; AL Pathways: HSN; DHR: HSU; CDA: 1; CCDF: 3, 7, 9, 10, 19; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Infant/Toddler)
  • #5585 - Alabama Early Learning Guidelines #7: Physical Development - This session will teach learners to stimulate and enhance children’s physical skills necessary for healthy development. Learners will engage in becoming familiar with how children develop gross and fine motor skills and ways to enhance self-help skills.
  • #5586 - Alabama Early Learning Guidelines #8: Cognitive Development - This session will engage learners in activities that can be used to help children build and expand concepts to develop problem-solving skills. Learners will gain an understanding of basic concepts and relationships, apply knowledge to new situations and problem solving.
  • #5587 - Learning Centers - Would you like to learn how to create fun and effective learning centers in your early childhood program? If so, this class will provide you with the basics for developing and implementing learning centers that keep your children coming back for more. (Lisa Kirkland; AL Pathways: LEE; DHR: QCCL; CDA: 1, 2; CCDF: 13; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Toddlers, Preschool)
  • #5588 - Working With Families - The participants will learn how to work with families. Since the family is an active branch of the care team, it is important to know how to work with and support them so that the child receives the best care possible! (Lisa Kirkland; AL Pathways: ICFC; DHR: QCCL, CCPF; CDA: 4; CCDF: 3,16; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: All)
  • #5589 - Getting Started - Are you new to childcare? Thinking about taking your love of children and making a career out of it? If so, then “Getting Started” is the course for you! This training course is for people who are just beginning their early care & education career. We will introduce you to the foundational information you need to provide safe environments, nurturing interactions & develomentally appropriate experiences for the precious children in your care. This basic-level, 12-hour course is taught over 3 days and the training credit you receive will meet Alabama Department of Human Resources’ 12-hour training requirement to work in child care. You must attend all sessions to receive verification of successful completion of this course.
  • #5590 - Why Time Out Is Out - Do you find yourself using time out frequently? And, with particular children? Come learn why time out is often ineffective and fails to result in long term improvement in children’s behavior. You’ll discover simple strategies for promoting children’s positive behaviors that really work. (Catherine Kreger; AL Pathways: CGD, ICFC; DHR: CD, PDG; CDA: 3, 8; CCDF:13, 15; Intermediate Training Levels; 2hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: All)
  • #5591 - Creative Art Activities for Preschool Children - Young children naturally enjoy art and other creative experiences. Learn about new materials and activities you can provide to promote children’s creativity during this hands-on session. (Catherine Kreger; AL Pathways: CGD, LEE; DHR Categories: CD, QCCL; CDA : 2, 8; CCDF: 13; Intermediate Training Level; 2 hours/.2 CEUs; Age Group: ALL)
  • #5592 - The Importance of Reading to Infants: The How and Why - It’s never too early to read to infants! Why is it important? What will I read? How do I keep an infant interested in a book? It’s easier than you think! Participants will develop an understanding of how to choose developmentally appropriate books and create hands on activities that will keep infants and teachers excited about story time.
    (Mallory Blanchard; AL Pathways:CGD, LEE; DHR: CD, LD; CDA: 2, 8; CCDF: 13, 20; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group:
    Infant)
  • June 2017

  • #5593 - Alabama Early Learning Guidelines #9: Putting It All Together - This session will have learners participate in activities that encourage the use of all available resources for caregivers, families and children. The session will help participants provide additional resources and materials to parents to promote high quality care and education and pull together information from previous AELG sessions.
  • #5594 - Monkey Bars and Jungle Gyms - This session will focus on outdoor safety for young children. You’ll learn about common hazards to avoid on playgrounds and how to provide effective supervision during children’s outdoor play. (Lisa Kirkland; AL Pathways: HSN; DHR: HSU; CDA: 1; CCDF: 5, 13; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: All)
  • #5595 - Active Learning Environments for Infants & Toddlers - Explore ideas for designing and providing stimulating active learning environments for infants and toddlers in early childhood programs. (Lisa Kirkland; AL Pathways: CGD, LEE; DHR: QCCL, CD; CDA: 1, 8; CCDF: 13, 20; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Infant/Toddler)
  • #5596 - It's Time For a Change! Making Transition Times Easier In an Inclusive Childcare Setting -During this training, childcare providers will learn why young children sometimes struggle during transition times, and effective strategies for addressing challenges caused by transition times. (Kara Welch; AL Pathways: CGD, LEE, COA; DHR: CD, PDG; CDA: 3, 7, 8; CCDF: 13, 15; Intermediate Training Level; 2 hours/.2 CEUs; Age Group: Toddler, Preschool)
  • #5597 - Creating a Healthy Environment for Infants and Toddlers in Early Childhood Settings - Improve the quality of infant and toddler child care in Alabama by integrating nationally recognized health and safety standards. (Joanne Langevin; AL Pathways: HSN; DHR: HSU; CDA: 1; CCDF: 1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 19; Intermediate Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Infants, Toddlers)
  • #5598 - The Great Outdoors - The outdoors is the very best place for children to practice and master emerging developing skills. It is, also, an ideal place for children to fully and freely experience the learning opportunities offered through nature. In this session, we will explore the vast opportunities for learning, as well as the numerous health benefits that outdoor play affords young children. (Catherine Kreger; AL Pathways: HSN, LEE, CGD; DHR: CD, LD, QCCL; CDA: 1, 2, 3, 8; CCDF: 13; Intermediate Training Level: 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Infant,
    Toddler, Preschool)
  • #5599 - Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale - Revised - Learners will be introduced to the ITERS-R, which is designed to assess center-based child care programs for infants and toddlers up to 30 months of age. Participants will learn how to administer the tool reliably and to properly assess and score items in each of 7 subscales: Space and Furnishings; Personal Care Routines, Listening and Talking; Activities; Interaction; and, Program Structure. (Catherine Kreger; AL Pathways: MA, LEE; DHR: QCCL; CDA: 5; CCDF:18, 20; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Infants, Toddlers)
  • #5600 - Using Sensory Strategies In the Classroom - This class will describe the three power senses, inform teachers/care providers on signs of sensory dysfunction, and give many real world and hands on ideas on incorporating sensory strategies into the classroom in ways that result in positive behaviors and that are beneficial to all children. (Kerry Tran; AL Pathways: CGD, COA, LEE; DHR:CD, PDG; CDA: 2, 3, 8; CCDF: 13, 15; Intermediate Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Preschool)
  • #5601 - Promoting Optimal Social and Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers in Early Childhood Settings - Have you ever experienced a child’s tantrum or one child biting another? Learn what behaviors are typical for children of certain ages and how adults can respond in ways that diminish negative behaviors and prevent future occurrences. (Joanne Langevin; AL Pathways: CGD, COA, ICFC; DHR:CD, PDG; CDA: 3, 7, 8; CCDF: 12, 14, 15, 16, 19; Intermediate Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Infants, Toddlers)
  • #5602 - Supporting Children's Emerging Language Skills - Join us for this active and engaging class where you’ll explore simple tips and strategies for promoting the development of children’s critical language skills. Information and educational materials to share with parents will be included. (Monica Bryd; AL Pathways: CGD, ICFC; DHR: LD, CCPF; CDA: 2, 4, 8; CCDF: 13, 16; Basic Training Level; 2 hours / 0.2 CEUs; Age Group: Infant, Toddler, Preschool)
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