Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Framing the Conversation on Race and Equity

Framing the Conversation on Race and Equity

This workshop is being sponsored by the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral.

April 29, 2015

Presented by: Shana Ritter, Director, Shana Ritter Facilitation & Consulting Services

Time: 1:00 p.m - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Time: 12:00 p.m - 1:30 p.m. (Central)

Participants can register at


Webinar Description

This webinar offers participants tools to help frame conversations on race, ethnicity and equity. We will explore how to use data and text and personal experience to construct conversations that explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and class. In addition, we will look at ways to make these conversations relevant for different age groups and settings.   These conversations are integral to the process of developing strategies and interventions to address inequities in our schools and communities.




Shana Ritter has extensive experience in the areas of culturally responsive practice, school improvement, family engagement and educational equity. She has worked with school districts and community groups to address issues of equity through data based decision making, culturally responsive practice, and dialogues on race, ethnicity and social justice.

Shana has developed and taught courses, seminars and community workshops on multicultural education, diversity in a pluralistic society, culturally responsive practices and moving toward equity.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

National CACFP Week

March 15-21, 2015 is National Child and Adult Care Food Program week. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a program through the USDA to offer reimbursement to child care providers for serving nutritious meals to children. Each day 3.3 million children across the United States are served meals that are part of the CACFP program.

National CACFP week is an excellent time to learn more about the program and sign on or promote the great work you, as a provider are already offering through the program. You may consider planning to try a new recipe that week to talk about the different components of the program, offer some nutrition lesson plans to the children, cook with the kids, or take the opportunity to share with your parents what the program offers to you and what it allows you to offer to the children.

If you are not already on the program and you are a license child care provider or have met the CCDF standards you might take the opportunity to look into signing onto the program. Child Care Answers sponsors providers in the Central Indiana region. If you are interested you can email Emily at

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Time to renew your CDA?

It is a New Year!
Do you need to renew your CDA?
What are your plans for renewing your CDA?
Your in luck!!
Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana campus is offering a renewal class.

Classes start March 21st and meet for 8 Saturday's from 8:00 - 12:00.
For more information please contact Diane Smith at 317-917-5986.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Whole Child Series

Register now by calling 317-636-5727 or email Joslyn at for this FREE training series!
Space is limited!!!

Part A–Child Development– Day 1 July 12 8am-2pm
CDA Content Area:  CDA08-Principles of child development-6 hours

Do you wonder sometimes why children do what they do?  Did you know that there have been hundreds of years of  research about young children and how they learn and grow? Do you want to know more about how that impacts your work? Come and learn the basic characteristics of early childhood and child development, including brain development and temperament.  Explore the history and the theorists that have had a great impact on the early childhood field.  You will leave with a list of developmental domains and milestones and an understanding of how culture influences learning. Understanding how young children develop and why they do what they do will help you know how to take better care of them and give you a guide to use in your daily work.

Part B–Observing and Assessing Children– Day 2 Aug 13 6:30pm-8:30pm

CDA Content Area:  CDA07-Observing and recording children’s behavior-2 hour; CDA04-Strategies to establish productive relationships with families-1 hour; CDA01-Planning a safe, healthy, learning environment-1 hours
Assessment fits into every good program and helps providers gain valuable knowledge about a child’s individual development and learning. Join us for Part B of the “Getting to Know Young Children Series” as we look at the process of observing children and implementing meaningful child assessment.  Please note: you must attend Part A before being able to attend Part B or Part C.  Learn the purpose of assessment, what areas of development should be assessed,  appropriate times to assess, and how we gather, compile, and share the information.  In addition to these 2 hours of training, participants will receive 2 hours of on-site technical assistance from an expert that will count as training. This training and technical assistance package is designed to help participants as they learn and implement the process of child assessment.

Part C–The Components of Curriculum–6 hrs. Day 3 Aug 23 8am-2pm
CDA Content Area:  CDA02-Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development-3 hours; CDA03-Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional-3hours

Join us for Part C of the “Getting to Know Young Children Series” as we look at the components of curriculum and developmentally appropriate practice.  Please note: you must attend Part A before being eligible to attend Part B or Part C.  These 6 hours of training include the following topics:  how young children learn, how to encourage learning and   development through planning an appropriate curriculum, exploring different curricula, and working with families. Participants will improve their teaching skills and learn how to make their environment a caring community of learners through the use of a planned curriculum. 

Please commit to attend all three sessions and have on-site technical assistance.  Training will be held in Bartholomew County!