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!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Save the date!!

Child Care Answers partners with the Marion County Library to being to you

30 Million Words:  Exploring the Language Gap in Children
Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
Tuesday, September 16 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Join Luis Hernandez, a faculty member at Western Kentucky University and a regular speaker at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership, and United Way’s Center for Excellence in Early Childhood, as he explores the impact that language development has on the educational achievement of children.  Hear recommendations on how to create a learning environment that fosters literacy/language development and supports families in poverty and learners of English.
Music Play with a Purpose
Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
Thursday, October 16 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Musician and author, Jim Gill explains the purpose behind his play. Active music play provides a context for children to develop abilities, such as self-regulation, essential to school success. Jim’s clever word play and rhymes in the context of active movement games also provide broad opportunities for literacy development.
Educators, child care providers and librarians leave each session with a repertoire of music play activities that can be put to immediate —and purposeful— use in their program. Best of all, they leave the session understanding that play is a teaching tool that inspires, in children, agility in thought and a love of learning
There is no cost for either session. Please contact Child Care Answers for registration 317-636-5727 or

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Developing Self-Regulation In Infants and Toddlers

Save the date!

Training Name:  
Developing Self-Regulation In Infants and Toddlers
Self-Regulation! Discuss and become familiar with the different types: Emotional, Cognitive and Behavioral Self-Regulation. Discover what it means, how it affects behavior and development in the infants and toddlers in your care.
Date:        June 5th
Time:       615pm-830pm 
County:    Marion
Email laureng@childcareanswers for more information or to register call 317-636-5727. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fun Night Out for Teachers/Staff

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is introducing a new program for teachers called Educate and Create.  Teachers are invited to come to the museum for an evening of learning, creativity, and cocktails.  The group will be given a private tour of an exhibit, followed by cocktails, and time to work on a creative project reflecting the content of the exhibit.

Our first program will be focusing on the Terra Cotta Warriors.  For $35, teachers will get a guided tour of the exhibit by our resident archaeologist, (guided tours are not offered to the general public), two complimentary cocktails, and materials to create a miniature Terra Cotta Warrior sculpture with guidance from a museum staff member.  The first Educate and Create will take place on May 29.  You can register at 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Space is limited! Enroll now! Director’s Forum 2014

The Administrator’s Advantage
Director’s Forum 2014
The Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral and the local child care resource and referral agencies are proud to present a day planned especially for child care directors.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Fort Harrison State Park | Indianapolis | Indiana
 Cost:  $40
Registration form and conference program will be available March 25, 2014
on our website.

For conference information, please contact:
Sally Lacey, IACCRR
317-925-5202 or
Toll-free: 1-800-299-1627

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Date change

Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood-
Project Learning Tree
June 7, 2014

Training Cost:   $20

Whether you regularly use the outdoors as a classroom or hesitate every time you send your children out to play, this workshop is an invitation to increase the quantity and quality of the contact your children have with nature. Participants receive the book "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood" as a part of the cost of the workshop. Come explore and expand out into nature! $20 for book and materials.

Session Start Time:   09:00 AM

Session End Time:   01:00 PM
County:  Marion
Please reserve your spot by May 30th!
Limited spaces available!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Save the date!

The Administrator’s Advantage

Director’s Forum 2014
The Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral and the local child care resource and referral agencies are proud to present a day planned especially for child care directors.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fort Harrison State Park | Indianapolis | Indiana

 Cost:  $40

Registration form and conference program will be available March 25, 2014

on our website.

For conference information, please contact:

Sally Lacey, IACCRR

317-925-5202 or

Toll-free: 1-800-299-1627

Monday, March 10, 2014

Feeling stressed?

Another mentor (thanks Amy!) forwarded me the following story over a year ago and I've held on to it knowing I just might need to reflect on it from time to time:

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. We have had one heck of a winter and the blahs can really take a toll on some of us.  Here at Child Care Answers we have seen an increase in calls requesting technical assistance for challenging behaviors...this can be very stressful for early childhood educators.  It's tax time, another contributor to our stress!  I saw there's more snow coming Wednesday...stress!  It's only Monday...stress!  The list goes on and on and on... 

Television actress and author Marilu Henner said, "Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy, and rewarding life."

American philosopher and psychologist William James wants us to change our thinking when we begin to feel stress, "The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another."

As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.  Ask yourself if you are being realistic and consider alternative responses to the stress you are feeling.  Don't carry your burdens through the evening and into the night. Remember to put your glass down!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science for Young Children

The eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care invites you to participate in the first presentation of our Child Care Webinar Series:

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science for Young Children

Wednesday, March 19 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

Young children are curious, excited, interested in exploring and eager to try new things. Discover ways to encourage that sense of inquiring through hands-on science activities that are simple, inexpensive, safe, and very appropriate for afterschool and 4-H club programs.  Learn how to help young children develop problem solving, critical thinking, and communication life skills.

For the training you will need to have the following materials in front of you:

  • Small glass of soda pop or carbonated water (2-3 ounces)
  • Small glass of tap water (2-3 ounces)
  • Handful of kernels of unpopped popcorn (10-15 kernels)

In this session, you will learn:

  • Ways to encourage children's hands-on exploration
  • Simple science activities that are appropriate for preschool and school-age programs
  • Ways to help children develop problem solving and thinking skills through hands-on science

Our presenters are

Kendra Moyses
, an Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension, has provided leadership on a variety of programs that center around families, children and youth. She currently works in the Preparing Michigan’s Children and Youth Institute and focuses on early childhood and life skill development.

Theresa Silm, an Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension, has worked with children, youth and families in both 4-H and early childhood teaching life skill development, science, and programs that focus on academic success.

Carrie Shrier, an Extension Educator in the Children and Youth Institute, has worked with MSU Extension for seven years. She is currently providing programming in the area of Early Childhood Education. She has experience working with young children in many areas, as a former preschool teacher and center director and also as the mother of four young children.

This 60-minute web conference will be presented for child care providers who work with preschool or school-age children, as well as 4-H club leaders who work with elementary children.

How to Attend the Web Conference:

  • No registration is required to attend this event. Simply log on to  as a "guest" a few minutes before 2 p.m.
  • A certificate of attendance will be emailed to interested participants who attend the entire event live. Instructions for receiving certificates will be given at the end of the live session.
  • To learn more about our presenter, download related resources, or sign up to receive alerts for this event, visit the event page:
  • A recording of the web conference and additional resources will also be available on this page approximately two days after the session. 
  • To learn more about the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care, please visit

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning!

Join the Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning!

March 17-18, 2014

JW Marriott

10 S. West St, Indianapolis

Hosted by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Afterschool Network.
The Summit brings together more than 750 youth workers, school-age professionals, educators, partners, and leaders to connect, learn, and share best practices on afterschool and summer learning.

The year's theme, I AM Indiana Afterschool features the latest in innovative learning, exciting keynote speakers, networking events, exhibitors, and more than 50 hands-on, engaging workshops.  Session hours count toward licensing and Paths to Quality training requirements.  The conference is designed for direct-service staff, leaders and administrators, and system-level community partners.


Click HERE
Participant cost for the two day Summit includes all breakfasts and snacks on both days, PLUS lunch on day one-- $60 for all attendees.


Click HERE

to see the daily schedule. On February 25th, the full conference booklet will be posted on our website.

We are currently in search of volunteers to fill various positions during the summit.  Click HERE to provide us with your information and select the positions you are interested in.

For More Information on the Conference contact:

 Sara Beanblossom at:

 Indiana Afterschool Network

445 North Pennsylvania, suite 945

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

(317) 822-8211