Teacher Training



Trainings are posted on the OCCRRA website and are Ohio-approved. Training cost is $30.00 per teacher except as noted.

Curriculum is aligned with  Ohio's Early Learning and Development StandardsEarly Head Start Standards (EHS), Step Up to Quality, Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), Principles of the Montessori Method and other best practice guidelines.

Teacher training sessions can be reinforced with visits to teacher classooms by mentors. Trainings may also be offered to individual centers or small groups in similar or combination formats.


                                ECAL/CC:B-3 Training List

AT113049 Competent and Curious Colearners: Constructing a Reggio-Inspired Community OA-L1

CDA Area: Principles of Growth and Development   Target: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Why??? How you respond to this question can alter how children learn. Early childhood professionals will examine their roles as educators through the Reggio lens. Participants will discover how to influence learning effectively by using the Reggio philosophy. Teachers will reflect on the image of the Child, and engage in activities that will provoke meaningful and intentional learning experiences.


AT113071 Cultivating Language and Literacy in an Infant and Toddler Mixed-Age Classroom OA-L2

CDA Area: Principles of Growth and Development  Target: Infants and Toddlers

Literacy is most commonly understood as reading and writing, but before children can read and write, they need to learn about sounds, words, language, books and stories.  We will explore best practices in creating a developmentally-appropriate language and literacy environment, as well as offer strategies to support the development of language and literacy within a mixed-age infant and toddler environment.


AT116631 Growing with Words: Creating a Positive, Language-Rich Environment OA-L2

CDA Area: Principles of Growth and Development   Target: Infants and Toddlers

Participants will explore language interactions in an Infant/Toddler Mixed-Age environment.

AT118026 Creating Infant/Toddler Experiences through Blocks, Manipulatives and Dramatic Play  OA-L1 

CDA  area: To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment.

Target: Infants and Toddlers

This training will allow participants to gather their thoughts about social development and how it plays a part in children's "play experiences," It will show them that each area can create an inviting experience for infants and toddlers to learn and develop.

AT119148 How to Care for Infants and Toddlers in the Same Community Successfully! OA-L1

CDA Area: To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance

Target: Infants and Toddlers

With an instructor who is experienced in working with mixed-age groups, explore the benefits of caring for infants and toddlers TOGETHER. Participants will explore the important concepts and practical solutions in caring for infants and toddlers as one community, They will also learn how mixing infants and toddlers creates a calmer, more nurturing classroom for everyone, including teachers.

AT119610 Music with Mila: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child  OA-L1

CDA Area: Principles of growth and development   Target: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Whether it's Ludwig van Beethoven, Louis Armstrong, Katie Perry or Kids Bop radio, music invokes an emotion, a thought, a sense of self in all of us. In this session you will discover the creativity wiithin yourself, understand the importance of music in early childhood, and gain tools and techniques that can be incorporated in ANY classroom environment. COME PREPARED: SHAKE, RAP, AND INTERACT!!!


AT120347 Bringing Life to Your Environment  OA-L2

CDA Area: To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participants' needs

Target: Infants,Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Children are naturally curious explorers. Using the environment as a third teacher has the ability to enhance the learning experience for the children and their teachers. Applying a Reggio-based teaching philosophy, this training will expose teachers to tools, ideas, and practical solutions to design a classroom supportive of the child-led curriculum.

AT120352 Infant and Toddler Classroom, Set Up "Free style"  OA-L1

CDA Area: To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participants' needs

Target: Infants and Toddlers

Trying to figure out  what elements are needed when you have infants and toddlers can be challenging. Materials, furniture and even color choices can have an effect on the way your classroom functions. This training will provide you with tips on room arrangement and spacing, discuss supervision and safety techniques and provide you with the tools to having a well-functioning environment.


AT120417 Managing Infant and Toddler Environments 101  OA-L1

CDA Area: To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participants' needs

Target: Infants and Toddlers

Infant and Toddler environments function properly with the use of routines and effective classroom management techniques. This training will offer strategies to managing an infant and toddler classroom, provide tools to knowing the needs of each individual child and offer ways to work effectively together as a team to promote a successful mixed-age classroom.


AT120663 Relax, Relate, Release: Building a strong unity for your community  OA-L1

CDA Area: To maintain a commitment to professionalism

Target Area: Instructors, Program Administrators, and Classrooom Teachers

Do you find yourself waiting to EXHALE after a long day at work? Then, this training is what you need. Participants will engage in an interactive training that will expose them to techniques and resources to establish positive staff relationships, identify or reestablish their "WHY?", and help them cope more effectively with the stresses they face so as to avoid the potential pitfall called "burnout." When you as the educator is refreshed and revived, you offer children the best version of yourself and that will, in turn, allow your children to be their best selves without any added stress or pressure.


AT121328 Beyond fingerpainting  OA-L3

CDA Area: To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participants' needs

Target: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Feeling stuck in your planning time? Having trouble taking an observation and using that knowledge to extend a child's interest? This training is set up to provide information that will help you go deeper into your curriculum and take children BEYOND the normal lesson plans they are used to receiving.


AT122611 Teamwork makes the plan work!  OA-L1

CDA Area: To maintain a commitment to professionalism

Target: Teachers and Program Administrators

There's no "I" in TEAM!!! Everyone working in a childcare setting should have a common goal. Sometimes working with young children can cause that goal to be far in the distance. This training includes some team-building strategies, self-motivation techniques, and creative ways to make your work experience more team-driven.


AT123150 Observe, Document, and Plan  OA-L1

CDA Area: Observing and recording children's behavior

Target: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Learning is an ongoing cycle! The keys to creating an enriched learning experience are

to observe, analyze, plan and document effectively. it's not just about how you tell it, it's about how you show it. This training will provide the learner with opportunities to gain knowledge from observations, including how to locate the child's interest, and how to find ways to making the child's learning visible for all to see. 


AT122799 Baggage Claim: What's in your Carry-on  OA-L3

CDA Area: To maintain a commitment to professionalism

Target: Teachers, Program Administrataors, Family Childcare Poviders

As early childcare educators we can oftentimes feel weighed down. We carry daily "baggage" with us, whether we know it or not. This baggage affects every part of our day, as well  those with whom we engage throughout our day. This training is geared to supporting participants in identifying professionals' baggage, as well as obtaining effective tools and techniques that will support them in only carrying bags that will inspire, support, influence, build and propel you forward as effective caregivers, teachers and professionals.


AT122814 From Pepsi to Picasso: the Benefits of Project-Based Learning in Early Childhood  OA-L3

CDA Area: To advance physical and intellectual competence

Target: Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, School-agers 

Cookie-cutter arts and crafts and dotted-line dittos are all a part of the "Pepsi Product." Open-ended questions, materials  and the freedom to explore one's thoughts are "Masterpieces." Do we want a world where children produce the exact replicas of each other's ideas or would we rather foster their creativity and offer them effective tools that will last a life time? Through this training, participants will gain information on how project-based learning can be incorporated in the early years of learning for young children, birth through preschool.

The 3 P's: Parents, Partnerships and Professionalism

CDA Area: To establish positive and productive relationships with families

Target: Teachers, Program Administrators and Family Childcare Poviders

A child's first teacher is the PARENT, right? You're with the child for multiple hours throughout the day. It is important to be able to work with the parent for the betterment of the children in your care and to help meet their individual needs. This training will provide participants with tips, ideas, and guidelines to working with parents as partners and getting them involved in their children's learning.


The above training has not yet been submitted. It is in the process of completion.














For more information contact:  Derrell McNeal, CC:B-3 Director of  Mentoring and Training, www.earlycareandlearninginc@msn.com