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Welcome the Children

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There are two ways to participate in welcome the children project workshops:

  1. Participants: Register for Workshops already scheduled throughout the state on the TAPP Registry. Check under "Training Opportunities" to see what is currently scheduled in your area: http://professionalregistry.astate.edu/registry.asp
    Check frequently for updates!
  2. Administrators: Contact us today to schedule FREE workshops at your site! Ask about free Technical Assistance for your program.

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  • Statewide training and technical assistance
  • FREE to Arkansas Early Childhood Providers
  • Professional Development hours
  • Interactive and engaging sessions
  • Ideal for groups of 10-25 for customized learning

Download our Training Menu. We are pleased to offer the following topics:

Diversity in Children and Families

Contact: Tanya S. Miller
(tmillerw@uark.edu; 501-412-7524)

Exploring Differences within Families
Today's families are seldom like the stereotype shown on old 1960's TV shows. Come learn about the diversity of modern families, resources you will need for working with today's families and basic anti-bias principles. [Key Content Area: Family & Community; Level: Intermediate; Training Audience: Infant/Toddler Educator, Preschool Educator, Family Child Care, and Parent Educator; Training Hours: 3] - An ACPAC Credential Course.

Cross Cultural Perspectives: Focus on Latin American Families: This training focuses on creating staff self-awareness and addresses how to approach cross-cultural communication with Latin American children and families in a more competent manner. [Key Content Area: Family & Community; Level: Intermediate; Training Audience: Preschool Educator, Family Child Care, Parent Educator, and Home Visitor; Training Hours: 3] - An ACPAC Credential Course

Inclusion of Children with Disabilities

Contact: Dianna Varady
(ddvarady@uark.edu; 501-454-8542)

Including Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs
This training is designed to provide early childhood professionals information about (1) the history of Inclusion, (2) the benefits of Inclusion for both children with and without disabilities, and (3) general strategies for including children with disabilities in early childhood programs - including identifying resources for supports. [Key Content Area: Child Growth & Development and Family & Community; Level: Foundation; Training Audience: Infant/Toddler Educator, Preschool Educator, Family Child Care, Director/Administrator and Consultant/Coach; Training Hours: 6] - An ACPAC Credential Course.

English Language Learners

Contact: Darlene Kurtz
(darlenek@uark.edu; 501-682-9900)

Enhancing Language Development for English Language Learners focuses on building English with preschool children who come from homes where another language is spoken. Emphasis is on [Key Content Area: Child Growth & Development and Family & Community; Level: Foundation; Training Audience: Infant/Toddler Educator, Preschool Educator, Family Child Care, Director/Administrator and Consultant/Coach; Training Hours: 6] - An ACPAC Credential Course.

Infants, Toddlers and Language: Voices and word choices affect the developing brains of the youngest children in our care. The language shared by care providers with infants and toddlers does make a difference in their later levels of academic achievement. Quality language with meaningful talking moments throughout daily routines is a critical component for developing brains and building relationships. [Key Content Areas: Child Growth and Development, Learning Environment & Curriculum, and Positive Interaction & Guidance; Level: Foundation; Training Audience: Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care, Director/Administrator, Parent Educator, Home Visitor. Training Hours: 3]

Interpreters and Translators

Contact: Darlene Kurtz
(darlenek@uark.edu; 501-682-9900)

Working with Bilingual Interpreters – For English Speakers You say 10 words in English, the interpreter (translator) uses 20 words to parents who speak another language. Sometimes it goes the other way. Why is that? All words are important in the meeting! Learn how to meaningfully converse between 2 languages, select bilingual candidates, and support the interpreter/translator. [Key Content Area: Family & Community; Levels: Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced; Training Audience: Infant/Toddler Educator, Preschool Educator, School Age Educator, Director/Administrator, and Home Visitor. Training Hours: 3] - An ACPAC Credential Course.

Building Skill Sets of Bilingual Personnel: This training is dedicated to bilingual staff members working in early childhood education programs addressing their role as bilingual interpreters with skill development tools: 3 Steps to effective meetings, ethical standards, and bilingual resources. It’s professional development just for bilingual staff members! [Key Content Area: Family & Community; Levels: Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced; Training Audience: Infant/Toddler Educator, Preschool Educator, School Age Educator, and Home Visitor. Training Hours: 6].


TAPP

 

All WTC sessions are approved as professional development by ADE and TAPP. CEUs are available through the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Workshops support quality for AR Better Beginnings. WTC is funded by AR DHS-DCCECE and administered by Partners for Inclusive Communities, University of Arkansas
1-800-342-2923 (V/TTY)

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