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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 Arkansas Professional Development Registry PDR  https://pdregistry.arkansas.gov/
  2. Check frequently for updates!
  3. 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 WTC Training and TA Menu 2017 – 2018 (PDF). We are pleased to offer the following topics:

Diversity in Children and Families

Contact: Tanya Miller-Witsell
(tmillerw@uark.edu; 501-301-1113)

Exploring Differences within Families Part 1:
Today’s families are seldom like the stereotype shown on old 1960’s TV shows and often involve cultural layers that go deeper than your first impressions. Come learn about the diversity of modern families, resources that can help you engage totay’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.

Exploring Differences within Families Part 2:
This interactive and in-depth session continues where Exploring Differences within Families Part 1 ends. It delves more deeply into various family structures and parenting styles with strategies for engaging all families. This 3-hour workshop can be offered with “Part 1” for a full-day workshop or it can be offered separately as a follow-up for those who have previously participated in Exploring Differences within Families Part 1[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 Latino Families: This training focuses on creating staff self-awareness and addresses how to approach cross-cultural communication with Latino 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: Intermediate; 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 – Learn the Signs for Early Intervention: This workshop emphasizes the importance of eye contact, talking and interacting respectfully with infants to spur critical brain development, model turn-taking, and nurture bonding. Toddler teachers see how creating brief one-on-one talking moments are central to vocabulary development, interacting with others, the foundations of early literacy and positive social skills. Participants will be taught strategies for observing infants and toddlers during daily interactions and to identify signs when they may need to be assessed for early intervention to address possible developmental delays or sensory processing disorders. [Key Content Areas: Child Growth and Development, Learning Environment & Curriculum, and Positive Interaction & Guidance; Level: Intermediate; Training Audience: Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care, Director/Administrator, Parent Educator, Home Visitor. Training Hours: 3]

English Language Learners

Contact: Tanya Miller-Witsell
(tmillerw@uark.edu; 501-301-1113)

Enhancing Language Development for English Language Learners (ELLs): In this interactive workshop, we will explore how to build English language development with preschool children who have a home language other than English. Topics will include effective teaching methods to match each child’s level of English to grow pre-literacy skills and informal assessments wth ELLs.  [Key Content Areas: Child Growth & Development, Learning Environment and Curriculum, and Child Observation and Assessment. Level: Intermediate; Training Audience: Preschool Educator, Director/Administrator, Trainer, and Parent Educator; Training Hours: 3]

Interpreters and Translators

Contact: Tanya Miller-Witsell
(tmillerw@uark.edu; 501-301-1113)

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; Level: Intermediate; 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; Level: Intermediate; Training Audience: Infant/Toddler Educator, Preschool Educator, School Age Educator, and Home Visitor. Training Hours: 6].


All WTC sessions are approved as professional development by ADE and early childhood PDR contact hours. 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)