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Training Menu

The Kane County Health Department provides training at no charge to child care providers who have Gateway numbers and are based in Kane or DuPage County. Gateways CEUs for child care providers are available. Contact our early childhood mental health consultants to schedule a training: 

Susan Mrazek, PhD, I/ECMH-C
Shannon Keating, MS


SE Skillbuilding

Critical Steps to Address Challenging Behaviors in Your Classroom: Be Calm, Be Confident, Be Okay With Feelings
This training will provide information about what typical social-emotional development looks like as well as how you can more effectively build social – emotional skills in the children you care for.

Social Emotional Skill Development Post COVID: Are Children Behind
In this training, we will discuss what participants have been noticing about children's social emotional development and health since returning to care post COVID19 and review research that supports a delay in these areas.

Letting Go of the Sticker Chart: Why Reward Systems Don't Work in Teaching Social-Emotional Skills
Decades of research has revealed the ineffectiveness of reward systems in teaching social emotional skills as well as the detriment they do to intrinsic motivation. Participants will learn why this perspective has become so culturally ingrained as well as explore the fears around letting go of these systems.

Child Development and Realistic Expectations
This training dives into understanding typical and atypical development for children at each stage between 0-5 years old and how to create realistic expectations for each child and ourselves.

Relationship Building & Communication

Building Perspective: Exploring Your Team's Values and Whys
This training aims to engage educators in a discussion about their professional passions and meaningfulness of their work. By locating our “why" and sharing it with colleagues, stronger relationships and compassion for one another can be built.

Having Hard Conversations: Rely on Relationships, Be Uncomfortable, and Do It Anyway
This training discusses the strengths and challenges of having hard conversations. Administrators, educators, and parents are all critical adults in the early childhood environment who need to be able to confidently address challenging topics together.

Positive Interacts; How Connection can Help Behavior Management
This training looks at the impact of positive to negative interactions on children's development and how that impacts their daily behaviors. It offers techniques to teachers for managing behaviors in the classroom.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)

Talking to Young Children About Race: Being “Colorblind" Is Not the Answer
This training addresses the common misconceptions around talking with young children about race. Studies have shown that White parents often communicate to their children that “race doesn't matter." However, children of color learn very early on that race does matter in life.

Bridging the Culture Gap: Understanding the Diversity of Children, Families, and Staff
This training focuses on the diversity of perspectives, worldviews, and communication styles that exist in unique cultures. Come ready to learn about the diverse ways that people understand, interact, and behave with one another. 

Special Needs

Including Everyone: Providing Supports for Children with Special Needs
In this training participants will learn and discuss the myths around classroom inclusion and explore some ways to better connect and learn alongside young children with unique needs.

Is it Sensory or Behavior? Understanding and Building Supports for Sensory Processing Needs in Your Learning Environment
We all have sensory needs and can feel uncomfortable when we are overwhelmed in our senses, as well as feel lethargic when there is not enough stimulation. This training can help to identify your own sensory needs as well as those of children in your care.