Training and Education
Professional Development Services
What do you need to know to help a choking infant? How do you deal with an angry child? Over 300 classes a year at Think Small will give you the training you need to answer questions like these. Classes are held at Think Small as well as sites around the east and west metro. Classes are also available in Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, Lao, Karen, East African, Somali, Oromo, and Amharic.
If you are interested in the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, the classes at Think Small will meet the CDA training requirements. For more information, contact our Statewide Education Coordinator at (888)291-9811 or email@example.com
Early childhood professionals must be well trained to give children the best possible guidance and care. Child care providers often begin as aides and enhance their professional development by taking classes for higher certification.
January-April 2017 Think Small Training - now available to view and register at DevelopToolMN.org!
Download a printable list of our January-April 2017 Think Small Training:
- 7-County Metro
- Anoka County
- Dakota County
- Hennepin County
- Ramsey County
- Scott & Caver County
- Washington County
Ways to Register
For trainings starting July 5th, 2016:
- Online at www.developtoolmn.org
- Call 651-641-3549 for technical assistance with registering online.
Registration will not be accepted without payment. PAYMENTS WILL NOT BE TAKEN AT CLASS.
Eager-to-Learn Classes are multi-week, in-depth, learning experiences. Students particpate in weekly live chat session, respod to message board questions and write a weekly e-mail reflection. See upcoming classes or register at Eager-to-Learn.
Tailoring Your Training
Are you interested in customized, on-site training? Whether you are a center director looking for in-service staff training or the leader of a family child care provider group, we can help. Think Small's experienced, MN Center for Professional Development approved trainers, will present trainings at your site on a wide variety of topics. You can pick any training listed in our catalog, or choose from the available MN Core Competency Content Areas below, which can be tailored to your needs:
- Child Growth and Development
- Learning Environment and Curriculum
- Assessment and Planning for Individual Needs
- Interactions with Children
- Families and Communities
- Health, Safety and Nutrition
- Program Planning and Evaluation
- Professional Development and Leadership
For more information about Tailored Training, contact the Professional Development Coordinator in your area: In Ramsey, Washington or Anoka Counties, call 651-523-7290. In Hennepin, Scott, Carver, or Dakota Counties, call 651-233-2294.
Early Childhood Director's Group
The Director's Group seeks to improve child care quality by enhancing the professional development of early childhood director's through monthly training, networking and resource sharing. Monthly meetings occur on the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Think Small West location, 2021 E Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis. For more information regarding the Director's Group and resources for early childhood directors, view the director's blog here.
The Business of Child Care
Visit the Build a Better Business section
Family child care providers will find business-related training, telephone and e-mail support, and informative publications by visiting the Business of Child Care section of our Web site.