Training and Education

Classroom Training

Well-trained early childhood professionals are able to give children the best possible guidance and care. How do you respond to an angry child? What do you need to know to help a choking infant? What methods can you use to observe and track child progress? Over 1,000 trainings a year at Think Small will give you the training you need to answer questions like these. Trainings are held at Think Small as well as locations around the 7-county Metro Area. Trainings are available in English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.


All In-Person Training Cancelled

Think Small has cancelled all in-person training, due to guidance from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We will resume training as soon as we are able to safely do so. In the meantime, we encourage educators to take their trainings online. Online training options are available at Develop and Eager-to-Learn. For help finding trainings that meet your needs or answering your questions, please email us at pdsupport@thinksmall.org or call 651-641-3549. Thank you!

Ways to Register

Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins are allowed.

Think Small/Child Care Aware of Minnesota Training Policies.

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.

For more information about Tailored Training, click here.

Online Training

Eager-to-Learn offers Achieve MNCPD-approved online trainings, both self-paced and instructor-led, covering a wide range of topics which focus on children from birth to age 12. See upcoming classes or register at Eager-to-Learn or DevelopToolMN.org.