Online Trainings Now Available for Minnesota Educators

The courses below are Develop-approved and designed to support Minnesota-based early childhood educators. The clock hours for completed courses will be reflected on each educator’s individual Develop Learning Record. For support please contact pdsupport@thinksmall.org or call the PD Support Voicemail Line at 651-641-3549.

How Early Experiences Shape Brain Development
Thursday, January 19, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST
Instructor: Nikki Darling-Kuria
KCF I: Child Development & Learning
CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning
Price: $10.00

Gain an understanding of how the brain develops from birth to five years and explore the impact early experiences have on young children’s development. Explore how to create positive learning environments that promote healthy brain development and strategies for building positive, culturally responsive relationships. Discover what factors can threaten healthy brain development and what protective factors can support young children and their families.

Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten?
Tuesday, January 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST
Instructor: Angela Passe
KCF II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences
CDA Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
Price: $10.00

Analyze the concept of school readiness. Explore the importance of language and literacy in the readiness for kindergarten. Plan for how to prepare children and families for kindergarten. Presenter Angele Sancho Passe, is the author of the book for the course, Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? (Redleaf Press, 2010). This course includes live large group participation with a presentation from the instructor and individual research, reflection, and planning.

Understanding Toxic Stress
Thursday, January 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST
Instructor: Kimberly Giertz
KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development
CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development 
Price: $10.00

Discuss the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Study. Explore how toxic stress and early experiences impact development and assess strategies for supporting children and families through toxic stress experiences.

Outdoor Play: Creating Engaging Environments
Tuesday, January 31, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST
Instructor: Kimberly Giertz
KCF II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development
CDA Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
Price: $10.00

Reflect on the exciting opportunities for children’s exploration and learning that can only be found in the great outdoors! Explore important safety considerations and supervision needs that exist within the environment, including playground equipment and materials, as well as the variables and hazards unique to family childcare settings. Create a plan for safety and supervision while promoting children’s health and well-being in outdoor play spaces.


In-Person Trainings are Currently Available in the 7 County Metro Area

In-person training has resumed at our St. Paul office, our Minneapolis office (New location!) and throughout the 7-County Metro area. Search for trainings at www.developtoolmn.org by typing in “Think Small” in the “Sponsor Name” field. 

Click here to read about how we’re keeping you safe as we welcome you back to in-person trainings. 

An interpreter can be provided at no cost/for free. To schedule an interpreter or to notify Think Small that you will bring your own (must be over age 18), please contact Think Small in advance at (651) 641-3549.  

Un interprete se le puede proveer gratuitamente/sin costo alguno. Para obtener un intérprete o para notificar a Think small que traerá su propio intérprete (tendría que ser mayor de 18 años) , por favor notifique a Think Small de ante mano al 651-641-6660.   

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For help finding training that meets your needs or help answering your questions, please email the Professional Development Department at pdsupport@thinksmall.org or call 651-641-3549. Hablamos español.


Exploring the Family Caregiver Partnership 
Saturday, January 21, 2 hours, $10  
KCF III: Relationships with Families, CDA: Content Area IV: Strategies to establish productive relationships with families 
Think Small, St. Paul, 55117  


Developmentally Appropriate Behavior Guidance  
Saturday, January 21, 4 hours, $20  
KCF I: Child Development and Learning; CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning  
Think Small, St. Paul, 55117  


Supporting Resilience in Children: The Little Engine That Could! (Key #5) 
Saturday, January 21, 2 hours, $10  
KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development; CDA Content Area VIII: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development 
Chaska Community Center, Chaska, MN 55318  


Infant Ages and Stages 
Saturday, January 21, 2 hours, $10  
KCF I: Child Development and Learning; CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning  
Shakopee Community Center, Shakopee, 55379  


Building Strong Relationships with Families 
Monday, January 23, 2 hours, $10  
KCF III: Relationships with Families; CDA Content Area IV: Strategies to establish productive relationships with families 
Chaska Community Center, Chaska, MN 55318 


Infants and Toddlers: A Relationship-based Approach to Challenging Behaviors – Examining Behaviors 
Wednesday, January 25, 2 hours, $10  
KCF II.C Promoting Social and Emotional Development, CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development 
Oakdale Discovery Center, Oakdale, MN 55128 


Supervising for Safety for Family Child Care 
Saturday, January 28, 6 hours, FREE 
KCF VII.A, VII.B: Establishing Healthy Practices, Ensuring Safety; CDA Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment 
Eagan Community Center, Eagan, MN 55121 


Spanish: Effective Educators: Behavior Guidance with the Brain in Mind (Educadores Efectivos: Guianza de Comportamiento con el cerebro en mente)
Saturday, January 28, 2 hours (horas), $10 (Sabado, 28 de enero)
KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (Promoviendo el desarollo social y emocional); CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development 
Think Small, Minneapolis, 55413 


Health & Safety In-Service I – Child Care Centers 
Saturday, February 4
, 2 hours, FREE 
KCF VII.A, VII.B: Establishing Healthy Practices, Ensuring Safety; CDA Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment 
Think Small, Minneapolis, 55413 


Health & Safety In-Service II – Child Care Centers 
Saturday, February 4, 2 hours, FREE
KCF VII.A, VII.B: Establishing Healthy Practices, Ensuring Safety; CDA Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment 
Think Small, Minneapolis, 55413 


Health & Safety I – Family Child Care (In-Service) 
Saturday, February 4, 2 hours, FREE 
KCF VII.A, VII.B: Establishing Healthy Practices, Ensuring Safety; CDA Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment 
Highland Park Library, St. Paul, 55116 


Active Supervision: Out of Home Safety Issues 
Monday, February 6, 2 hours, $10 
KCF VII.B: Ensuring Safety; CDA Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment 
Shakopee Community Center, 55379 


Create a Family-Centered Program: Families and Stress 
Tuesday, February 7, 2 hours, $10 
KCF III: Relationships with Families; CDA Content Area I: Strategies to establish productive relationships with families 
Apple Valley Community Center, 55124 


Mindful Limits for Healthy Child Development 
Saturday, February 11, 2 hours, $10 
KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development; CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development 
Creekside Community Center, 55431 


Supervising for Safety for Family Child Care 
Saturday, February 11, 6 hours, FREE 
KCF VII.A, VII.B: Establishing Healthy Practices, Ensuring Safety; CDA Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment 
Crystal Community Center, 55429 


How Culture Can Influence our Interactions with Children and Families 
Thursday, February 16, 2 hours, $10 
KCF III: Relationships with Families; CDA Content Area I: Strategies to establish productive relationships with families 
Think Small, Minneapolis, 55413 


Wondrous Ones: Exploring 1 Year Old Development 
Thursday, February 16, 2 hours, $10 
KCF I, Child Development and Learning, CDA Content Area VII: Principles of Child Development and Learning 
Fridley Community Center, 55432  


Observation: Find the Function of Behavior
Tuesday, February 21, 2 hours, $10 
KCF IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development; CDA Content Area VII: Observing and recording children’s behavior 
Maple Grove Community Center, 55369 


Supervising for Safety for Family Child Care 
Saturday, February 25, 6 hours, FREE 
KCF VII.A, VII.B: Establishing Healthy Practices, Ensuring Safety; CDA Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment 
Oakdale Discovery Center, Oakdale, MN 55128 


The Importance of Kindness in Child Care Settings
Monday, February 27, 2 hours, $10 
KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development; CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development 
M Health Fairview Sports Center, Woodbury, MN 55129 


For help finding training that meets your needs or help answering your questions, please email the Professional Development Department at pdsupport@thinksmall.org or call 651-641-3549. Hablamos español. 

Online trainings can be found on Eager-to-Learn and Develop.