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

Child Care Aware and Think Small Minneapolis St. Paul

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.   

Turjumaan bilaash/lacag la’aan ah baa laguu heli karaa. Si aad u balansato turjumaan ama aad Think Small u ogeysiiso inaad turjumaan ku gaar ah keensan doonto (waa in 18 sanno ka weynaadaa), fadlan hore kala xiriir Think Small 651-641-6673.  

Peb nhriav neeg tuaj txhais lus dawb/tsis yuav nqi rau koj. Yog xav teem ib tug neeg txhais lus lossis xav coj ib tug neeg txhais lus tuaj nrog koj (yuav tsum muaj 18 xyoo rov saud), thov hu ua ntej rau Think Small ntawm 651-366-6792.   

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.  


Creative Movement for the Classroom 
Tuesday, October 4, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 2 hours, $10 
KCF II.E: Promoting Creative Development: CDA Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development 
Tiny Tots & Little Tykes, West Saint Paul, 55118  


Overview of Assessment  
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 2 Hours, $10  
IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development, Content Area VII: Observing and recording children’s behavior  
Think Small, Saint Paul, 55117  


Inclusion: Developmentally Appropriate Care for All Children
Saturday, October 8, 9:00am-11:00am, 2 hours, $10  
KCF: IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development; CDA: Content Area VII: Observing and recording children’s behavior  
Coon Rapids Civic Center, Coon Rapids, 55443  


Living with Disability: The Family Perspective 
Monday, October 10, 6:45pm-8:45pm, 2 hours, $10 
KCF: IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development; CDA: Content Area VII: Observing and recording children’s behavior  
Chanhassen Recreation Center, Chanhassen, 55317 


Cradling Literacy: The Powerful Role of Stories in Supporting Early Language and Literacy
Tuesday, October 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 2 hours, $10 
KCF: II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development; CDA: Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development 
Coon Rapids Civic Center, Coon Rapids, 55443  


Create a Family-Centered Program: Families and Stress
Tuesday, October 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 2 hours, $10 
KCF: III: Relationships with Families; CDA: Content Area IV: Strategies to establish productive relationships with families 
Park High School, Cottage Grove, 55016 


Toxic Stress: Understanding How Early Life Experiences Affect Children
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 2 hours, $10 
KCF: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development; CDA: Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development 
Think Small, Saint Paul, 55117 


From Lullabies to Literacy; The Importance of Relationships 
Saturday, October 15, 9:00am-11:00am, 2 hours, $10  
KCF: II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences; CDA: Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development 
Think Small Minneapolis, Minneapolis, 55413 


Developmentally Appropriate Behavior Guidance 
Saturday, October 15, 8:30am-12:30pm, 4 hours, $20  
KCF: I: Child Development and Learning II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development; CDA: Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development, Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning 
Park High School, Cottage Grove, 55016 


Supervising for Safety for Family Child Care
Monday, October 17 & October 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm, 6 hours, FREE
KCF: VII.A: Establishing Healthy Practices VII.B: Ensuring Safety; CDA: Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment 
Minnetonka Community Center, Minnetonka, 55345 
*For Family Child Care educators 


(SUID/AHT) Sudden Unexpected Infant Death/Abusive Head Trauma (DHS)
Monday, October 17, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 2 hours, FREE
KCF VII.B: Ensuring Safety, CDA: Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment 
Think Small, Saint Paul, 55117 


Health and Safety I – Family Child Care (In-Service)
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 2 Hours, FREE
KCF: VII.A: Establishing Healthy Practices; CDA: Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment 
Shakopee Community Center, Shakopee, 55379 
*For Family Child Care educators 


Children and Restraint Systems (C.A.R.S.)
Thursday, October 20, 6:30pm-9:30pm, 3 Hours, $33
KCF: VII.B: Ensuring Safety; Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
Think Small, Saint Paul, 55117 


Supervising for Safety for Family Child Care
Saturday, October 22, 8:30am-3:00pm, 6 hours, FREE
KCF: VII.A: Establishing Healthy Practices VII.B: Ensuring Safety; CDA: Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
Chaska Community Center, Chaska, 55318
*For Family Child Care educators 


Early Childhood Development Theories: Application to Teaching
Saturday, October 22, 8:30am-11:30am, 3 hours, $15
KCF: I: Child Development and Learning; CDA: Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning
Think Small, Saint Paul, 55117 


Encouraging Curiosity in Young Children
Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-8:3pm, 2 hours, $10 
KCF: I: Child Development and Learning; CDA: Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning 
Veterans Memorial Community Center, Inver Grove Heights 55077 


(SUID/AHT) Sudden Unexpected Infant Death/Abusive Head Trauma (DHS)
Thursday, October 27, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 2 hours, FREE
KCF VII.B: Ensuring Safety, CDA: Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
Think Small Minneapolis, Minneapolis, 55413 


Supervising for Safety for Family Child Care
Saturday, October 29, 8:30am-3:00pm, 6 hours, FREE
KCF: VII.A: Establishing Healthy Practices VII.B: Ensuring Safety; CDA: Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
M Health Fairview Sports Center, Woodbury, 55129
*For Family Child Care educators 


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.