Special Events / Time Sensitive

Outdoor Play Workshop Series / Bowdoin College Children’s Center

Click HERE for more information and a registration form for these FREE virtual workshops on outdoor curriculum. . Registration deadline for any of the 3 workshops being offered is September 30.

“How to Build an Outdoor Program from the Beginning” 
Outdoor play is critical to children’s learning as they practice planning and executing ideas.  We know that brain development is at the core of all aspects of development and studies have shown that outdoor play influences a child’s neurological development as the neural circuits of the brain become wired.

In these workshops educators will pursue conversations with administrators about how to transition to longer outdoor time with parent and staff agreement.  We consider with administrators and teachers the impact of outdoor play on curriculum and activities that extend learning and deepen experiences. Through all of this work, we will find our way to questions, concerns, and revelations about the types of changes we can make in our programs.

There are three chances to join this conversation and to explore an outdoor curriculum for your program: 
1. Administrative Planning for an outdoor curriculum- October 6th 7:00-8:30 PM
2. Staff Planning for an outdoor curriculum – October 15th 7:00-8:30 PM
3. Bringing protocol and procedure to outdoor play – October 20th 7:00-8:30 PM 

Implicit Bias – FREE Module Series

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University is an interdisciplinary engaged research institute. As a racial equity research institute, the goal is to connect individuals and communities with opportunities needed for thriving by educating the public, building the capacity of allied social justice organizations, and investing in efforts that support racial equity and inclusion.

This FREE module series will introduce you to insights about how our minds operate and help you understand the origins of implicit associations. You will also uncover some of your own biases and learn strategies for addressing them. Each module is divided into a short series of lessons, many taking less than 10 minutes to complete.

You can complete the lessons and modules at your convenience.

FREE Webinar: Engaging in Conversations about Racial and Ethnic Equity / On-Demand viewing of recording webinar will be available to watch on-demand until October 15, 2020.  This registration link can be used for on-demand viewing.

Join the Office of Head Start (OHS) and the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) for a dialogue about conversations about race, racism, and equity while embracing our individual experiences. Presenters will share information about creating respectful, inclusive environments that invite and honor the diverse perspectives of staff and families. They will also offer key terms, resources, and strategies for addressing race and racism in early childhood settings.”

Participants will receive an email with a link to download the certificate of attendance, at the end of the on-demand viewing.

The Maine Statewide ECE Conference will return in 2021!

Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to hold the statewide early childhood education conference this year. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Department of Education, Head Start Directors, Educare Central Maine, Family Child Care Association of Maine, Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network, and Maine Association for the Education of Young Children are committed to bringing a 2nd annual conference to early childhood educators, leaders, and partners in our state. While we will not be able to gather in Bangor this fall, we are excited for continued collaboration next year.

iLookOut for Child Abuse Training ~ approved mandated reporter training for Maine providers

iLookOutfor Child Abuse (iLookOut) program would like to invite you, your staff, & volunteers to complete the iLookOut online learning program.  iLookOut is an online learning program that provides up to 13 hours of professional development credit.  iLookOut is also a research study designed to help learn how to best train child care providers to protect children.
You will need an iLookOut account:

  1. Visit www.ilookoutmaine.org
  2. Select Register
  3. Enter your child care program’s license number

If you have any questions, please contact the iLookOut team by phone at 717-531-4552 or by email at ilookout@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

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Virtual Lab School