Early Learning Professional Development

At a Glance

The Early Learning Support Services Department (ELSS) has developed a comprehensive calendar of professional development for early childhood educators for school year 2018-2019. All professional development trainings are aligned with the local QRIS.

Download the 2018-2019 Early Learning Support Services General Offerings Calendar or Download the 2018-2019 Early Learning Support Services In-Depth/Team-Based offerings Calendar.

All ELSS Professional Development is funded by First 5 San Mateo.

Visit the California Early Childhood Online (CECO), an online learning portal from the California Department of Education or visit their website at www.caearlychildhoodonline.org for more information.

Check back soon for additional trainings related to including children with special needs in early learning settings.

4Cs, the local child care resource and referral agency, also offers professional development for early learning providers, particularly family child care operators.

Teachers who work in state-funded child development programs and/or work in centers or family child care homes participating in Quality Counts, San Mateo's Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) may be eligible for a stipend for attending professional development. Find out more about the QRIS Teacher Stipend program here.  Teachers who working in Transitional Kindergarten classrooms may also be eligible for a stipend for completing ECE coursework. Find out more about the TK Stipend program here.  Note the TK Stipend program end March 2019!

 For questions about registration, see our registration policies here.

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Upcoming Trainings

Making the Most of Classroom Interactions (MMCI) - Preschool

Over the course of ten (10) sessions, our instructors provide in-person training to teachers, care providers and coaches preparing them to identify, understand, and apply stronger Preschool CLASS interactions to their classrooms.

Why MMCI?  Teachers, care providers and coaches who participate in MMCI Preschool workshops:

  • Learn to identify and describe effective interactions in classrooms and care settings
  • Discuss ways to interact intentionally to increase children's learning
  • Gain access toMyTeachstone as well as valuable print and video resources aligned with CLASS domains.

Participants can receive up to 20 professional growth hours for completing the series of ten MMCI Preschool sessions through Teachstone.

Dates:  Tuesdays and Thursdays;  Jan 8, Jan 10, Jan 15, Jan 17, Jan 22, Jan 25, Jan 31, Feb 5, Feb 7, 2019

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Cost:  $55 per series. Eventbrite service fees and credit card processing fees will be added to total ticket price.  Materials and light refreshments will be provided.  

Registration:   https://mmci-prek-pd18-19.eventbrite.com

Who Should Attend?  This training is open to all center-based and family child care early learning programs and teachers serving preschool children in San Mateo County.

A separate MMCI training series for Infants & Toddlers will be offered in the spring of 2019. 

Location:  San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065

Presenters:  Donna Yuriar, SMCOE and Andrea Burnett, SMCOE

Requirements: all participants must provide their CA ECE Workforce Registry ID Number to participate in this training and to receive certificates of completion. Visit: http://www.caregistry.org/ to create a Registry ID number if you do not already have one.

Registration and prepayment of fees are required to attend.  No walk-ins are permitted.  Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Questions:  Please contact Dalma Sato at dsato@smcoe.org.

Introduction to the Ages and Stages Questionnaire Training Series in Spanish

•Part I will provide an overview of how to administer and interpret the results of the ASQ-3 developmental questionnaires. / Parte I proveerá una visión general sobre como administrar e interpretar los resultados de los cuestionarios de desarrollo del ASQ-3.

•Part II will provide an overview on how to administer and interpret the results of the ASQ:SE 2 social-emotional questionnaires. / Parte II proveerá una visión general sobre como administrar e interpretar los resultados de los cuestionarios socio-emocionales del ASQ:SE 2.

•Part III will provide an opportunity to think together about using these tools to follow-up and connect young children and their families to further assessment/services when there are developmental concerns identified through screening. / Parte III proveerá la oportunidad de pensar juntos sobre como usar estas herramientas para darle seguimiento y conectar a los niños y a sus familias a más evaluaciones/servicios luego de que se hayan identificado problemas de desarrollo a través de las pruebas. 

Dates: Saturdays, March 16, 23 and 30, 2019

Time:  9am-12:30pm

Cost:  $45 for the series.  Eventbrite service fees and credit card processing fees will be added to total ticket price.  Materials and light refreshments will be provided.  

Registration: https://asqinspanish2019.eventbrite.com

Location:  San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065

Registration Deadline: March 8, 2019

Presenters:  Carolina Balladares and Angela Cabrera

Questions:  Please contact Luz Roman-Amaro at lamaro@smcoe.org

CPIN: The ABCs of Alphabetic Word/Print Recognition (this is NOT a "Make and Take" training)

In this training, participants will understand the knowledge, behaviors, and skills in the Alphabetic Word/Print Recognition strand from the California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 1. They will discuss the connections between the foundations in the English-Language Development domain     and the foundations in the Alphabetic Word/Print Recognition strand in the Language and Literacy domain, and learn strategies from the California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1 to plan learning experiences to support the Alphabetic Word/Print Recognition strand.

Dates: Saturday, March 30, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (check-in: 8:30am-9am)

Cost: 15.00 - light refreshments will be provided. Eventbrite service fees and credit card processing fees will be added to total ticket price. 

        Special Services: Spanish oral Interpretation will be available

        Register at: https://cpin-abcs-alphabetic-word-2019.eventbrite.com

        Registration deadline:  March 15, 2019 or until full

        Trainers: Debbie Supple and Eloisa Mendoza-Hinds, California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)

Questions? Contact: Luz Román-Amaro, lamaro@smcoe.org.

Infant Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Observation Training

This workshop will provide in-depth training of the Infant CLASS - an observational assessment to measure the quality of interactions between teachers and infants, birth through 18 months old. The workshop will review the Infant CLASS Domain of Responsive Caregiving, its structure and the uses of the tool.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 8:30 am - 4 pm (check-in at 8 am)

Cost: $100 per person. Eventbrite service fees and credit card processing fees will be added to total ticket price.  Materials and light refreshments will be provided. 

Location: San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065

Register at: https://infantclassobservation_18-19.eventbrite.com

Registration deadline: March 25, 2019

Trainer: Donna Yuriar, SMCOE Teachstone Certified Trainer

Questions: Contact Veronica Pantoja at vpantoja@smcoe.org

 

California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations Seminar

This 6-hour session will focus on infant and toddler learning and development. The foundations describe competencies children typically attain during the birth-to-36-month period. Participants will explore CDE’s Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations, DVDs, and related materials.

Goals of the Workshop
This workshop, offered in local communities across California, provides an overview of California’s Infant/Toddler Learning and Development System. The workshop will focus on the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations, a major publication by the California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division.
Designed to support continuous improvement efforts of infant/toddler programs, the workshop will help participants to:

»    Understand the five components of the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development System;
»    Deepen their understanding of the Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations;
»    Apply the concepts covered in the Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations in their work; and
»    Plan effective infant/toddler curriculum.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $20.00 ( Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.) Eventbrite service fees and credit card processing fees will be added to total ticket price.  Materials and light refreshments will be provided. 

Location: San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065

Register at: https://ca-infanttoddler-learning-development-april-2019.eventbrite.com

Registration deadline: March 25, 2019

Trainer: Penny Blair, Infant/Toddler Specialist, WestEd (PITC)

Questions: Contact Luz Román-Amaro at lamaro@smcoe.org