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Cognitive Development

The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development, but most dramatically within an infant’s brain.  Throughout the first 3 years, an infant’s brain creates hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses.  In this workshop we will explore the structure of brain development including how infants are “wired” for learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the brain structure and how we learn.
  • Learn the “windows of opportunity” for different developmental areas.
  • Learn how to support brain growth.





Discipline and Guidance


Knowing what behavior is appropriate or acceptable in a situation is an important skill.  Children develop this understanding when consistent limits and realistic expectations of their behavior are clearly and positively defined. Caregivers can use a variety of positive guiding methods.  Understanding and following simple rules can help children develop self-control.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the difference between guidance, discipline and punishment.
  • Understand realistic expectations for each developmental stage.
  • Learn strategies to develop self-control for yourself and children.







Social Emotional Development

Social-Emotional development is the foundation for all growth. This make “n” take workshop will explore tools child care providers and parents can use to help children become emotionally literate. Discussion will focus around the California Infant & Toddler Learning Foundations and how you can guide children to become socially competent.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how social-emotional development impacts all other areas of development.
  • Learn what a child is working on for each age/developmental stage and how adults can support them.
  • Understand the importance of feelings and emotional literacy.
  • Create tools to make it easier to talk about and label emotions.