Illinois Gateways Trainings

 

As an Authorized Entity in the Gateways for Opportunity Registry, we are able to provide trainings that span all content areas. Content areas include:

  • Health, Safety and Well-Being

  • Interactions Relationships and the Environment

  • Human Growth and Development

  • Curriculum Program or Design

  • Observation and Assessment

  • Family, Communication and Relationships

  • Personal and Professional Development

 

Every workshop provides participants with a designated number of continuing education hours that are automatically added to PDRs at the time of course completion. Health System's curricular design team ensures workshops are interactive, relevant to current research, aligned with state and DCFS standards, AND provide strategies and information that can be directly implemented into the early childhood environment. Scroll through our offerings below to find a training that fits your need!

Health, Safety and Well-Being Content Area:

Health and Safety for Young Children CREDENTIAL

1/2 HSW Credential, 7.5 Contact Hours

Level 3

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $1,000.00 per class

Description:
Health education provides the basis for continued methods of developing knowledge, concepts, skills, behaviors and well-being. This workshop provides opportunity to study personal and community health problems, as well as steps that can be taken by individuals and groups to reduce risk of health problems for individuals, families, and communities. Health is a commitment, and early childhood providers are encouraged to become competent health consumers. Key topics include universal precautions, signs and symptoms of illness, germs, medication administration, healthy choices in eating, breast versus bottle feeding, and community health services and resources.

AHA CPR plus Pediatric First Aid

3 Contact Hours

Level 1

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $50.00 per person

Description:

This course will discuss first aid basics, CPR for adults/children/infants, how to use an AED, and barrier mask. Pediatric first aid will describe the immediate care that you give someone with an illness or injury before someone with advanced training arrives and takes over. CPR and First Aid may help someone recover more completely or more quickly and may mean the difference between life and death.

Medication Administration 

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 1

Format: Online Course

Cost: $15 per person

Description:

This course assists the early childhood practitioner to be prepared to act in a safe manner when administering medication. Ensuring the health and safety of each child enrolled in your child care setting is a priority.

Universal Precautions: Bloode Borne Pathogens

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 1

Format: Online Course

Cost: $15 per person

Description:

This course assists the early childhood practitioner to be prepared for when exposed to blood borne pathogens which may result in transmission of disease. Ensuring the health and safety of each child enrolled in your child care setting is a priority.

SIDS/SUID/Safe Sleep/Shaken and Trauma Injuries of Infants

2 Contact Hours

Level 1

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $150 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

Participants of this course will learn how to create a safe sleep environment to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related deaths in child care. Core concepts include Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Sudden Unexplained Infant Death, and ways to lower an infant’s risk of dying during the first year of life. We also discuss the signs, symptoms, causes, triggers, prevention and long-term effects of Shake Syndrome and traumatic brain injury.

Recognizing and Reacting to Signs and Symptoms of Illness

2.5 Contact Hours

Level 1

Format: Online Course

Cost: $25 per person

Description:

This course discusses common childhood diseases and symptoms of mildly ill young children. Small group activities will  provide guidelines to assist the child care provider in setting up health policies for inclusion of young children with illness in the child care setting. Review of DCFS standards and public health recommendations for treatment of communicable illnesses will be addressed for child care practitioners.

Interactions, Relationships and the Environment Content Area:

Building Relationships through Positive Interactions with Young Children CREDENTIAL

1/2 IRE Credential, 7.5 Contact Hours

Level 3

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $1,000.00 per Face-to-Face class

Description:
During the early childhood years children gain knowledge and skills that provide the foundation for later learning. Young children learn many of these skills through the interactions they have with their teachers, parents, and other children. This workshop is intended to increase knowledge about specific types of teacher-child and parent-child interactions that promote learning, development, and intellectual stimulate children, youth, and families. Participants will review interactions that support a safe and healthy learning environment, emotionally supportive interactions through positive reinforcement, building routines, and culturally-appropriate practices to build parent/family engagement. With sensitive, responsive, and predictable care, young children develop the skills they need to succeed in life.

Bullying in the Early Childhood Environment and Beyond
2 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Online Webinar

Cost: $100 per Online Webinar

Description:

Bullying is becoming more prominent in schools which can impact students? ability to learn. Many people and communities struggle to find effective ways to prevent bullying among youth and adults. The best way to stop bullying is to address it before it starts. This webinar will provide information on the relationship between bullying and consequences, legislation, and proactive strategies for the classroom.

 

Embracing Diversity

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Online Webinar

Cost: $75 per Online Webinar

Description:

This course will focus on understanding the role of global awareness on tolerance and diversity. Involvement of parents helps benefit all students in the early childhood setting. Early childhood practitioners assist in building protective factors for all children through use of the Strengthening Families Model.

Managing Disruptive Behaviors: Promoting Positive Learning

2.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Online Course

Cost: $25 per person

Description:

Disruptive behaviors are common among young children which may be influenced by temperament and environmental factors. All children exhibiting challenging behavior require screening, education and support of parents and teachers, and therapeutic interventions. Through cooperative and collaborative roles, caregivers promote daily positive activities at their child care setting with parents and children. Positive and consistent experiences in the child care setting lead to reinforcement of strengths—in the child, parent and early childhood provider.

The Importance of Routines in the Early Childhood Setting
2 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Online Webinar

Cost: $100 per Online Webinar

Description:

Early childhood practitioners need to encourage children to build healthy and positive routine habits which provide a framework for the child’s day. As a caregiver, begin to work with parents and children on the first day of enrollment in your child care setting, to support a healthy and independent environment. Routines provide children with consistency and security which assist them through transitions. Routines include communication, dressing, napping, using the toilet and cleaning up. Encouragement will lead children to do these routines without assistance.

Human Growth and Development Content Area:

How Young Children Grow and Develop CREDENTIAL
1/2 HGG Credential, 7.5 Contact Hours

Level 3

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $1,000.00 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

This course will discuss how child care providers can assist the young child to develop language skills and encourage speech articulation in the early childhood setting. This includes a review of common speech and language developmental delays and impairments along with hearing loss signs and symptoms. The Ages and Stages Questionnaire will be introduced and discussed on use as a screening tool by early childhood practitioners.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-toFace OR Online Webinar

Cost: $175.00 Face-to-Face OR $75 per Online Webinar

Description:

This course discusses autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) that are characterized by symptoms which vary according to the individual. As researchers continue to learn more about ASDs, definitions of the diagnosis may become more certain to identify other underlying problems. Autism, a biological disorder, is behaviorally defined depending on the observations of the individual child. Caregivers, parents and others involved in the life of an autistic child need support and resources with accurate information to determine what is best for the child’s environment.

How Toddlers Learn

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Online Webinar

Cost: $75 per Online Webinar

Description:

Child care providers have a great influence on what infants and toddlers see, hear, touch, taste, feel, and smell while children are in their care. Since children learn through their experiences, it is important that the environments and activities to which they have access are safe, responsive, and meaningful. In this workshop, participants will examine the theories, concepts, and trends related to early childhood growth and development from 1 through 3 years old. It examines the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language and literacy development of children, including typical and atypical development of young children. It includes observation and activities to guide early childhood practitioners in providing opportunities that support the physical, social, emotional, language, and cognitive development of toddlers.

How Infants Learn

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Online Webinar

Cost: $75 per Online Webinar

Description:

Child care providers have a great influence on what infants and toddlers see, hear, touch, taste, feel, and smell while children are in their care. Since children learn through their experiences, it is important that the environments and activities to which they have access are safe, responsive, and meaningful. In this workshop, participants will examine the theories, concepts, and trends related to early childhood growth and development from 1 through 3 years old. It examines the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language and literacy development of children, including typical and atypical development of young children. It includes observation and activities to guide early childhood practitioners in providing opportunities that support the physical, social, emotional, language, and cognitive development of toddlers.

Milestones in Young Children
1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $150 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

This course discusses stages of child development in young children and using observation techniques to monitor the level of age appropriate skills in an individual student in the early childhood environment. Screening tools will be introduced and reviewed by participants for use in their home based or center based child care setting.

 

Milestones in Young Children: Gender Awareness
1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $150 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

This course discusses stages of child development in young children and using observation techniques to monitor the level of age appropriate skills in an individual student in the early childhood environment. Kids are becoming aware of gender and body parts. This class will discuss gender awareness and exploration into their gender and sexual behaviors in children from birth to age 5.

 

Social Emotional Development in Young Children

2.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Online Course

Cost: $25 per person

Description:

As early childhood educators focus more on curriculum and teaching practices to meet state guidelines and program improvement requirements, there is less emphasis on how children learn. When the focus is on curriculum, treating a child’s emotions may seem like a distraction from learning rather than the key to motivating learning. This training will discuss how attachment in the classroom affects learning, and activities to help improve social emotional development in young children.

Curriculum Program or Design Content Area:

Curriculum Development and Program Design CREDENTIAL

1/2 Point Credential, 7.5 Contact Hours

Level 3

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $1,000.00 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

This workshop is designed to assist practitioners in developing the essential skills for curriculum planning and implementation at the early learning level. Educators and leaders are provided with knowledge, skills, and experiences to be actively involved in multiple facets of curriculum development. This includes planning, design, developmental process and approaches, implementation, evaluation, and improvement/change. Participants will work through protocols for unpacking state standards, creating unit plans, writing essential questions, and aligning daily activities and assessments. The curriculum development process is immediately transferrable to any learning environment, including an evaluation tool to review existing program practices.

HALT! Having Authentic Learning in Trainings

3 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Online Course OR Face-to-Face

Cost: $30 per person for online course, $250 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

Early childhood practitioners should use goal setting to determine lesson planning for their students. Through discussion and development of SMART goals, the educator may focus on changing behaviors in the classroom. It is important to reflect on the peer collaboration process through coaching to improve student instruction.

Peer Collaboration for SMART Goal Setting

2 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $250 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

Early childhood practitioners should use goal setting to determine lesson planning for their students. Through discussion and development of SMART goals, the educator may focus on changing behaviors in the classroom. It is important to reflect on the peer collaboration process through coaching to improve student instruction.

Rigor and Relevance: Using Depth of Knowledge to Plan Activities

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 1

Format: Face-to-Face OR Online Webinar

Cost: $200 per Face-to-Face class, $100 per Online Webinar

Description:

Through hands-on experiences, participants will be introduced to instructional strategies that engage and motivate students while pushing them to meet challenging expectations. Each activity aligns with an overarching skill identified in the IL Early Learning Standards and the Common Core State Standards and can be immediately implemented into any lesson or content area.

Unpacking Learning Standards

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face OR Online Webinar

Cost: $200 Face-to-Face class, $75 per Online Webinar

Description:

No matter the grade level, the curriculum is guided by a set of concrete learning standards determined at the state level. Standards are often written as complex, overarching statements that can be interpreted many different ways. In order to fully utilize the standards, educators must reflect on how performance standards are demonstrated in the classroom, how to embed learning targets, and how standards to share standards with students. In this training, participants will use a protocol to break down early learning standards to clearly identify expectations and support more rigorous implementation through instruction. The end-result will be an engaging and outcome-focused curriculum with an understanding of how all pieces fit together.

Identifying Essential Knowledge of an Early Childhood Curriculum

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face OR Online Webinar

Cost: $200 per Face-to-Face, $75 per online webinar

Description:

What should all students be able to know and do when they leave your class? That is the guiding question of this training, leading participants to determine what is at the very core of the early learning and developmental standards. Working from your school’s curriculum, participants will use a consistent process to identify essential understandings and questions that will guide all instruction and learning activities (at any grade level). With a deep understanding of where children need to go, educators can better plan aligned, rigorous instruction that supports the development of the whole child.

Observation and Assessment Content Area:

Improving Student Achievement Through Quality Assessment Practices CREDENTIAL

1/2 O/A CREDENTIAL, 7.5 Contact Hours

Level 4

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $1,000.00 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

This seminar will discuss assessment strategies that can be applied to the early childhood learning environment to improve interactions immediately. Quality instructional practices need effective reflection and assessment to increase awareness of students’ needs. Practitioners, parents and staff need to consistently give and receive feedback on developmental and academic progress to promote reflection and adaptation in the classroom. The research-based strategies offered will allow participants to create assessment plans with data analysis, accurately track all learning progressions in the classroom, and adapt instruction to support the academic achievement of all students.

Improving Student Achievement Through Early Learning Assessment

3 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $375 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

This seminar introduces different forms of assessment, including formative and summative. By identifying ways to use assessment results in the classroom, the early care and education practitioner may translate strategies into lesson plans and daily curriculum activities in the child care setting.

It's All About MASS: Making Activities in Science Sustainable
2 Contact Hours

Level 3

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $300 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

The Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards aligned with Common Core State Standards promote student-centered instruction with teachers acting as facilitators of learning. In this session, participants will learn strategies to spark students’ curiosity and apply scientific practices to all learning experiences. By asking the right questions, educators can guide students toward deeper understandings of content through independent discussion and reflection. Many free internet resources for literacy will be referenced for immediate application in the classroom.

Family, Communication and Relationships Content Area:

Communicating as a Family: Positive Behavior and Interaction Strategies CREDENTIAL

1/2 FCR Credential, 7.5 Contact Hours

Level 4

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $1,000.00 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

Parents and caregivers want their children to be safe, happy and productive in the real world resulting in a good citizen. This seminar will focus on how to improve the relationship between children, family, early care and education practitioners, and extended friends/family members. It will include reviewing examples of broad adjustments to a child’s life which may improve their overall behavior and encouraging children to have enough opportunities to learn independence. Becoming a cohesive unit through cooperation and communication will promote a positive environment for families, children and staff in the early childhood setting.

Communicating as a Family: Positive Behavior and Interaction Strategies
2 Contact Hours

Level 1

Format: Online Course

Cost: $20 per person

Description:

Parents and caregivers want their children to be safe, happy and productive in the real world resulting in a good citizen. This seminar will focus on how to improve the relationship between children, family, early care and education practitioners, and extended friends/family members. It will include reviewing examples of broad adjustments to a child’s life which may improve their overall behavior and encouraging children to have enough opportunities to learn independence. Becoming a cohesive unit through cooperation and communication will promote a positive environment for families, children and staff in the early childhood setting.

Personal and Professional Development Content Area:

Cultural and Linguistic Practices of Effective Early Childhood Programs CREDENTIAL

1/2 PPD Credential, 7.5 Contact Hours

Level 4

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $1,000.00 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

In our changing and diverse world, early care and education practitioners need to have the ability to respond optimally to all children with an understanding of socio-cultural contexts. The practitioners acknowledge limitations and recognize the similarities and differences between  themselves and others. This seminar looks beyond  ethnicity to deal with cultural competence which influences how people relate to each other through values, lifestyles, abilities, beliefs and opportunities. Practitioners will gain skills and knowledge to respond respectfully, reciprocally and responsively to children and families.

Learning Preferences to Increase Student Achievement

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Online Webinar

Cost: $75 per Online Webinar

Description:

Does how you learn affect how your students learn? In this course, we will be using learning preferences and intelligence surveys to determine how our learning as educators affects the instructional strategies and/or lesson plans we use in the classroom. With the identification of learning strengths and weaknesses, we will explore lesson plans that enhance instructor confidence in curriculum materials and activities to improve student learning. Going beyond the classroom, early childhood educators, consultants, and specialists can use this information to build quality professional development for staff and informative parental resources.

Building Calm and Attachment with Young Children

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 1

Format: Online Webinar

Cost: $75 per Online Webinar

Description:

Just like adults, infants experience stress. Stress can be contagious from caregiver to infant, and chronic stress has long-term health consequences. Calming massage for infants assists in the growth and development of baby's body, mind and spirit. In addition, it can bring relief to complaints of colic, constipation, respiratory disorders and sleeping difficulties. In this workshop, participants will learn the physiological responses infants have to stress and relaxation, basic infant/child massage practices through hands-on demonstration, and personal (adult) stress relief strategies.

Stress Relief for Educators

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face OR Online Webinar

Cost: $150 per Face-to-Face class, $75 per Online Webinar

Description:

Dealing with stress is an everyday occurrence for individuals, with educators being at the top of the list! Stress is experienced in the school setting as teachers balance curriculum, schedules, behavior, and the health/safety of all children enrolled. This hands-on session will lead participants through the essentials of stress management, effects on the classroom environment, and suggestions for relief. Educators will leave with meditative, massage, and energy strategies that can be immediately implemented into daily life, with all taking less than 5 minutes!

The Mindful Classroom: Quick Strategies to Calm, Focus and Build Intention

1.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Online Course

Cost: $15 per person

Description:

This course provides information on caring for children with special needs in typical child care settings. The training helps increase the knowledge and comfort level of participants to enhance their ability to care for young children with disabilities in early childhood environments. It will discuss adaptations and modifications that will assist all children to participate in activities. This meets the DCFS requirement for early childhood providers in special care inclusion training.

State ITN Trainings:

Introduction to Environmental Rating Scales

4 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: Determined by State

Description:

This training reviews the Environmental Rating Scales designed for licensed child care environments in early childhood classrooms. It is a self assessment tool that provides feedback for the early childhood practitioner to use in planning program improvements. Discussion of the link to Illinois Early Care and Education initiatives and national accreditations process will enhance the early childhood practitioner and administrator’s understanding of the process.

Peer Collaboration for SMART Goal Setting

2 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: $250 per Face-to-Face class

Description:

Early childhood practitioners should use goal setting to determine lesson planning for their students. Through discussion and development of SMART goals, the educator may focus on changing behaviors in the classroom. It is important to reflect on the peer collaboration process through coaching to improve student instruction.

IL Early Learning Guidelines

4 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: Determined by State

Description:

This training gives early childhood practitioners an overview of program guidelines for children birth to age 3. The training creates a foundational understanding for providers and practitioners in the field of what children birth to age 3 are expected to know and do across multiple domains.

Early Childhood Developmental Screening

7.5 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: Determined by State

Description:

This training reviews child growth and development in early childhood environments related to brain development and learning. Through observation, the child care practitioner is able to monitor young children’s interactions and age appropriate skill levels to focus on activities which enhance learning. A review of several commercial screening tools is discussed to allow child care teachers more options on monitoring a child’s typical development. Case studies provide hands on learning for the participant on use of a developmental screening tool and guidelines for the need for referral into the early intervention program. 

IL Early Learning & Developmental Standards

6 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: Determined by State

Description:

This training reviews the revisions (2013) made to the original Illinois Early Learning Standards published in 2002. The standards have been updated to align with the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to age 3; with the Illinois Kindergarten Standards; and with the Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten. Activities and discussion throughout the training will assist the early care and education practitioner to improve the quality of care and learning in their early childhood environment.

Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scales  

4 Contact Hours

Level 2

Format: Face-to-Face

Cost: Determined by State

Description:

This training reviews the Environmental Rating Scales designed for licensed child care environments in early childhood classrooms. It is a self assessment tool that provides feedback for Family Child Care providers to use in planning program improvements. Discussion of the link to Illinois Early Care and Education initiatives and national accreditations process will enhance the Family Child Care providers' understanding of the process.

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