Early Childhood Training Institute

Connections: Early Childhood Training Institute

New in 2017 is Connections, a six-week summer program for early childhood teachers and professionals. The Early Childhood Training Institute was developed out of the Virginia Frank Child Development Center’s Relationship-Based Phase Model, which emphasizes the importance of building strong teacher and caregiver relationships with young children to promote a secure, healthy and productive learning environment. It has been concluded that having secure attachments with caregivers is the basis of optimal cognitive growth and development for young children.

The Training Institute’s curriculum is based on the concept that a year in childhood can be divided into three phases -- separation and attachment, autonomy development, and development of initiative and consolidation of skills. The program will also feature workshops on understanding young children’s reaction to trauma, general information on child development needs, reflective supervision for teachers and self-care.

Through this training, participants will gain a foundational knowledge of the Relationship-based Phase Model, as well as a deeper understanding of what young children are communicating with their behavior. Participants will learn skills and practical activities to address the social and emotional needs of their classroom groups. There will also be follow-up and site check-ins throughout the year. Graduates of  Connections: Early Childhood Training Institute will come away with a broader knowledge of the social and emotional lives of children, and how to better meet their needs in the classroom.

June 2017 Training Enroll Today!

Summer Session 2017 -- Class Schedule (times and locations are subject to change; classes will be held in two locations, as indicated below: on site at The Abe and Ida Cooper Center, 6639 N. Kedzie, and at an as-yet-to-be-determined, off-site location)

June 23 -- 9 am to 3 pm (Abe and Ida Cooper Center)
June 27 -- 3 to 5 pm (TBD)
June 30 -- 12 to 3 pm (Abe and Ida Cooper Center)
July 6 -- 3 to 5 pm (TBD)
July 9 -- 9 am to 12 pm (TBD)
July 11 -- 3 to 5 pm (Abe and Ida Cooper Center)
July 14 -- 12 to 3 pm (TBD)
July 18 -- 3 to 5 pmTBD)
July 23 -- 9 to 12 pm (Abe and Ida Cooper Center)
July 28 -- 9 to 2 pm (TBD)

Applications accepted from January 1 - April 1, 2017. For more information and to receive an application, email linnetmendez@jcfs.org or call 773.765.3119

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