Training Classes

All trainings have an associated fee, with the exception of DOE courses that do not have student fees. The class fee will normally be $5, $10, or $15.

Students must fill out a registration form. ELC must receive all fees and registration forms prior to 48 hours in advance of the class. PayPal, money order, checks and “no change required” cash are accepted to reserve a spot in a class. Cash is only accepted in person at the ELC office. Do not send cash in the mail.

To reserve a spot in classes that do not have an associated fee, or for general questions, please call the Early Learning Coalition at (941) 757-2900 extension 250.

For information on the 40+5 classes required to become a child care professional, please see our Credential and Transcript Information.

Please be advised, if you are in a QRIS program and the course is free or discounted, please email professionaldevelopment@elc-manatee.org with your request to register.

To view a copy of our current training calendar, please click here.

 

NEW! DOE Instructor-led and Online Math Courses Available!

The Office of Early Learning has developed a series of four new math courses. They are designed to assist VPK and other early childhood teachers in understanding the importance of intentional math instruction. Each course delves into specific math concepts tied to the mathematics standards for four-year-olds. We recommend Math 1 and Math 2 be taken in order and as closely together as possible. Math 3 and Math 4 will be available as the year progresses.

FREE Mind in the Making Workshops

The Early Learning Coalition is a proud member of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Through the generosity of The Patterson Foundation, community partners have been trained to offer a series of workshops on building executive function in children. Sessions are 2 hours each, and are offered weekly or bi-weekly FREE of charge. We must have a minimum of 15 persons register, with a class-size limit of 20. This course is for caregivers, parents, teachers, principals, community stakeholders – anyone who is interested. Mixed groupings are best. If some of your staff are interested, perhaps have each invite a parent or two to join the group. For general questions or to schedule courses, please contact Pam Parmenter at (941) 757-2900 ext. 261 or email pparmenter@elc-manatee.org.

NEW! Preschool Emergency Alert Response Learning System (P.E.A.R.L.S)

Learn more about this exciting new program available in Manatee County! This project developed jointly with Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County and Local Law Enforcement. Members of ELC Staff will come to your program and:

  • Provide an awareness of potential emergency situations; and,
  • Present options for how to respond to respond to mitigate risk and protect lives

Two hours of in-service training available. For general questions or more information, please contact Peggy Sammons at (941) 757-2900 ext 269 or email psammons@elc-manatee.org.

Upcoming Classes

NEW! Math 2: Counting & Number Operations 9/25/17
Monday Sep 25, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Those who have completed this first DOE math course will be the first invited to take subsequent DOE math courses. This course is module 2 of 4 early mathematics courses. 3 hours; 0.3 CEUs

This instructor-led course is appropriate for directors and teachers of 4 and 5 year old children. Course participants will gain early math knowledge and practical information about how to structure the classroom environment and plan activities to integrate math concepts and skills throughout the learning day. The course focuses on the mathematical thinking number sense and number operation standards outlined in the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2011) and the importance of using a developmental progression when teaching math throughout the day. Picture slideshows and videos filmed in Florida’s early learning classrooms as well as interactive activities will provide examples for how to support children in learning new math skills and using the “language of math”. The pictures and videos presented will also demonstrate best practices for instruction of the mathematical thinking number sense and number operation standards outlined in the Standards for Four-Year-Olds. Training on the Standards for Four-Year-Olds (online or instructor-led) is a recommended prerequisite for this course.

This course is FREE. All participants MUST register online through the DCF/TMS website. Change the search criteria from "DCF" to "DOE" and enter the course number (TBD). 

Course numbers are available only by contacting Marcia Seibert at (941) 757-2900 ext. 274 or Pam Parmenter at (941) 757-2900 ext. 261.

NEW! Inclusion Community of Practice Meetings (3-Part Series)
Wednesday Sep 27, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join us for our first Inclusion Community of Practice series of meetings Wednesday, September 27, October 11, and October 25, 2017

Participants will discuss such topics as expulsion and suspension, challenging behaviors and behavior modification strategies, and how to decrease the rate of expulsions in Manatee County. Resources available to providers will be introduced and explored. In-service training credit for attending will be awarded for attendance at all three meetings only. No partial credit will be awarded.

Cost: $5.00 per participant, FREE for those in QRIS programs. Register with payment by September 25, 2017. QRIS Participants MUST contact Professional Development at (941) 757-2900 ext. 261 to verify status and receive discount registration code.

For general questions, please contact Tina Trivers at (941) 757-2900 ext. 243.

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Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (Full Course) 9/30/17
Saturday Sep 30, 2017 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Learn the appropriate techniques for applying standard first aid procedures and cardiopulmonary resuscitation with and without AED’s.  Certification from the American Red Cross is good for two years.  Participants take home Adult and Pediatric Ready Reference cards.  Participants must supply a unique email address that the American Red Cross will attach to their training record. Limited class enrollment. Inservice hours: 5.5

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE CHECK THE TRAINING CALENDAR FOR ALTERNATE DATES/TIMES.

NEW! Math 3: Patterns & Measurement 10/2/17
Monday Oct 2, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Those who have completed this first DOE math course will be the first invited to take subsequent DOE math courses. This course is module 3 of 4 early mathematics courses. 3 hours; 0.3 CEUs

This instructor-led course is appropriate for directors and teachers of 4 and 5 year old children. Course participants will gain early math knowledge and practical information about how to structure the classroom environment and plan activities to integrate math concepts and skills throughout the learning day. The course focuses on the patterns and measurement standards outlined in the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2011) and the importance of using a developmental progression when teaching math throughout the day. Picture slideshows and videos filmed in Florida’s early learning classrooms as well as interactive activities will provide examples for how to support children in learning new math skills and using the “language of math”. The pictures and videos presented will also demonstrate best practices for instruction of the patterns and measurement standards outlined in the Standards for Four-Year-Olds. Training on the Standards for Four-Year-Olds (online or instructor-led) is a recommended prerequisite for this course. 

This course is FREE .  All participants MUST register online through the DCF/TMS website by September 29, 2017. Course numbers available only by contacting Marcia at extension 274 or Pam at extention 261 – must be pre-registered to attend.

For general questions please contact Marcia Seibert at (941) 757-2900 ext. 274 or Pam Parmenter at (941) 757-2900 ext. 261.

NEW! VPK Administrator Learning Circle 9/20/17
Wednesday Oct 18, 2017 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

VPK Administrators are invited to attend the next VPK Learning Circles offered by our DOE/OEL Regional Facilitator, Mary Ann Goodrich. These interactive sessions will provide opportunities to network, share strategies, ideas and resources with your peers. You will receive 1.5 hours of in-service training. Space is limited to 24, and registration is required. We look forward to seeing you!

Watch the Provider Update for topics and links to register coming soon! If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Goodrich at maryann.goodrich@oel.myflorida.com.

NEW! VPK Administrator Learning Circle 10/18/17
Wednesday Oct 18, 2017 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

VPK Teachers are invited to attend the next VPK Learning Circles offered by our DOE/OEL Regional Facilitator, Mary Ann Goodrich. These interactive sessions will provide opportunities to network, share strategies, ideas and resources with your peers. You will receive 1.5 hours of in-service training. Space is limited to 24, and registration is required. We look forward to seeing you!

Watch the Provider Update for topics and links to register coming soon! 
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Goodrich at maryann.goodrich@oel.myflorida.com. 

NEW! VPK Teacher Learning Circle 10/18/17
Wednesday Oct 18, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

VPK Teachers are invited to attend the next VPK Learning Circles offered by our DOE/OEL Regional Facilitator, Mary Ann Goodrich. These interactive sessions will provide opportunities to network, share strategies, ideas and resources with your peers. You will receive 1.5 hours of in-service training. Space is limited to 24, and registration is required. We look forward to seeing you!

Watch the Provider Update for topics and links to register coming soon! 
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Goodrich at maryann.goodrich@oel.myflorida.com.

NEW! VPK Teacher Learning Circle 9/20/17
Wednesday Oct 18, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

VPK Teachers are invited to attend the next VPK Learning Circles offered by our DOE/OEL Regional Facilitator, Mary Ann Goodrich. These interactive sessions will provide opportunities to network, share strategies, ideas and resources with your peers. You will receive 1.5 hours of in-service training. Space is limited to 24, and registration is required. We look forward to seeing you!

Watch the Provider Update for topics and links to register coming soon! If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Goodrich at maryann.goodrich@oel.myflorida.com.

Sixth Annual Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Golf Classic
Friday Nov 3, 2017 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Our Sixth Annual Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Golf Classic, hosted by State Representative Jim Boyd will be held on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at IMG Academy and Golf Club in Bradenton. Come join us on the course and show your support for the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County! Putt around, network with other businesses, enjoy food and beverages, raffle prizes, and place a bid at our silent auction.

All proceeds to benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County and its programs for the children and families of Manatee County. Sponsor opportunities are available. For more information, contact Hilarie Jackson at (941) 757-2904, via email at hjackson@elc-manatee.org or visit www.elc-manatee.org/golf today! We hope to see you there!

$125 per Golfer / $500 per Foursome

12:00pm Registration Opens
1:00pm Shotgun
Four Person Scramble

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ASQ3 & ASQ:SE Overview 11/8/17
Wednesday Nov 8, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Topics including screening and assessment will be discussed as well as exploring the new features of the Ages & Stages Questionnaires Third Edition and the ASQ: Social-Emotional Screening Tool. Participants will be actively involved observing children and completing ASQs.

Cost: $5.00 per participant, FREE for those in QRIS programs. Register with payment by November 6th, 2017. QRIS Participants MUST contact Professional Development at (941) 757-2900 ext. 261 to verify status and receive discount registration code.

For general questions, please contact Kerry Gaylord at (941) 757-2900 ext. 244.

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Integrating the Standards: Phonological Awareness
Monday Dec 4, 2017 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This is appropriate for VPK directors, administrators, and teachers. Participants learn how to interpret the VPK Assessment scores and how to use them to inform classroom instruction.

This course is FREE .  All participants MUST register online through the DCF/TMS website by December 1, 2017. Change the search criteria from "DCF" to "DOE" and enter course #7225.

For general questions please contact Professional Development at (941) 757-2900 ext. 261.