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Tribal Child Care Association of California

Workforce Pathways

2023/2024 TCCAC Workforce Pathways Program

(July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024)

With funding provided through CDSS’s QCC Workforce Grant, The Tribal Child Care Association of California (TCCAC) has developed a workforce program to support child care providers in all settings. This program provides teachers in centers, providers with family friend and neighbor programs, aunts and grandmas operating relative care programs, everyone who is dedicated to caring for Tribal children in California an opportunity to further develop their skills in culturally relevant ways.

TCCAC will support participants by identifying and overcoming barriers to reaching goals through financial supports, identifying resources and incentivizing goal completion with a stipend program.

Workforce Requirements:

  • You must be a current child care provider for children in Tribal Early Learning and Care Programs age 0-5 years.
    Employment verification is required.
  • iPinwheel Application Deadline: December 31, 2023
  • Register a new account: https://tccac.ipinwheel.org/StaffApplication/Account/Register
  • You do not need to re-register on iPinwheel if you participated in the 22/23 Workforce Year, but you must notify your Workforce Advisor that you want to participate again and schedule your PD Plan Meeting.
  • Stipends provided for all courses/ trainings completed between July 1, 2023 – June 15, 2024.
  • Each participant will work with the Workforce Advisor to set goals and identify resources needed. You must meet with your Workforce Advisor to create a Professional Development Plan to receive your stipend.
  • There may be a cap on stipend totals. Potential earning bonuses available dependent on program participation
    and availability of funds.
  • Stipends will be paid out in October 2024.

TCCAC Higher Education:

TCCAC wants to ensure participants are supported to meet their higher education goals. Participants working towards Teacher Certification, Associates Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or Master’s Degree with an emphasis on Early Learning
and Care will receive stipends upon completion.

TCCAC can support with books, materials, and other expenses related to reaching your higher education goals.

The Workforce Advisor will assist with goal setting and identifying needed supports.

For more information on our TCCAC Workforce Pathways Program, including the application process, contact Sara Zapata at workforce@tribalchildcareca.org


TCCAC Professional Development Pathways 

TCCAC has created custom pathways to support professional development for Tribal Child Care providers. Stipends provided for Pathway trainings as well as other approved professional development trainings and certifications. Most trainings will receive a stipend at the rate of $20/ per hour, unless otherwise noted. 

See the 7 Pathways below for more detailed information, including meeting times and locations.

This pathway focuses on basic health and safety standards required for Tribal Child Care programs and ways to go beyond the basics with best practices as well as incorporating nature and culture into health.

Health & Safety Live Zoom Meetings First Tuesday of every month at 11:00am & 6:00pm. (Virtual/ Zoom)

Tuesday, September 5, 2023MCART- Mandated Child Abuse Reporter Training (**5:30-7:30pm ONLY)
Tuesday, October 3, 2023Prevention & Control of Infectious Diseases
Tuesday, November 7, 2023Prevention of Sudden Death Syndrome & Use of Safe Sleep Practices
Tuesday, December 5, 2023Administration of Medication
Tuesday, January 2, 2024Prevention and Response to Emergencies Due to Food & Allergy Reactions & Physical Activity
Tuesday, February 6, 2024Building and Physical Premises Safety & Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning for Emergencies Resulting from a Natural Disaster or Human Caused Event
Tuesday, March 5, 2024Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome & Abusive Head Trauma
Tuesday, April 2, 2024Appropriate Precautions in Transporting Children
Tuesday, May 7, 2024Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials & the Appropriate Disposal of Biocontainment
Tuesday, June 4, 2024Children with Special Needs

Children & Nature Network  (Virtual/ Zoom) Join us on a 4-part virtual journey exploring nature with our children. Zoom with live Q&A interactive discussion with Facilitator and Guest Speaker.

Monday, October 2, 2023 (2:00-3:00pm)Self-Care In Nature (1hour) Featuring Nicole Jackson, Kari Kleven MSW, LICSW, Sonny LaForm, LSWAIC, MSW and Renā Trujillo. In this workshop the concept of self-care is explored and looked at through an equity lens. Caregivers, parents, and practitioners are also given tips on how to practice self-care in nature and teach it to the children in their lives to improve everyone’s overall mental health and emotional well-being. Guest Speaker: TBD
Monday, November 6, 2023 (5:30-6:30pm)Designing School Grounds to Support Children’s Mental Health: Examples Around the World (1hour) Daily contact with nature is vital for supporting the mental health and well-being of children and young people. Join the International School Grounds Alliance and the Children & Nature Network for this webinar that will focus on how school grounds can be designed and used to support mental health. Guest Speaker: TBD

Monday, March 4, 2024


Educating in the Outdoors (1hour) Green schoolyards inspire children to become more active, attentive, and inquisitive, while decreasing stress and anxiety, elevating mood, and improving social emotional development. Green, multifunctional schoolyards also inherently serve as an ideal venue for hands-on learning across subjects, building knowledge through sensory exploration and experiential discovery. A talk about how to successfully activate the schoolyard to help students and teachers reap all of these benefits. Guest Speaker: TBD

Monday, April 1, 2024


Family, Nature, Play and You (1hour) Learn about the importance of free play in nature, especially for families. This webinar offers valuable content for family, school aged and early childhood program providers, as well as parents and caregivers. Guest Speaker: TBD

This pathway focuses on healing, resiliency, and wellness as well as adult social/ emotional curriculum by addressing topics around trauma faced by children, families, providers, and communities.

Michelle Zive – Trauma Informed Care and Healing

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

(Virtual/ Zoom)

Michelle Zive- Culture and Resources for Mitigating Toxic Stress Due to ACEs (1hour)

Teaching Pyramid- The Discovery Source

August 29, 2023

(In person)

The Discovery SourceControlling Anger & Impulse: Tucker Turtle Kit

Northern Summit, Redding, CA (1.5 hour)

In early childhood programs, young children frequently require support and adult guidance and instruction to express their emotions appropriately, play jointly with peers, and use basic problem-solving strategies.

Tucker Turtle used a scripted social story that helps her to manage impulse-control issues: in early childhood settings, many accidents occur in classrooms (e.g., children bumping into one another; children knocking over others’ constructions), and some children interpret these accidents as purposeful, hostile acts. One essential ingredient is to help children reframe and modify their processes to see more neutral interpretations of others’ behaviors.

This session reviews the Tucker Turtle Technique as a visual tool to help children to learn how to control their emotions and handle possible solutions, assisting teachers with practical and age-appropriate strategies to modify their thoughts and promote self-regulation.


Thrive by Design -Abby Vickery & Becca McKinnon

August 29, 2023

(In person)

Mitigating Burnout -Northern Summit, Redding, CA (3 hours) Explore the current culture of burnout and the phenomenon of quiet quitting. Assess where you fall on the burnout spectrum. Gain insight into the root causes of where you are now and learn practical, solution-focused, and evidenced-based strategies for moving forward into a life full of more purpose, balance, and resilience. 

May 2024

(In person)

Annual Conference, Central California (6 hour) Topic TBD


THRIVE Workshop Series:

Administrators/Leaders THRIVE Cohort (Virtual/ Zoom) 8 Session starting in September 2023 Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm *Limited to 15 people. Look at what burnout is and is not, where you and your employees may fall on the burnout spectrum, and what to do about it. Learn practical, evidence-based strategies to help improve your resilience and life balance as well as strategies for structuring the work environment to improve these areas for you and your employees. During the eight weeks, you will receive individualized support and strategies from your facilitators and your cohort. The session structure is as follows: The first session is a presentation of new material and a facilitated group discussion. Homework is given to prepare for the next session. The following week’s session will focus on the application of the homework and a group coaching session. This rhythm continues for the duration of the 8-week cohort, e.g. content week, followed by group coaching week.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

What is burnout and why is it so prevalent right now/ Burnout statistics/ Cost to employers. Detailed burnout assessment/ Self-assessment and discussion/ Understanding the root causes of burnout/ Using the circle of control to manage your time and energy/ Building resilience (capacity).

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Group Coaching

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Emotional Intelligence/ DISC Personality Styles/ Understanding ourselves/ Understanding others/ Examine your thinking.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Group Coaching

Thursday, October 19, 2023

The power of the team as insulation against burnout/ The PRIMED model for building thriving and resilient teams

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Group Coaching

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Developing habits to build resilience and improve balance.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Group Coaching & Next Steps

Teachers/Providers THRIVE Cohort (Virtual/ Zoom) 8 Sessions starting in January 2024 Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm *Limited to 15 people. Look at what burnout is and is not, where you may fall on the burnout spectrum, and what to do about it. You will learn practical, evidence-based strategies to help you improve resilience and life balance. During the eight weeks, you will receive individualized support and encouragement from your facilitators and your cohort.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Introduction and building positive group dynamics.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Take Burnout Assessment. Where are you on the Burnout Spectrum? What is capacity and how do we increase it? How to build capacity to prevent or recover from Burnout.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Taking DISC Assessment. Emotional Intelligence/ DISC personality styles overview/ Understanding ourselves/ Understanding others. 

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Assessing Life Balance. Life Wheel Activity.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Understanding what is and what is not within our Circle of Control and how to best manage our energy.

Thursday, February 22, 2024


Thursday, February 29, 2024

Investigating the internal and external factors that contribute to burnout.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Evaluating Life Resources and Demands. How to build Life Resources.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Putting it all together!

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Follow-up check-in and support.

IECMHC- California Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation  TBD

This pathway is recommended for child care administrators and lead teachers who provide direct services and would like to sharpen their early learning leadership skills. The goal is to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of early care directors and emerging leaders to ensure quality child care programs for young children.

Coaching/ Mentoring/ California Mentor

Early Childhood Understanding: A Deeper Practice

The six-session Community of Practice (CoP) is open by invitation only to CECMP Alternative Pathways Participants

September 23 and January 3 sessions are in person sessions, and the remaining six will be delivered on-line, via Zoom.

Travel reimbursement is available to participants.  Hotel rooms are limited. Please find detailed guidance in the registration form. Registration closes on September 3rd, 2023. No late registrations can be accepted for hotel requests.

Session Dates: 

 9/23/23, 1/6/24 – In person, Chabot College

 10/7/23, 11/4/23, 12/2/23, 2/3/24  Virtual, Zoom Link to be provided upon registration confirmation.

 Topic are interwoven across sessions and include:

  • Adult Learning Principles (Adult Learning Competencies)
  • Implementing Culturally responsive practices
  • DAP & CA Early Learning Resources
  • Mentor Strategies

CECMP is funded through the California Department of Social Services. Questions? Email: nmbandelow@chabotcollege.edu or your agency representative.

Coaching Companion (Virtual) Choose any coaching companion cycle to support your professional development goals. Coaching Companion is a six-session collaboration where teachers/providers and coaches come together in reflective dialogue as they look at improving their practice using evidence-based resources using Coaching Companion. Each coaching cycle starts with a shared goal and moves through action plan steps ending in a focused observation where the participants will share short classroom videos with their coach. Only 10 spots available. Participants must complete all six sessions to receive $300 stipend.

TQIS (Tribal Quality Improvement Systems) Monthly Meetings (Virtual/ Zoom) Third Wednesday of every month at 12pm. TQIS Administrators only.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: Welcome & Overview of TQIS

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: Let’s Talk About Program Goals/ CA Mentor

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: Construction Brainstorming Supports- Mike Lindstrom

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: ARPA Funds for Provider Wellness- Kim Nall

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: IECMHC Onboarding

Wednesday, December 20, 2023 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: TCCAC Membership & Voting

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: “Playground” Database presentation

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: TBD

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: TBD

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: Needs Assessment & 24/25 Goal Setting/ Technical Systems

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: Needs Assessment & 24/25 Goal Setting/ Technical Systems

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 (12:00-1:00pm)

Topic: End of Year/ Celebrating Successes

TCCAC has partnered with the Child Care Resource Center to create this pathway for those wanting to increase their skills for engaging families and hosting Parent Cafes in their communities.

CCRC Regional Parent Cafe Trainings

Northern California- October 13, 2023 -Eureka, CA (all day in-person training)

Southern California- October 16, 2023- La Jolla, CA (all day in-person training)

This Parent Café training is for tribal child care providers. The Parent Café model is based on the foundation of Strengthening Families 5 Protective Factors and has proven to be an effective way to engage parents in discussions around topics that are relevant to their community. Programs have reported an increase in parent engagement and an interest for more cafes. Café conversation themes and topics are flexible and can be developed to address the needs of any situation. The goals for parent cafes is to provide engagement, connections, learning and opportunities for Parent Leadership building. During this training, participants will learn about the framework of the café and work on creating a café that they may take back with them to their program. Incentives: These trainings are completely free! Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants. There will be incentives and raffles! TCCAC Workforce Participants can submit training certificates to Workforce for a stipend. And PDGR  funds can provide all eligible programs with café stipends of up to $2400 per café for participants to facilitate cafes in their community before the end of the 2023 year. 

Trauma Informed Care/ Parent Cafe Cohort for FFN & FCC (Virtual/ Zoom) Cohort limited to15 people. Must attend all sessions. Participants (limited to Family Friend and Neighbor & Family Child Care Providers) will engage in 8 hours of training on Trauma Informed Care (Definitions of trauma, The impact of trauma on the brain and children’s behavior, Key strategies to support children, build their resilience, and minimize the adverse effects of trauma) and continue the conversation with their cohort in 3 Provider Cafés. The café sessions are intended for providers to engage in meaningful conversations around Trauma Informed Care, with questions focused on self-care, their strengths and challenges while providing TIC, and growth within the field. Conversations will be opportunities to learn from one another but also get social support from others who are also providing care to children who have experienced trauma. The five protective factors are woven into the cafes. This experience will build knowledge on caring for children who are experiencing trauma and provide opportunities to share and learn from peers.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm)

TIC Training

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm)

TIC Training

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm)

Provider Cafe  

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm)

TIC Training  

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm)

Provider Cafe  

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm)

TIC Training  

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm)

Provider Cafe  

Strengthening Families / Protective Factors Live Cohort (Virtual/ Zoom) 7 Sessions on The Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Research studies support the common-sense notion that when these Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Research shows that these protective factors are also “promotive” factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.

Thursday, September 7, 2023 (2:00-4:00pm)

Introduction to the Protective Factors

Thursday, September 14, 2023 (2:00-4:00pm)

Parental Resilience

Thursday, September 21, 2023 (2:00-4:00pm)

Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development

Thursday, September 28, 2023 (2:00-4:00pm)

Children’s Social & Emotional Competence

Thursday, October 5, 2023 (2:00-4:00pm)

Concrete Support in Times of Need

Thursday, October 12, 2023 (2:00-4:00pm)

Social Connections

Thursday, October 19, 2023 (2:00-4:00pm)

Moving from Knowledge to Action-Wrap Up

This pathway offers opportunities to understand the accurate history of Native Americans; explain the historical process of the extreme systematic trauma to the Native population and show how California Natives are still present, active, and involved in the modern world. Examples and explorations of tribal resilience, medicine, storytelling, and culture.

Native American Historical and Traditional Healing Project- TCCAC COHORT (Virtual/ Zoom) *Limited to 30 people, participants must attend all sessions. Register with your Workforce Advisor for this webinar series. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Five-part series for educators, health professionals, or the public who desire a broader education about the region’s first peoples. Curriculum with a mental health lens on the historical hardships Native Americans face in contemporary times due to colonization. The curriculum encompasses the vital nature of California’s history from the Native American perspective. Inclusive of the pre-contact history, the series continues onto atrocities as Euro-settlers invaded the continent and ultimately California. The result on the Native people was a trauma so severe it embedded into the DNA. The presentation of historical trauma of the land’s first peoples is concluded with a healing element to create a space for understanding.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm)

Topic: Overview of Napa County Regional Native History from pre-Colonial to Contemporary times Healing Element: Traditional uses of sage. The importance and impact of smudging with sage, the different methods used by native communities, and the taboos involved.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm)

Topic: Pre-colonial History of California Natives The beauty and complexity of the local Native communities before European contact. Healing Element: Traditional uses of salt for healing.

Monday, March 18, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm)

Topic: Colonial History in California Native Territories. The intense trauma of a +10,000-year-old civilization decimated in 25 years. Healing Element: Traditional uses of tobacco. The traditional healing and ceremonial use of tobacco. Taboos involved.

Monday, April 15, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm)

Topic: Post-Colonial History of California Natives Discussions of the core causes of lateral violence and substance abuse within the Native Community today Healing Element: Traditional uses of the rattle. The traditional healing and ceremonial use of the rattle. How different types of rattles are used.

Monday, May 20, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm)

Topic: “Thrival” and Tribal Resiliency How culture and ceremony help Native communities Survive and thrive. Healing Element: Traditional Uses of the Drum. The traditional healing and ceremonial use of the drum. How different types of drums are used.


Anti-bias and anti-racism (April 10, 2024 5:30-7:30pm -Virtual Zoom) Policies, structures, procedures, and processes to counteract and prevent bias and racism will be embedded into learning environments and curriculum. These structures will promote expanded communities of learners that enable everyone to learn and grow in an environment with mutually respectful relationships. Facilitators: Dewana Thompson & Joelfre Grant- Brazelton Touchpoints


This pathway offers opportunities to understand the accurate history of Native Americans; explain the historical process of the extreme systematic trauma to the Native population and show how California Natives are still present, active, and involved in the modern world. Examples and explorations of tribal resilience, medicine, storytelling, and culture. PITC/ Infant Toddler Live Virtual Series Tuesday, August 22, 2023 6:00-7:00pm PITC- Cradleboard to Toddling Pathway – Overview Webinar Social/ Emotional Development Cohort (Virtual- 20 hours total) This course focuses on the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) approach to infant/toddler care and, specifically, how to support healthy social-emotional development in group care settings. The course includes an exploration of early brain development, responsive caregiving, temperament, social-emotional development, and socialization and guidance with infants and toddlers. This training/course will include 20 hours of training. Also included in this course are director/leadership meetings for center- based directors/leaders and family child care program leaders. Coaching is also provided in the form of observation and feedback sessions with staff participating in the training plan for center-based care, family child care programs and family, friend, and neighbor care providers. Option to register course with Fresno State -1 unit/ Cost $75. Facilitator: Judy Walker.
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 (6:00-7:00pm) Getting Acquainted/ Course Orientation (1 hour)
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 (6:00-7:00pm) Overview of the PITC Philosophy and Essential Policies (1hour)
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm) Early Brain Development (2 hours)
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 (6:00-7:15pm) TA/Coaching Session (1.25 hours)- OPTIONAL
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm) Responsive Caregiving  (2 hours)
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm) Ages of Infancy (2 hours)
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (6:00-7:15pm) TA/Coaching Session (1.25 hours) -OPTIONAL
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm) Temperament (2 hours)
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm) Temperament / Supporting Social-Emotional Development (2 hours)
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 (6:00-7:15pm) TA/ Coaching Session (1.25 hours)- OPTIONAL
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm) Supporting Social-Emotional Development (2 hours)
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 (6:00-8:00pm) Understanding Children’s Behavior (2 hours)
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 (6:00-7:00pm) Understanding Children’s Behavior (1 hour)
Wednesday, January 10, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Socialization & Guidance (2 hours)
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 (6:00-7:00pm) Socialization & Guidance (1 hour)
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 (6:00-7:15pm) TA/Coaching Session (1.25 hours)- OPTIONAL
Family, Culture & Providers Cohort (Virtual- 20 hours total) This course focuses on the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) approach to infant/toddler care and, specifically, on the importance of creating partnerships with families and the role of culture in the development of the very young child. The course includes an exploration of the importance of culture on early identity formation as well as best practices to provide culturally responsive care in the group care setting. This training/course will include 20 hours of training. Also included in this course are director/leadership meetings for center- based directors/ leaders and Family Child Care program leaders. Coaching is also provided in the form of observation and feedback sessions with staff participating in the training plan for center-based care, family child care programs and family, friend, and neighbor care providers. Option to register course with Fresno State -1 unit/ Cost $75. Facilitator: Ashley Chavez.
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (6:00-7:00pm) Overview of PITC Cohort (1 hour)
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Getting Acquainted & PITC Philosophy
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Creating Partnerships with Families
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Creating Partnerships with Families
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Creating Partnerships with Families & Culture and Family Identity Formation
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Culture and Family Identity Formation
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Culture and Family Identity Formation & Pause & Reflect
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Culturally Responsive Care
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Culturally Responsive Care
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Self-Awareness & Cultural Perceptions
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 (6:00-8:00pm) Self-Awareness & Cultural Perceptions
Thursday, March 14, 2024 (6:00-7:00pm) TA/Coaching Session (1 hour)- OPTIONAL
Thursday, April 11, 2024 (6:00-7:00pm) TA/Coaching Session (1 hour)- OPTIONAL
Thursday, May 9, 2024 (6:00-7:00pm) TA/Coaching Session (1 hour)- OPTIONAL
Thursday, June 13, 2024 (6:00-7:00pm) TA/Coaching Session (1 hour)- OPTIONAL
May 2024 PITC Language Development & Communication (In person training-4hrs) Annual Conference, Central California. This workshop will help participants to: Recognize the capabilities of the young, mobile, and older infants related to the emergence of communication. Understand the influence of culture on a child’s language development and communication style. Become familiar with strategies to better meet the individual language development and communication needs of each infant or toddler in your care.

Learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math and ways to incorporate lessons into your program curriculum. STEM includes problem solving, asking questions, and exploring the world around us.

STEAM Starters- California Early Childhood Online (6 hours of training) The STEAM Starters course is live on the California Early Childhood Online website. https://www.caearlychildhoodonline.org/en_home.aspx  Be sure to email your certificates to workforce@tribalchildcareca.org for stipend credit.

Module 1

What is Tinkering?

Module 2

Facilitating Tinkering

Module 3

Planning for Tinkering

Module 4

Reflecting to Relaunch Tinkering

Module 5

Tinkering with Balance: Unstable Table

Module 6

Tinkering with Motion: Ramps and Rollers

Module 7

Tinkering with Light: Shadow Stories

Module 8

Tinkering in Action

Tamar Andrews STEM Webinar Series (Virtual/Zoom)

Tuesday, September 19 (6:00-7:30pm)

Setting Up for STEM in ECE: This introductory workshop will help guide you through the first phase of setting up a STEM-centric environment: materials, timing, lesson planning and language. Learn how to implement STEM activities using found and free materials as well as how to integrate STEM activities into existing curriculum planning. Be prepared expand your mind!

Tuesday, October 17 (6:00-7:30pm)

Creating a physics and technology STEM program (without the use of screen time) in ECE: Stage II of any high-quality STEM program is learning to integrate different facets of STEM together. Learn how science and technology can work together to create STEM challenges that will motivate, excite, and encourage students to “stick with it” activities. 

Tuesday, November 14 (6:00-7:30pm)

Infusing your STEM program with literature and culturally based activities:  Bring your favorite cultural stories, book, and activities to this workshop, the final phase of creating a STEM based program in ECE that is accessible, appropriate, and intentional for the populations that you serve.

February 2024 STEM it UP! In Person- Southern Summit (2hrs) With Tamar Andrews.  Immerse yourself in a STEM environment where you get to experience many facets of STEM work and play as a child would.  Learn how easy it is to use found and free materials to build a space where children want to explore, discover, create, imagine and be curious about the world they live in. Included will be physics, coding, robotics, math, science, engineering, and more. Participants will get to take home materials and handouts to use in their own programs.

Other Approved Professional Development

Up to 20 hours of additional approved ECE Professional Development as funding allows.