Training Available to Child Care Professionals

Topics offered by FunShine Express for the professional development of early childhood professionals can be tailored to meet the needs of a specific group, age of children training is requested for, particular location, or conference theme.


Implementation Training

Implementation trainings are conducted on a regular basis. These trainings provide an introduction and guidance to customers on implementation of our curriculums. Customers receive notifications of these trainings through email, Facebook, and announcements on both websites. Find our Implementation Training for 2018-2019 here.

Getting Started with Fireflies

Duration: 1.5 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Fireflies (ages 3-5) teachers, directors, and owners

Learn the basics of our Fireflies program and simplify your day through effective, proper use of it. Let us help you get organized, plan, and meet the needs of the children in your care with appropriate learning activities. Introduction to Fireflies Learning Goals and Objectives is provided. We’ll also share access to different resources for setting up environment, working with parents, plus trends/research in the early childhood field. Question/answer follows talk.

Getting Started with Buttercups

Duration: 1.5 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Buttercups (ages 0-3) teachers, directors, and owners

What can you teach your littlest learners? Lots! And we’ll help you make the most of your days with them by using your Buttercups program appropriately. Learn how to implement and get the most from your monthly kit by spending an hour with us. Introduction to Buttercups Learning Goals and Objectives is provided. Question/answer follows talk.

Introduction to FunShine Online

Duration: 1 hour
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Prospective FunShine Online teachers, directors, and owners

This session introduces participants to Funshine Online, providing a quick overview of what our searchable database has to offer. Learn how to quickly fill a calendar with a theme and add activities to individualize instruction. A question/answer session follows the introduction.

FunShine Online Implementation Training - Part 1

Duration: 2 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Teachers planning to use FunShine Online, center directors, owners

This session focuses on planning and preparing to use FunShine Online in your classroom. Some of the topics discussed in this training will be gathering general supplies, what to print, the Materials List, setting up your classroom, using electronic devices in the classroom, creating a schedule, etc. Participants will receive several electronic checklists and documents to help them as they prepare to use FunShine with children.

FunShine Online Implementation Training - Part 2

Duration: 2 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Teachers planning to use FunShine Online, center directors, owners

This session focuses on building custom calendars based on the needs of your children as indicated by previous assessments and observations. Participants will learn how to build multiage calendars, create their own themes, and learn how the FunShine Assessment Pack helps with proactive planning to help children achieve certain developmental milestones. The content in this interactive session will be taken from search suggestions and scenarios from the audience.

FunShine Online Follow-Up

Duration: 1-2 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Teachers currently using FunShine Online, center directors, owners

After using FunShine Online for a while, questions may arise. This session gives participants an opportunity to ask questions, share what is going well, and make suggestions for upgrades to the FSO site.

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Specialized Training

Authentic Assessment for Birth to Five Years Old

Duration: 1 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Teachers currently using FunShine, center directors, owners

Carefully monitoring children’s progress is important in lesson planning and tailoring activities to children's needs. Yet, assessment is often an overwhelming task when added to your already busy day. This session will provide tips and tricks to learn how to streamline assessment and build an effective portfolio using some quick tools. This presentation will introduce NEW free online resources to help you complete assessment for Fireflies, Buttercups and FunShine Online – as requested by current customers.

Merging Research-Based Elements into a Daily Schedule

Duration: 2 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Teachers currently using FunShine, center directors, owners

This session focuses on 10 important research-based elements of a daily schedule. Learn how to select and add learning activities into these elements using the Search feature of FunShine Online. At the conclusion of the session, participants work to develop their own schedules to utilize in coming months. At the end of the session, participants will learn to critically evaluate current and newly developed daily schedules using a series of questions and a checklist to insure that research-based elements are adequately included in the routine.

Play-Based Learning

Duration: 2 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Teachers currently using FunShine, center directors, owners

This session helps teachers rediscover the joy of playing with children while helping them meet state standards and maintain documentation. By using the unique Search feature of FunShine Online, teachers can quickly locate and select activities that are fun, developmentally appropriate, and meet the required state standards.

Process vs. Product Art: Keeping it Creative and Unique

Duration: 2 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Teachers currently using FunShine, center directors

Freshen up art and keep it interesting for children with some new approaches and fun materials. Ideas, creative techniques, and easy-to-access lists of materials and recyclables will be shared.

Emergency Preparedness

Duration: 2 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: Teachers currently using FunShine, center directors, owners

How ready are you for blizzards, flash floods, tornadoes, fires, terrorism, and other unforeseen emergencies? Participants learn how to provide parents (and themselves) with peace of mind by having a plan for when the "Once a Century" event occurs.

Build a Love of Literacy

Duration: 2 hours
Format: webinar or onsite session
Audience: FunShine teachers, center directors

Strong language skills and a love of literacy enhance almost every single learning domain for children. At a time when expectations are higher than ever for teachers to properly prepare children for Kindergarten, utilizing children’s literature in meaningful and fun ways can be an important tool. This workshop will introduce techniques that staff can use to foster acquisition of basic skills, with a variety of popular children’s literature at the core. Common national expectations of skills for entering kindergartners will be discussed. Finally, we will share some strategies and tools you can use to survey schools in your region to assess local expectations of school readiness. Join us to learn how “Building a Love of Literacy” can offer children, parents and your program many wonderful benefits!

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Delivery

We often deliver professional development in an online format that is inexpensive and easy to access. However, depending on the needs and resources of the customer, we may offer customized on-site training.

The mission of our company is to support early child professionals as they teach and care for children, and we believe assisting them with their ongoing education is important to the quality of care they provide. We also recognize that early childhood facilities have limited budgets. Some of this professional development is inexpensive for us to provide, and we can do it easily from our location.

There are a number of times throughout the year that we offer Implementation Training for the different curriculums at no cost to our customers. Customers are notified via email and on our website. Training is offered online via “Go To Meeting”, which allows the presenter to interact with participants. Customers can log in from their home or work computers.

Minimal Cost – Custom Training, Online

If you have a particular date in mind and unique topic that you want offered, or want us to design training for your particular group, we will be happy to do that for you. We do need about a 4 week notice so that we can adequately prepare materials, and place it on our calendar. The following rates apply

  1. If you choose a topic from our prepared list - $74/hour presentation time
  2. If you would like us to build a program for you (on a topic we agree upon) - $200/hour of presentation. Please understand that for each hour of material we present, there is approximately 3-4 hours of prep and research required.

On-Site Professional Development

If a Center or group of teacher’s request on-site training of any type, there is a period of evaluation so that we can assess the needs and wishes of the group, as well as the existing level of experience/education among participants, and the ages of children they work with. A formal agreement and 50% down is required before travel reservations are made. Fees for this can be negotiated, but generally include:

  1. Travel to/from the location where training occurs (flights originating from Bismarck, ND plus economy rental car or public transportation)
  2. Lodging at a mutually agreeable location
  3. $500/half day workshop or $900/full day workshop


Arranging Your Training

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Our Trainers

FunShine Express has well qualified and experienced full time staff available to write and conduct training, as requested by teachers and early childhood programs. These individuals have presented professional development materials to groups as varied as small groups of licensed childcare providers through local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, as well as at national conferences including NAFCC and NAEYC.

Beth Ehlis – Training Coordinator/Lead Trainer

Education/Certifications:

  • BS Business Administration
  • Minor in Accounting
  • North Dakota State University

  • MS Education, emphasis Counseling
  • University of Wisconsin - Platteville

  • Master Trainer, Early Childhood (current)
  • Minnesota Center for Professional Development

Experience:

  • Various Webinars and On-Site Early Childhood and Curriculum Training Topics, 2010 - present
    • Regional and National Audiences (child care association meetings, curriculum implementation training, credit hour and licensure training for child care providers)
  • 2016 Association for Early Learning Leaders (upcoming in April) – Newark, NJ
    • Technology in the EC Classroom
  • 2015 National Association of Family Child Care Conference
  • 2015 Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, on-site contract trainer
  • 2011 National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference
  • 2011 National Association of Family Child Care Conference

Debbie Keiser – FunShine Online Trainer

Education/Certifications:

  • BSED, Emphasis in Early Childhood
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock

  • MSED Educational Psychology, emphasis in Gifted Education
  • University of North Texas, Denton

Experience:

  • Various Webinars and On-Site Early Childhood and Secondary Education Training Topics, 2005 - present
    • Regional and National Audiences (child care association meetings, curriculum implementation training, credit hour and licensure training for child care providers and secondary teachers)
  • 2015 National Association of Family Child Care Conference
  • 2015 Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, on-site contract trainer

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