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Faina Smith is a state approved vendor. The contract is with EEC CTFTRAN07.

Whether Single or Multiple Departments Will Be Able To Use
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This procurement is a multiple department procurement/limited user contract and will be limited to the following agencies: DCF, DPH and EEC. Other user departments may be added at the discretion of the PMT.

Interactive Workshops for Professionals Who Work with Parents and Families

Parent411 Parenting Workshops for Professionals, MAEYC CEU
This is a partial list of professional development topics Parent411 offers. We have listed a few of the key points of these workshops to give you an idea of what will be covered in the workshops.

Behavior & Communication

Positive Communication Techniques with Parents

  • Analyze the types of communication your organization has with parents.
  • Create regular positive communication opportunities.
  • Give feedback to parents in appropriate ways.
  • Listen as an ally to parents.

Things Parents Do That Drive You Nuts: How to Understand Behavior and Respond Effectively

  • Discuss challenges teachers face when working with parents.
  • Learn helpful ways to think about difficult behavior.
  • Develop effective strategies to deal with challenging parents.
  • Practice helpful approaches to deliver difficult information.

Working on Positive Discipline with Parents

  • Discuss discipline challenges parents have.
  • Introduce skills necessary to accurately identify problems.
  • Explore reasons children misbehave, including tantrums, lying, disobedience and whining.
  • Teach and practice skills for effective, firm and loving discipline.


Diversity

How Cultural Background Influences Parenting

  • Explore expectations around parent/teacher interaction.
  • Discuss varying discipline practices.
  • Examine notions of privacy.
  • Learn positive communication strategies to work with parents from various cultural backgrounds.

Strategies for Working with Parents from Different Cultures

  • Examine what culture is/means.
  • Describe culturally-based parenting practices.
  • Reflect on challenges/opportunities diversity presents.
  • Introduce specific tools/techniques to work effectively with parents from diverse backgrounds.

Discovering Who I Am: Guiding Young Children as They Learn about Their Racial/Ethnic Identity

  • Develop comfort answering children's questions about race.
  • Respond to children's frank observations.
  • Help children value their own culture and live in a multicultural world.
  • Introduce and discuss issues about race/ethnic identity with staff and parents.


Child Development

From Baby to Toddler

  • Understand the milestones of all areas of development -- physical, cognitive, social-emotional and language.
  • Pinpoint the irreducible needs of babies and toddlers.
  • Suggest simple ways to create an optimal environment that fosters every area of development.

A Peek into a Child's Mind: How Infants and Young Children Learn

  • Understand how learning begins, how infants and young children learn and how to help parents set a stage for a lifetime of engaged learning.
  • Analyze how social, emotional and intellectual development are inextricably linked.
  • Help parents use this knowledge in everyday life with children.

Discovering Who I Am: Guiding Young Children as They Learn about Their Racial/Ethnic Identity

  • Develop comfort answering children's questions about race.
  • Respond to children's frank observations.
  • Help children value their own culture and live in a multicultural world.
  • Introduce and discuss issues about race/ethnic identity with staff and parents.


Working with Parents in Groups

How to Organize and Facilitate a Workshop for Parents

  • Examine best practices to teach adults.
  • Use optimal workshop templates.
  • Learn to reduce information into key points.
  • Employ multimedia and non-technology based tools.

How to Organize and Facilitate a Parent Meeting

  • Use a basic template for effective parent meetings.
  • Design a meeting agenda.
  • Learn facilitation roles and responsibilities.
  • Determine frequency of meeting and other details.

How to Use & Develop Discussion Instruments for Workshops

  • Determine types of instruments to use.
  • Use multimedia wisely.
  • Start groups effectively (intros and beyond).
  • End groups cohesively.

Dealing with Challenging People in Workshops

  • Set-up workshops so expectations are clear.
  • Go slow to go fast.
  • Examine types of challenging participants.
  • Use fire drill to prepare for worse case scenarios.

Designing Workshops for Teen Parents

  • Understand teen development.
  • Analyze how being a teen impacts parenting role.
  • Communicate with teen parents effectively.
  • Create resources and supports collaboratively.


A competent mother is competent only by the standards of her own culture.

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