NEW!The Center will host the 2014 Early Childhood Investigations Conference on May 9, 2014. More information coming soon!
The Center for Early Childhood Education offers early childhood professionals opportunities for learning and professional growth through conferences, workshops, seminars, training videos, and coursework. Training opportunities include on-campus, off-site, and distance learning options.
The Center provides on-site professional development to early childhood professionals upon request and for grant-funded initiatives. From 2008-2011, the Center provided early literacy workshops and in-classroom coaching to Willimantic preschool teachers as part of the Community Partners for Early Literacy (CPEL) project.
The Center develops training videos that provide early childhood professionals with tools and strategies for improving their teaching practices. The videos include:
Footage from actual preschool classrooms that demonstrate effective teaching practices, including videos of teachers handling challenging behaviors.
Nationally-recognized early childhood experts explaining how the latest research can help early childhood professionals improve their teaching practices.
Preschool teachers discussing their classroom practices.
Parents describing how family life influences their children’s behaviors and what teachers can do to help.
Discussion questions to guide professionals in reflecting on their own teaching practices.