Virtual Classes

July to September


TUESDAY | JULY 13, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Creating Effective Interactions in the Classroom

​Trainer: Crystal Ey

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 2.5-hour Professionalism; 0.5-hour Child Development


This training is designed to help programs improve teacher child interactions, and to explore the ways that programs can enhance interactions in classrooms. It is aligned with the research and standards of the CLASS® Observation tool and references the components of the CLASS® Tool as a professional development support to enhance program quality.


TUESDAY | JULY 20, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Teaching Positive Habits

Trainer: Thelma Hayes

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 1.5-hour Curriculum; 1.5-hour Child Development

Teachers must visibly model positive Life Habits in the classroom, daycare centers, and in family day care homes. Modeling, as well as, teaching positive Life Habits will promote problem solving skills and positive interactions among children. Having a functional awareness of Multiple Intelligences and the ways children learn and applying that knowledge will aid teachers to become effective in their planning and implementation of objectives and goals that support and build lifelong learners with Positive Habits.


TUESDAY | AUGUST 17, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Infant Toddler Responsive Caregiving

Trainer: Crystal Ey

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Child Development

This workshop focuses on the importance of responsive caregiving in the infant and toddler environment. Participants will explore how to use the environment, interactions and relationships to provide infants and toddlers a safe, structured environment.



TUESDAY | AUGUST 10, 2021 | 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Integration of Core Process of Learning: Life Cycles

Trainer: Thelma Hayes

Duration: 2 hours

COK: 2-hour Curriculum

Participants will explore what does an engaging and interactive lesson plan look like, define the 4 core processes of learning, explore ways to design a lesson using the core processes of learning: Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate. Participant will also be able to illustrate the life cycle of the butterfly or frog, and identify ways to introduce the life cycle to young children through song, dance, music, and art, and other creative methods both in person and virtually.



TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Influences on Child Development

Trainer: Crystal Ey

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Child Development

Everything and everyone that comes in contact with a young child has an impact on their child development. This workshop focuses on various influences on child development and how educators can make a positive difference. Participants will identify influences on the developing child while recognizing the importance of child environments, identifying the impacts of stress and trauma and how these

influences affect behaviors.



TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Taking Learning Outside

Trainer: Thelma Hayes

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 1-hour Professionalism; 1-hour Curriculum; 1-hour Child Development

The participants will analyze, evaluate, articulate, and apply anti-bias/culturally responsive practices that promote curricula and classrooms/learning environments that foster optimal growth and development, practice and demonstrate strategies to promote a growth mindset within their early learning environments, identify their personal mindset and its impact on their teaching styles, and analyze the impact that fixed mindsets and growth mindsets have on students’ motivation and achievements.





Crystal Ey

Crystal Ey is President and Executive Director of LiteBrite LLC, an MSDE approved training and consulting company. At the cornerstone of Crystal’s passion for providing the highest quality professional development, is her dedication to children and families. LiteBrite LLC supports our early care community of providers and teachers across the state of Maryland and beyond its borders into multiple states. Crystal is proud to have partnered LiteBrite LLC with Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education and The University of Maryland to support the roll out of the Early Learning Assessment, the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment and the MSDE Approved Pre-K Curriculum. A graduate of Salisbury State University with a degree in Elementary Education, Crystal’s career spans over 28 years as a Harford County public school teacher, homecare provider, owner/operator of The Learning Express early learning program, MSDE Accreditation Validator and certified CLASS observer. When she is not working a room, hands flying, you can find her camping with her family and visiting the House of Mouse, as Disneyworld is her HAPPY PLACE. A budding novelist, even if it’s only in her dreams, she will always cheer for the underdog and believe teaching is never just a job, but a true calling in changing the lives of our children.

Thelma Hayes

Thelma Hayes has been engaged with early childhood education for over 25 years while promoting the well-being of young children through advocacy and education. Thelma holds a MS Ed with a specialization in Reading. As an educator for over 25 years, Thelma has served as a classroom teacher, mentor, and consultant to support and encourage the inclusion of all children in the learning process. She is a seven times recipient of the Howard County Celebrating Success nomination. She currently serves as a mentor and facilitator in Howard, Montgomery, and Prince Georges County while working with teachers in the classroom to support the best practices for creating an enriched learning environment. Thelma has presented at local, state, and national conferences, including NAFCC and NAEYC. With over 20 years of classroom experience and a Masters Degree in Education, Erica Bates strives to generate in each student a joy of learning. She has a Maryland Educator Certificate in Early Childhood Education Pre-K-3 and an Association of Christian Schools International Educator’s Certificate for the elementary level. As a passionate and dedicated teacher, Erica Bates continues to seek to apply her extensive experience and knowledge in the area of Early Childhood education to create stimulating and enriching learning environments that provide children with a solid educational foundation. By presenting and engaging in local and national conferences, Erica’s goal is to empower educators as they make a positive impact in the lives of their students.