Virtual Classes

January to March

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TUESDAY | JANUARY 12, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

I Can't Take it Anymore! Recognizing & Reducing Stress

Trainer: Linda Bratcher

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Professionalism

Class max:

Identify why you’re stressed and what to do about it. We will practice some stress-relieving techniques. Go home feeling calm, cool and collected.



TUESDAY | JANUARY 19, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Observation in Early Childhood: Just the Facts

Trainer: Sheila George

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Child Development

Early childhood educators are constant child watchers, but are they intentional and careful observers and documenters? This highly interactive training will explore the value of documentation and the characteristics of objective observations. Participants will also have opportunities to practice the skills discussed.



MONDAY | FEBRUARY 8, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Unwelcome Intruders: Combating Germs, Bacteria & Viruses

Trainer: Linda Bratcher

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Health, Safety & Nutrition

We go above and beyond “cover your mouth when you cough” and “wash your hands before you eat.” What you don’t know about this subject just may harm you or a child!



WEDNESDAY | FEBRUARY 17, 2021 | 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Mathematize My Day: Making Math Simple

Trainer: Sheila George

Duration: 2 hours

COK: 2-hour Curriculum

Math is a foundational skill, but teachers continue to struggle with how to effectively teach math skills and concepts to students of all ages. We will explore math stories, math thinking, problem solving, and critical thinking as tools for supporting math instruction. This interactive training will focus on importance of math learning for our youngest learners as well as developmentally appropriate and effective strategies for incorporating math vocabulary and concepts throughout the day.



MONDAY | MARCH 8, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Take the Mystery Out of Science

Trainer: Linda Bratcher

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Curriculum

Enjoy some simple experiments and learn how to bring science into your classroom with ideas to share with your children. Teachers love this workshop!



TUESDAY | MARCH 16, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

The Growing Brain- Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development

Trainer: Sheila George

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Child Development

Participants will understand the key factors that affect brain development and how to support health brain development overall. Participants will identify factors that affect brain growth and development; understand how stress can affect brain development; and learn strategies (the 5 R’s) for supporting healthy brain development.




Linda Bratcher

Linda Bratcher has been an Early Education Training Facilitator since 2006 and has had over 120 of her workshops approved by MSDE. She has been privileged to provide professional development classes at the National Family Child Care Association Conference, Maryland State Family Child Care Conferences and Maryland State Child Care Association Conference in Ocean City, Maryland as well as for local childcare, preschool and family early educators.

Linda’s dedication to children began in 1973 as a registered family childcare provider and ended, after 47 years in the field, when she closed her last location of The Children’s Corner Child Care Centers which had locations in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County.

Linda understands both the joys and the challenges of providing quality care for children of all ages. She willingly shares relevant professional experiences during each presentation, all of which are appropriate for veteran teachers as well as novices. Her “stories” are known to be a welcome component of just about every class!

In addition to professional development, Linda also provides coaching services in all areas of program operations, including last minute “Oh no, Licensing is coming!” panic attacks and non-compliance issues. Assistance with The Environmental Rating Scale and Maryland Pyramid Model SEFEL is also available.

Sheila George

Sheila George, an Early Childhood Development Specialist, and Training Coordinator for Keys for Growth, graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Education. She has worked as a homecare provider, a preschool teacher and director, a before and after school group leader, a director and a program coordinator. Sheila has also been a supervisor of a Family Support Program, and a public school teacher. She is currently an approved MSDE trainer, a Zero to Three trainer, a certified PreK CLASS observer, and an Early Childhood Coach. She has also worked for Robert Leslie Publishing Company as a consultant and trainer for their curriculum. Sheila has enjoyed working with children and students of all ages in a variety of educational settings for over 25 years. She has been proud of her work with Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education to support the roll out of the Early Learning Assessment in Maryland and the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment in Maryland and other states. Sheila’s work as an MSDE approved trainer, and a trainer and coach for the new MSDE Pre-K curriculum, Children Study Their World, allows her to share her passion for education with individuals dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children.

Virtual Training 2021 is made possible by the generous contribution of:

Our partners in promoting quality child care:

Maryland State Family Child Care Association 2020

Hosted and Designed by Kristel P. Melendres