Online CCR&R Training and Webinars

CCR&R offers no-cost, interactive webinars for early childhood professionals. It is now easier than ever to improve your business and the quality of services for children.

Browse the July 2021 to June 2022 webinar schedule below to see if there is a training option to fit your professional development goals. Need help with planning your training for the year? Connect with your Child Care Consultant and make your Professional Development Plan (Spanish) today!

REGISTRATION: Please register for all training on i-PoWeR Professional Workforce Registry. We recommend searching for the training title to register, as the CCR&R online trainings will be hosted by each region.


Topic: Anti-Bias

Children Have To Be Carefully Taught
8/16/21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Kimberly Crafton
This presentation will introduce the research that identifies how racial bias/racism impacts children's development and learning. The following will be delineated: stages of early childhood racial awareness, characteristics of children's thinking relative to pre-prejudice/bias information, goals of anti-bias education and anti-bias education strategies. Additionally, the role of early childhood educators will be discussed in light of professional Iowa state standards for early childhood education and the competencies for educators/child care providers relevant to responding to the impact of bias/racism and fostering an anti-bias educational approach.
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The Other Talk
11/15/21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Kimberly Crafton
This training will cover the use of conversation in anti-bias education for early childhood programs. Participants will have conversations and explore the following key aspects of implementing anti-bias education throughout their whole program: program policies and procedures to support anti-bias education, goals of anti-bias education, using child assessments and learning environments to plan anti-bias conversations, engaging families in the program, how to support staff and adult-child interactions for anti-bias conversations.
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Title: TDB
1/17/21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Kimberly Crafton
Training information will be posted when available.

Title: TDB
3/14/21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Kimberly Crafton
Training information will be posted when available.


Topic: Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Into the Mind of Young Children
9/23/21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Cindy Terebush, MS Early Childhood Studies
Have you ever stood in a room filled with young children and wondered how they see the world? What impacts their understandings of themselves and the world around them? Take a deep dive with us into the impact of temperament and life circumstances. Consider how information from theories applies to today’s children in 2021. We aren’t creating people, they are people! The more we understand them, the better we can teach them.
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Expectations, Explorations and Meaningful Learning
12/8/21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Cindy Terebush, MS Early Childhood Studies
What do today’s early learners need as a foundation for the years ahead in the current world? In so many ways, our rapidly changing world compels us to give young children a developmentally appropriate early learning experience. Learn about appropriate expectations for social-emotional skills, the importance of process rather than product. Discover how a developmentally appropriate environment and day that promotes children’s success builds critical thinkers, explorers and a love of learning. Gain tips for educating families about developmentally appropriate practice and how it benefits their children.
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Project-Based Learning: Diving into Real World Topics to Build Children’s Knowledge
Date TBD
Projects are not crafts.  They are explorations, experiments, and experiences that provide teachers with endless opportunities to enhance children’s knowledge and thinking skills.  Just because we may have not been taught using a project-based approach doesn’t mean we can’t give the gift of it to our students!  Learn about how to implement a developmentally appropriate, project-based learning approach that supports the development of cognitive, critical thinking, and social-emotional skills.  Get practical tips for how to help families extend this method of learning at home.

Teaching Rules & Positive Approaches for Behavior
Date TBD
Don’t adults want to know why rules they have to follow exist?  So do children!  They need to understand why, what, and how to behave in different settings.  Learn about the essential rules for early learners and how to communicate them in a positive, strength-based way that helps children feel capable.  Gain new strategies and materials for teaching children how to solve their own problems and for your own analysis and approach for their challenging behavior.


Topic: Social-Emotional Development

Co-vid, The Human Experience & the Emotional Transfer to Young Children
9/14/21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Frank Grijalva
Exploring the impact of co-vid on human functioning and what it means for the conditioning of behavior. This presentation will look at the latest research and data from the last 18 months, how young children adapt to toxic stressors and what we can do to minimize the impact.
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Interrupting Negative Behavioral Conditioning in Young Children
10/4/21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Frank Grijalva
Training information will be posted when available.

Title: TBD
1/10/22 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Frank Grijalva
Training information will be posted when available.

Title: TBD
4/4/22 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Frank Grijalva
Training information will be posted when available.


Topic: Tom Copeland

Advanced Family Child Care Record-Keeping
11/4/21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Tom Copeland
This class will cover ten key business deductions (including food and car expenses), how to calculate your Time-Space% and how to keep records to reduce your taxes.
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How to Reduce the Risks of Running a Family Child Care Business
12/7/21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Tom Copeland
This class will cover how to reduce the risk of a parent lawsuit, how to ensure you have adequate insurance (homeowners, business property, car and business liability) and how to handle custody and privacy disputes.
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What the New 2021 Tax Changes Mean for You
1/26/22 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Tom Copeland
This class will cover how to take advantage of the new tax rules for 2021 and 2022, how to handle state and federal grants, Paycheck Protection Program loans, and unemployment benefits and how to avoid key mistakes on your tax return.
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How to Manage Your Money and Save for Retirement
3/3/22 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 2 clock hours
Instructor: Tom Copeland
This class will cover how to increase your savings, how to identify the best IRA for you, when you should claim Social Security benefits and how to set and meet financial goals.
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Topic: Outdoor Natural Play Environments

Natural Loose Parts: Enriching Outdoor & Indoor Creative Play
*Series registration includes enrollment in all four classes
October 7, 14, 21, 28 (2021) from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 4 clock hours
Instructor: Janna Aldrich
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Natural Loose Parts: Enriching Outdoor & Indoor Creative Play
*Series registration includes enrollment in all four classes
March 17, 24, 31 & April 7 (2022) from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
DHS Training Credit: 4 clock hours
Instructor: Janna Aldrich
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  • Part 1: Ideas for incorporating loose parts using natural materials in creative outdoor play as part of an integrated curriculum. Organization and safety considerations for outdoor play spaces will be examined.
  • Part 2: Ideas for incorporating loose parts using natural materials in creative indoor play as part of an integrated curriculum. Also included are suggestions for sources, organization and cleaning of materials, as well as nature-based children's books.
  • Part 3: Ideas for incorporating loose parts with natural materials in outdoor and indoor play as part of an integrated curriculum for various age, ability and developmental levels - including infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children (K-3rd grade).
  • Part 4: Using reflective practice with methods for identifying goals, facilitating play and learning, observation and reflection for informal assessment, and sharing information with parents.

Topic: Business

All Our Kin (AOK) Virtual Business Series
September 13 - November 15, 2021: Mondays 6-9 p.m.
November 1, 2021 - January 10, 2022: Mondays 6-9 p.m. (skip Dec 27)
November 6, 2021 - January 29, 2022: Saturdays 8:30-11:30 a.m. (skip Nov 27, Dec 25 & Jan 1)
January 3 - March 28, 2022: Spanish Series on Mondays 6-9 p.m. (skip Jan 17, Feb 14 & 21)
March 22 - May 24, 2022: Tuesdays 6-9 p.m.
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AOK is designed to support adult learners to have positive and successful learning experiences, so they leave with the knowledge and relationships to sustain and grow their family child care business. It is a ten-week series designed to cover eight key aspects of running a family child care business including marketing, contracts, time-space percentage, recordkeeping and more! Each week there will be two hours of large group class time, one hour of a learning lab with other child care home providers to practice the new skills learned in class and 30 minutes of self-study work to complete in between classes. Training narrative details can be viewed here.


Topics: Fit & Healthy Kids

Complimentary continuing education hours are offered by Fit and Healthy Kids.  flyer