Educational Outreach

The vision of Childcare Resources is for all children and their families to benefit from a high quality learning experience. The organization implements an outreach program to improve the quality of childcare throughout the county. Through professional development workshops & technical assistance, coaching & learning communities and director's meetings, early educators will gain the knowledge and learn skills to improve the level of learning in their classroom. 

Professional Development

Every year, Childcare Resources hosts up to 4 professional development workshops for early educators in the county.

A Look Back

Past Professional Development Workshops & Technical Assistance

Saturday  November 4, 2017

How to Handle 'Hard to Handle' Children with Dr. Maryln Appelbaum

Dr. Maryln Appelbaum is well-known as an outstanding authority on families, change, and education, having written more than thirty “how to” books geared exclusively to teachers and parents. In this workshop, educators learned about common learning disorders and deepened their understanding of the reasons behind disruptive behavior. Teachers discovered strategies to help their students problem-solve, learn positive alternative behaviors, develop the ability to self-regulate and more.

  • 138 attended, representing 43 centers

April 2017

Reggio Emilia with Gigi Schroeder-Yu, Ph D

Funded by Indian River Community Foundation

This workshop will discuss the Reggio Emilia approach to the classroom. Teachers will become familiar with how to engage their students in self-directed learning.

  • 150 attended, representing 53 centers


January 2017

Kindermusik with Betsy Flanagan

Funded by CSAC

Attendees learned how to implement lessons designed to boost school readiness, nurture multiple areas of early childhood development and address multiple styles of learning through the integration of music and motion activities.

  • 106 attended, representing 34 centers


November 2016

5 Things Every Educator Should Know with Dr. Maryln Appelbaum

Funded by CSAC

This workshop addressed recognizing and aiding developmental delays, adding pizazz to learning centers, stressbusters for teachers, collaborating with parents, and solutions for stressed children.

  • 136 attended, representing 37 centers


September 2016

Conscious Discipline: Infant, Toddler and Twos Training with Kim Jackson, LGA

Funded by Indian River Community Foundation

Conscious Discipline’s Baby Doll Circle Time curriculum shows early educators how to utilize attachment and social play to wire the brain for optimal development as well as to help children develop healthy blueprints for self-regulation, relationships and sense of self.

  • 133 attended, representing 42 centers

April 2016

Transition Tips & Tricks plus Totally Math and Super Simple Science with Dr. Jean Feldman

Funded by United Way

This workshop featured math and science activities for children. Attendees also discovered various methods of transitioning their classroom from one activity to the next while giving their students the chance to move and re-energize.

  • 154 attended, representing 46 centers


March 2016

Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Classroom Behavior with Dr. Allison Betz

Funded by CSAC

Attendees discovered the WHYs and HOWs of problem behavior. Methods to deal with problem behavior and prevent challenging behavior were also discussed.

  • 179 attended, representing 55 centers


January 2016

Rock, Rhyme, Write & Read with Dr. Jean Feldman

Funded by United Way

Attendees learned about nurturing literacy skills even in very young children. This workshop featured songs, poems and other activities to build phonemic awareness and develop language arts skills.

  • 180 attended, representing 58 centers


October 2015

Conscious Discipline: The Brain State Model with Vicky Hepler, LGA

Funded by CSAC

This workshop featured Conscious Discipline’s brain state model. Attendees explored the relationship between behavior and the brain and discovered how to change challenging behavior through changing the brain state.

  • 188 attended, representing 55 centers

April 2015

Conscious Discipline: Creating a School Family with Vicky Hepler, LGA

Funded by Indian River Community Foundation

Attendees learned techniques to develop the willingness to learn and impulse control in their students. Conscious Discipline’s School Family model reduces stress and creates an atmosphere of encouragement.

  • 146 attended, representing 49 centers


Childcare Resources has implemented a coaching program to support early educators throughout the county.

Early Education Coach

Throughout the past school year, the coach has supported 30 teachers from 14 different schools in Indian River County, providing 130 hours of coaching. Seven teachers have completed their coaching session, each improving in at least one sub-scale as it relates to his or her initial goals.

Past Learning Communities


October 2016

Getting Creative with Circle Time

December 2016

How to Get Your Children Centered and Focused on Doing Math

January 2017

Music, Motion & More

Center Director Meetings

Childcare Resources facilitates quarterly meetings and networking opportunities for Indian River County center directors.

A look back

Past meeting topics

March 2017

Infant Mental Health with Jeffrey Shearer, Tykes & Teens

October 2016

Staff Relations with Michelle Frazier, Indian River State College School of Business

April 2016

Emergency Preparedness with Jason Russell, Secure Education Consultants

November 2015

Early Childhood Mental Health with representatives from the Mental Health Association, Suncoast Mental Health Center, and the Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County



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