23rd Annual Training Day for Child Care Professionals

  • Get innovative ideas, valuable resources and experience hands-on activities to promote excellence in child care.
  • Earn a Continuing Education certificate for six clock-hours and Core of Knowledge hours.
  • Visit with vendors who provide products and services to early childhood professionals. 


Saturday, March 29
7:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Washington Road Campus

$65 for Carroll County residents and seniors
$70 for out-of-county residents and seniors
$75 for out-of-state residents and seniors
Includes a pin, tote bag, continental breakfast and bagged lunch.



Opens: Monday, Feb. 24.
Deadline: Monday, March 24

Submit a completed registration form or call 410-386-8100 to register.

Make your lunch selection when you register. Select one:

  • Turkey/Cheese
  • Ham/Cheese 
  • Chicken Salad 
  • Veggie Wrap


Key Presentation

XXB–126–AMa: Let’s Build: Building Strong Foundations - Language, Math and Social Skills K100C
Andrea Bucci Hulse
Territory Manager, Kaplan Early Learning Company
Curriculum 1.5 hours

Join this interactive session and learn new ways to engage children in the classroom and build strong key foundations. Check out resource books and materials and review and work with sample lesson plans. This program is packed with tips, advice, strategies and activities to help you provide a nurturing environment.

About Kaplan

As an early childhood professional, you know there is no substitute for the knowledge and skills that enable you to do your job well. Whatever your experience level, Kaplan is dedicated to supporting your professional growth with training, consulting and workshops.

Kaplan is extending this long-standing commitment to Maryland's early childhood teachers, caregivers, parents and children. For over 40 years, Kaplan has worked in concert with the early childhood community to support the vision and creation of quality caring and learning environments for children and families. Working together, child care centers, school-age child care programs, family child care homes, public pre-Kindergartens and parents, can ensure that children are on the pathway to excellence.

About the presenter

Andrea Bucci Hulse, Maryland and District of Columbia territory manager for Kaplan Early Learning Company, has been with Kaplan for four years and was Rookie of the Year in 2010. She graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and resides in Havre de Grace with her husband, two step children and an English Mastiff.




7:15 – 8:15 a.m. - Registration, Vendor Exhibits and Continental Breakfast
K Building – Lobby, Café, K100A, K100B

8:20 – 8:35 a.m. - Welcome

Barbara Burke, Carroll Community College
Keynote: Professor Wizard: Wonders of Science

Over his 30 years of teaching, Francois Derasse has found that students are always fascinated when they see science in action, but they are often reluctant to study it. His role as Professor Wizard is not to teach science, but to get students to ask questions about the science they witnessed and to foster a desire to study science.

8:45 - 10:15 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions

XXB–126–AMa: Let’s Build: Building Strong Foundations - Language, Math and Social Skills 
Andrea Bucci Hulse
Territory Manager, Kaplan Early Learning Company
Curriculum 1.5 hours
(See key presentation.)

XXB–116–AMa: Music and Movement: Moo Baa La La La! 
Kristen Bodvin, Amy Schildwachter
Carroll County Public Library
Curriculum 1.5 hours

Young children enjoy all types of music and love to have fun with it. The rhythm of music promotes development of language and aids memory retention. Learn about, discuss and enjoy music and movement in this lively, music-filled workshop.

XXB–120–AMa: Engaging Staff
Suzanne Kondner
President, Human Advantage, Inc.
Professionalism 1.5 hours

An engaged workplace is an exciting and fun place to work! Learn to create an engaged atmosphere. See how to put passion and energy back into the day – a place where employees are responsible and committed to what they do and where they work.

XXB–122–AMa: Building the Road to Transitions
Anna Varakin 
Carroll County Public Schools Early Childhood Supervisor

Susan Mitchell 
Carroll County Public Schools Judy Center Partnership Coordinator
Childhood Development 1.5 hours

Children need to feel good about what is ahead in order to be “ready to learn”! Anna Varakin and Sue Mitchell offer transition practices that support children entering school. The logistics can be challenging but understanding the key skills and expectations of children can help them reach their fullest potential. Preschool and child care teachers discuss a wide array of transition practices that can ease the adjustment to kindergarten. 

XXB–124–AMa: Jump into Science: Dirt, Bugs and More!
Kiersten Meyers
Carroll Community College
Curriculum 1.5 hours

Participants explore science in the early childhood classroom. Topics include how to introduce topics such as animals, seasons, the human body and the weather into the classroom through age-appropriate activities.

XXB–125–AMa: Classroom Yoga
Beth Feinstein
Dancing Dolphin Yoga
Health, Safety and Nutrition 1.5 hours

Discover the health benefits of incorporating yoga into your school classroom. Topics include scheduling yoga into an already busy day, adjusting the energy level of the class through yoga, identifying potential obstacles and solutions for incorporating yoga in the classroom, and combining literature/ELA with yoga. Practice a variety of classroom and desk friendly yoga poses and breathing techniques that you can use immediately.

XXB–121–AMa: Bridging Gaps
Donna Yeager
Early Childhood Special Educator Carroll County Public Schools
Special Needs 1.5 hours

Focus on understanding early diagnosis and the process of special education services from referral to implementation. Explore ways to work with complex students, manage behavior and promote student growth. Resources are shared.


10:30 a.m. - noon - Concurrent Sessions


Noon - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch, Vendor Exhibits and Networking


12:45 - 2:15 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions

XXB–126–PMa: Let’s Build: Building Strong Foundations - Language, Math & Social Skills
Andrea Bucci Hulse
Territory Manager, Kaplan Early Learning Company
Curriculum 1.5 hours
(See key presentation.)

XXB–115–PMa: Small Hands, Big Difference: Teaching Community Compassion in Early Childhood
Carroll Community College Early Childhood Education Club 

Carole Williamson 
Club Adviser 
Community 1.5 hours

This hands-on workshop provides teachers creative ideas to incorporate service projects into their lesson plans, which teach children empathy, pro-social skills and civic responsibility through developmentally appropriate activities and projects for the classroom and the community.

XXB–117–PMa: Building Blocks of Early Childhood: Carroll County’s Strong Foundation 
Sue Mitchell and Joyce Tierney
Co-Chairs of Carroll County’s Early Childhood Consortium
Community 1.5 hours

Sue Mitchell and Joyce Tierney share information and activities regarding early childhood services and successes in our community. Learn how the community is focusing on groups of at-risk children challenged with “being ready” for school and how they can partner with the early childhood community in making a difference for Carroll County’s youngest residents. 

XXB–118–PMa: We Have the Moves
Maggie Kunz
Carroll County Health Department

Terry Serio
University of Maryland Extension
Health, Safety and Nutrition 1.5 hours

Hopping along the sidewalk, jumping into puddles on a rainy day, pretending to move like a butterfly or dancing to music, the children in your care have days that are filled with fun and active movements just like these! These skills are the building blocks for doing more complex movements. Regular physical activity benefits children in all kinds of ways. It builds strong bones and muscles, improves social and emotional skills, and supports their ability to learn new concepts. Moving together also boosts children’s self-confidence and makes everyone feel good, including you! Learn fun ways to boost children’s activity during your everyday routines.

XXB–119–PMa: A Mindful Tool Kit
Katherine E. Miller
Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Mediation Facilitator
Curriculum 1.5 hours

Discover the many benefits of mindfulness in an early education setting. Create a mindful tool kit through children's picture books, meditation and visualization techniques, fun exercises and crafts. Come relax and explore various practices and benefits of mindfulness for children.

XXB–123–PMa: Common Core—English and Math
Ann Arabio
Ebb Valley and Manchester Elementary Schools Math Resource Teacher

Kirsten Love-Bayly
William Winchester Elementary School English Language Arts Specialist
Special Needs 1.5 hours

Get an overview of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition, explore Maryland’s Pre K Common Core Standards and investigate ways to incorporate these standards into your daily activities with children.

XXB–127–PMa: Typical/Atypical Early Child Development©
Mary Coster
LCSW-C, C-AWCM Program Director Kennedy Krieger Institute and PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs
Special Needs 1.5 hours

Gain an understanding of typical and atypical development in the areas of gross motor, fine motor and speech and language for age birth through five. Discuss screening tools and how to share information and resources with parents. Lots of informative handouts are provided.

2:25 - 3:55 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions


3:55 p.m. - Evaluation, Awarding of Certificates and Door Prizes


Thanks to our Partners:

  • ABC Care, Inc.
  • Carroll County Public Library
  • Child Care Choices/MHA
  • Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care Region 6 

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