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"Let's Write a Workshop"

We're excited to offer a new training for trainers (TFT) course in the Ideal TFT Series - "Let's Write a Workshop"! This session is perfect for specialists who conduct pre-service training and/or professional development events for your staff!


June 1, 2016 @ 10:00 AM-3:30 PM
Lawrenceville, GA (NE Atlanta)

In this 5-hour session, new and experienced trainers, faculty, and consultants will discover best practices for developing ideal instructional plans for professional workshops, based on principles of adult learning and state training approval systems. 

What are the take-aways? 

  • Explore templates and samples of quality instructional plans. 
  • Leave with one of YOUR workshops written at progressive levels—beginning, intermediate and advanced!
  • Network with constituents.

All for only $99 (INCLUDES LUNCH)!





Trainer: Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis
"Dr. Bisa" has been conducting training for over 20 years and is nationally sought after for keynotes, featured/highlighted sessions, and staff/professional development events. She earned Doctor of Education and Master of Education degrees in Adult Education at the University of Georgia and Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees in Early Childhood Education at Albany State University. She is a published author of education and parenting articles, college textbooks, professional curriculum, and more. Dr. Bisa is widely known for her interactive sessions!


2 Ways to Register:
  1. Pay online.
  2. Mail check or money order with registration form!


Deadline to register is May 18, 2016!


Let's change the future one training at a time!


Celebrating Children in April - NAEYC WOYC & More

Each year, children all over the nation are celebrated during the month of April with a special week designated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as Week of the Young Child (WOYC).


Since 1971, NAEYC has engaged the community in celebrating children and services for families through WOYC. According to NAEYC, “The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs” (naeyc.org).

This year, WOYC is celebrated April 10-16, 2016. Check out these wonderful WOYC activities and resources NAEYC has provided for communities, families and early education programs. Also, find out what your local and state Affiliate groups are doing to celebrate WOYC 2016, so you can support advocacy efforts for our youngest learners!

And, let’s not forget these other special days, events, and celebrations in April 2016:


 
Click on each of the links to explore resources for engaging stakeholders and children in festive activities!
 
Please share your pics with us via Facebook and Twitter!
 

Because children ARE our future!

Rain, Heat, or Snow: Inclement Weather Activities for Preschool

Since “April showers bring May flowers”, we decided to add a new course to support early educators with implementing ‘rainy day’ activities! 

This workshop actively engages early educators in planning developmentally appropriate INDOOR activities that strengthen gross motor skills of children from infancy through age 5.

Participants will:
  1. Examine gross motor standards in the Physical Development & Motor Skills Domain.
  2. Demonstrate activities that strengthen gross motor development of children from infancy through age 5.
  3. Discover fun ways for infants and children up to age 5 to be physically active—INDOORS.
  
Check out course titles and descriptions of our most popular sessions. Also, please visit our Testimonials page to view training evaluation comments from session participants. Upcoming face-to-face, hybrid, and online sessions are available on our Training page

Contact us to schedule training for your staff or presentations at your upcoming conferences/events!

Let’s change the future one training at a time!

Spring CDA Course in Atlanta

“The Ideal CDA Course”, Ideal Early Learning’s CDA training program, is designed to prepare teachers of children ages 0-5 for the national CDA credentialing process

This course unites traditional and modern instructional methods, enabling early educators to earn credits for coursework accomplished in class, as well as on the job and at home.


5 Total Saturdays
1-2 Saturdays per month April 16-June 25, 2016
10:00 AM-2:00 PM

$499 Fee (Includes CDA books and CDA Professional Portfolio Materials)

Pay-as-you-go Option: $199 payment due upon registration with remaining three $100 payments due on April 15, May 15, and June 15, 2016
 
LOCATION: Hampton Inn Lawrenceville
1135 Lakes Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 



3 Ways to Register:
  1. Mail completed registration form with check or money order.
  2. Pay full $499 course fee online.
  3. Pay $199 installment fee online.

 
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2016


Let's change the future one training at a time!



Ideal ECE CEO Speaks at Gates Foundation

On February 17, 2016, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Black Philanthropic Partnerships group hosted a Black History Month Panel at the Gates Foundation's east coast office in Washington, DC.



Our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis participated on the panel, on behalf of the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI).  Dr. Bisa serves as Vice President of the NBCDI Atlanta Affiliate in Georgia.







Along with two other panelists, Johnny C. Taylor, President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and Rowena Shurn, Certified Pre-K-12 Educator and Member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland State Education Association, Dr. Bisa spoke with the Gates Foundation’s US and global staff on “Creating a Strong Pipeline from Cradle to Adulthood”.
 




Dr. Bisa offered final commentary on the panel answering the question “What do you know for sure”. Her response? “What I know for sure is being black is NOT a risk factor! Google it!”—referencing the NBCDI #StrongBlackChild initiative.



Chloe Louvouezo, Gates Foundation Communications Officer of US K-12 Programs (pictured second from the left), described the discussion as “meaningful, dynamic and timely for our team”. She further shared that hearing from experts in their respective fields was “a learning opportunity for some and validation of our growing body of work focused on equity in education”.



 
View more quotes and tweets from the event on Twitter via #BPPBHM. You might also enjoy these official event photos posted by The Gates Foundation.

We hope Black History Month 2016 has been enlightening! 


CDA Training for Trainers

We are pleased to announce our "Ideal CDA Training for Trainers" (Ideal CDA TFT) Course!

Child Development Associate (CDA) Training for Early Childhood Education (ECE) Trainers & Faculty



When: February 20 & 27, 2016 
Both training dates required

10:00 AM-3:00 PM

10 Total Hours of Training 
1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

***Lunch provided on-site***

Where:
Hampton Inn Lawrenceville
1135 Lakes Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043





The primary goal of the Ideal CDA TFT is to arm current and prospective CDA trainers and ECE faculty with training materials, information, and resources to support the development and implementation of quality CDA courses (traditional, online, and hybrid formats) . 


Register Now!
Early Bird @ $975 (ends Jan. 31)
Regular @ $1200 (Feb. 1-12)


FEBRUARY 12, 2016 IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER!
 

For more information, please contact us by phone at 678-632-4085 or via email.

Visit our website for more opportunities. 


Let's change the future one training at a time!

New CDA Course in Atlanta Starting January 11, 2016

We are excited to announce a new Child Development Associate (CDA) course in Atlanta, GA!

“The Ideal CDA Course”, Ideal Early Learning’s 120-Hour DECAL-approved CDA training program, is designed to prepare teachers of children ages 0-5 for the national CDA credentialing process

Mondays Only—January 11-April 11, 2016 @ 6:30-9:00 PM

LOCATION: Chaya Mushka Children's House
5065 High Point Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342

Download course brochure for more information and to register.

Pay Online Now:

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 5, 2016



Pictured: National CDA Nicole Baker, "Ideal CDA Course" Graduate


This course unites traditional and modern instructional methods, enabling early educators to earn credits for coursework accomplished in class, as well as on the job and at home.

  
Let's change the future one training at a time!


New CDA Course in Albany, GA starting January 23, 2016

We are excited to announce a new Child Development Associate (CDA) course in Albany, GA!

“The Ideal CDA Course”, Ideal Early Learning’s 120-Hour DECAL-approved CDA training program, is designed to prepare teachers of children ages 0-5 for the national CDA credentialing process

Saturdays Only—January 23-April 23, 2016 @ 9:00-1:00 PM

LOCATION: Wingate by Wyndham
2735 Dawson Rd, Albany, GA 31707

Download course brochure or pay online.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 12, 2016


Pictured: National CDA Marta Velez, "Ideal CDA Course" Class of 2014


This course unites traditional and modern instructional methods, enabling early educators to earn credits for coursework accomplished in class, as well as on the job and at home.

  
Let's change the future one training at a time!

Announcing our Next 120-Hour CDA Course

Due to overwhelming response in the Atlanta area, we are excited to announce our next Child Development Associate (CDA) course!

“The Ideal CDA Course”, Ideal Early Learning’s CDA training program, is designed to prepare teachers of children ages 0-5 for the national CDA credentialing process

120 hours of DECAL-approved Training

Thursdays Only—December 10, 2015-March 10, 2016 @ 6:30-9:30 PM

LOCATION: Hampton Inn Lawrenceville
1135 Lakes Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Download course brochure or pay online.

You may also pay securely via PayPal.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2015

Pictured: National CDA Jennifer Sanders, "Ideal CDA Course" Class of 2014


This course unites traditional and modern instructional methods, enabling early educators to earn credits for coursework accomplished in class, as well as on the job and at home.

  
Let's change the future one training at a time!


4-Hour CDA Assessment Prep Course

National Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment Support for Child Care Providers


Whether you have completed the required 120 hours of CDA training, are currently enrolled in a CDA course, or simply interested in learning more about the national CDA assessment process, this course is for you!

Enjoy a walk-through of the national CDA assessment process and how to successfully organize your CDA Professional Portfolio (PP). 

Please bring your CDA PP materials for completion. Let’s get ‘er done!

Register and pay online or print and mail registration form with payment.

Seating is limited, in an effort to provide one-on-one support for CDA candidates.



Let's change the future one training at a time!