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Event Phone: 828-698-0674

  • January 12, 2016
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Presenter: Vanessa Gilliam

We know the first 3 years are the most receptive and foundational years in the development of a child, but how should we talk to children? It can be hard to find things to say when they are not talking to us. Babies and toddlers understand so much more than they are able to verbally communicate. Just as they need positive adult contact to get a strong start and develop the skills of childhood, positive contact with nature and the sense of wonder and possibility that nature offers also provide a rich environment for development. Join us for this informative and practical learning experience that will address how to talk to children and engage them in activities that will build language and social-emotional skills all while enjoying a natural environment.
This Training Series is appropriate for teachers working with infants and toddlers and meets the second Tuesday of each month from January – April 2016. The first session will highlight the Developmental Domains of each stage of development children move through in their early years. The second and third session will delve into how to use nature as a platform for language and social-emotional development. The final session will focus on setting up your outdoor environment to support these skills and to apply what you’ve learned in the series. Resources will be discussed that can be used by participants in their classrooms. Session content will incorporate the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development. On-site, one-on-one coaching by a CCR&R team member is available to Henderson County participants in order to help them apply the knowledge gained in each session to their individual classroom.
The 4 sessions of the Infant Toddler PLC dovetail seamlessly into the 2016 Week of the Young Child conference. The conference, held on Saturday, April 16th, occurs 4 days after the last session of the PLC and will highlight the importance of nature in the development of young children. Participants who complete all 4 IT-PLC sessions will receive 100% of their registration payment back which will sufficiently reimburse the participant for the early bird conference registration fee of $30. If you are an Infant Toddler Early Childcare Provider in Henderson County, please consider joining us for the Infant Toddler PLC and 2016 Week of the Young Child Conference.

Tuesday, January 12th – 6:30-8:00pm – Nature’s Influence on Infant and Toddler Development Through Play
Tuesday, February 9th – 6:30-8:00pm – Discover how to foster the development of Language and Social-Emotional skills while playing outside – part 1
Tuesday, March 8th – 6:30-8:00pm – Discover how to foster the development of Language and Social-Emotional skills while playing outside – part 2
Tuesday, April 12th – 6:30-8:00pm – Application: Discuss how to adjust the environment to set the stage for learning, and how to engage families.

Credit: 1.5 hours

Questions: Heather Erwin 828-698-0674 x 154


Venue Phone: 828.698.0674

Venue Website:

851 Case Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 28792, United States