24th Annual Training Day for Child Care Professionals

  • Earn Core of Knowledge hours and Continuing Education credits.
  • Visit with vendors who provide products and services to child care professionals.
  • Pick up new innovative ideas, valuable resources and experience hands-on activities that promote excellence in child care.


Saturday, March 28
7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Washington Road Campus


New this Year!

  • Half day option (CCT-469)
    8 a.m. - noon
    Earn three Core of Knowledge hours

    $35 Carroll County residents and seniors
    $40 for out-of-county residents and seniors
    $45 for out-of-state residents and seniors
    includes a pin, tote bag and continental breakfast
  • Full day option (CCT-444)
    8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Earn six Core of Knowledge hours and 1 PAU

    $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



Monday, Feb. 2 - Friday, March 20

Call 410-386-8100 to register.

Specify your lunch selection when registering. Select one of the following:

  • turkey and cheese
  • ham and cheese 
  • chicken salad 
  • veggie wrap



7:45 – 8:30 a.m. - Registration, Vendor Exhibits and Continental Breakfast
K Building, Lobby, K100A, K100B

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. - Welcome

8:45 a.m. – noon  - Morning Session

CCT-469AMa: Right from the Start

Carroll, in partnership with the Carroll County Early Childhood Consortium, presents “Right from the Start” and “Beyond Poverty” from The Upside Down Organization. The Upside Down Organization is a teaching enterprise dedicated to improving the learning and behavior of children by expanding the knowledge and transforming the thinking of the adults and organizations that serve them.

Curriculum 3 hours

Ellen Abramson, M.A. and Heather Higgins, LCSW-C
Upside Down Organization


12:15 – 1 p.m. -  Lunch, Vendor Exhibits and Networking
Café and K100C

Optional: Lunch-n-Learn

Book review and signing: “Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived
an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island” by Regina Calcaterra.

Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official and activist. Her painful early life was quite different. Calcaterra and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons.

A true-life rags-to-riches story, “Etched in Sand” chronicles Calcaterra’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all. Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, “Etched in Sand” is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American Dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

1 – 2:30 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions

XXB-128PMa: What’s New? Updates from the Office of Child Care, MSDE

Learn what’s happening at the Office of Child Care, any credentialing or accreditation updates and general changes child care professionals should know. Join the open forum to learn what’s happening in the field.

Child Development 1.5 hours

Liz Kelley
Office of Child Care, Maryland State Department of Education

XXB-129PMa: Encouraging Positive Behavior

Get your kids to “start” doing what you ask them to do without screaming or tears. Leave with a toolkit of techniques to encourage your kids to follow directions, complete tasks and take initiative in your classroom and home. Learn skills that help build self-esteem in your children and support their roles as active learners at school and for life!

Curriculum 1.5 hours

Marie G. Speck, LCSW-C
Carroll County Judy Center Partnership and CCYSB

XXB-130PMa: Alcohol and Drugs 101: What All Child Care Professionals Need to Know

Substance use is a widespread public health issue in our society, and our children are impacted in various ways. Review key information including high-risk drinking and current drug trends to help child care professionals recognize what they might be seeing in the behavior of the children or families with whom they work. The impact of parental substance use on children is also discussed, along with strategies child care workers can use to support children in their care.

Health, Safety and Nutrition 1.5 hours

Heidi Huber, MSW, LCSW-C

XXB-131PMa: Digital Media and Other 21st Century Skills for Children Age 2 to 12 Years

Explore the topic of using new and emerging technology with children. Healthy development of children depends on positive, nurturing social interactions between children and adults. Quality digital media should aid these endeavors. Digital media should be a mix of education, new information and entertainment. Joint media use with a caregiver and a young child is always preferable. It encourages creative thinking skills while tinkering, designing and creating together. Learn strategies for identifying a quality early literacy app, creating an exciting and supportive “safe to fail” environment to experiment and explore, and supporting your families to create family media use plans. Take part in learning, discussion and hands-on activities featuring squishy circuits (building circuits with play dough) and Makey Makey electrical circuitry.

Curriculum 1.5 hours

Jen Bishop and Melanie Fritz
Carroll County Public Library


XXB-132PMa: Healthy Choices Start Early!

Join the Early Childhood Education Club (ECE) as we promote wellness activities centered on nutrition and movement in this fun-filled workshop. Pre-service teachers provide resources, ideas and hands-on strategies for creating a healthy classroom climate.

Community 1.5 hours

Carroll's ECE Club and Carole Williamson


XXB-133PMa: Working with You is Killing Me - Getting Along with Fellow Employees

Based on the national bestselling book, “Working with You is Killing Me,” by Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster, focuses on the importance of interpersonal relationships with co-workers, and how to successfully handle troublesome behaviors from others in the workplace. Learn to take better control of your responses while learning strategies and techniques to detach and set effective boundaries.

Professionalism 1.5 hours

Suzanne Kondner
Human Advantage, Inc.

XXB-134PMa: Creating Meaningful Routines and Experiences for Infants, Toddlers and Twos

Evaluate the importance of nurturing routines and meaningful experiences for infants, toddlers and twos; discuss how specific daily routines and experiences can be used to support child development and learning; and analyze ways to use routines and experiences to build relationships with families.

Special Needs 1.5 hours

Donna Fowler
Teaching Strategies, LLC

XXB-135PMa: Sensitivity Training: Using Person First Language©

Recognize the individual strengths of each child in the classroom. This interactive session reshapes how teachers view children with special needs. Become familiar with the unique challenges that may face children with disabilities on a daily basis by participating in a variety of activities that simulate what it may be like to have a particular disability. You will have the opportunity to discuss your experiences with inclusion, and learn appropriate and respectful language and methods of interaction with children with “differing abilities.” Leave the workshop with a focus on all the things a child with a disability “can-do,” and how you can provide a classroom atmosphere that welcomes children of all abilities.

Special Needs 1.5 hours

Mary Coster, LCSW-C, C-AWCM
Program Director, Kennedy Krieger Institute and PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs

2:40 – 4:10 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions


4:10 – 4:15 p.m. - Evaluation, Awarding of Certificates and Door Prizes


Vendors and Door Prizes

View products and services available for the child care community. Win one of several great door prizes by visiting each vendor with your door prize entry card to earn a card punch. Complete your card with vendor punches to be eligible to enter the door prize drawings.


Thank you to our partners

  • Carroll County Early Child Consortium
  • 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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