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Smiling father and son

Early Stages offers free educational workshops on a variety of topics, including the importance of early intervention, developmental milestones, and trauma and resilience. Experienced trainers certified by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) lead each virtual workshop with interactive lectures and discussions.  

Opportunities for Organizations

Early Stages presents a series of group workshops for organizations interested in serving a team of professionals or a group of parents/ guardians.  

For professionals, group workshops provide guidance for  

  • identifying children for Early Stages referrals, 
  • improving family engagement, 
  • supporting children in their education journeys, 
  • and earning Professional Learning Units (PLUs). 

For parents/guardians, group workshops deliver tools for 

  • understanding developmental milestones, 
  • developing strategies for addressing challenging behavior, 
  • and advocating for a child’s needs. 

All group workshops are available in English and Spanish, and other languages may be available upon request. To schedule one of our group workshops, please email [email protected].  

Other Opportunities for Child Care Professionals

Professionals may request a group workshop through their organization or sign up as a single attendee through OSSE’s DC Child Care Connections (DC CCC). Child care professionals who attend workshops through OSSE may also earn professional learning units (PLUs) for their attendance. Click here to learn more about DC CCC opportunities. 

Workshop Descriptions  

Below, find details about the topic, length, and audience of each workshop offered for organizations and through OSSE’s DC CCC.  

Addressing Challenging Behavior  
3 HOURS OR TWO 1.5 HOUR SESSIONS FOR PROFESSIONALS  
1 HOUR FOR PARENTS 

We review the social-emotional foundations for early learning to help participants understand children’s behaviors. We provide both universal strategies and targeted interventions to address challenging behavior for children under 5. 

Developmental Milestones for 3-5 Year Olds  
2 HOURS FOR PROFESSIONALS 
1 HOUR FOR PARENTS 

We provide an overview of typical developmental milestones for children between the ages of 3 and 5 in the following domains: communication, gross and fine motor, social-emotional, and cognitive skills. Participants learn how understanding developmental milestones is vital to early intervention. Finally, we discuss approaches to supporting a child’s development in each domain.  

An Overview of Special Education 
1.5 HOURS FOR PROFESSIONALS  
1 HOUR FOR PARENTS 

We provide an overview of special education, including special education law, the referral and evaluation process, parent/guardian rights, and important special education terminology.  

The Importance of Early Intervention and an Overview of Early Stages 
1.5 HOURS FOR PROFESSIONALS  
1 HOUR FOR PARENTS 

We discuss the reasons why early intervention is important for children, families, and society before reviewing the Early Stages special education referral and evaluation process.  

Trauma and Resilience: Building Strength in Children 
2 HOURS FOR PROFESSIONALS  
1 HOUR FOR PARENTS 

We explore how trauma can affect the developing brain and discuss ways to build resilience in children to ensure they develop emotional strength.  

How to Administer the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQs) 
3 HOURS FOR THE ASQ-3 AND ASQ:SE-2 FOR PROFESSIONALS ONLY 
2 HOURS FOR THE ASQ-3 FOR PROFESSIONALS ONLY 
1 HOUR FOR THE ASQ:SE-2 FOR PROFESSIONALS ONLY 

We review developmental screening tools and their important role in early intervention and provide instructions for administering and scoring the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQs). We conclude this workshop with tips for communicating with parents and guardians about their child’s development.  

Implementing a Screening Program Using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, 3rd Edition 
1 HOUR FOR PROFESSIONALS ONLY  

We provide an overview of the Ages and States Questionnaire 3rd Edition (ASQ-3) and explore how to choose the best screening method for an organization and how to implement that method in an early childhood program.  

The Importance of Family Engagement: Engaging Families for Student Success 
2 HOURS FOR PROFESSIONALS 
1 HOUR FOR PARENTS 

We define family engagement and discuss why it matters in early childhood education. We then introduce key players in family engagement and provide examples of effective family engagement in action. After a group discussion, participants will leave with a toolkit of ideas for engagement.