Early Education Newsletter
April 2018
United Way of the Wabash Valley
Professional Development Grant

The United Way Professional Development Grant Program supports attendance at continuing education programs for child care providers/early education professionals that work with children ages 0-6.  Success By Six Professional Development Grants may be used for conferences, trainings, or workshops that focus on early education, child development or child care.  Funds may not be applied to a conference or training that have already occurred so apply prior to any conference or training, if interested in assistance. 
Eligible counties: Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion or Vigo. 
Follow the link to the right to learn more and download the application.
Find details here!

Two FREE opportunities to see Amy Dee

Amy Dee is a master storyteller, inspiration, and comedian. Her message about behavior and choice propels audiences to live, act and work better. Dee’s authentic approach makes her a sought-after speaker throughout the United States.

Dee lived in Norway from 1994-2003, where she learned Norwegian and started a business in her home. Dee has been a motivational speaker, stand-up comic and a voice-over artist for radio. She is the author of four books and writes song parodies.

Presented by the Bayh College of Education Adams Endowment.

For more information, contact Georgianna Duarte at georgianna.duarte@indstate.edu  or (812) 237-2904.

You, the everyday hero.
Celebrate the power of kindness.
April 26, 2018 10:00am - 11:00 am
University Hall 110G, Whitaker Room

Leave your red capes and superpowers at home. To become an everyday hero you don’t need to leap tall buildings. All you need is a willingness to perform small acts of kindness that you are not obligated to do.
Dee reveals small but significant ways you can bring the power of kindness to your work, family, and world. Her humorous storytelling style will life inspire you to make ordinary moments extraordinary. It’s a celebration!
Intentional Kindness.
Light up your work without getting burned.
April 26, 2018 4:00-5:00 p.m.
University Hall Auditorium

Good news, kindness is contagious. Kindness creates positive emotions that radiate to the world around you. Self-compassion increases your resilience to change.
Intentional micro-moments of connection will forge bonds with co-workers and improve your health. Mindfulness will empower your listening skills and enhance your relationships at work and home.
Be the spark! Rekindle kindness in the workplace. It is good to be good.

Friendly Reminder about Professional Development:

Please remember to notify us when you want to attend a professional development opportunity by registering in advance. Also, if you have previously enrolled and need to dis-enroll from a professional development opportunity, please notify us as well, at least 48 hours in advance if possible. By following these procedures you are helping us to ensure that we are properly prepared to help all attendees to have the best experience possible. Thank you in advance. 

This sign expresses what a lot of people experience in parenting. Parenting is difficult, or it’s more difficult!

Compassionate parenting, even if you know you’re on the right path, can feel like an uphill battle. It might not come naturally.

For most of us, our upbringing didn’t prepare us for the emotional demands of parenting. Even now, you might not have good role models. The steps or system to follow might not be clear.

The most important and perhaps the most difficult part, of being a compassionate parent is…Instead of looking outward at my child – I first look inside.

You deal with a LOT of feelings on a daily basis. Right? And sometimes, it can all get to be just a little bit much! When you’ve had what seems like hours of multiple people crying at you, the temptation to make it stop is high! 
We’ve all said it, or at least thought it. ‘Stop crying! Just stop!’

But what if you were told that every time you dismiss or minimize a child’s feelings, you actually make your job harder. You very rarely succeed at making them stop anyway, and it’s more likely that they will need more support from you in the future rather than less. If you don’t hear the message they are trying to send you, the messenger just gets louder and louder until you do. Children are looking for empathy and understanding. If they don’t get it, they’ll keep trying.

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