Professional Development


Professional Development

Children’s Village Learning Lab: Inspiring Best Practices
Children’s Village is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is a Keystone STAR 4A program.  Our PQAS-certified educators offer firsthand experience and encourage workshop participants to share their perspectives. Our aim: to provide peer-to-peer guidance on best practice approaches to meet the needs of children and families.  To learn more, review Children’s Village’s Learning Lab Brochure.

What High-Quality Looks, Sounds, and Feels Like
Children’s Village is home to Philadelphia’s first hands-on Learning Lab for education professionals embedded in a high-quality early education program. Our Learning Lab’s state-of-the-art adult classroom spaces (equipped with Wi-Fi) are located on-site at our Center City Philadelphia location.

Children’s Village recently completed a comprehensive renovation.  Classroom improvements complement our professional development programming, including observations, and create an environment more conducive to children’s development and learning.

Professional Development Customized for Your Program—and Offered at Your Program
In addition to hosting workshops at Children’s Village, we can provide training at your program, offering you greater convenience and cost savings. We work with you to customize professional development that is suited to the specific needs of your program.

OTHER HAPPENINGS in our Learning Lab!
Professional Development:  Covering a Wide Range of Topics
Here is a sample of topics, which are available across age groups–scroll down for testimonials from workshop participants.

  • Budgeting
  • Business Practices
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Classroom Set-up and Environment
  • Collaborating with Adult Learners
  • Creative Expression through Art
  • Diversity and Cultural Inclusion
  • Family Partnerships and Family Services
  • Human Resources
  • Instruction for English Language Learners
  • Language and Literacy
  • Music and Movement
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • NAEYC Accreditation
  • T.E.A.C.H.
  • And more!

NEW Programming Offered through the Learning Lab

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Best Practice Demonstration Program: A Day in a High-Quality Center
  • Infant/Toddler/PreK CLASS & Danielson Framework Assessments
  • On-site Course and Field Work

To learn more, email Huan Chen or review our Learning Lab Brochure .

Click on image below for most recent training information.

Director Training June

Testimonials about the 
Advanced Business Best Practice Series

Beyond Checklists:  Understanding the ‘Why’
“I thought I knew it all as a director but the initial business training taught me just how much I did not know. Now, this advanced series has also opened my eyes to the ‘why.’ For example, Keystone STARS requires programs to achieve benchmarks, which is a checklist of requirements. I am taking a hard look at these and making them work for my program. My Human Resources team and I are now creating a new HR manual and meeting weekly to brainstorm about payroll processing and other improvements,” says Tonya Davis, Director, Discovery Place Preschool.

An Investment with Immediate Rewards
J Wescott aha moment FThe series’ immediate impact is echoed by Joyce Wescott, Owner, Wescott’s Family of Virtue (FOV) Child Care Program. “I’ve invested in this class but it’s already paying off. I’ve created a new policy and procedures manual that addresses my program’s needs, clarifies expectations for staff and parents, and increases accountability. Above all, this manual reflects what we stand for:  High-quality in low-income communities.”

Peer-to-Peer Learning
“Opportunity for impromptu discussion is built into the workshop, which is missing in on-line courses. The other directors and owners share their experiences, successes, and failures. My colleagues’ guidance and support allowed me to achieve a higher level of STAR quality than I ever could have on my own,” says Joyce Wescott.

To learn more about the impact of the Business Administration workshops:   View Video Clips of Action Plan Presentation




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