Free of Charge! Live via Zoom!

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Registration opens on January 26. Register at or scan the QR code with your phone.

Welcome & Morning Training 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Announcements & Lunch Break 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Afternoon Training & Prize Winners Announced 12:45 p.m.-3 p.m.

Questions? Email Julie Weisgerber at

Morning Training 9:45-11:45 a.m.

Supporting Successful Learners!

Olivia Christensen & Jon Vaupel, Minnesota Department of Education

MDE Early Learning Services is shifting its language away from “Kindergarten/School Readiness” to “Supporting Successful Learners” to better recognize and uplift the individuals, programs, and systems that contribute to the success of each learner and remind us that it is not up to the child to be “ready” for school but rather for adults, schools/programs, environments, communities, and systems to be ready to support each child.


Afternoon Training 12:45-2:45 p.m.

Tools for the Toolbox: Strategies to Meet Challenging Behaviors

Patricia Weigel & Brenda Lowe, Center for Inclusive Childcare

Explore the reasons behind, and strategies for, child behaviors that challenge us as adults. Patricia Weigel and Brenda Lowe from the Center for Inclusive Child Care will lead us in discovering ways to guide children to more positive behavioral responses.

TRAINING HOURS: You must have a Develop # when registering in order to earn the 4 Develop Training Hours. A certificate of participation will be emailed to all others.

PRIZE DRAWINGS: You will be entered into drawings for an array of great prizes. You must attend both trainings to qualify. Winners will be announced at the end of the day!

PARTICIPATION GIFT: Providers from the following areas who complete both trainings and both evaluations on March 2nd will receive a Visa or Amazon $30 e-gift card following the event.

Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County, MN, or Douglas County, WI.

Tribal lands of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (District I), or Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (District II).


Olivia Chistensen, Ph.D. is an Early Childhood Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. She is passionate about the value of early childhood education and supporting the field in ways that promote equity and justice.

Jon Vaupel works on Early Learning Assessments for the Minnesota Department of Education. His career has focused on improving outcomes for young children and families, especially underserved and marginalized communities.

Brenda Lowe is a Coach Lead with the Center for Inclusive Child Care. In the past, she has operated her own family child care, served as a director at several child care centers, and worked as the Director of Family Services at Head Start.

Patricia Weigel is the Executive Director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care. She presents to teachers, parents, and early care and education professionals statewide and nationally. She also holds an Infant Mental Health endorsement from MACMH.


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