Mid-State Regional Key
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Welcome to the Mid-State Regional Key STARS Newsletter!!
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3 Quick Tips for the New PD Registry!

On February 1, 2018, the PD Registry launched a new system that is easy to navigate, seamless and reliable. Try these three easy tips with the new PD Registry.

1.  Login today. You can login to your PD Registry account by visiting www.pakeys.org and clicking the lime green PD Registry Login button on the homepage. You can also login directly at www.papdregistry.com . Please use the e-mail and password you had in the prior registry to verify and access your account. If the system identifies that you may have more than one account, it may ask for more information to verify your account.
2.   Complete your profile. After logging in to the PD Registry, please confirm your profile information and fill in any missing details.
3.   Find trainings fast. Whether your preference is face-to-face training or taking a training online, there is something for everyone and finding it is easier than ever. To take a look at what is available in your area, select Training Calendar from the left hand menu.

Questions? Get answers. E-mail registry@pakeys.org or call 1-800-284-6031. Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest PD Registry news.
Yoga Poses

There is quite a bit of research about the benefits of yoga. I have seen it done in a few classrooms and they all report that it is a really positive experience. Nothing is perfect, so don’t expect a Zen-like atmosphere. Give it a try!

Show them.  A couple of times. So, after morning greeting,  clear off a space and go through these poses. Seriously. Your moves don’t have to be perfect, and not many of us can do pose number 1, but you can still model them ( See attachment )
Invite them to do it, too.
Show them the pictures.  This can be a game-changer for them. They can even point to the one that they would like to do.
At nap time. If you have nap maps, let the children do them on the mats so that they understand the idea of staying in their space. With continued modeling, they will pick up on it eventually.
Provide quiet music. Remember to look for music that is at 70 BPM (Beats Per Minute) or less. (Just google it.)

The classrooms really saw a difference in the children being calmer and more settled when it was time for nap. Win-Win for everyone! 
Don’t Forget Your STEM Calendar

Your STEM Calendar is a great resource for quick and easy ideas to give a boost to your STEM curriculum in your Before and After School Program. Each month features activities that relate to common monthly themes, so you are sure to find activities that fit well with your plans. In February, the activities focus on the color red, how the heart functions, and exercises for cardiovascular fitness. March features explorations and observations on rainbows and springtime changes. It also includes activities for June, July and August, so you can continue to use it throughout your summer program. 

Every school age program in the Mid State Regional Key that participates in STARS can receive this resource. Be sure that your school age staff is aware of this valuable resource. If you don’t have a STEM calendar, contact your Quality Coach or your SACC TA.

Reminder: Infant/Toddler STEM Calendars are also available
Teaching Oral Health in the Classroom

Use your role as teacher to educate children and families about the importance of keeping mouths healthy.  SharedSourcePA has everything you need to introduce healthy hygiene practices to children in every part of the classroom, from story time to circle time, and even in your family newsletters! Get started today with:
  • Lesson plans
  • Posters
  • Newsletter Resources
  • Drinking Water Guide and Action Plan

Join us for a STARS Networking Meeting!     

STARS Documentation
February 15th at 1 at  Lancaster Farm and Home Center

STARS & Certification Networking
February 16th at 10 at  Christ Community Church in State College

ASQ Chat and Chew
February 20th at 11/15 at Giant Camp Hill
February 22nd at 11:15 at Wegmans Williamsport
February 28th at 11:15 at Lancaster Farm and Home Center
March 1st at 10:30 at Child Care Consultants
Other Community Meetings & Events

Tioga ECE Coalition Meeting
February 14th at 1 at  BLaST IU in Canton

Clinton County LICC Meeting
February 28th at 9:30 at   Infant Development Center
Professional Development Updates 
Register on the  PD Registry

Supporting Interactions for Children with Disabilities or Suspected Delays
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 from 3–4 p.m.

Reminder : The Family Mini Conference will be held on February 24th .
Open the flyer below for details about all the sessions, and more information on how to register.
Thank you for all you do for children, families, and your community by being part of the STARS program!
Mid-State Regional Key/Child Care Consultants
(717) 854-2273 or (800) 864-4925    info@childcareconsultants.org