Spring 2019
Child Care Resource & Referral
Serving Early Childhood Educators in Douglas, Lake & Klamath Counties
Douglas: 541.440.7705 - Klamath & Lake: 541.882.2308
Are you Looking for Training?
Registration is Open!
$35 dollar price includes:

*One book for each participant
*Coffee & Pastries in the morning
*Catered Lunch
*6 hours of training

Hundreds of dollars in door
prizes will be given away

Barefoot Book will be there

Call 541-440-7705 to register

Spring Fling Featured Speaker

Dr. Christyn Dundorf earned her PhD in Human Development from the University of Rochester with a dissertation exploring the role of receptive language (comprehension) in early literacy acquisition.  
Dr. Dundorf began her more than 20 year career in the field in private child care and as an Education Coordinator for Head Start in Rochester, New York.
At Oregon’s Center for Career Development in Childhood Education, Dr. Dundorf coordinated the inaugural implementation of the Oregon Registry, a state credentialing system for community-based training, as well as other statewide initiatives on professional development and mentoring. While at OCCD, Dr. Dundorf authored Early Words, A Language and Literacy Curriculum, a training series designed to promote language and literacy development practices in early care and education programs. 
In 2000, Dr. Dundorf joined the Early Education and Family Studies faculty at Portland Community College. She served as Department Chair and instructor from 2002 - 2015. In 2011, Dr. Dundorf led the department in seeking National AAS Accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. PCC's Early Education and Family Studies Program became the second early care and education AAS program on the west coast to be accredited. In 2007, Dr. Dundorf secured a sabbatical leave and sufficient grant funding to implement Growing the Profession, a project to build regional, grass-roots energy around professionalizing the field of Early Care and Education in Oregon.
Dr. Dundorf is a Master Trainer with the Oregon Registry Trainer System. She has developed and conducted numerous Set 2 and 3 trainings and conference presentations with a focus on early literacy, professional identity and ethics. An experienced speaker, Dr. Dundorf has provided the keynote address for a number of Oregon conferences including OregonAEYC Spring Conference, Jackson County AEYC Conference, and Retreat By The Lake.  
Dr. Dundorf is a reliable CLASS observer for the Toddler and PreK CLASS Assessments.
Let's Connect
Care Connections & Education Welcomes a
New Face & Asset to the Douglas County Office
Hello Everyone! My name is Danielle McKiddy, I am super happy to be the newest member of the knowledgeable Care Connections & Education team here in Douglas County! I will be working as a Quality Improvement Specialist for the Pre K Network for preschools located in K-12 public schools. In this position I will be supporting Pre K staff in continuing to provide high quality experiences for the children in their classrooms. I also will be assisting Brandi and Heather in connecting other providers with needed training and resources. Before starting at Care Connections I had done some social work, but my heart is in early childhood education, where I have spent more than 10 years. Like many of you a little piece of my heart is with each child that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years. Within the last year completed my bachelor’s degree from OSU in Human Development and Family Sciences with a minor in Sociology. In the near future I hope to begin to provide training for other early learning professionals so that they too may share pieces of their hearts with the children that they serve. I am thrilled to continue my journey in the Early Childhood Education field! I know that everyone has a super power and I am looking forward to this new way of helping others uncover what theirs is. 
First Aid/CPR Reimbursements
As you know, recently a rule went into effect that Aide 1 and Assistant 1 early educators are now required to have CPR/FA training. ELD currently has funds to reimburse these providers for the CPR/FA training. Training reimbursements will be processed through our partner, The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University (WOU)

Earn a degree in Early Childhood Education
An Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program Navigator is available to help you through the application process for the ECE program. In addition help is available to develop an educational pathway that works for you and assist with finding scholarships. Those who join the cohort, will receive financial incentives for completing classes and help with fees. Call us today to learn how you can be a part of this special program.
Umpqua Community College

Brandi Myers
Navigator for Early Childhood Education Program
Tech 101
Klamath Community College

Kathleen Walker-Henderson
Advisor and Adjunct for Early Childhood Education
Building 6 6236
Helpful Tips
5 Reasons To Stop
Saying "Good Job"

Hang out at a playground, visit a school, or show up at a child’s birthday party, and there’s one phrase you can count on hearing repeatedly: “Good job!” Even tiny infants are praised for smacking their hands together (“Good clapping!”). Many of us blurt out these judgments of our children to the point that it has become almost a verbal tic.
Plenty of books and articles advise us against relying on punishment, from spanking to forcible isolation (“time out”). Occasionally someone will even ask us to rethink the practice of bribing children with stickers or food. But you’ll have to look awfully hard to find a discouraging word about what is euphemistically called positive reinforcement.
Lest there be any misunderstanding, the point here is not to call into question the importance of supporting and encouraging children, the need to love them and hug them and help them feel good about themselves. Praise, however, is a different story entirely. Here’s why
Food Hero: Eggs

When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:

❁ peel hard-cooked eggs.
❁ cut or tear bread into cubes.
❁ mix ingredients together.

Find out more about safety, recipes, and money-saving tips here
Make A Calm Down Bottle
Do you need to help your students chill out? This activity will help your students learn how to breathe deeply, self-soothe, and calm themselves down. Once the calm down bottle is made, have your child breathe deeply as they watch the glitter in the bottle settle down. The more glue you use, the longer the glitter will float. This strategy works because it takes some time for the glitter to settle, so watching it ensures kids take long breaths. Learn more here
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