Events & Workshops

Gardening 101 Workshop – How to Incorporate the Joys of Gardening into Your Preschool Curriculum

Date: July 23, 2018

Start Time: 6:30 pm with 6:00 registration

Location:
St. Paul’s Common Good Garden
Address:
31 Vermont Avenue

 

End Time: 8:30 pm

City: Southington

This free workshop for childcare providers is funded thanks to the grant we received from Activate Southington.

Childcare providers can register at https://eccs-workshop-gardening-101.eventbrite.com. If there is room the week prior the workshop will be opened to parents and other community members.

The workshop will be presented by Advanced Master Gardener Christie Kuriger. She describes her background this way: “I have been an educator most of my professional life and raised 4 sons.  I have loved to garden since I was about 5 and never stopped.  My parents and grandparents helped foster this in me.  I was a preschool teacher and director; an elementary school teacher and a school counselor K-12.  I took the Master Gardener Class in upstate NY through Cornell and in 2013.  I transferred to CT as a Master Gardener in 2016 and became an Advanced Master Gardener in 2017.  I recently retired from a position at Agway in their garden center and continue to work as the Gardens and Grounds Coordinator at the Mark Twain House. I also volunteer to coordinate the gardening at the Common Good Garden that helps to feed folks in Southington.”

The presentation will cover:

  • Benefits of children gardening
  • Introduce gardening with a story
  • Looking inside of a seed
  • How plants grow; what they need to live
  • Activities/lessons for young children in the garden

Attendees will plant their own seeds to take home and will receive a hand-out of resources that will include sample lessons and a bibliography of children’s books. Funding was also received to give Southington providers gardening supplies, so please register ASAP so we can shop for what your center/school/FCC home needs.

Monday, July 23rd, the rain date is Tuesday, July 24th.
Time: Registration at 6 pm, workshop from 6:30 to 8 pm.
Snacks will be provided.

Certificates of attendance will be provided.

This is a hands-on class so please be prepared to be outside in the garden and bring a folding chair.
St. Paul’s Common Good Garden is located between St. Paul’s Church and Bread for Life.
Parking is available along Vermont Ave, at Bread for Life or in the large lot across Main Street.

Registration

Bike Safe Southington

Date: August 7, 2018

Start Time: 5:30 pm registration, events start at 6 pm

Location:
Derynoski Elementary School Rear Parking Lot
Address:
Eden Ave

 

End Time: 8 pm

City: Southington

Bike Safe Southington is a free, fun bicycle safety event for children age 5 to 12.

• Bicycle education course run by certified League of American Bicyclists Instructors
• Bicycle safety check
• Helmet decorating
• Snacks
• Raffles and more

Pre-registration will open soon.

Bring your bicycle or borrow one from Bike Walk Connecticut.
Bring your helmet. Under CT State Law, anyone under the age of 16 is required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
All education course participants must attend with and have a waiver signed by their parent/guardian.

Sponsored by Bike Walk Connecticut, the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington and Cub Scout Pack 8.

Part of the ECCS’s Southington Community Well-Being Grant Initiative funded by the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust at the Main Street Community Foundation.

Nutrition Workshop #1 – Planning Healthy Meals for Adults and Children

Date: August 14, 2018

Start Time: 6:30 pm with 6:00 registration

Location:
YMCA Learning Center (across the street from the main YMCA campus)
Address:
30 High Street

 

End Time: 8:00 pm

City: Southington

Tired of making a different meal for each person in your house?

Wonder how to introduce your children to new foods?

Want to know how meal planning can be better organized?

This workshop, for parents and childcare providers, will cover:

  • Meal planning and organization
  • Make ahead tips
  • Healthy meal ideas with recipes
  • Expanding your child’s palate and addressing picky eaters.

The speaker is Alexis Vieira, she does nutritional consulting as a Health Coach/Co-Owner at Commence Fitness in Southington.  She previously taught elementary school in the New Haven Public Schools. Part of  her mission as a health coach is to teach parents and children about health and wellness, specifically fitness and nutrition.

Childcare is available from the YMCA Early Learning Center if requested in advance.
Certificates of attendance will be given to childcare providers.

This workshop is part of the ECCS’s Southington Community Well-Being Grant Initiative funded by the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust at the Main Street Community Foundation.

More details and the registration link are coming soon.

Nutrition Workshop #2 – Snacking with Your Child

Date: August 15, 2018

Start Time: 3 pm with 2:45 registration

Location:
Southington Bread for Life
Address:
Vermont Ave

 

End Time: 4 pm

City: Southington

Bring your favorite child to part 2 of our free Nutrition workshop series and enjoy a snack together.

Learn about health snack ideas and make some with your child.  One way to expanding your child’s palate and address picky eaters is to offer new foods in a new setting and have them make it themselves.

Making food together is also a great time to incorporate numeracy skills such as counting, sorting and concepts such as under and over.

The speaker is Alexis Vieira, she does nutritional consulting as a Health Coach/Co-Owner at Commence Fitness in Southington.  She previously taught elementary school in the New Haven Public Schools. Part of  her mission as a health coach is to teach parents and children about health and wellness, specifically fitness and nutrition.

Certificates of attendance will be given to childcare providers.

This workshop is part of the ECCS’s Southington Community Well-Being Grant Initiative funded by the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust at the Main Street Community Foundation.

Note dairy products will be served.  The Bread for Life dining room serves dairy, grains, nuts and peanut products.

This is suitable for children age 3 to 8 and children must attend with a parent/guardian.

More details and the registration link are coming soon.

Keeping the Child in Mind Workshop: How understanding a child’s inner world supports behavior and social and emotional development

Date: August 30, 2018

Start Time: 6:30 pm with 6:00 registration

Location:
YMCA Learning Center (across the street from the main YMCA campus)
Address:
30 High Street

 

End Time: 8:30 pm

City: Southington

Getting advice on handling challenging behaviors and situations in the classroom and developing social and emotional competence is the ECCS’s top workshop request from childcare educators. This free workshop for childcare providers and teachers will address these issues.  The learning objectives are to:

  • Understand how self-regulation (cognitive, behavioral, emotional and physical) develops and why some children have trouble regulating
  • Learn why rewards and punishment are often ineffective toward enhancing learning or changing behavior in children
  • Gain tools to address challenging behaviors such as aggression, inattention, and non-compliance
  • Build capacity to read the mental states (emotion, intention, desires) of children
  • Recognize your triggers and learn practices to promote positive relationships with challenging children
  • Increase self-awareness and practice self-care to maintain wellness and reduce burnout

Registration is open.

Childcare is not available.
Certificates of attendance will be given to childcare providers.

About the Presenter, Susan Averna, PhD – Trained in developmental, educational, and counseling psychology, Dr. Averna has worked as a school mental health consultant, college professor, school counselor and athletic coach.  She provides consultation and training to parents, caregivers, and educators. With an expertise in attachment and development, she provides caregivers and educators with tools to better serve the most vulnerable children, while supporting those doing this important work.

This workshop is part of the ECCS’s Southington Community Well-Being Grant Initiative funded by the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust at the Main Street Community Foundation.

Registration

Kindergarten Readiness – Language Arts Workshop

Date: October 10, 2018

Start Time: 6:30 pm with 6:00 registration

Location:
YMCA Learning Center
Address:
30 High Street, Southington

 

End Time: 8:00 pm

City: Southington

Parents and Providers are invited to Part 1 of our annual Kindergarten Readiness Series on Language Arts.  Registration will open over the summer.

Hear what 3 and 4 year olds should be learning about reading and literacy to be prepared for entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2019.

Speaker – Stephanie Lawlor, Literacy Coordinator for Southington Schools.

Free childcare will be provided by the Southington YMCA. We hope you will be able to join us for one or all of these workshops.

Note the YMCA Learning Center is located across the street from the main YMCA campus.

This workshop is part of the ECCS’s “Kindergarten Readiness for Southington’s Young Children” initiative funded by the Bristol Brass General Grant Fund and the Fuller & Myrtle Barnes Fund for Education at the Main Street Community Foundation.

 

Kindergarten Readiness – Numeracy Workshop

Date: October 17, 2018

Start Time: 6:30 pm with 6:00 registration

Location:
YMCA Learning Center
Address:
30 High Street, Southington

 

End Time: 8:00 pm

Parents and Providers are invited to Part 2 of our annual Kindergarten Readiness Series on Math and Numeracy. Registration will open over the summer.

Hear what 3 and 4 year olds should be learning about counting, ordering, sorting and other math skills to be prepared for entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2019.

Speaker – Amy Zappone, Math Coordinator for Southington Public Schools.

Free childcare will be provided by the Southington YMCA. We hope you will be able to join us for one or all of these workshops.

Note the YMCA Learning Center is located across the street from the main YMCA campus.

This workshop is part of the ECCS’s “Kindergarten Readiness for Southington’s Young Children” initiative funded by the Bristol Brass General Grant Fund and the Fuller & Myrtle Barnes Fund for Education at the Main Street Community Foundation.
 

Kindergarten Readiness – Development Skills Workshop

Date: October 24, 2018

Start Time: 6:30 pm with 6:00 registration

Location:
YMCA Learning Center (across the street from the main YMCA campus)
Address:
30 High Street

 

End Time: 8:00 pm

City: Southington

Parents and Providers are invited to Part 3 of our annual Kindergarten Readiness Series on Development Skills.

Hear what developmental skills 3 and 4 year olds should be learning to prepare for kindergarten in the Fall of 2019.  Registration will open over the summer.

Panelists include:
– Stephanie Lawlor, Literacy Coordinator for Southington Public Schools
– Amy Zappone, Math Coordinator for Southington Public Schools
– Kindergarten teachers
– Steve Madancy, Assistant Superintendent of Southington Public Schools

Free childcare will be provided by the Southington YMCA. We hope you will be able to join us for one or all of these workshops.
Note the YMCA Learning Center is located across the street from the main YMCA campus.

This workshop is part of the ECCS’s “Kindergarten Readiness for Southington’s Young Children” initiative funded by the Bristol Brass General Grant Fund and the Fuller & Myrtle Barnes Fund for Education at the Main Street Community Foundation.