WINNER! Free Book Giveaway


Three winners were selected at random for the FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY.

The lucky WINNERS are Lorinda B., Michelle G., and Amy B.!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you to all who entered and to GOFFIN STRATEGY GROUP for the wonderful donations!

Child Life Course @ DCTC Spring 2015

Are you in need of one child life class, taught by a CCLS, that meets the 6 requirements put forth by the CLC? We offer such a class at Dakota County Technical College! I have included the steps for what you will need to do to register for our spring semester online child life course- ECYD 2900 Introduction to the Child Life Profession: History and Practice (3cr). This course meets the 6 required components required by the Child Life Council and is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist. NOTE- This course is not available for currently enrolled DCTC Child Life students that have not yet graduated.

  1. Provide documentation showing that you meet the pre-requisite (ECYD 1210 Child Growth & Development).  If not our course, please scan/email evidence, which would include: transcript, course description, syllabus, etc., for determination. Email evidence to Dawn Braa (dawn.braa@dctc.edu). You will be notified after determination has been made.
  1. In order to register for the class (AFTER APPROVAL) without being officially accepted into our college, you will need to submit the Undeclared Course Registration form (link below). You will need to create a user account (username and password) to complete the registration. http://www.dctc.edu/admissions/register-for-courses/register-undeclared/

Course ID#- 000561, Subject/Course Number- ECYD2900, Section- 59, Credits- 3, Name of Course- Introduction to the Child Life Profession: History and Practice, Estimated Cost- $605

Once our Registration Office has received the paperwork, the request will be processed and a copy of the class schedule will be mailed out to you.  You will also be assessed a one-time $20.00 application fee. Tuition & fees must be paid at the time of registration to guarantee enrollment.

*For additional questions to registering for the class (after approval) or payment, please contact the Registrar registration@dctc.edu.  THANK YOU!

**Looking for more information regarding upcoming changes in Child Life and other courses offered through DCTC? Click here!


Dawn Braa

Adventures in Eating Recipe #18 (Apple Waldorf Salad)

Apple Waldorf Salad

Adventures in Eating: Role Modeling

When my daughter was three, she created a lettuce, cheese, and ketchup salad. She was so excited to have me try it. Needless to say, I was not very excited to do so!  My daughter was not very adventurous when it came to trying new foods and I knew this was the perfect teachable moment.  Rather than saying, “No, it looks awful”, I said, “I’ve never tried a lettuce, cheese, and ketchup salad. It’s good to try new foods! Let’s give it a try.”

I had taken this opportunity to role model tasting new foods. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or someone who is around young children, it is important for you to remember children are watching what you eat and how active you are. Here are a few tips on how to be a model healthy food choices and physical activity:

role modelBe a Good Food Role Model – Try new foods yourself. Describe its taste, texture, and smell. Offer one new food at a time. Serve something your child likes along with the new food. Offer new foods at the beginning of a meal when your child is very hungry. Avoid lecturing or forcing your child to eat.

Show by Example – Eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains with meals or as snacks. Let your child see that you like to munch on raw vegetables.

Don’t Use Food As a Reward – Rather than going out to eat or buying sweet foods for every event, try rewarding yourself and your family with non-food rewards such as playing a family game or going someplace special.

Limit Screen Time – Allow no more than 2 hours a day of screen time like TV, internet, and computer games. Get up and move during commercials to get some physical activity.

Visit Choose My Plate for my ideas on how to be a good role model. And in case you are wondering, the lettuce, cheese, and ketchup salad is not on my list of favorite foods!


Mary SchroederMary Schroeder works for the University of Minnesota Extension which helps
to connect community needs with University of Minnesota resources.  Specifically
the Health and Nutrition programs and resources focus on disease & obesity
prevention, healthy school environments, and continuing education for community
professionals.  You can link to the Extension Health and Nutrition website at:

Mary Schroeder, MPH, RD, LD
Extension Educator
Health and Nutrition
University of Minnesota Extension
Email:  hedin007@umn.edu
Website:  www.extension.umn.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UMNExtSimplyGoodEating

Career Crossings: 10/10/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Bright Horizons and Way to Grow.

bright horizons logoBright Horizons is excited to announce an Open House and FREE ECE Fall Training Workshops at Mayo Employee Back-Up Center in Rochester, MN. Click on the Mayo Flyer for more information. There are many BH locations with career opportunities. Click the Bright Horizon Fall Flyer for more details.

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Way to Grow in Minneapolis is currently seeking a full-time lead teacher for their newly licensed preschool and parent-child program, located at Urban Ventures. Click on the WTG flyer for more details.

Safe Sleep

safe sleepIn my Health, Safety, and Nutrition class, we’re in the safety unit which involves not only indoor and outdoor environments, but also safe sleep environments. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Find out what you can do to reduce your baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Learn more HERE.

GIVEAWAY! Free Book for Early Childhood Professionals

Our October guest speaker is sponsoring this month’s giveaway. She’s donated 3 copies of her book, “READY OR NOT.”
Ready or notAfter more than a century of evolution, early childhood care and education in the United States is in transition. In this frank discussion of the field’s purpose, identity, and responsibility, the authors examine the major issues that must be addressed if children are to be given more and better opportunities. They show how adaptive leadership work can unify the field, create openness to new change strategies, generate a shared vision, and build a viable strategy for its achievement.

Enter below for a chance to win. Each task you do is another entry for yourself in the drawing! Complete the task and then click that you did it. Tweeting on Twitter and sharing on Facebook can be done DAILY. Other entries are once per giveaway. *NOTE* This giveaway runs from 10/8/14 until 10/15/14 (Ending @ 12:00am EST).

By entering the giveaway, you give permission to share your email address (winner only) with the vendor for contact purposes (shipment of product).

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Guest Speaker: Advancing ECE as a Profession

I’m honored this month to introduce Stacie Goffin as our guest speaker. I had the opportunity to hear Stacie speak this past summer about the future of early childhood at an early childhood event. I was moved by her presentation, book, and the conversations it sparked in the professionals around me. Stacie charged each of us to create an action plan for what we could do personally to get the word out and move the profession forward. I immediately thought of the blog and Stacie graciously agreed to be a guest speaker here for us.Stacie_library-web

Stacie Goffin is Principal of the Goffin Strategy Group. Established in 2004, the Goffin Strategy Group dedicates itself to building early childhood education’s ability to provide effective programs and services for young children through leadership, capacity, and systems development. Stacie works with local and state non-profits, governments, national organizations, and philanthropy. A widely published author, Stacie’s conceptual leadership focuses on advancing early childhood education as a professional field of practice. Prior to forming the Goffin Strategy Group, Stacie led the five-year effort to redesign the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s [NAEYC] early childhood program accreditation system. She is a former senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, higher education faculty member, and preschool educator. More information can be found at www.goffinstrategygroup.com.

Please TUNE IN to Stacie’s thought-provoking message about advancing the early childhood profession. Listen as she explains ‘the big gap’ and what students, teachers, parents, and directors can do about it. This is a pivotal time for ECE as a field of practice…will YOU be an agent of change? 

–> Be sure to stop back tomorrow (Wed.) because Stacie is sponsoring this month’s giveaway- one of her books!

Mondays with ME: FINDING THE RIGHT “SENSORY DIET” (10/6/14)



sensory diet guest Kate BiedermanWhether we’re kids or grown-ups, we all find unique ways to calm ourselves, rouse ourselves or stay focused on a challenging task, and we use all our senses to do so. Whether we splash cold water on our face, listen to rock or Bach, go for a run, suck a peppermint, gnaw on our pencil (or our shirt, like Erin’s son used to), we are creating a “sensory diet” for ourselves. Read more »

Child Passenger Safety- Are YOU Compliant?

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