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Spring Semester ECYD Courses

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Now enrolling for spring semester!

Classes begin Jan. 9th, 2017. Online and on campus courses available. Reserve your seat today! 
Whether you’re looking for a course or a degree, we can help. We offer on campus courses as well. CLICK HERE to access the entire list of spring semester early childhood courses. These are excellent courses for early childhood professionals, Head Start teachers, childcare providers, nannies, parents, home visitors, and more!

If you’re working in the early childhood field, you may qualify for a TEACH Scholarship–>
http://childcareawaremn.org/professionals-caregivers/grants-scholarships/teach-scholarships 

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It is highly recommended that you connect with the Early Childhood and Youth Development faculty.

Dawn Braa                                        Sharon Bergen
dawn.braa@dctc.edu                        sharon.bergen@dctc.edu
651.423.8315                                    651.423.8398

MONDAYS WITH M.E: CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

MAKING THE BEST CHOICES FOR YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY: AN UPDATE ON LAWS AND BEST PRACTICES IN PASSENGER SAFETY

Car crashes remain the leading cause of death and injury for children under 14 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But many of those injuries and fatalities can be prevented if we follow best practices in passenger safety.  Join Marti & Erin for an important conversation about proper use of car seats, how to know if shoulder straps are providing the protection they should, why airbags pose a danger for children under 13, and how heavy winter clothes can compromise the effectiveness of seatbelts and car seats. CLICK HERE to ACCESS the entire story.

Author Spotlight!

joleneJolene Pearson, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV), holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. Jolene authored and has taught the CEED online courses. Her new book (2016), published by Zero to Three, is entitled: Pathways to Positive Parenting: Helping Parents Nurture Healthy Development in the Earliest Months. I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Pearson a few questions about the book to bring you a closer look at this wonderful resource. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS.

Spring Child Life Course @ DCTC

medical-play-materials-e1412695748870Are 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 summer and fall, fully 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.

  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 (unofficial is fine), 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/

SPRING Course ID#- 000280, Subject/Course Number- ECYD2900, Section- 59, Credits- 3, Name of Course-Introduction to the Child Life Profession: History and Practice, Total Estimated Cost- $605, Course Dates 1/9/2017 – 5/17/17*NOTE- This course is not available for currently enrolled DCTC Child Life Assistant students that have not yet graduated. 

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!

Sincerely,

Dawn Braa
dawn.braa@dctc.edu
http://blogs.dctc.edu/ecyd
http://www.pinterest.com/dbraa/child-life/
http://www.pinterest.com/dbraa/kid-favorites/

Welcome to Fall Semester 2016!

Welcome back current students and welcome new students! Most classes at Dakota County Technical College begin on Monday, August 22nd. I’ve put together some of the information that you might need below:

  • New to this blog? Learn more HERE.
  • Have questions about parking on DCTC campus? Visit HERE.
  • Need to buy Textbooks? Visit the Bookstore HERE.
  • Not familiar with D2L Brightspace? Learn more HERE.
  • Need to contact us? Click HERE.
  • Have general questions about support services provided by the college? Click HERE.
  • Need to speak with someone about Financial Aid? Visit HERE.
  • Want to Log-in (D2L, Email, Grades) but not sure where to do so? Click HERE.
  • Not sure how to log in on campus? Learn more HERE.
  • Looking to contact a particular faculty member (aka Teacher)? Find him/her HERE.
  • Curious about what opportunities there are for you at DCTC? Learn more HERE.
  • Are you hope to transfer in credits from another college? Click HERE.
  • Brand new to college? View a First Day of Class checklist HERE and a preparation tips video HERE.

See you soon- we’re glad you’re here!

Learning More About D2L/Brightspace: Being a Successful Online Student

STUDENT D2L BRIGHTSPACE TUTORIAL GUIDES

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*Click on the links below to access video tutorials for D2L/Brightspace, the learning management system for your online courses*

Navigation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56VNYH49owc

Profile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sH3UX4XX_E

Content https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpeZNV0rQg

Assignments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQHwEOMwHA

Grades https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3ewgHF_qtc

Notifications https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6TElEBF1j4

Quizzes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozpJz_MI_Z4

Discussions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK6TGYW5grY

Parking Information @ DCTC

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 PARKING PERMITS:
DCTC Employees & Students will not be required to have a parking permit for the 2016-2017 school year.  DCTC Employees & Students will no longer need to register their vehicles. 
 
WHERE TO PARK:
DCTC Employees & Students will be required to park in the lots located at either the East end of the building or the West end of the building.
 
VISITOR LOT:
The northwest parking lot in the front of the building is designated as the Visitor’s Parking Lot and is reserved for visitors to the campus.  No staff, faculty, or students are permitted to park in this lot.
 
TICKETING/TOWING:
DCTC reserves the right to ticket, and/or two any vehicle in violation of established parking regulations at the owner’s risk and expense. 
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How To VIDEO: Prepare for First Day of Class – College Tips

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What Will You Do with Your Future?

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-Your future is up to YOU-

APPLY TODAY! Admissions info.

Visit the Early Childhood & Youth Development website to learn more about the program.

Fall Course Schedule for Early Childhood & Youth Development.

Job Fair (Bloomington)

JOB FAIR!

Bloomington Public Schools

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Educational Services Center

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SECOND CHANCE SUMMER BOOK STUDY

The spring months always seem to be jam-packed. Perhaps you missed out on my spring book study for that very reason. It was focused on Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era. “The conversations from this book are intended to shape the field’s future. Don’t sit back and listen; be part of this important conversation.” Here’s your second chance opportunity! Click here to read more.

Schools Without Playgrounds?

If you ask a child what their favorite part of the school day is, they’ll probably tell you recess. “Recess is the time of day set aside for elementary school students to take a break from their class work, engage in play with their peers, and take part in independent, unstructured activities,” Bossenmeyer, M. (2005). A trend is happening throughout the United States and in my opinion; it’s not a good one. Click here to read more.

Career Crossings

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Parents In Community Action is opening a new center and is currently hiring for:

FULL-TIME CDL Bus Drivers

FULL-TIME Early Head Start Assistants

The EHS (Early Head Start) and Driver positions are FULL Time year-round. Driver’s may be paid overtime plus we have excellent benefits. College is paid up to a BA for Education Staff. We are always accepting qualified applicants for any positions listed on our website at www.picaheadstart.org.

sonnetSonnet Montessori is currently hiring for a  Toddler Teacher

Andrea Jeyaraja
Administrative Director
Sonnet Montessori
O: 952.226.6675 F: 952.855.8035
www.sonnetschool.com

www.facebook.com/sonnetschool

Fall 2016 Early Childhood Courses @ DCTC

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Below are the courses that we’re offering fall semester (Aug-Dec)
options range from enrolling in our entire early childhood program down to just one class. 

*Introduction to Early Childhood Careers (On Campus & Online)
7 spaces remaining (On Campus)
3 spaces remaining (Online)
*Child Growth and Development (On Campus & Online)
spaces remaining (On Campus)
space remaining (Online)
*Health, Safety, and Nutrition (On Campus & Online)
spaces remaining (On Campus)
spaces remaining (Online)
*Observation and Assessment  (On Campus & Online)
1 space remaining (On Campus)
FULL (Online) Join Waitlist
*Curriculum Planning (On Campus & Online)
1 space remaining (On Campus)
FULL (Online) Join Waitlist
*Children with Differing Abilities (On Campus & Online)
spaces remaining (On Campus)
FULL (Online) Join Waitlist
*Creative Development Experiences (On Campus)
spaces remaining (On Campus)

Apply/register today to reserve your space in class!
http://www.dctc.edu/admissions/apply-to-dctc/

www.dctc.edu/earlychildhood

Instructors
Dawn Braa, dawn.braa@dctc.edu, 651.423.8315
Sharon Bergen, sharon.bergen@dctc.edu, 651.423.8398

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3rd Annual Early Childhood/Child Life Career & Education Fair!

May 5, 2016    |   5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. DCTC    |   Dakota Room
              1300 145th Street E., Rosemount, MN 55068

ECYD Students and Alumni

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Are you currently looking for a new role in the early childhood profession or are you simply interested in finding out more about the opportunities presented by area employers? Looking for a practicum site? Interested in a field experience? Ready to begin networking with other professionals in the early childhood field? Considering transferring after DCTC to continue your education? If you answered ‘yes’ or even ‘maybe’ to any of these questions, here is a great opportunity!

Alumni- We’d LOVE for you to come back and visit us. (We miss you!) You can network with professionals, mingle with current students, and see the changes we’ve made to our space. Hope to see you! Thank you for supporting our program (and the field) by attending.

Join us Thursday, May 5, from 5-7 p.m. for the 3rd Annual Early Childhood/Child Life Career & Education Fair at Dakota County Technical College in the Dakota Room. Dress professionally and bring copies of a current resume and be prepared to meet with many area employers and organizations looking for professionals like you. 

Representatives from the following organizations will be in attendance:

Bright Horizons Family Solutions ChildCare Aware of MN Especially for Children
CAP Agency Children's Hospital of Minnesota CDLC New Horizon Academy
Fraser Think Small prestige
Teachers on Call T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood© Minnesota UWRF
discovery club 196 school district northfield Ventures
reading math corps Knowledge Beginnings primrose
childrens country day
tutor time YMCA
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 MnAEYC-MnSACA Gillette Children's
Pacer Center Southwest_Minnesota_State_University_logo
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Concordia St PaulCC burnsville-eagan-savage-isd_291

For more information, contact:
Dawn Braa |  dawn.braa@dctc.edu  |  651.423.8315
Sharon Bergen |  sharon.bergen@dctc.edu  |  651.423.8398

MnSCU College Grant Program = More $ in Your Pocket!!

Our Early Childhood & Youth Development program is eligible for the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program!


Program Purpose
The program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in qualifying career and technical programs at MnSCU two-year colleges so that students can complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high-demand occupation. It was created by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature and will be implemented for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years as a pilot program.

Amount of Grant The grant will cover any remaining tuition and general fee charges after the student’s Federal Pell Grant and MN State Grant have been applied to the student’s account. Program-specific fees and equipment are not covered. The grant is available for up to 72 semester credits, including any required developmental courses taken after admission to the occupational program.

Wondering if YOU qualify and how to apply for the grant? Find all the details by clicking this link–> https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?PageID=2163 

*Find out more about our Early Childhood & Youth Development program here!

How to apply to Dakota County Technical College - http://www.dctc.edu/admissions/apply-to-dctc/ 

 

Summer & Fall Online Child Life Course @ DCTC

medical-play-materials-e1412695748870Are 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 summer and fall, fully 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.

  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 (unofficial is fine), 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/

SUMMER Course ID#- 000143, Subject/Course Number- ECYD2900, Section- 59, Credits- 3, Name of Course-Introduction to the Child Life Profession: History and Practice, Total Estimated Cost- $605, Course Dates 6/6/2016 – 7/29/2016*NOTE- This course is not available for currently enrolled DCTC Child Life Assistant students that have not yet graduated. 

FALL Course ID#- 000430, Subject/Course Number- ECYD2900, Section- 59, Credits- 3, Name of Course-Introduction to the Child Life Profession: History and Practice, Total Estimated Cost- $605, Course Dates 8/22/2016 – 12/16/2016*NOTE- This course is not available for currently enrolled DCTC Child Life Assistant students that have not yet graduated. THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Next course to run Jan. 2017.

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!

Sincerely,

Dawn Braa
dawn.braa@dctc.edu
http://blogs.dctc.edu/ecyd
http://www.pinterest.com/dbraa/child-life/
http://www.pinterest.com/dbraa/kid-favorites/

Career Crossings: Bright Horizons Interview Event

You might be interested in the upcoming interview event at Bright Horizons on March 23 in Rochester! 

This is an opportunity to see the center as well as interview on the spot! Spring Event BH onsite interviews

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bright-horizons-on-site-interview-session-tickets-23109552293

Child Life Positions in MN

The following Child Life Department at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota positions have been posted:

1) CCLS in St. Paul Pre-op:  .8 FTE:  Monday: all day; Tuesday thru Thursday 0630-1230; and on Friday might include some Unit 6 coverage; also this position was requested to support cross-campus work for some direct service and projects.

2)  CCLS:  St. Paul Emergency Dept.  .75 FTE; six shifts every pay period

3)  CLA:  .5 FTE for (St. Paul) Sunday split inpatient and afternoon in the CL Zone; Wed. and Thurs: 2-8:30 PM

4)  CLA:   .5 FTE for Mpls.: Sunday and Monday inpatient; Wednesday: 4-8 PM in Sibling Playarea

5)  Music Therapist:  .8 FTE for St. Paul

Other positions:

-  .5 FTE:  11 AM- 3 PM for PICU Monday thru Friday

-  In Chaplaincy:  .8 FTE Bereavement Coordinator

Beyond The Pages Book Study Frequently Asked Questions (Goffin)

Here’s the information you’ve been waiting for! My next book study will be focused on Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era. I’m honored to announce that there is another fantastic lineup of early childhood experts to assist in leading the conversation around this book! In the coming weeks, those content experts will be announced. Did I mention that Redleaf Press is sponsoring a BOOK GIVEAWAY for this study?! Enter today for your chance to WIN the book study book for FREE :)

*Please note that this book study (and all future studies) will be hosted on my personal blog: www.enhancingyoungminds.com. Be sure to subscribe there to receive the weekly EYM newsletter!

Click the following link to learn about the book study! http://enhancingyoungminds.com/2015/12/beyond-the-pages-book-study-goffin-frequently-asked-questions/ 

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