Mondays with ME: Cycle of Abuse (8/3/15)




Pelzer,Dave_book“In his bestselling book, A Child Called ItDave Pelzer told the story of the horrific abuse he experienced at the hands of his mother. After years as a popular speaker and frequent guest on national media, Dave now has written Too Close To Mea candid and courageous story of striving to be a good parent, husband and advocate for others who struggle to rise above abuse. This Mom Enough discussion offers hope that it is possible to break the cycle of abuse and find a better way for yourself and your children.” -MomEnough TUNE IN TO LISTEN HERE.


Special Announcement…Coming Soon!

big-announcementWe’re going to add a new (and exciting) feature to our blog this fall. I’ve been working diligently all summer and can hardly keep it to myself. What is it? Come back on August 5th for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! 

Career Crossings: 7/29/15

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PICA Head Start has the follow full-time opening: Records Clerk 2015. Click the link for more information. 

bright horizons logoBright Horizons is offering a $1000 Sign on Bonus for new full time teachers and center leadership in the Twin Cities!  Locations include Minneapolis, Minnetonka and Woodbury. See the Twin Cities Sign On Bonus Summer 2015 flyer for more details.

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Children of Tomorrow Chanhassen is currently looking for the following positions to be filled: Assistant Toddler Teacher, Lead Toddler Teacher, Assistant Preschool Teacher. Contact Mara Habisch, mara@childrenoftomorrow.com #952-448-7829.

pica HSPICA Head Start Minneapolis has the follow full-time openings: Teaching Candidates and Drivers. Click the link for more information. 


Loving Shepherd Early Learning Center in Golden Valley is hiring. A Christian based, NAEYC accredited, early childhood program located in Golden Valley has immediate openings for teachers in our licensed preschool, toddler and infant programs.  We offer competitive salary, benefits package, weekly plan time, and paid in service hours.  If you are a professional educator looking to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families please apply by following instructions below.

Requirements:  Must meet DHS qualifications,  have an education degree in early childhood or a minimum of 24 college quarter credits and 2 years of experience. Please send cover letter and resume to Dawn Roghair at dawnr@gvlc.net

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Tutor Time of Lakeville will be hiring soon! Contact Katie Gall for more information #952.898.0555 or kgall@tutortime.com

primrosePrimrose School of Eagan is seeking Afternoon Part-Time Multi-Room Teachers. Click the link for more information.

Mondays w/ Listen inMomEnough: Substance Abuse (7/19/15)



Schultz,Katie_hs“From the earliest years of life, our children are learning about alcohol and other mood-altering substances from what they see and hear among adults in their lives. At earlier ages than ever before, children encounter opportunities and temptations to experiment with alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal substances and dangerous new synthetics. In this week’s Mom Enough show, Kathleen Schultz, a youth addiction expert from internationally renowned Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation brings information you won’t want to miss about how to prevent substance abuse, how to recognize signs of possible abuse and how to respond if you have concerns that your child may be using.” -ME
Listen in HERE.


Why Our Early Childhood Program Is Great For You!

DCTC logo 2-C horizChoosing a college is an exciting first step on your path toward a rewarding career.  Naturally, we believe there is no better choice than the ECYD program at Dakota County Technical College.  Some of the things that set our program apart from others are:

  • Small class sizes;10049-04223lw
  • Convenient scheduling including full-time, part-time and online options;
  • A two-day per week structured pathway to ensure completion of our highest award in 2 years;
  • Transfer options to many four-year institutions;
  • Affordable tuition and fees; and
  • A hands-on approach to education that involves students in active learning of best practices.

girl_drawWe work closely with early childhood programs to understand what employers are looking for and to ensure that our students are well prepared for work in schools, child care centers, hospitals, Head Start, and a wide variety of other programs related to children and families.  We are confident that you will find our classes to be active learning experiences that challenge you and hone your skills for a rewarding career working with children.

Use the contact information below to visit our Facebook page or to begin a conversation with either of the program instructors.

ECYD Instructors

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



NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL! Although our early childhood courses are filling, there’s still room for YOU! Options include enrolling in the Early Childhood & Youth Development or Child Life Assistant degree programs, taking a few courses, or enrolling in just one course. CLICK HERE for fall course information. (Note that some courses have pre-requisites)

We look forward to meeting you, in person or online. *If you’ve already begun your educational journey, some of your previous courses may transfer in.

Admissions information: http://www.dctc.edu/admissions/
Transfer  information: http://www.dctc.edu/admissions/transfer-to-dctc/

SkillsUSA Nationals 2015 Update

I just realized that I didn’t post an update about SkillsUSA Nationals! I posted (many) updates and pics via the SkillsUSA Facebook page, but none here. I apologize!

Joy went down to represent herself, DCTC, and our Early Childhood program. She really didn’t know what to expect as this was her first Skills Nationals experience. She put on a brave face, was a fierce competitor, and managed to do it all with a smile. I was super impressed! Although she had hoped to get a medal on stage (who doesn’t?), she placed 5th which is still a huge accomplishment. I’ve included a few pictures from our trip below. Way to go Joy…we’re super proud of you!!


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Gustafson,Ron_other“For 30 years early childhood educator Ron Gustafson has been engaging children in music, both in the classroom and from a stage as part of the popular Teddy Bear Band. Today he brings his knowledge and experience to Mom Enough in a unique discussion and demonstration of fun, simple ways you can use music to build your child’s language skills and emerging literacy. Guitar in hand, Ron plays snippets of familiar songs, then wraps up the show with a Teddy Bear Band recording of one of his original songs. Turn up the volume and invite your child to “Jump Around!” (By the way, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed June 28, 2015 Teddy Bear Band Day!)” -ME

To listen to this great message, TUNE IN HERE 


Mondays with MomEnough: MEALTIMES (7/6/15)



Fishel,Anne_book“If you’re like many parents, getting your family members to the table for regular mealtimes isn’t always easy. But this Mom Enough guest has spent much of her career studying why family dinner is so important, why it happens so seldom, and how parents can overcome barriers and make the most out of a family dinner. Dr. Anne Fishel is director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, associate clinical professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School and author of Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids. Her innovative ideas and inspiring family dinner tips had Marti & Erin so excited they say they will listen to this interview once a month to remind themselves of the many fun and powerful ways to transform mealtime rituals in their households!” -ME
Click to TUNE IN HERE!

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Happy 4th of July!

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Sanford,Matthew_hsMatthew Sanford was a strong, healthy young man when a devastating accident turned his world upside down. Paraplegic and suffering unimaginable loss, Matthew couldn’t have known what a rich and productive life lay before him. But 33 years later, Matthew is father of a 15-year-old son, a sought-after public speaker and teacher of yoga to people of all abilities. He is founder of the nonprofit Mind Body Solutions and acclaimed author of Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence. In this Mom Enough show, listen to Matthew’s inspiring story and learn how you and your family can benefit from Matthew’s simple tips for mindful parenting and a mindful life.” -MomEnough TUNE IN HERE


SkillsUSA Nationals Conference/Competition 2015

On Monday morning, many from MN will be on our way down to Louisville, Kentucky for the National SkillsUSA Conference and Competition. Students from various MN high schools and colleges will be competing this week against others across the nation.

SkillsUSA-logoLet me back up – Dakota County Technical College did well at the SkillsUSA State Competition (MN). I’m so very proud of all of the students at DCTC involved in Skills. I’m especially proud of the students in our Early Childhood program that chose to compete this year. The students that place first at the state competition are invited to compete at the national competition. For many, many years, the national competition was help in Kansas City, MO. This year the competition will take place in  Louisville, KY. Check out this VIDEO about the SkillsUSA National Conference!

That brings us to the present… there are 6 of us from DCTC (students and advisors) on our way to Nationals! We are looking forward to the adventure ahead (but not the 14 hr. bus ride!) The students have been diligently preparing for this week. They’re ready to continue to work hard and to show their perseverance, talent, skills, creativity, and professionalism. After their competitions are completed, there may even be some time for FUN20150412_120205 - Copy

Even though you’re not in attendance with us, you can follow our progress. (Please do!) Follow along on our Facebook page. You can also watch the awards ceremony LIVE on Friday, June 26th beginning at 6 p.m. (CDT) at THIS WEBSITE. Our program competition is called Early Childhood Education. Good luck Joy!!


UPDATE: Joy placed 5th in the nation in her competition. Way to go Joy! We’re very proud of your accomplishment!

NAEYC Professional Development Institute: Day 2 and 3 Recap

naeycpdiDay 2 for me at the conference was fantastic. Again the networking was invaluable! It was ACCESS day for technical and community college programs and instead of trying to run all over to various sessions, we were in the same room from 8-5:30pm. Breakfast was provided by Cengage. (Thank you!)

We began the day by discussing Read more »

NAEYC Professional Development Institute: Day 1 Recap

naeycpdiWe’re in New Orleans, LA for the NAEYC PDI. “NAEYC’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for all early childhood professionals, including leaders who prepare, mentor, and support early childhood professionals, as well as program administrators, teacher educators, trainers, teachers, preschool teachers, and researchers. The theme for the 2015 Institute is The Early Childhood Profession We All Want: What Will It Take to Get Us There?” -NAEYC Read more »

Career Crossings: 6/5/15

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This edition of Career Crossings includes MN opportunities from Bright Horizons (Varied), Nanny (Rosemount), Kinderhaus Montessori School (St. Paul), Behavioral Dimensions (St. Louis Park), Kindercare (Rosemount), ABC & Toy Zone (Rochester), and the Ventures Program (Northfield). Read more »

Child Life Specialist Position (MO)

University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital exterior photosThere is a 30 hr/week Child Life Specialist position open at MU Women and Children’s Hospital. This position is every other weekend Inpt/ED + float position during the week. See the link below for more information.


2nd Annual Career Fair- Results

On May 5th, DCTC’s Early Childhood and Youth Development program held its 2nd Annual Early Childhood and Child Life Career Fair. Over thirty industry partners filled DCTC’s Dakota Room and a solid turn out of students made for great networking and a buzz of excitement throughout the evening. 

Students had a wonderful opportunity to network with industry professionals, learn about career options and, in many cases, secure a placement for practicum, field experience, or even Read more »

Child Life Specialist Position (MN)

med_93939Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center in Downtown Minneapolis, MN has a casual (on-call) position working primarily days 6:30am-1:30pm, no weekends. This position will cover a maternity leave in the months of July, August, and September, working about 56 hours per pay period and will maintain a casual status after the maternity leave ends.
For more information and to apply for this position, please CLICK HERE

Important News About Your eFolioMN Portfolio

DCTC ECYD students- you may have received an email like the one below…  please note that you are not required to pay this subscription fee as part of your class work. You should download and save any documents that you have on EFolio MN in your account if you are not planning to subscribe. Read more »

Fall Early Childhood Courses @ DCTC (2015)

_116aCourses we’re offering this coming fall semester (Aug-Dec)…perhaps you are interested.
Options range from enrolling in our entire early childhood program down to just one class. 

*Introduction to Early Childhood Careers (On Campus & Online)
Only 4 spaces remaining (On Campus)
Only 9 spaces remaining (Online)
*Child Growth and Development (On Campus & Online)
Only 4 spaces remaining (On Campus)
Only 7 spaces remaining (Online)
*Health, Safety, and Nutrition (On Campus & Online)
Only 4 spaces remaining (On Campus)
Only 5 spaces remaining (Online)
*Observation and Assessment (On Campus)
*Curriculum Planning (On Campus)
Only 1 space remaining 
*Children with Differing Abilities (On Campus & Hybrid)
Only 4 spaces remaining (On Campus)
Only 2 spaces remaining (Online)
*Creative Development Experiences (On Campus)
Only 7 spaces remaining 

Apply/register today to reserve your space in class!

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

Child Life Course @ DCTC Fall 2015

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 fall 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. Read more »