Professional Learning Alternatives, Inc.

 is a nonprofit education and advocacy resource for child care professionals, parents, and those interested in supporting the development of children and youth.



Deb Colling, MNM

Executive Director



8244 177th Lane

Forest Lake,

MN 55025

651-464-8777

Fax: 651-286-0885

info@pla-inc.org


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May 12
Happy Child Care Provider Appreciation Day!
To Child Care Professionals everywhere:

Thank you for the important and awesome work you do each day for our children and youth (and their parents!).
Today is Provider Appreciation Day, but you really deserve appreciation every day.
Be proud of your profession and of yourself!




Newsletters

May - June 2017

January - April 2017

October - December 2016



BLOX of TYME

Are you grappling with your professional development budget?  Seeking better management of your time and money? Wishing there were seminars close to home?  Needing someone with whom to talk over sensitive situations (or simply to vent)?  Looking for a mentor?  Focusing on your business development?

 

We have the answer for you!  Manage your time with BLOX of TYME.  Use your BLOX of TYME for most any PLA-sponsored professional development service. 



"Is Nature Deficit Disorder Real?"
View the interview with DON SHELBY, keynote presenter for the
10th Annual Child Care Professional Institute (2/25/12), discussing the recommendations and benefits for children and youth in spending more time in the outdoors and the research data upon which the recommendations are made.

Videography and editing by Rand Thill

 

Event and Resource Flyers

Autism Awareness Information

Early Childhood Screening - Get Your Child Onboard! 
(For information and locations in your community, contact your school's
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Department or school district office.)

Articles and Flyers

 

Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace - What Youth Should Know 
Youths in Military Families Since 9-11 
Changing Perceptions of Sexual Violence Over Time 
What You Need to Know About Prescription Drug Abuse 

Character Counts! Poster  

Monitoring Your Teen's Activities:  What Parents and Families Should Know  

Eating and Emotions in Obese Toddlers  



Community Resources


Forest Lake Area Partnership for Families (FLAPF)

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church Community Resource Center  

Emergency Foodshelf Network



Activity Ideas


Send us your ideas so we can share them here.


Don't forget to PLA today!


Geometric Shape & Sort
Smack-A-Bug
Seasonal Freebies for Teachers
Smack-A-Bug! Sight Word Game
St. Patrick's Day Paddy Potato Project

Bullying
Crossword Puzzle 


Family Activities
We All Need Trees
Adopt a Tree
Trees as Habitat
The Fallen Log
Looking at Leaves
Tree Cookies
Signs of Fall

Healthy Habits for Life/Sesame Street
Healthy Habits - 1
Healthy Habits - 2
Healthy Habits - 3
Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Minnesota Symbols Coloring Book

Benefits of Wind Power

Nature's Calendar

Natural Playscapes

ABCs of Environmental Education

Endangered Species Coloring Book

Kids Activities Brochure

Sammy Soil Coloring Book

Science Demonstration - Drinking Water (K-12)

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Be Water and Energy Wise! Tips

The Water-Energy Connection Activities

Kids Gardening

Natural Playgrounds

KinderNature

Climate Kids

The Field Museum Water Calculator

Planet Green Carbon Quiz

Going Green - Parent Further

Bird Food Feeders



Send us your ideas and we'll include them here for others to enjoy, too.


International Owl Cams


MN DNR Eagle Cam


North American Bear Center Live Webcam in Minnesota


Eagle Webcam in Decorah, Iowa

(Scroll down to view recent videos.)


Nestcams in various states




Today we say THANK YOU to those who have served our country through their military service. We must also thank their families who also served, sometimes unwillingly. While they most certainly love their service members, these loved ones may not have otherwise chosen this life of service for themselves. Difficult choices were made and we are most grateful. Thank you all for your service.


(November 11, 2016)



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