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, MA

Executive Director



8244 177th Lane

Forest Lake,

MN 55025

651-464-8777

Fax: 651-286-0885

info@pla-inc.org


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Road to Freedom Gala
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Invitation


Thank you to all who attended this event - providers, legislators, gubernatorial candidates, and sponsors.  Awards were presented to:

Voices of Conservative Women - Jennifer Dejournett
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota - Jonathan Blake
Watchdog.org - Tom Steward
National Right to Work Foundation - Mark Mix

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Newsletters

June-July 2014

May 2014

Click here to offer your insights on the
Child Care Professional Institute Survey

April 2014


"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


If you prefer to register offline, download a Registration Form and choose the option that suits you.

 


Union Misrepresentation in Minnesota

Unionization Update August 12, 2014

Personal Care Attendants in Minnesota:

Be sure to get your ballots in by the deadline! 
Visit www.pcaunioninfo.com for details.

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While the news we received this morning that the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled our case, Parrish V Dayton, was not ripe and lifted the injunction allowing the union to move forward with their organizing drive was disappointing, we got lots of good news today too!

The ruling in our case made it clear that once the union petitions for an election, the issue is ripe. This helps the PCAs with the case they just filed which in turn, could help us.

Also, the childcare providers in Wisconsin got word today that Act 10 was upheld so they can remain union free.

Our friends at Illinois Policy heard back from Governor Quinn on their request to stop fair share fee collection from childcare providers and that was granted.

So we had a minor set back today. We still firmly believe this child care union scheme will be ruled unconstitutional once we are able to refile and we can do that as soon as AFSCME files for an election. Keep your heads up, your eyes open and be prepared for union organizers to come to your home while you're busy caring for children.

~from Childcare providers who are Happy to Be Union Free (facebook post)

Doorknockers will be coming to your community soon.  So be careful about who comes into your home (a good idea anyway) and do not sign anything unless you are certain you would like to join the union.  Of course, you are certainly free to join a union if you wish, but we encourage you to be informed in advance.  Signing anything under the pretense of having "information sent to you" or "someone will contact you later" has historically meant that you actually signed a card which, when counted with the other cards obtained in various ways, can ultimately trigger an election.

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Visit Facebook:  Childcare Providers Who are Happy to Be Union Free

A decision was published by the United States Supreme Court in the case
Harris, et al, v. Quinn, et al.
Read the opinion here.

There was a press conference at the Minnesota State Capitol Building
on June 30, 2014. 


COMMENTS BY JENNIFER PARRISH

COMMENTS BY HEATHER FALK

The Parrish v. Dayton case was heard in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on May 15, 2014
A ruling is expected shortly. 

For the very latest information on the attempted unionization of child care professionals, visit
www.childcareunioninfo.com


For up-to-date information regarding the attempted unionization of personal care attendants, visit www.pcaunioninfo.com
(This is the Harris v. Quinn case recently decided by the United States Supreme Court.)


You are already empowered.  But you must use your power for it to make any difference!


This information is not intended to be taken as an overall anti-union stance. 
For this type of independent, self-employed, small business owner, however, it is not a workable choice and may, in fact,
be illegal/unconstitutional. 
Note the related case that will be heard by the United States Supreme Court on January 21, 2014.


Facebook: 

Childcare Providers Who are Happy to be Union Free

Event Flyers


Early Childhood Screening - Get Your Child Onboard!  (pdf)
(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  (pdf)
Youths in Military Families Since 9-11  (pdf)
Changing Perceptions of Sexual Violence Over Time  (pdf)
What You Need to Know About Prescription Drug Abuse  (pdf)

Character Counts! Poster  (pdf)

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

Eating and Emotions in Obese Toddlers  (pdf)



Community Resources


Forest Lake Area Partnership for Families (FLAPF)

Crisis Center

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church Community Resource Center  (pdf)

Community Thread Taxpayer Assistance   (pdf)

Washington County Chemical Action Collaborative   (CHAC)

Washington County Youth  (WACY)

Reach Out

Emergency Foodshelf Network

The Alliance for a Violence-Free Anoka County



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  (pdf)


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 Webcams in Minnesota


Eagle Webcam in Decorah, Iowa

(Scroll down to view recent videos.)


Nestcams in various states




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and their familiesWe will accept your donations at all PLA-INC.-sponsored seminars.




Thank you to all military veterans, current service members, and their families for their dedicated service and untold sacrifices for us.

(November 11, 2013)



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