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
8244 177th Lane
We had a remarkable day with interesting topics facilitated by innovative educators and attended by dedicated early childhood and school-age educators.
The exhibitors enjoyed the time to meet both new customers as well as reacquaint themselves with their current customers.
We certainly missed you at this year's Institute!
Saturday, February 28, 2015
"Feeding the Whole Child"
13th Annual Child Care Professional Institute
Forest Hills United Methodist Church
1790 11th Street SE
Forest Lake, Minnesota
And a sincere thank you to our host! The staff were so helpful, gracious, and welcoming.
We very much appreciate your hospitality!
Feed the WHOLE Child.
Bring your donations of non-perishable items.
Due to your requests, J.N. Johnson Fire and Safety will join us for annual fire extinguisher servicing!
an effort to further support children and families, this year we are pleased to
Family Pathways, Inc.
Children and families need nutritious choices with an eye toward healthy menus reflective of their culture. We strongly encourage you to share in this mission by bringing non-perishable items to this year’s Institute. Items will be distributed to families in need or you may choose to direct your donations to the Backpack Program. For more information, click here.
This year’s Institute is focused on feeding the whole child. Children and families need nutritious choices with an eye toward healthy menus reflective of their culture. For every five (5) non-perishable food items you bring, receive one (1) ticket for a drawing for either three (3) complimentary PLA seminars (two – three hours in length) OR (1) the 2016 Child Care Professional Institute.
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?
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"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
Union Misrepresentation in Minnesota
Unionization Update February 2, 2015
New info about SEIU as well as legislation in Minnesota.
Child Care Professionals and
Personal Care Attendants (in Minnesota):
Visit www.childcareunioninfo.com or www.pcaunioninfo.com for details.
Visit Facebook: Childcare Providers Who are Happy to Be Union Free
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,
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
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)
Washington County Youth (WACY)
Send us your ideas so we can share them here.
Don't forget to PLA today!
Geometric Shape & Sort
Seasonal Freebies for Teachers
Smack-A-Bug! Sight Word Game
St. Patrick's Day Paddy Potato Project
Crossword Puzzle (pdf)
We All Need Trees
Adopt a Tree
Trees as Habitat
The Fallen Log
Looking at Leaves
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
Send us your ideas and we'll include them here for others to enjoy, too.
North American Bear Center Live Webcams in Minnesota
Eagle Webcam in Decorah, Iowa
(Scroll down to view recent videos.)
Nestcams in various states
Click here for a list of suggested donation items for
military service members and their families. We 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, 2014)
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