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Engaging Outdoor Environments for Young Children

by Joan Leff and Connie Shugart
April 25, 2013
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

Lincoln Land Community College - Trutter Center
5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, Illinois

Description:Outdoor environments are more than swingsets and slides! This presentation includes all the Illinois Early Learning Standards in uncovering the mystery of the process for creating an outdoor classroom. Young children can be as engaged in learning through play in the outdoors as much as they are indoors. Participants will understand the value of play in the outdoor setting that promote social interactions, independence, creativity, and most importantly, friendships. Join us for a look outside the window.

Presenter Bios:Joan Leff is currently a part-time Early Childhood Resource Specialist with numerous years of experience with STARNET Regions I & III. Her past experiences have been in the early childhood profession, working with professionals as well as young children and their families in Early Intervention, preschool, and primary grade settings. Joan has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences and has been the Executive Producer of numerous Apples Video Magazine programs (a monthly in-service training program designed specifically around early childhood issues for professionals and families). Joan also has been a mentor for the Preschool for All programs. Joan has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

Connie Shugart, Project Coordinator for STARNET Regions I & III, has close to 30 years of experience working in the field of early childhood education. Her experiences include teaching and/or training of early childhood and early intervention professionals and families. She has done presentations at many regional, state and national conferences. A few of her topics include curriculum, assessment, standards, environments, child development, and play. Connie is also one of the Executive Producers and hosts of Apples Magazine training videos. Her passions include educating professionals and families on play and the impact that the early childhood environment has on teaching and learning.

This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) #1, #2, #3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) A, B


Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Registration form for this workshop.
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