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FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TRAINING (FFN)

The Imagine Institute has shifted all its training to online platforms and restructured bonuses to make them easier than ever to access during this time of uncertainty.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
You must register for classes no later than 48 hours prior to any scheduled training.
For weekend classes, you must register no later than Friday, 10AM.

All our Family, Friends, and Neighbors training is either developed by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families or by the Imagine Institute and reviewed by our curriculum committee to make sure it supports our mission to be “relevant, respectful, and responsive."

Eligibility

Don’t forget! You must:

  • Be authorized and caring for a subsidized child at the time of the training.
  • Claim all monthly invoices
  • Submit paperwork by June 20

AVAILABLE ONLINE COURSES

Child Care Basics + $750 Bonus (3-Day Online Course)

This 30-hour online course is required of all child care lead teachers, program supervisors, and directors in Washington State. Topics include the basic core knowledge of childhood development, guidance and behavior, health, and safety. The Imagine Institute is the primary organization training Family, Friends, and Neighbors providers in Child Care Basics.

All classes are online from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You must complete all three days of training to receive your $750 bonus. Click here to register.

Caring for Children with Special Needs 2 + $500 Bonus (4-Day Online Course)

This 4-day course (10 hours total) is designed to offer early learning providers a foundational knowledge of common behaviors of children with special needs, and basic observing and assessing skills in order to plan for the individual needs of children within the curriculum and the environment. Through games, hands-on activities, reflection and exploring prior knowledge, this training will connect best practice and techniques to develop skills in understanding the basics of working with children with special needs.

4-DAY CLASS SCHEDULE (10 hours total):
Day 1: 2 hours
Day 2: 2 hours
Day 3: 3 hours
Day 4: 3 hours

All classes are online. You must complete all four days of training to receive your $500 bonus. Click here to register.

The Great Outdoors + $250 Bonus (1-Day Online Course)

Come examine the health and learning benefits for children playing outdoors, and discover new ways to make the most of the outdoor environment. Discuss the components of teaching outdoor learning to young children in a mixed-age environment with a focus on hands-on discovery learning. This class emphasizes the importance of safety and ways to lower risk in exploring the outdoors with children.

5-hour online class + $250 bonus. Click here to register.

Reading is Fundamental + $250 Bonus (1-Day Online Course)

This curriculum is designed to offer ways to magnify children’s learning through reading. This 5-hour training is divided into three main parts that will identify reading techniques and utilize role play to explain ideas and concepts. Participants will learn ways to help children foster enthusiasm for reading.

5-hour online class + $250 bonus. Click here to register.

STEM + $250 Bonus (1-Day Online Course)

This curriculum is designed to offer an overview of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as it applies to teaching young children. Participants will discuss the components of teaching STEM to young children with a focus on hands-on discovery learning. This class covers methods of best practice and how to use inquiry to develop new ideas and solve problems. Washington State guidelines will be applied to aid participants in their planning of STEM activities for young children.

5-hour online class + $250 bonus. Click here to register.

Child Care Basics + $750 Bonus (3-Day Online Course)

This 30-hour online course is required of all child care lead teachers, program supervisors, and directors in Washington State. Topics include the basic core knowledge of childhood development, guidance and behavior, health, and safety. The Imagine Institute is the primary organization training Family, Friends, and Neighbors providers in Child Care Basics.

All classes are online from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You must complete all three days of training to receive your $750 bonus. Click here to register.

Caring for Children with Special Needs 2 + $500 Bonus (4-Day Online Course)
This 4-day course is designed to offer early learning providers a foundational knowledge of common behaviors of children with special needs, and basic observing and assessing skills in order to plan for the individual needs of children within the curriculum and the environment. Through games, hands-on activities, reflection and exploring prior knowledge, this training will connect best practice and techniques to develop skills in understanding the basics of working with children with special needs.All classes are online. You must complete all four days of training to receive your $500 bonus. Click here to register.
The Great Outdoors + $250 Bonus (1-Day Online Course)

Come examine the health and learning benefits for children playing outdoors, and discover new ways to make the most of the outdoor environment. Discuss the components of teaching outdoor learning to young children in a mixed-age environment with a focus on hands-on discovery learning. This class emphasizes the importance of safety and ways to lower risk in exploring the outdoors with children.

5-hour online class + $250 bonus. Click here to register.

Reading is Fundamental + $250 Bonus (1-Day Online Course)

This curriculum is designed to offer ways to magnify children’s learning through reading. This 5-hour training is divided into three main parts that will identify reading techniques and utilize role play to explain ideas and concepts. Participants will learn ways to help children foster enthusiasm for reading.

5-hour online class + $250 bonus. Click here to register.

STEM + $250 Bonus (1-Day Online Course)

This curriculum is designed to offer an overview of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as it applies to teaching young children. Participants will discuss the components of teaching STEM to young children with a focus on hands-on discovery learning. This class covers methods of best practice and how to use inquiry to develop new ideas and solve problems. Washington State guidelines will be applied to aid participants in their planning of STEM activities for young children.

5-hour online class + $250 bonus. Click here to register.

Providers can receive a maximum of $750 per fiscal year (July through June).
For more information, or to register for classes by phone, please call 206-492-5249.

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