Alert! The locations of these trainings change occasionally for better accommodations, sometimes we are not able to reserve another year at a certain location, or in an attempt to meet the needs of as many members as possible. We hope you try out the different locations!
  • Trainings will be scheduled at these locations from September through April at 6:30 p.m. All trainings are free if you are a member as long as you bring your green card (except for CPR and first aid). You don't need to pre-register for classes unless otherwise noted in the description.
  • Please bring your membership card to all of the trainings (or a current picture of it on your phone and photo ID) and arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to sign in. If you arrive more than 10 minutes after the start of class, we cannot give you credit for the training.
  • We are given free use of the facilities for trainings that serve food and beverages.  We encourage you to feel free to purchase food and/or beverages at these establishments that serve to ensure continued use of our space.  

For specific questions and details of requirements for training, please read the Training Requirements on Anoka County's website at:

Blaine Human Service Center
1201 89th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Blaine, MN 55434


January 14, 2019, Healthy Homes for Child Care, Scott Arcand:  Explore three common indoor air quality issues in Minnesota homes: radon, mold and moisture and carbon monoxide. Learn how these issues can affect the health and wellbeing of children in home based daycares and develop strategies to identify and reduce these hazards in your home. Participants will not only gain the necessary tools to deal with IAQ issues, but will learn how healthy air quality can create a safe and comfortable environment for child development and learning. KCF VII.A/CDA I.

February 11, 2019, Developing Successful Transitions During a Child's Busy Day, Kim Woehl:  Explore this web based course to recognize, reduce, and plan for the many transitions that children are required to maneuver each day. With the high stakes of helping children to be successful, explore some transitional strategies that can reduce anxiety and boredom, allowing children to be successful. KCF II.C/CDA III.

March 11, 2019, Potpourri of Play, Sara Mulso:  We know that children learn from play.  Many of us have also have heard that variety is the spice of life, yet we often find ourselves reaching for the salt and pepper (or using the same ideas with our children). Come jazz things up and refill your spice cupboard! There will be lots of different ideas that YOU can do with your children. We’ll explore activities and teacher made items that can be used with a number of different age groups. Play and learning will have new pizzazz after our time together. KCF I/CDA VIII.

April 8, 2019, Building ESTEAM with STEM, Heidi Ferris: Grow your STEM knowledge into ESTEAM. Weave art, environmental science, and cultural stories together in small group engineering design challenges. Discuss “letting kids lead” and "failing fast". Gain ways to use science activities to build student empowerment, self esteem, and sustainability. ESTEAM (environment, science, technology, engineering, art, and math) builds on the STEM philosophies while strengthening systems thinking through the power of play.  KCF II.B/CDA II.

Coon Rapids VFW
1919 Coon Rapids Boulevard NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

November 27, 2018, Cooking and Gardening with Children: Strategies To Build Healthy Relationships with Food, Dana Smith Ellingson:  Explore ways to create excitement in children with relation to gardening and healthy foods in their educational environment. Identify how cooking with children offers exciting moments that use open ended materials which support children’s curiosity, creativity, discovery, decision making, confidence, problem solving, science, math, language, social, and physical skills. Enjoy moments of tangible idea implementation including mealtime rituals, gardening, and cooking with any age group. KCF II.A/CDA II.


January 29, 2019, No One Likes A Bully, Kristen Wheeler Highland:  Understand that bullying behaviors emerge in early childhood settings and that these behaviors are preventable.  Recognize the different forms of prebullying and bullying behaviors that may occur in early childhood settings.  Understand the variety of ways early childhood professionals can prevent bullying before it starts, intervene when it happens, and follow up after it occurs. KCF II.C/CDA III.

February 26, 2019, First Aid, Cindi Gervais:  Please fill out the form and mail to the appropriate address.  We will also have a few forms available at area trainings.  $25 for certificate only (acceptable with Anoka County licensing) or $45 if you need a card. This training is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

March 26, 2019, Exploring Music with Young Children, Sharon Kaniess:  This class will discuss the importance of music to young children and will explain how to offer music experiences that will be lifelong gift to the children in your care. Expand your song and music repertoire. Bring a battery operated tape recorder if you would like to record the songs shared at this training. KCF II.E/CDA I.

April 30, 2019, Outdoor Activities, Hollee Saville:  Brighten your days and improve children’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development with outdoor activities. In this fun, hands on training, discover new games, activities, and materials that will make you and the children want to go outside, regardless of the weather. Learn ways to add imagination and enrichment to your outdoor areas, just as you do with your indoor areas. From pool noodles and water to relays and treasure hunts, you will be inspired to try a new activity every day and bring out some old ones with new twists. KCF II.A/CDA II.

Lord of Life Church
14501 Nowthen Boulevard NW
Ramsey, MN 55303

Please note:  The trainings at this location are held either the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month.

November 15, 2018, Health and Safety I, Family Child Care, Bev Herr:  This series based course intended for experienced providers meets Licensing in service requirements as well as the health and safety requirements from the Child Care Development Fund. Participants will explore MN Rule 2 licensing standards and best practices around health and safety. KCF VII.A/CDA I./This training meets the annual active supervision requirements (you don't need to attend both trainings for your supervision credit, either Health and Safety training offered (November 15th or January 24th) is acceptable).


January 24, 2019, Health and Safety II, Sara Mulso: This series based course intended for experienced providers and meets Licensing in service requirements as well as the health and safety requirements from the Child Care Development Fund. Participants will explore MN Rule 2 licensing standards and best practice around health and safety. KCF VII.B/CDA I./This training meets the annual active supervision requirements (you don't need to attend both trainings for your supervision credit, either Health and Safety training offered (November 15th or January 24th) is acceptable).

February 21, 2019, Learning Through Imitation and Emotions, Karla Scapanski:  Examine the value of imitation and determine how personal connections can enhance emotional development. Based on the curriculum owned by the Institute of Learning & Brain Science out of the University of Washington, recognize how school readiness begins at birth. Identify how infants learn through best practices and face to face interactions. KCF II.C/CDA III.

March 28, 2019, Breaking Bad...Habits; Setting Boundaries with Families, Barb Wagner:  Set boundaries with families to allow for a professional environment and mutual respect. Discover what boundaries participants want in their unique environment and making a plan to implement them. Create an environment that is open and supportive with families, yet has professional boundaries. KCF III/CDA IV.

April 25, 2019, Creating Magic in a Multiage Environment.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
19001 Jackson Street NE
Cedar, MN 55011

November 26, 2018, Infants and Toddlers: A Relationship based Approach to Challenging Behaviors/Examining Behaviors, Angela Kapp:  This 2-hour behavior guidance course will meet the licensed family child care annual training requirement. The objectives of the training are to help participants: learn about the relationship between behavior and distress communication for infants and toddlers; identify characteristics of challenging behavior demonstrated by infants and toddlers; identify the difference between acting out and withdrawing behaviors seen in infants and toddlers; and discus best practice guidance strategies. KCF II.C/CDA III.


February 25, 2019, Inside the Child: Social and Emotional Development, Kristen Wheeler Highland:This interactive training will give participants a chance to look at a child's behavior from the "inside out." Participants will examine children's temperament and development in relation to children's behavior and social emotional development. KCF II.C/CDA III.

March 25, 2019, Food Program Class.