For grownups who care about kids
Parents, child care providers, grandparents, educators and other caregivers.


Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention

Attend this training to learn about the dangers of shaking a young child forcibly and how knowing alternative ways to cope with an infant’s crying can reduce the incidence of the syndrome. Presented by The Parenting Place staff. See our events calendar for times, dates and locations. *Fee is for Shaken Baby Syndrome training and/or SIDS with a maximum of $10 for both

SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome prevention

There are things that parents and caregivers can do to reduce the risk of a SIDS death. During this training, you will learn more about SIDS and how to prevent it. This class is presented by The Parenting Place staff. See our events calendar for times, dates and locations. *Fee is for Shaken Baby Syndrome training and/or SIDS with a maximum of $10 for both

Orientation for certification

Child care is not provided
If you are interested in becoming a county certified child care professional in La Crosse County, you need to attend an orientation session along with Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention and SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome prevention classes. During the orientation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and will receive the application packet needed to apply for certification. This class is presented by The Parenting Place staff. See our events calendar for times, dates and locations.

CPR/AED training

Participation for the American Heart Association heartsaver adult, child and infant CPR/AED class is limited to the first 8 paid registrations. Payments must be received before your registration will be confirmed. Class length may vary due to the number of participants. This class is presented by The Parenting Place staff. See our events calendar for times, dates and locations.

Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards

The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards specify developmental expectations for children from birth to entrance of first grade.  Participants in this 15-hour training series will explore all areas of a child’s learning and development and will learn to apply the Early Learning Standards to provide supportive environments and plan developmentally appropriate activities in their child care or preschool setting.

Pyramid Model

The Wisconsin Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children is a framework to promote the social emotional well-being of children birth to age five.  Participants in this training will learn effective and practical strategies for promoting social-emotional well-being for children in their care and will gain an increased knowledge of how to support children’s behavior.  Participants will gain the resources and support to implement strategies taught in the training in their own programs and classrooms.

(Active Early) WI Early Care and Education Physical Activity

In this training, providers will learn about obesity prevention through physical activity programming.  Providers will learn strategies and fun play activities to bring back to their programs.  Come dressed to move!

Ages and Stages Questionnaire

Developmental screening is a proven strategy for identifying children’s strengths and opportunities for growth.  Providers who attend this training will learn more about the purpose of developmental screening and the role of child care providers in this process.  Participants will learn how to use the ASQ materials and how to have a strength-based conversation with parents about child development.  The referral process will also be discussed.

Art from the Heart

The training will give providers strategies on how adults can support children’s experiences with art.  Art concepts will be explored through hands on activities.  Additionally, participants will learn how to incorporate art materials and concepts in their learning environment.

Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare

Child care centers have an opportunity to support breastfeeding mothers and make the separation of mom and baby a smoother transition. Being a supportive center will allow mom to focus on spending time with baby when at home, as opposed to worrying about leaving baby or deciding whether or not to continue breastfeeding.

Curriculum, Assessment and Portfolios

This training helps early care and education professionals utilize developmental portfolios in their programs as a way to track child’s progress, document child’s interests, and celebrate learning throughout the year.  Providers will learn about the purpose of child assessment and how to use assessments as a foundation for lesson planning.  Additionally, providers will learn how they can earn a Youngstar point by adding portfolios in their program!

Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Best practice in early care and education is based on how children develop and learn in the early years.   This training will help providers to learn more about developmentally appropriate practices and give them the opportunity to reflect on how these practices can be used in their own programs.

Discovering Science

This training will help providers to incorporate science concepts into their program.  The course will walk providers through strategies on how adults can support children’s experiences with science.  Science will be explored through hands on activities.

Enchanting Family Child Care Environments

This event will focus on exploring the design of the child care environment through the layout of a provider’s home. We will explore different components of the family child care learning environment and look at ways to organize and balance the needs of space.

Family Engagement

Would you like to have more family involvement in your program?  In this course we’ll explore challenges and barriers to connecting with families and learn strategies to help improve your ability to develop relationships with families and increase their involvement.

Healthy Bites

Are you looking for ways to add nutrition to every aspect of your program?   This 9-hour training series will help you to become empowered to improve the quality of meals and snacks served in your program. You will learn how to develop effective menus that include food recommendations for proper growth and development and gain strategies to make meal time enjoyable while promoting healthy eating habits.

Individual Learning: Planning Experiences and Documenting Learning

Lesson planning, child portfolios and assessments are extremely valuable when you understand how these tools can help you to create learning experiences that are meaningful to each child in your program.  This training will take an in-depth look at the Teaching Cycle and how assessment, planning and implementation can fit together to benefit each child in your program.

Intentional Environments in After School Care

This training will help providers intentionally set-up a quality environment for school age children.  Basic concepts in this training can be applied to providers who work in a variety of settings including group centers, school-based programs and family providers who can for school-age children.  The training is divided into three sections: Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Program Space and Set-Up, and Activities.


Literacy development begins at birth.  Long before children can read and write, they are learning about literacy.  Learn ways to support this learning at trainings targeted to the age group you serve with a class focus on either Early Literacy or Very Early Literacy

Strengthening Families

Participants in this training will learn about Strengthening Families, a strength-based approach to preventing child abuse and neglect. The five protective factors that help to strengthen families will be discussed along with next steps to help build these factors in early education and care environments.  This training now qualifies as a mandated reporter training for child care licensing purposes.

Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light

This nationally acclaimed training opportunity is designed to educate adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This class is highly recommended for all adults who work with children and youth– including teachers, parents, volunteers and other interested adults. There is no fee but advance registration is required. Facilitators of Stewards of Children are trained and authorized by Darkness to Light, a national nonprofit organization.

Supporting Conversations about Race and Culture in Early Childhood Settings

Providers who attend this training will have the opportunity to explore the role of diversity in their programs as a way to better support children and families in their programs.  Each module in this four-part series can stand on its own, or can be taken as part of the series.