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University of Illinois Extension announces webinar for childcare professionals

URBANA, Ill. – The University of Illinois Extension has announced a four-part, online series to help early childcare professionals and education centers learn how to maintain and reinforce healthy choices within a childcare work environment.

Happy and Healthy Providers is a four-part online series that addresses mental, physical, and nutritional health within childcare environments and reaches strategies to promote provider resiliency, manage workplace stress, and encourage positive nutrition and activity choices.

“Early care and education centers have an amazing opportunity to create a positive impact on the children in their care,” says Kaitlyn Streitmatter, Illinois Extension SNAP-Ed educator. “This series explores techniques for childcare providers to develop healthy habits that contribute to positive growth and development of the children and families they support.”

Sessions are free to attend, and registration is required. Register online for the series that will be held online from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays:

Oct. 20: How High Do You Bounce: Building Resilience During Difficult Times

Oct. 27: Healthy Habits: Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity

Nov. 10: Mindfulness in Busy Childcare Settings

Nov. 17: Healthy Eating Starts with Role Modeling

Participants may earn four hours of approved professional development training by attending all four sessions in the series. Illinois Extension is an Authorized Entity of Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry.

For more information about the series, or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact coordinator Kaitlyn Streitmatter at kaitlyns@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs.

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