Birth to Five Trainings

Birth to Five Trainings

Training for EEC Educators, Directors, and Family Child Care Providers

Why take advantage of this?

  • High-quality CEU trainings are reasonably priced and will be available in every region of the state. 
  • Early educators who work in family child care settings or programs that have not used the Teaching Strategies GOLD system prior to the training are eligible to receive a year's subscription free of charge.
  • Prioritized Early Education and Care programs may receive a free hard copy of the assessment tools, screening kits, and supplementary materials. 
  • These assessment trainings will help meet requirements of the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

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Upcoming Trainings

Teaching Strategies GOLD

12 hours (1 CEU or 10 PDPs)

Prerequisite: formal professional development or coursework in observation and documentation of young children

This twelve-hour training introduces teachers to Teaching Strategies GOLD, a Web-based, developmentally appropriate assessment system for children from birth through kindergarten. Through video clips, small-group work, and facilitator-led discussions, teachers will explore the structure, features, and functionality of the tool and practice using it to follow the four-step assessment cycle.

Hands-on activities include observing children and writing objective observation notes, evaluating a child portfolio, and communicating assessment information with families. By the end of the session, teachers will have the basic skills they need to begin implementing Teaching Strategies GOLD in their classrooms.

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Observation and Documentation for Assessment and Planning

​5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

Observing children in the daily life of their early childhood classroom is a powerful way to assess them.  By observing children, you can get a rich understanding of the whole child’s development over time.  In this course you will learn ways to observe children and document your observations during a busy day.  You will have the opportunity to further develop your skills by practicing observation and documentation using video vignettes and by participating in small-group discussions and reflection.

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Assessing Diverse Learners

5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

A child’s language, culture, and ability have an important impact on the assessment process.  Through this course you will gain skills and understanding for fairly and effectively assessing children who are diverse in terms of culture, language, and ability.  To enhance your ability to assess diverse learners, the course will present and incorporate the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) as well as important information on first and second language learning.

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Engaging Families in the Assessment Process

​5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

In this course educators will learn ideas, tools, and tips for engaging families in child assessments in order to make families strong partners in their child’s education.  You will also learn ways to gain information from families to deepen your understanding of the child.  Among the topics addressed will be attention to culturally responsive interactions, ideas for gathering information from families, and family-friendly ways of sharing data.

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Understanding and Implementing Developmental Screening

​5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

In this course you will learn why developmental screening is so important when working with young children. You will also learn what to look for when choosing a screening tool, ways to implement a screening program, how to involve parents in the screening process, and how to follow-up when screening results indicate children may need further evaluation.  This course will also provide an introduction to how to use the ASQ-3 screening tool.

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Utilizing Data for Planning Individualized Learning: for Administrators

5 hours, .5 CEU

Prerequisite: Experience using a Formative Assessment Tool such as Teaching Strategies GOLD or Work Sampling

Once you have been trained in a formative assessment tool, how do you use all the data that teachers have entered in it?  In this course you will learn how to view and interpret the data in the assessment tool to support teachers, share information with parents, and inform decision-making for your program or school.  You will learn about the variety of reports that can be created from the assessment tool and will have practice in interpreting the data in these reports.

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Utilizing Data for Planning Individualized Learning: for Educators

5 hours, .5 CEU

Prerequisite: Experience using a Formative Assessment Tool such as Teaching Strategies GOLD or Work Sampling

Once you have learned how to use a formative assessment tool, how do you interpret and use all the data you have entered into it?  In this course you will learn how to use the data to plan individualized learning for children.  You will also learn how to create reports to help them share information with families and colleagues who could help you make decisions around the child’s learning.

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Technical Assistance

On-site and online assistance is provided to help you use the assessment tool well and to analyze and use the data you collect. 


Registration Policies

The following policies have been developed to ensure a positive training experience for all:

  • Absolutely no walk-in registrations will be accepted.
  • Refunds will be made if CES cancels a training, but are not available for withdrawals. For withdrawals >made up to 7 business days before the training start date, we will apply payment to another training in the Assessment for Responsive Teaching project, up until June 30, 2015; after that, there are no credits or adjustments.
  • A $15.00 fee will be charged for returned checks.
  • Purchase orders are accepted.
  • Phone registrations are not accepted, but we welcome phone inquiries.
  • Confirmation of registration will be sent by e-mail. If you do not use e-mail, you are responsible for calling 413.586.4900 x5571 for confirmation. We are not responsible for e-mails that are sent to invalid or incorrect addresses.

Attendance Policies

To earn any CEU credit you must be present for the entire course. Anyone arriving more than 15 minutes late for any session will not be considered to have been present for the entire course. If extenuating circumstances cause lateness, please inform your instructor, who will note your arrival time on the sign-in sheet. Final decisions about CEU credit in these cases are made by the Collaborative staff, not the instructor.

If the course is divided into two or more sessions, you must attend each session not only to receive CEU credit, but also to get the most from the course, since each session builds on the previous one. Please do not come to a session if you have missed a previous session.

If you know in advance that you will be unable to complete a CEU course, please contact Gina Pioggia at or call 413-586-4900 x5571 at least 7 days in advance to apply your payment to another course in the Assessment for Responsive Teaching project, which will be offered through June 30, 2014.

Weather Cancellations or Postponements

Details of weather cancellations or postponements are posted on this website and are available by calling 413.586.4900 x5570 after 6:30am on the day of a morning training, and after 2pm on the day of an evening training.


For more information, contact: 
Training Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5573