•  October 3, 2024
     9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tools and Tips for Empowering Child-Led (and Educator-Supported) Social-Emotional Problem Solving in the Early Childhood Years

Learning Level 2: Intermediate/Application

Intended Audience – Administrators, ECSE/General Educators, Paraeducators, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLPs, OT/PTs

Description – Who will I play with? She took my toy! I don’t like that! Strong social and emotional skills help young children express their needs, build and sustain relationships, and develop confidence for life. Young children need support and guidance in developing these skills, especially when interacting with peers and others. In this workshop, learn tools that support early childhood social-emotional problem solving that you can use, teach, and empower learners to use in any setting. Through simulations and make-and-takes, gain multiple resources that provide visual support for both your young learners and you and promote self-reliance, confidence- building, and skill development.

There will be a one-hour lunch break beginning around noon.

Continuing Education – This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.


  • Kira Hamann
    Beginning her career in Chicago Public School preschools, Kira Hamann, Ed.D. is now an early childhood educator and instructional assistant professor at Illinois State University. With a doctorate in Teaching and Learning from ISU, a master’s degree in ECE from the Erikson Institute in Chicago, and her EC teaching degree from ISU, Kira’s research focuses on teacher preparation, classroom management and community building, and new teacher mentorship. She is a certified Positive Discipline Parent & Teacher Educator and leads professional development in the areas of teaching social-emotional skills, problem-solving, co-teaching, teacher identity development, and building family and classroom communities.


5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, Illinois, United States

Free Registration