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Leadership Mosaic - A Unique Event for Early Learning Leaders


Spend an intensive day learning from brain development and dance/movement experts Deborah McNelis and Marcia Parsons in "Brain Development in the Early Years: Theory to Understanding to Practice" and "Movement: The Key to a Nervous System that Learns."

The Center for Early Childhood Professional Development and Leadership is excited to offer this day of learning and focused training that takes an in-depth look at the topics that matter most to you.



Brain Development in the Early Years: Theory to Understanding to Practice (Deborah McNelis, M.Ed.)

The human brain is an amazing and complex organ, and the brain systems that regulate how we think, feel and act are largely shaped by our experiences. Early interactions are critical to the base of self-regulation, resiliency, delayed gratification, executive function, relationships and behaviors throughout life. You will better understand the critical role secure attachment plays on the children in your life. It is essential that everyone understands the impact of early relationships and how they can be achieved.

In this workshop, we will also explore ideas for developing rapport and trust with hard to reach parents and risk factors that can affect brain development.


Movement: The Key to a Nervous System that Learns (Marcia Parsons)
This workshop will explain why/how specific movements are essential to develop the young child's nervous system into one that can learn progressively. Workshop participants will experience a series of movements along with understanding what those movements accomplish in the child's nervous system. Participants will also gain skills in using rhythms and creative movement games to keep children's bodies developing balance, coordination and movement sequencing. Come prepared to move and to understand why. (Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat or beach towel.)

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Who Should Attend

  • Early Childhood Leaders
  • Leadership Credential Completers
  • Potential Leadership Credential Students
  • Seasoned Teachers

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Enhance your personal understanding of brain development and the importance and impact of early relationships and attachment
  • Learn more about meaningful movement, the nervous system of the young child, guiding creative movement, assisting children to develop balance, coordination, etc.
  • Network and build connections with other professionals who are, or wish to be, cutting-edge leaders in the field of early childhood.

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Dates and locations to be announced.
Email us with your interest, contact:
Miriam Malone, Program Manager,, 414-227-3133


Leadership Credential Brochure

Spring 2014 IT Brochure

Or dowload the pdf

Program Development Brochure

Spring 2014 IT Brochure

Or download the pdf

UWM Early Childhood Winter/Spring 2015 Catalog

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T.E.A.C.H funding is available for tuition assistance to qualifying Wisconsin applicants. Call 1-800-783-9322 ext. 7240; or visit www.wisconsin

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