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WOUB Learning Lab is offering 2022 Ohio Ready to Learn Workshops

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ATHENS, OH – Calling all Early Childhood Professionals! The WOUB Public Media Learning Lab is once again offering a series of workshops to help you support the families of children in our region. Each workshop in the series is approved for Step Up to Quality credit and is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to the Ohio Educational Television Stations (PBS Stations). All of Ohio’s PBS stations are providing this series. Click here to find the sessions provided by WOUB.  Registration can be completed at

WOUB will provide 36 workshops around four different topics. WOUB’s sessions begin Feb 4th However, early sessions are already full.  

“The grant from ODJFS is designed to reach home and private providers who don’t necessarily have easy access to professional development opportunities. However, all early childhood providers are welcome.” said WOUB Educational Services Manager Deborah Brewer. “Since we once again can’t meet in person and create materials together, we are providing resources for our early childhood professionals to help young children get through this difficult time. Those who attend will get books and activity kits that go along with the material presented. We are very excited to send out materials for these providers to use with their early learners.”

Topics for our Ohio Ready to Learn 2022 Series include:

Families Come Together

All families are different! They come in different shapes and sizes. Every child comes in bringing different family values and experiences. One of the most important things that caregivers can do is to help children feel good about the uniqueness of their family. Participants will explore ways to connect the child’s learning to their family.

Discovery Science

Participants will learn strategies to help children develop critical thinking skills by applying scientific inquiry methods to playful experiences. Caregivers will learn to model and welcome curiosity and questioning to guide learning. Through discovery science children will use creative and flexible thinking to solve problems.

Effective Communication with Children, Families and Staff

Workshop Description: Building personal relationships with children is an essential part of teaching. Participants will learn ways to engage in one-to-one, face-to-face, reciprocal interactions to form safe, nurturing relationships with children. Caregivers will gain quality strategies to encourage peer-to-peer interactions that build communication skills among children, families, and staff.

Social Emotional Learning in Young Children (During and After Pandemic)

Workshop Description: With the recent impact of the pandemic on the social emotional wellbeing of children, participants will learn how to talk to children about the Coronavirus, so they are not worried and feel safe. Participants will add quality lessons to their teacher and caregiver toolbox on how to teach children to have healthy, safe habits. In addition, caregivers will gain an understanding of practice and play learning experiences that help children with self-awareness of emotions and self-management.

Attendees of sessions facilitated by WOUB will receive books, activities, and handouts as our thank you for participating!

Visit OCCRRA to register for our upcoming Ohio Ready to Learn sessions.

  • Choose online then enter the ST number for the workshop that can be found here.
  • Sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.
  • You can also search by the title or a date range.
  • Click search then add to cart and complete the registration process.
  • If you need assistance, please email us
  • Ohio Ready to Learn is a series of early childhood workshops that are funded through the Department of Job and Family Services.  Workshops are provided for home daycare providers and private childcare providers. All of the workshops are “Ohio Approved” by The Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association. These are all part of the Step Up to Quality Initiative in Ohio. These workshops are searchable in The Ohio Child Care Referral Agency – OCCRRA.

For more information contact Deborah Brewer at 740-597-7922 or email