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Brain building through the Power of Picture Books (Intermediate/Advance) CEU Accreditation Approved

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Saturday, March 30, 2024 
8:00 am - 10:00 am PT 
9:00 am - 11:00 am MT 
10:00 am -12:00 pm CT 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
Description: This hands-on workshop is designed for family child care educators and early childhood educators, interested in fostering early literacy development in young children. Participants will learn about the foundations of brain development and its relationship to reading books. They also will explore the power of using noncommercial picture books and dialogic reading strategies to create enriching shared reading experiences.
Learning Objectives:
1.Participants will be able to understand the relationship between brain development and children’s optimal brain development through consistent reading routines in home environments.
2.define dialogic reading and describe its key components and benefits for early literacy development.
3. Participants will be able to demonstrate the use of dialogic reading prompts and questioning techniques by engaging in guided practice with high-quality picture books.

Francia Wisnewski

NAFCC Director of Membership


Francia Wisnewski, Montague MA Francia Wisnewski is the Director of Membership and Community Engagement at the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). In this role, she is responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects related to membership engagement and growth. This includes developing and implementing strategies to attract new members, retaining existing ones, and fostering a sense of community and collaboration among family child care educators and other stakeholders within the organization. “I am honored to be working alongside the many passionate family child care educators and community allies in Early Childhood Education. I am thankful for the opportunity to be working with NAFCC, an organization that for decades has been committed to elevating family child care systems, keeping them the core of their work. I look forward to many years of strong collaborations and the many opportunities to keep driving this mission.” Francia has over 25 years of dedicated experience in the nonprofit, education, and community organizing sectors. Raised in Cali, Colombia, her professional journey began as a science teacher in South America. In addition, her passion for philanthropy, with an equity lens at the focus, has resulted in securing at millions in funding for for new programs and innovative educational workforce structures in the family childcare sector, across multiple states. Her focus on elevating community leadership and amplifying economic development opportunities has made her a recognized authority in this space. Francia holds a bachelor's degree in Science Teacher Education/ Licentiate in Biology and Chemistry from Universidad Del Valle in Cali, Colombia. She also holds a Masters of Education in Child Study and Early Childhood from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Francia’s commitment to this work is evident. Her dedication to creating a lasting impact drives her mission to support education, advocacy, and community engagement to contribute to the successful future pipeline of childcare educators. 


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03/30/2024 at 11:00 AM (EDT)  |  120 minutes
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Training Certificate
2.00 Hour credits  |  Certificate available
2.00 Hour credits  |  Certificate available