Professional Development Academy

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Math Brains: Developing Children's Brains through Picture Books (Intermediate/Advanced) CEU-NAFCC ACCREDITATION APPROVED TRAINING

The Live Event Scheduled for 06/11/2024 at 8:00 PM (EDT) has been Cancelled

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Join us for an insightful workshop that explores the critical importance of early exposure to mathematics and its impact on brain development in young children. Through this engaging session, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of numerical cognition and its role in shaping future academic success.
Learning Objectives:
1. Identify developmentally appropriate strategies to incorporate meaningful "number talk" and spatial awareness activities into daily routines and interactions with children.
2. Understand the significance of early numeracy skills, such as counting abilities and number knowledge, in promoting brain development and future academic success in math and literacy.
3. Recognize the influence of gender stereotypes and cultural factors on early math experiences and gain insights into creating an inclusive and supportive environment that fosters positive attitudes towards math for all children.

Francia Wisnewski

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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Training Certificate
2.00 Hour credits  |  Certificate available
2.00 Hour credits  |  Certificate available