Professional Trainings

Professional development trainings for owners and teachers of daycares and preschools serving children infant-5 years old, struggling with challenging behavior or seeking social-emotional skills to prepare for kindergarten.  

Offered in the Washington DC metro area,

in English and Spanish.

The importance of mental health in early childhood has gained attention in public media and professional circles in the last few years, due to increased prevalence of behavioral concerns and unprecedented rates of expulsion in early childhood education centers. Across the country, the rate of expulsion for preschool children is 3 times higher than that for K-12 students. Virginia’s state-funded preschool programs rank as the 10th highest expulsion rate compared to other states.

The ability of teachers to handle behavioral concerns is a major factor to prevent expulsion. Programs that utilize mental health consultation and training for their classroom management tend to have a lower likelihood of expulsion.

Administrator, teachers and helpers need skills to promote social-emotional development of all the children, help those who need to strengthen social skills and manage the challenging behaviors to avoid expulsion.

Social-Emotional Workshops

Targeted 2-3 Hour Workshops
Rate: $400-$600
[Scope & rates may vary according to topic, group size and specific needs]

Popular Topics

Temper Tantrum As Learning Opportunity
The heat of a temper tantrum can push caretakers to react in non-productive manners that exacerbate and perpetuate loosing control of emotions. Learn a method to manage temper tantrums as opportunities to teach self-control to 2-5 year old children.

Art and Play for Resilient Children
Promote the key strengths of social-emotional health (attachment, self-control and initiative) through art and play in every-day caretaking routines. Caretakers of children from infants to 5 years old love these activities.

Potty Training
When potty training becomes a power struggle or a dreaded challenge, learn how to assess when a child is ready to begin, what strategies may appeal to children of different temperaments, when to take breaks, and how to keep the momentum.

Stress and Trauma in Early Childhood

The exponential social-emotional development that happens in early childhood is impacted by persistent stress and trauma. Healing occurs in healthy attachment with primary care-takers.  

Resilience with Yoga and Mindfulness

Your Topic of Choice
Tailored trainings upon request for social-emotional development and challenging behavior. I can design trainings upon request on any aspects of social-emotional development and challenging behaviors. The length varies according to the topic, the size of the group and their specific needs.


Pyramid Model

Integrate into your early childhood program the best research-based practices for promoting social emotional development in young children (birth to 5) and responding to the most challenging behaviors.

The training content was developed by early childhood experts from the Center for Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (Hyperlink: The 4 modules can be studied separately, or tailored to the needs of each early childhood program.

Suggested Packages and Rates

All rates apply to groups of up to 25 participants, and include cost of materials.
Any one-module training for teachers/care providers (7 hours): $900
Any two modules for teachers/care providers (14 hours): $1,700
All three modules for teachers/care providers (21 hours): $2,400
4-Module Pack (21 hours of training for teachers/providers + 4 hours of couching for the Director/Owner: ($2,900)

Pyramid A La Carte Pack ($3,000-$4,000)*
Pre-assessment of teachers’ skills + up to 20 hours of training tailored to the skills that need strengthening + Post-assessment of teachers’ skills

Pyramid Deluxe Pack ($4,000-$6,000)*
A La Carte Pack + 6 hours of individualized coaching sessions for teachers who require additional support.
*Rates vary depending on number of classrooms and teachers.



Self-care groups for teachers coming soon!