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Mini University is excited to offer great professional development. One of Mini University's Core Values is LEARNING and we have always been deeply committed to the growth and development of our Team. Over the years we have lived another Core Value, COLLABORATION, by offering high quality professional development to our early childhood colleagues in the Miami Valley and across Ohio. We have established partnerships with highly qualified instructors, almost all of whom have Masters degrees, to ensure the highest quality educational experience possible. Whether you are just beginning your career as a Teacher or Leader, or if you have decades of experience in this ever-changing profession, STARS has something to offer!



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Ohio's child care licensing requires all early childhood professionals to take the following classes. These classes are not approved as "specialized training", because they are entry-level health classes. Certification for Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention and Common Childhood Illness are valid for 3 years. If you have previously taken a 6 hour class, it will expire after 3 years, and then a 3 hour review may be taken. CPR and Pediatric First Aid are valid for 2 years.

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The Mind in the Making Learning Modules for Early Childhood Teachers are a facilitated learning process consisting of 12 modules that are designed to bridge the gap between research and teaching practice. The Learning Modules are intended to add first-hand experience, using the best research on "minds in the making"-that is, on how young children learn best-to other early childhood education, training and professional development experiences.

Step Up To Quality

Step Up to Quality

Step Up To Quality is a voluntary Five-Star Quality Rating System that recognizes and promotes early care and education programs that meet quality benchmarks over and above minimum health and safety licensing standards. The steps are based on national research identifying key standards that lead to improved outcomes for children. These program standards include Learning and Development, Administrative Leadership, Staff Qualifications and Professional Development, and Family and Community Partnerships.

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Ohio's Infant & Toddler Guidelines (ITG):
Why are these guidelines important? Because early experiences last a lifetime and infancy is the morning of life...

The guidelines are seen as the critical first step to ensuring that all Ohio children, birth to three, have responsive, reciprocal and respectful care. And as a result of that care, children will be ready for both school and life. There are 1,892 days from the time babies are born until they enter school. This 1,892 day journey is remarkable, complex and far reaching. Approximately 150,000 babies are born every year in Ohio: who they spend time with and how they are cared for affects who they will become.

Promoting Social and Emotional Competence:
Mini University is proud to offer 4 modules to address the social-emotional needs of young children. 5 hours per module (20 hours total) of ODE approved credit and SUTQ approved specialized training are available. This research-based professional development is targeted for PRESCHOOL, KINDERGARTEN and SCHOOL AGE teaching staff. These modules were created by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning.