Child Care Providers Participate in Executive Functioning Skills Workshop | New

On June 11, 2022, fifteen childcare providers from different programs across Saipan participated in a two-hour workshop on Executive Functioning Skills: Methods for Improving Them in Children through Interactions and Relationships.

The workshop was led by Evergreen Learning coach Russelle Mae Ignacio and facilitated at the Evergreen Learning office in Chalan Kanoa, Saipan.

One of the objectives of this workshop was to provide an introduction to the seven essential life skills:

Competency 1 – Concentration and self-control

Competency 2 – Taking perspective

Competency 3 – Communicate

Competency 4 – Make Connections

Skill 5 – Critical Thinking

Competency 6 – Meeting Challenges

Competency 7 – Autonomous and engaged learning

Additionally, participants learned how, as adults, they can develop these skills through responsive and meaningful interaction and daily activities with the children in their care.

Finally, participants committed to creating a list of appropriate activities that will encourage children to use their executive functioning skills.

Executive functional skills include children’s ability to control their actions, thoughts, emotions, and responses to achieve their goals.

Participants were able to fully grasp the definition and how they can incorporate these practices into their daily routines and interactions with children by providing a variety of related activities.

The host played clips to show examples of how providers can help children’s brain development in their early years, as well as “serve and return interaction.”

The serve and return interaction is used to foster many back and forth interactions between child and adult.

The main source for this workshop was the book “Mind in The Making” by Ellen Galinsky. This two-hour workshop will count towards the number of annual training hours required by each provider’s Child Care and Development Fund Program.

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