Meeting the Needs of Early Childhood Professionals

TECPA's goal is to provide quality, engaging professional development opportunities that meet the needs of the many professionals working in our field and all those that care about children and families! In order to minimize exposure to our speakers and our participants, we are currently offering all programming via Zoom. Group size is limited and registration is on a first come/first served basis so sign up today! All program registrations are final, no refunds will be issued, and program fees may not be traded from one program to another. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to you after the event. 

TECPA also offers several programs focused specifically on the needs of Lead Teachers and Group Leaders. These programs, offered during the work day, are a great way for professionals to work on leadership and advanced skills.


Nicole UrmstonGrowing a Child: The Importance of Nature-Based Play in Early Childhood
Presented by Nicole Urmston, M.Ed.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
6:30-8:30 p.m. Program via Zoom 
$25 per person
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While most early childcare settings recognize the importance of getting children outside, all outdoor experiences are not created equal. Studies show that children’s ability to interact with nature improves their physical health, mental health, social interactions, and academic success. But while science is affirming the importance of nature in child development, children are experiencing it less and less. As a society we have grown more risk averse and impose restrictions and regulations on how children can play, stifling their imagination and creativity. The early childhood years are foundational and, as early childhood educators, we owe it to the children in our care to provide them with the access to nature that they deserve. This training will explore the benefits of nature-based learning and play for children and how you can bring it into your classroom, both easily and inexpensively!

Nicole Ursmton is a Preschool Lead Teacher with ten years of experience in the early childhood field. She has a Master’s degree in education and grow up loving nature and the outdoors. She has helped create nature-based play areas at her school and overseen a large expansion of the school’s gardens. She can often be found looking under logs for bugs, picking herbs in the garden, and soaking up the sun! We’re excited to have Nicole share her passion with us!


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