Child Care Trainings

For Child Care Center and Family Home Provider Professionals

Young children are being expelled from preschools and child care programs at an astonishing rate, often because of challenging behaviors that caregivers feel unprepared to manage. Research shows that expulsion practices have long-term harmful effects on children’s developing self-concept, and their success later in school and in life.

Southwest Human Development provides caregivers with skills and strategies they need to respond effectively to these challenges through a series of training on expulsion prevention. This new series offers opportunities to learn how understanding child development, attachment, trauma reaction and support of children’s developing self-regulation skills can help reduce and prevent expulsion of children from ages birth to 12 years.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Child Care Administration, in partnership with Southwest Human Development, is leading the way in Arizona’s expulsion prevention efforts.

Not a DES provider? Contact us at (602) 633-8730 or to find out about opportunities that may be available to you.

Expulsion Prevention Training Opportunities

Current training topics offered through the Expulsion Prevention series include:

  • Moving Forward with Expulsion Prevention (Foundations I)
  • Partnering with Parents to Reduce Expulsion (Foundations II)
  • What Works to Prevent Expulsion? Approaches and Strategies (Foundations III)
  • How to Successfully Engage Parents of Preschool-Aged Children
  • The Importance of Teacher-Child Relationships
  • Effective Classroom Management: A Strategy that Supports Children’s Success
  • Understanding the Meaning Behind Challenging Behaviors in Preschool
  • Happier Days: A Mindful Approach to Stress Reduction
  • Building the Skills for Addressing Difficult Topics with Parents
  • Setting the Stage for Friendship
  • Help Me with My Emotions: Taking Steps Towards Emotional Literacy
  • Engaging Fathers and Other Male Caregivers: An Approach Used to Build and Sustain Ongoing Relationships and Partnerships with Families in Early Childhood Settings
  • Supporting Kids in Foster Care: Understanding and Healing through Center-Based Care Programs
  • Understanding Social-Emotional Development to Prevent Expulsion
  • The Importance of Relationships: Attachment, Trauma and Expulsion Prevention
  • Creating a Trauma Informed Child Care
  • Healing Through Understanding: Creating a Trauma Informed After-School Care Program to Prevent Expulsion
  • Building Resiliency in Preschoolers
  • Understanding the Impact of Childhood Trauma

Special training topics for child care center directors, owners and administrators:

  • Leadership Development and Early Childhood Directors: A Key to Success for Expulsion Prevention (Part 1)
  • Taking Leadership to the Next Level: Using the Right Tools for Becoming an Effective Early Childhood Director and Supporting Staff Development (Part 2)
  • Providing a Positive Work Environment: A High-Quality Work Life Leads to High-Quality Care for Children (Part 3)

For a complete description of each training, including recommended prerequisites, please visit the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry.

Who can register for a training?

Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES)-certified child care center employees and family home providers. Family, community members and ADES staff may also be eligible upon approval.

What is the cost of each training?

Expulsion prevention training is provided to eligible participants free-of-charge. Funding is provided by the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Child Care Administration through Federal Child Care Development Block Grant funding.

How do I register for a training?

Online registration is facilitated through the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry. In order to register for a training, view a calendar of upcoming trainings and more, you must first create a Registry user account. After logging into your account, simply search “Expulsion Prevention.”

Register Online Today!

2021 Expulsion Prevention Conference: The Fourth Annual AZ STEPS Expulsion Prevention Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, June 5, 2021, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The conference will focus on Trauma-Informed Care, Resiliency and Self-Care. Read more about the conference: English and Spanish. Register for free online at

Need assistance with the Registry?
Email or view these frequently-asked questions.

Additional Resources

Technical assistance may be offered or requested to provide practical tips and strategies to use in your caregiving environment. For more information regarding technical assistance, please contact Jennifer Atkari-Benavides at (602) 633-8730 or

For more information about Expulsion Prevention Training, please contact Jennifer Atkari-Benavides at (602) 633-8730 or

Helping Arizona Children & Families

With your support we can do even more