Training and Technical Assistance

The purpose of the Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) program is to improve the quality of child care in San Juan County by increasing awareness, knowledge, and professionalism through providing resources, education, and support to those who care for and about children.

T&TA designs and implements training series, conferences, contract training, Infant/Toddler CDA advisement, and special interest college credit courses. On-site technical assistance is available to child care centers and homes in San Juan County.

T&TA collaborates with the Career Center to support child care needs of TANF families and distributes materials for State 45 Hour Course and Essential Elements of Quality Best Practices.

Contract training is also offered to meet staff development needs as they relate to early care, education and family support topics. For a fee, a training module can be designed to fit the dates, times, locations and topics to meet the needs of individual agency-center staff.


  • Free training for childcare providers
    • Workshops, training, classes, and conferences for child care professionals
    • Technical assistance to child care providers and parents (child development, behavior, discipline, biting, etc.)
    • Information and support for starting your own child care center or home
    • Parenting classes
  • Practicum sites for Human Services and Highlands BSW and MSW programs
  • Specialized training in infant mental health
  • Parenting classes
  • CEUs in social work, nursing, and counseling
  • CDA advising
  • Special Interest (SPIN) college credit classes offered to groups of 10 or more.
  • Outreach support
    • On-site mentoring for TANF and TANF eligible providers (L.E.A.P.)
    • Building Blocks, a quarterly email newsletter
  • Time Dollar (Project H.O.P.E.)
    • A tax-exempt currency which people earn for every hour they spend helping others.
    • Provides additional resources and support through family, friends, neighbors, and the community.
    • Variety of services offered on a case-by-case basis, as needed. Some services include clerical assistance, child care, translation, minor home repairs, yardwork, gardening, and many more.
    • Each Time Dollar unit earned can be used in exchange for services or goods.
    • Anyone can become a member and provide services.
  • Aim High
    • Enhanced, specialized training, mentoring, and goal-setting for child care programs wishing to improve quality levels.
    • Provides on-site assistance and resources for program improvement.

Contract Training

Early Childhood Contract Training designs and delivers training to meet specific needs of Four Corners agencies that work with children and families. It Child Development Associate mentoring and advising in partnership with Business and Industry Training. Contract Training offers the State Family, Infant, Toddler Specialization through Early Childhood Education (ECE) Deparment, and delivers ECE coursework on alternative schedules. We also provide parenting classes for the community.

Who can benefit from our training? - The Family Resource Center offers training to nurses, early child hood education professionals, day care providers, parents and anyone else who works with young children.

What topics do you cover? - The majority of training offered is related to infant and/or maternal mental health, special needs, family support and child development. Workshops presented in the past have included:

  • Family Centered Practice - to enhance community service workers' ways to work with children and their families in a family centered approach.
  • Family Centered Assessment - philosophy, principles and general imple' of a nationally recognized assessment process that focuses on family strengths Early Intervention - Service Coordination and Advocacy Behavioral Issues
  • Learning Differences
  • ADHD - What is it and how can I help? Temperaments - a framework for understanding the un of each child.
  • Health Community/Health Communication - focus on effective communication within programs that work with families and children.
  • When Children Soar with the Wind: The Inclusive Child Care Curriculum - offered as 12 four-hour modules. Reflective Supervision - discussion, education and activities on reflective supervision as a respectful collaborative approach with staff.
  • Skill Development for Human Service Professionals Keys to Caregiving - a national training program to enhance ability to understand and respond to infants' behaviors.
  • How to Teach a Toddler
  • Beginning Rhythms: The Emerging Process of Self Regulation in Infants.
  • Learning Adaptations for Young Children with Special Needs
  • Infant and Toddler Development and Well Being
  • ASO: Ages and Stages Questionnaires Parenting
  • Raising America's Children
  • Integrating Culture in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • Family, Infants and Toddlers (FIT) Specialization

Can I receive credit for training? - FRC Contract Training offers courses from orientation-level work shops through classes that earn college credit. We also provide training that qualifies for continuing education units (CEU) social work, and guidance and counseling.

How much does training cost? - Cost of training is determined by factors such as the length of the workshop. Seminar or course, the number of participants, and the type of course material used. Typical costs have been $30 for a half-day seminar and $75 for a full day. Tuition for classes offered for credit is $25 per credit hour, plus a one-time admission fee of $10 for those who have not previously attended a San Juan College course. Contract Training will also custom design training to fit the needs of a particular group. Training can be provided on-site as well as on the San Juan College campus or at the Family Resource Center located at 3539 E 30th Street in Farmington.

L.E.A.P. Outreach Services

Lending Educational Assistance to Providers is a project of the San Juan College Family Resource Center. L.E.A.P. is a free service for home child care providers who qualify, which offers technical assistance in topic areas such as Developmentally Appropriate Content, Best Practices, curriculum development, environmental changes, and basic business procedures.

L.E.A.P. will offer:

  • On-site, One-on-One Technical Assistance
  • Resource Materials
  • Mentoring Support
  • Creative Activities
  • Child Development Techniques

To be eligible for the L.E.A.P. program you must fit all of the following criteria:

  • Home child care providers
  • TANF Recipient or
  • TANF Eligible