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Training Schedule

(Updated  6/3/15)

Location Course Title Course Dates Course Times Contact Hours Presenters Cost
Sanford -
Progresssions Behavioral Health Services
Infant Child & Adult
CPR & First Aid
6/6/15 9:00am
5.5 Kim

CPR Only - 9:00 am to 11:30am - $45
First Aid Only - 11:30am -2:30pm - $45
American Heart Association Certification is good for 2 years.
Biddeford -
YMCA of Southern Maine
Infant Child & Adult
CPR & First Aid
8/1/15 9:00am
5.5 Kim

CPR Only - 9:00 am to 11:30am - $45
First Aid Only - 11:30am -2:30pm - $45
American Heart Association Certification is good for 2 years.

Registration is limited!

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Payment for classes registered for online is due a minimum of 5 business days after registration and at least one week prior to beginning of said class unless other arrangements have been made and authorized by Child Care Services of York County Executive Director.

Those attending classes without prepayment or prior authorization will not receive a certificate until payment plus a $10 service fee has been received.

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Presenter Bios



Katie Crowley is currently the Program Director at The Childrenís Centers in Sanford and Kittery. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years in various capacities including as a classroom teacher, family advocate and parent educator. Also, Katie has provided training to professionals in the field by working as an adjunct at Southern Maine Community College and as an instructor for CDA York County. Katie also continues her work as an information specialist for the Autism Society of Maine where she provides training and advocacy for the community. Katie has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Psychobiology) from Wheaton College, a Master of Science degree (Community Services) from Michigan State University and is currently enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate program at the University of Southern Maine.


Margaret Cushing has over thirty years experience in child care, including family child care and center based care. She has a Masters degree in Adult Education and Training and is currently working as a Planner for Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency, specializing in preparing child care and long term care facilities for all hazards. She teaches child care classes regularly throughout southern Maine.


Virginia Dearani  is the founder of The Kalila Oon Center for Building Partnerships, that houses Roots & Fruits Cross-Cultural Preschool Program. Kalila Oon means Beloved One in Arabic and Gaelic reflecting Virginia'ss ancestry and deep connection to diverse global spiritual traditions.  Her work includes over ten years of violence prevention and peace education for people of all ages through experiential education, advocacy, and community bridge-building. Through staff development, team-building, and anti-oppression education she has consulted and trained various populations locally, nationally, and internationally.


Marion Doyle, Program Director , volunteered for a WinterKids event in 2004 and was instantly hooked on the organizationís mission.  She was hired as Program Coordinator in 2005 to deliver snowshoe workshops and school presentations around the state.  Promoted to Program Director in 2007, she now works to enhance WinterKids programs through collaboration, research and evaluation .  She is a true winter enthusiast, whose high-energy commitment to kids and outdoor activity is a benefit to all who learn from her. 


Kim Field has been a family child care provider in the Buxton area for 19 years. Thirteen years ago she started working with Buxton fire and Rescue. Then, nine years ago, she added teaching CPR and First Aid to her other duties.  People who have taken her training have found the combination of family child care experience and CPR ? First Aid expertise extremely helpful!


Clare Fortune-Agan is the Community Educator and Children's Advocate at Caring Unlimited, York County's Domestic Violence Program. Clare attended Wells High School and Dartmouth College, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. At Caring Unlimited, Clare provides community education and training to professionals, and also works with children while their mothers attend support groups.


Betty Gensel is a Certified Business Counselor with Women's Business Center at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. She has worked in child care for many years, and now specializes in child care business development. She offers workshops and individual counseling in the business aspects of child care, including start-up, marketing, financial planning and analysis, etc.


Bill Hager, currently Executive Director of Child Care Services of York County, had administered community based child care programs, working with parents, employers, and communities around balancing work and child care issues for over 30 years. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for USA for Child Care, and is the public policy chair of the Maine's statewide Early Care and Education Community (referred to a A.C.C.E.S.S.) Bill has authored a number of papers and reports on public policy and child care, and is the primary author of Child Care, Money and Maine: Implication for Federal and State Policy.


Sue Henri-MacKenzie is a single parent of 3 children with special strengths and needs. She has a BA in Psychology from Merrimack College and 25 years experience working with families and providers in the field of special education and community resources. She is fluent in American Sign Language. She has provided parents with individual support and workshops on various topics since 1988. Sue has been affiliated with Southern Maine Parent Awareness (SMPA) since 1988 and currently fulfills the role of educator/trainer and the title of Executive Coordinator.


Terri Hersom has been in the early childhood business for over 23 years, 16 with York County Head Start. I has been home based visitor, combination teacher and center supervisor, kindergarten teacher, a school age supervisor, day care worker. She has a bachelors degree in self design, early childhood education, from College for Life Long Learning, (UNH) and an Associates degree in early childhood education, from Hesser College. She is a Mother of 2 grown children and grandmother of 2 toddler boys. She lives in New Hampshire and enjoys gardening, reading and knitting in her spare time.


Mary Hunter is a Family Resource & Support staff at Southern Maine Parent Awareness.  She provides direct service to families and professonals requesting support around special needs and special education.  Mary holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and managed Early Care & Education Centers for over 20 years.  Her focus on individualized programming for children and families encouraged inclusion and collaboration in working with diverse populations.


Kellie Irving has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special education from the University of New Hampshire and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Infant Toddler development from the Erikson Institute in Chicago.  She is a state certified teacher of children with disabilities ages birth through five and has been working with the CDS system since 2003.  Kellie has experience working as a classroom teacher as well as providing individualized instruction for children in their home and classroom settings.  She participates in weekly CDS eligibility assessments for Part C services and has been trained in several Developmental assessment tools.  Kellie has academic and professional experience working with families of diverse cultural backgrounds, and supporting families in accessing community resources and support services.


Michelle James, founder of Art To You and Manager/Teacher of Little Buddies 2 Childcare lives in South Berwick with her husband and three children. She has an Early Childhood Ed degree and over 20 years of teaching Preschool and working with young children in various settings. Whether in private preschools, government or national centers, The Family Resource Center, local rec departments and now a small home center, she has discovered her passion lies with the creative, open-ended process of art with young children!




Valerie Jones is a social worker who has experience working with children and families in educational, counseling and support settings.  She is the Program Coordinator at the Center for Grieving Children located in Portland, Maine.  The Center has provided peer support, education, and outreach to grieving children, their families, and the community for over 20 years. 


Nicole Kaszubinski is the early childhood occupations instructor at Noble High School within the Sanford Regional Technical Center program. Nicole has been an early childhood specialist and educator for over a decade. She has her B.S. in Community and Human Services with a concentration in child and family studies. She is currently a full-time graduate student at the University of New Hampshire studying Early Childhood Education. She is also the mother of three young children.


Lisa Legere has a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy and has been working with children and families for 6 years.  Some of her work includes preschool teacher, home visitor, family assessment worker, parent education instructor, Happiest Baby on the Block Educator, and Internationally Certified Instructor of infant massage.  She loves to be involved in the community and working with individuals involved with children.  She lives in Southern Maine with her husband and preschool aged son


Amanda Lonsdale has been involved in training parent leaders and parent educators for over 10 years with a strong focus on parent involvement and empowerment. She has worked in the area of community building with PROP in Portland, family reunification and parent education with Families and Children Together, parent education with Mainley Parents and early childhood parent involvement trainings with Strengthening Maine Families. In addition Amanda has co-authored an online parenting curriculum for parents of teens, conducted research around substance abuse with refugee communities, worked in child care settings and does groups facilitation trainings. Amanda draws much of her experience from being a mother of three beautiful children. Amanda is currently the Coordinator of Strengthening Maine Families, a statewide program through the Children's Trust.

Kay Mishkin lives on a quiet street in South Portland with her husband, son, and two cats. During the week her home also serves as a family child care business. She currently serves 8 children mostly 7-8 months old; all teething, all part time and all boys! Kay has operated her child care home since 1980, with a few breaks for resting up. It has always been her goal to convince people that family child care can be a professional undertaking as well as being personally rewarding.Over the years, Kay has been an active member ]of the Maine Family Child Care Association and has presented training around the State of Maine, through out New England, and at some National conferences.


Ellen Nelson has worked in Child Welfare for the State of Maine for 11 years. She started in the Portland office, where she worked for 7 years as a child protective caseworker. She then transferred to the Biddeford office for a short time before becoming promoted to a child protective supervisor in Sanford in October 2011. She is licensed as a clinical social worker and has both a bachelorís and masterís degree in social work. In her spare time she works per diem at Counseling Services, Inc in Biddeford as a crisis response clinician.


Cathy Paglio is the Family Literacy Coordinator at Windham Adult Education. She worked in Headstart as the Center Director/Lead Teacher for 22 years. Cathy also has her own business Workshops on Wheels, she will visit centers offering workshops for providers or Parent Groups.


Leah Paltanawick has been an educator with Kids Free to Grow since 2008. She has worked in schools all over York County at all different grade levels, teaching their programs on Child Abuse Prevention. She also works with their parenting class Ė The Nurturing Program. She has been teaching Mandated Reporting based on the state of Maineís Guidelines for 4 years, either alone or with a DHHS staff. Having gone to school to be a teacher she loves connecting with kids and adults as a way to prevent child abuse.


Jodi Polchies lives in Gorham with her husband and 5 children. She is a Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor and has been involved in Child Passenger Safety for 10 years. She works part time for Gorham Fire Rescue managing their car seat program assisting families when they need a car seat check, providing them education on proper car seat use and at times distributing car seats to families in need through the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety Distribution program as well as teaching for the Bureau. She enjoys volunteering at her childrens' schools and community sports programs in Gorham.


Philip Printz, Early Childhood Consultant brings his years of caring for and teaching young children as well as working with those who provide for them everyday from a family setting to a classroom. He provides an interactive session, focused on those attending with real life examples and practical suggestions.


Anne Quirion joined Raising Readers over 10 years ago.  A native of Maine, Anne's career has been diverse but always focused in healthcare.  As Program Manager she brings over 30 years of experience to this successful initiative, drawing from a background in dental hygiene, education, managed care, and lots of time sharing books with her own kids. As a unique collaboration between MaineHealth and EMHS, Raising Readers promotes reading aloud to all children by providing beautiful new books at birth and at each well child visit thru age five. Books are given by trusted healthcare providers who reinforce the value of regular story times, it's affect on early brain development, and future school readiness. 


Jessica Regis, trained Playmaker from the Life is Good Playmakers in Boston, brings her experience and energy to children with power plays and cool downs.  Jess is the Director of First Steps Child Care for Sanford Community Adult Education.  She has been working with children of various ages and their families for 12 years.  Jess is a mother of two children ages 16 and 10 and has earned an Associateís Degree in Early Childhood Education.


Jackie Ryan has worked in various fields with youth and children for 28 years from teaching, counseling, being a job coach, family support worker, afterschool coordinator and director. Jackie now works at First Lutheran in Portland, Maine as a Youth Director and Day Camp Director. She loves to see children and youth having fun and being active which is why she is so passionate about teaching games and activities to child care professionals.


Michael Sandberg has worked with children and families for forty years. He has been a classroom teacher, a teacher educator, an educational and mental health consultant, a parent educator, and a child and family therapist. He is also the father of two sons and has been a consumer of both group and family child care services. This background allows him to present the academic and theoretical perspective while remaining practical, down to earth, and humble.


Jeannie Sullivan has worked in the field of early education for 20 years. She has worked as a Classroom Teacher and Literacy Specialist. She currently holds a position as an Education Specialist at Mid-Coast RDC and is also an Education Consultant specializing in the area of literacy.


Georgeann Tudisco M.Ed. is a graduate of Utah State University and the University of New Hampshire where she received her Masters in reading while doing research on the use of puppetry to increase comprehension. She is the owner/director of The Learning Place Day School in Wells. She has used puppets in her classroom for over twenty five years.  Join her in the joys of puppetry!


Alden Turner serves as the Senior Area Manager for SBA's Portland office and administers its loan guarantee programs, Government Contracting business certification process and its small business export development programs in five counties in Southern and Western Maine. He serves as the District International Trade Officer (export programs) and also serves as the state's Disaster Program liaison between the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance in Atlanta, GA. Turner has over 30 years in public service in New England and his background covers many facets of economic and community development including small business lending, and direct loan and grant development and administration in agriculture, housing, non-profit and municipal sector development.


Barbara Turner worked for 20 years teaching preschoolers at the University of Maine at Orono Children's Center before persuing her Masters Degree in Early Childhood. For the last several years she has been doing training around the state.


Betsy Van Betuw, LCSW, has a Master's in Social Work and has worked with children and families for the past 25 years. She is a school social worker in an elementary school. She also works at the Kids First Center presenting programs for parents who are going through separation and divorce. These programs focus on how to help children through this process and helping parents to better understand what children are feeling. She also facilitates divorce support groups for children as well. She is also a visit supervisor at an agency in Westbrook. She has worked a lot with parents who are in conflict.


Cheryl Walker has been in the field of early childhood education for nearly 30 years. She has worked as a teacher of toddlers and preschoolers in family child care and center based settings. She was the education manager for a large Head Start program in Massachusetts for 15 years. She continues to teach at the community college level and supervise student teachers. She is currently an early childhood education consultant and trainer and lives in Wells, ME.


Heidi Williams, USDA Food Program/Child Care Benefit Network Coordinator, has been employed at CareLink Resource Development Center for 5 years. She is the proud mother of 2 - a 15 year old son and a beagle named Romeo.



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