CHILD CARE PROFESSIONALS–Learn new tools to improve the social-emotional development of children in your care. Learn about:

  • Trauma-informed care
  • Building social-emotional learning skills
  • Strategies to build resiliency in the child
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Importance of self-care

Sign up today for the STEP UP program. This program is designed to help YOU.



  • Receive practical tools and resources you can start using right away
  • Reduce your stress; Learn techniques to enhance your own wellbeing

Child Care businesses must reside in the following geographic locations to be eligible.

  • Beltrami County
  • Clearwater County
  • Hubbard County
  • Mahnomen County
  • Red Lake Tribal Reservation
  • White Earth Tribal Reservation

Note: You are not required to be a legally licensed child care provider to attend the training, but you will not be eligible for the $500 grant without a license.

Components of STEP UP Professional Package:

  1. 6-hour Workshop
    1. Workshop description—need from Peacemaker Resources
    2. Scheduled on a Saturday to accommodate your busy work week schedule
    3. 3 locations within driving distance—need to attend only one—food and refreshments will be provided
      1. October 12 – Mahnomen (Registration Deadline October 4, 2019)
      2. November 23 – Park Rapids (Registration Deadline November 15, 2019)
      3. January 25 – Bemidji (Registration Deadline January, 2020)
  1. On-site Coaching
    1. A social-emotional learning expert will come to you and model strategies and tools you learned about in the workshop
    2. Great 1-on-1 instruction
    3. Ask YOUR questions; get the help YOU need
    4. Scheduled when it’s convenient for YOU


Funding for STEP UP is provided through a grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.


Do I need to register in advance or can I register on-site at the workshop? Is there a cost to attend?
Advance registration IS required. There is no cost to register or attend. We will NOT accept any on-site registrations.
I see three dates and locations for the workshops. Do I need to attend all three?
No, you need attend only ONE workshop as all three cover the same topics. You can register here (Online Form) and select which one you plan to attend.
Do I need to stay for the full workshop?
Yes, since the $500 business grant is tied in part to attending the workshop we will take attendance at the beginning and the end of the workshop.
Will I be tested/graded at the workshop or the on-site coaching visit? Can this affect my licensing in any way?
No, this is a professional development package for your benefit. You will not be tested nor graded in any way. This professional development is not tied in any way to your licensing and cannot/ will not affect your licensing in any way. You will be asked to share with evaluators what you have or have not learned, but this is not a test and will be gathered anonymously.
What can I expect to learn at the workshop?
Healthy Child Care/Healthy Kids: Brain-aligned strategies that promote social-emotional health for all
Participants will gain a better understanding of Social Emotional Learning and its value in children’s lives and in creating safe and engaging environments:

  • Increase comfort in implementing Social Emotional Learning strategies
  • Know how to use and teach self-calming strategies to young children
  • Identify the types of adverse childhood experiences that cause poor physical, chemical and mental health, lower educational achievement and economic success, and impaired social success in adulthood
  • Understand the effects of toxic stress, historical trauma and adverse experiences on the brain and nervous system development
  • Identify strategies to interact and support individuals that have experienced adverse childhood experiences to build and strengthen their resiliency
  • Understand the importance of self-care in being able to care for others
  • Identify simple, realistic things to do every day to take care of ourselves
How will the on-site coaching be scheduled? What can I expect?
The Peacemaker Resources Social Emotional Learning coach will call and set up a 90 minute to 2-hour time period that works best for your schedule. The visit will be based on what you think would be helpful in best serving the children in your care. The coach will provide ideas and materials and can help you think of ways to encourage children to use self-calming and positive social interaction skills. Efforts will be made to bring a child care assistant who has received a background review to the visit to be with the children to allow you to converse with the coach.
What is required for the $500 business grant?
The business grant will be paid in two installments of $250 each after meeting each of the requirements—1. Attending one of the workshops and 2. Completing the on-site coaching session.
When and how will I receive my $500 business grant?
After each of the workshops is completed, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation will mail $250 checks to those who attended the workshop based on attendance records. These checks will be mailed within 30 days of the workshop. The checks will be payable to the child care business name and mailed to the address provided on the STEP UP registration form.

Once Peacemaker Resources has completed the on-site coaching visits, they will provide the Northwest Minnesota Foundation with a list of those who completed this requirement. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation will mail $250 checks to those who completed this requirement based on Peacemaker Resources records. These checks will be mailed before May 31, 2019. The checks will be payable to the child care business name and mailed to the address provided on the STEP UP registration form.

Do I need to attend the Learning Communities meetings? Are they required for the $500 business grant?
You do NOT need to attend the Learning Communities meetings. These are optional and are not required for the $500 business grant.
When will the schedule for the Learning Communities meetings be released? How will I be informed?
As the workshops and on-site coaching sessions are getting wrapped up, we will survey participants to ask what you’d like to see at the Learning Communities meetings—topics, speakers, dates, times, and locations. These Learning Communities meetings are meant to be designed to meet your needs and to provide you with ongoing support. The schedule will be released sometime in Spring 2019 and you will be notified by email using the email address provided in your registration form.
Are there any more requirements with participating in STEP UP?
You are asked to participate in the evaluation of the STEP UP program which may include filling out paper and online surveys and answering research interview questions by phone. We know that you are busy and we will keep these requests to a minimum, but it is important that we learn what is working and what is not working for future planning. Participation is appreciated but NOT required.
I live and/or my business is located out of the geographic locations listed. Can I still attend? Why not?
Unfortunately the STEP UP program is restricted to the following geographic locations. This is a pilot program and we need to keep the geographic reach limited to focus resources. If proven successful, we hope to gain additional resources to offer this program to a larger geographic region.

  • Beltrami County
  • Clearwater County
  • Hubbard County
  • Mahnomen County
  • Red Lake Tribal Reservation
  • White Earth Tribal Reservation
I cannot join this year. Will this be offered again?
At this time, we plan to offer this program once more, likely in Fall 2019. If you’d like to be added to our STEP UP contact list, email Missy Okeson at
Who can I call with more questions?
Contact Missy Okeson, Program Officer Community Impact, at or 218-759-2057.