This annual event provides professional development and networking opportunities for trainers in the state of Minnesota.

Request for Proposals is Now Open

Trainer and Relationship-Based Support Services (TARSS), a program of Child Care Aware of Minnesota, is holding its 4th Annual Trainer and RBPD Summit on Friday, September 20 through Saturday, September 21, 2019. The Summit will be held at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd.

The Trainer and RBPD Summit offers professional development opportunities for trainers, RBPD specialists, and leaders in the early childhood field to gain new, relevant information and to network among their peers. It is our goal to provide a variety of topics and unique presentation ideas to trainers, leaders, and RBPD specialists in Minnesota.

While we are interested in many topic ideas, we will focus on Power to the Profession with a key focus on Professionalism as an Early Childhood Educator from NAEYC’s Public Draft on Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. We invite proposals that highlight any of the following standards for Professionalism. You can use this as a guide when writing your submission.

Professionalism as an Early Childhood Trainer, RBPD Specialist, or leader

  • 6a: Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field as trainers, coaches, consultants, advisors, directors, advocates, and other leaders in the early childhood field.
  • 6b: Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other early childhood professional guidelines. Examples: NAEYC’s Code of Ethics; ethics as a trainer; standards of confidentiality; sensitivity and respect for children, families, and colleagues.
  • 6c: Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice. Examples: Learning Communities, Communities of Practice, Adult Education, Universal Multicultural Design and Instruction.
  • 6d: Integrating knowledgeable and critical perspectives. Work is influenced by multiple sources of knowledge and perspectives. Through dialogue and attention to differences, early childhood professionals will continue to reach new levels of shared knowledge.
  • 6e: Engaging in informed advocacy for young children, families, and the early childhood profession. Examples: Knowledge of central policy issues in the field, including professional financing of the early education system, and issues of equity, bias and social justice that affect children, families, communities, and colleagues. Awareness of and engagement in ethical issues and societal concerns about advocacy and policy change.
  • 6f. Engaging in ongoing, proactive work to dismantle biases and prejudices within themselves, the field, and the community. Examples: Anti-bias work including family, race, gender, and culture biases; the impact of racism, sexism, classism, able-ism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other systems of oppression within the field and how it impacts your work.
  • 6g. Using strong communication skills. Examples: Communication methods including technology, interpersonal relationships, and other communication modalities.

We will have three-hour sessions, two-hour sessions, one-hour table talks, and an opportunity to participate in our PechaKucha presentations on Saturday as our closing.

Rates of Pay

3 hour sessions: $500 + free registration for day of presentation
2 hour sessions: $375 + free registration for day of presentation|
PechaKucha: $100
One hour Table Talk facilitation: $50

Applications for submission will be open from March 24 – May 1, 2019. We will notify presenter of acceptance or denial by May 15.

Email Elsa Carlson at with any questions.