Show Me the Money!

cashWe have great news to share Zepeda Learning and Leadership is now able to accept vouchers for the Family Child Care Scholarship. You must be the provider named on an Oregon registered family or certified family child care license. You can send in the application and request a voucher to pay for your training up to $200. Or if you have already paid for and taken a training you can send in the application to be reimbursed.

Please take advantage of these scholarship dollars and the reimbursement for your CPR and First Aid training. For the CPR reimbursement just send in the completed reimbursement form, copy of receipt and cards.

As your former union representative I can tell you it took a lot of negotiations to get the state to agree to give us the CPR and first aid reimbursement. The last contract that  I negotiated dollars for family child care training. The way the state used the training dollars was different from what we had discussed but at least it was training money for you. The last contract the union negotiated to use the negotiated dollars as scholarships and reimbursement so you have more choice in how you spend your training dollars. It is important that you take advantage of these scholarships so the union can negotiate for an increase in the next contract or hopefully finally get the state to agree these dollars can be used for employee training too.

I have been asked by some why should I use the scholarship or reimbursement when I can write the training off on my taxes. My response is use those dollars to start or contribute to a retirement account, do something for yourself, or put it into your business in some other way.

I have lots of classes scheduled including live interactive webinar classes. April the focus is on Program Management (PM) and Personal, Professional and Leadership Development (PPLD). Let me know which training areas you need and I can help you to reach your goals. Check out our training catalog and check back we will update it as we receive approval for new set 2 and 3 classes.

Contact us by phone/text 503-949-5439, or complete the contact form below. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you to reach your training and business goals.




2018 The Year of Play and Nature

It seems like more and more people are finally getting it! PLAY is important for kids. They need time to play with out adult distractions. Adults should be around so if children ask for assistance or need something you can provide it.

Last October when I visited the Forest Nursery School Programs in Scotland and England it was amazing. The children knew their boundaries, they knew the adults were there to assist them if requested. There was no fighting, no getting in trouble, children were completely engaged in what they were doing.

We need to give children the respect they deserve, the time they need and provide the boundaries, loose parts, opportunities and provocations. They will learn to assess risks, they will become very confident and as they get older will even risk assess for the younger children. I think Play is the way to grow creative, intelligent, cooperative, caring, problem solving, capable adults. If we want productive workers in the future we need to let them play as children.

Zepeda Learning and Leadership will be creating play and nature based training’s in 2018. You can attend in person at our site or yours, by interactive live webinar or we have several home study classes you can do at your own pace.

I’m looking forward to May when we will be going to Scotland and England for the Nurture Your Mind, Body and Soul conference and Forest Nursery School Tours. Our small group will visit several sites.

It isn’t too late to register for the Nurture Your Mind, Body and Soul with Nature and Play Child Care Conference 2018  in Tulum Mexico November 29th to December 6th 2018 or stay until the 9th to attend the post conference.


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Join us in Hawaii, Scotland and or London England

The Nurture Your Mind, Body and Soul (NYMBS) Child Care Conference will be held on Maui in Hawaii December 3 – 10, 2017 check out the conference page for more details. If you are interested, register soon. Space is limited and price could go up depending on hotel price increases.

Next year we will be traveling to Scotland May 9 – 19, 2018. We will tour Forest Nursery child cares throughout Scotland. We will also visit several sights to learn the history and culture of Scotland. Check out the conference page for more details. Pay deposits by August 15, 2017 for a $300 per person discount.

Next we will also visit London to visit more Forest Nursery programs. We will also take time to discover the history and culture around London. We will travel by train between London and Scotland. We are still working on the final London details. Check out the conference page for more details.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Conference Information contact Faye or 503-949-5439 (call or text),

Hotel, Air, Pay deposit Contact Stephenie 503-371-4554 or

Our First Post

Welcome to my first blog post. Zepeda Learning & Leadership is here to offer childhood care and education professionals training opportunities, coaching and helpful information. We are available to work with other organizations to provide training and consulting. I hope you will enjoy visiting and sign up to be on our mailing list to receive information on training and future conferences.

We began hosting the Nurture Your Mind, Body and Soul Child Care Conference in 1995. Faye has been offering training in Oregon, nationally and internationally for over 26 years. We also have other trainers who are able to offer trainings to help you meet your training needs.

Check out the training catalog (in person and live webinars) and our home study training that you complete at your own pace.

In the future the blog will be use to provide you with updates and also to share information. There are so many wonderful blogs and resources available to childhood care and education professionals, we want to share quality information with all of you. There isn’t enough time to read all of the blogs, websites and other social media available today.

We also offer CPR – AED and First Aid training at our location or yours. Our training meets national OSHA requirements and Oregon child care licensing requirements.