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Mariah Duszynski

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My 
Story.

Hello! My name is Mariah Duszynski, I am the Owner and Director of Story Book. I have lived in Story City since 2012. I live here with my wonderful husband, Rich, and our two busy kiddos, Memphis and Dodge. When I am not at Story Book I love cooking, canning and preserving foods, camping, hiking, and exploring outdoors.  

My 
Education and Training.

Degrees and Credentials:

  • BA in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern College of Iowa - 2020

  • BA in Business Management from Buena Vista University - 2014

  • National Administrator Credential (NAC) - 2020

  •  Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) Infant/Toddler -2012

  • CPR/First Aid Trainer Certified - 2023 

 

Training:

  • Infant/Toddler Education:

    • Infant Toddler Seminar 2011

    • Infant Toddler Seminar 2016

    • Infant Toddler Seminar 2018

    • Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Module 1: Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization

    • Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Module 2: Group Care

    • Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Module 3 – Lesson 2: Discoveries in Infancy

    • Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Module 3 – Lesson 3: Brain Development in Infancy

    • Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Module 3 – Lesson 4: Special Needs

    • Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Module 3 – Lesson 5: Language Development, Communication, and Culture

    • Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Module 4: Culture, Family, and Providers

  • Preschool Age Education:

    • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)

    • Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development

  • School Age Education

    • School Age Matters

    • School-age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS)

  • Behavior Management Education:

    • Finding Yes in Difficult and Challenging Behaviors

    • Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Preschool

    • Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) – Family Child Care

    • Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) – Infant/Toddler

  • Curriculum/Assessment Education:

    • Curriculum and Assessment: The GPS for Building Skills

    • Iowa Early Learning Standards (IELS)

    • Iowa Play Experience

    • Portfolio Play

    • Teaching Strategies GOLD Observation and Assessment

    • The Art of Visionary Leadership

    • Theme Thirty on Thursdays: Spring into Snacks

  • Classroom Management Education:

    • ChildNet

    • Essentials Child Care Preservice Series

    • Keeping Parents Active and Involved

    • Medication Administration Class and Test Out

    • New Staff Orientation Director’s Training

    • Passport to ECE – Teacher and Staff Orientation

    • Passport to ECE for Program Administrators

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Education:

    • CACFP Meaningful Mealtimes

    • CACFP Steps to Success Module 1: Intro to CACFP

    • CACFP Steps to Success Module 15: Feeding Infants in the CACFP Part 1 and 2

    • CACFP Steps to Success Module 2: Menu Planning for meals that meet the CACFP requirements

    • CACFP Steps to Success Module 3: Food Production Records

    • CACFP Steps to Success Module 5: Income Applications

    • CACFP Steps to Success Module 6: Meal counting and claiming

    • CACFP Steps to Success Module 7: Cost claim details

    • Color Me Healthy and Physical Activity

    • Don’t Watch It, Do it!

    • Food Safety in Child Care

    • Gathering the Good Stuff

    • NAP SACC-R

  • Child Care Business Education:

    • Budget Projections for an Effective Business Plan

    • Business & Financial Fundamentals Series for Child Care Centers

    • Business Basics for Home Providers Training Series

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