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Sandy Barkema


My Story

Hi! My name is Sandy Barkema. I am a float teacher, but most of my time is at Norsemen Indoor Adventures. I have worked in the early childhood field more than 20 years, working at Riverside Bible Camp (Little Flock) before coming to Story Book in 2019. I live in Ellsworth, and I have two daughters, two grandsons, and one granddaughter, all in the Des Moines area. In my spare time, I am usually at the grandkids' sporting events. 


  • Infant/Toddler Education:

    • Baby Doll Circle Time

    • Infant Toddler Seminar 2015

    • Infant Toddler Seminar 2016

    • Infant Toddler Seminar 2017

    • From Cozy Corner to Regulation Station: Helping Toddlers Self- Regulate

    • Infant and Toddler Care Online Class

    • Shining a Light on Infant and Toddler Investigation

    • Passport to Early Childhood Education: Teacher and Staff Orientation, Infant and Toddler Development

  • Preschool Age Education:

    • Preschool Seminar 2014

  • Social/Emotional Education and Inclusion Trainings:

    • Self-Regulation vs. Compliance: Considerations to Help Neurodivergent Children in Our Programs

  • General Child Care Education and Trainings:​

    • Essentials Child Care Preservice Series

    • First Aid and CPR

    • Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting

    • Universal Precautions for Early Childhood

    • Passport to ECE – Teacher and Staff Orientation

    • Happiness is running through the streets to find you even during a pandemic

    • Building Resilience through Storybooks

    • Every Moment Matters

    • Is the Journey Over? Facing Child Care Burn Out Head On

    • Fire Safety: Maintaining a Safe Environment For Children

    • A Place of Our Own-Series 1

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Education:

    • Go NAPSACC Breastfeeding and Infant Feeding: Infant Foods Provided 

    • Go NAPSACC Farm to ECE: Gardening 

    • Go NAPSACC Oral Health: Toothbrushing 

    • Go NAPSACC: Screen Availability 

    • Go NAPSACC Child Nutrition: Foods Provided 

    • Go NAPSACC Physical Activity: Indoor Play Environment 

    • Go NAPSACC Breastfeeding and Infant Feeding: Breastfeeding Support Practices 

    • Go NAPSACC Outdoor Play and Learning: Outdoor Play Education and Professional Development 

    • 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count: Supporting Physical Activity in ECE Settings

My Education and Training

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