R. Lynn Baker is a credentialed early care and education trainer, consultant, former preschool/kindergarten teacher, author, and children's librarian.
Lynn began working with young children and families as a childcare teacher in 1992. After graduating with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and a minor in Special Education, Lynn taught preschool for the public school system in Scott County, Kentucky, and later taught kindergarten for a private school. She applied her knowledge and experience in early childhood education and early literacy in her work as a children's librarian in a public library in Frankfort, KY. Lynn obtained her Master's degree in Library and Information Science in 2015.
Lynn began her training career while working at the library, beginning with a focus on early literacy for early care and education providers. During this time, she wrote two books for the American Library Association (Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community and Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5). At this time, Lynn also began teaching online courses for the American Library Association, Library Juice Academy, and as an adjunct professor in Library Informatics at Northern Kentucky University.
After several years of training and consulting as an independent contractor, Lynn saw the need to expand her services for early care and education and library professionals seeking to implement best early childhood practices in their classrooms and libraries. In 2019, Baker Early Education Training officially became an LLC.
Our trainings provide early childhood participants with hands-on practice of new strategies and skills. Our follow-up real-time coaching services support centers, libraries, and schools to ensure best practices and implementation in the classroom and library program room.
Now more than ever, it is important for professional development opportunities to be easily accessible with options to meet diverse schedules. Our online trainings are designed to give participants the most personal and hands-on experiences with the content while also working within a participant's busy schedule.
Most of our online trainings are asynchronous-- which allows you to work with the content at your own pace and within your own schedule. We offer participants opportunities for live interaction with peers and trainers to bring the content to life prior to implementation and make consultative services available to support the application of the training content within the classroom or library after the training.
Whether you prefer to attend an in-person training at our site or if you would like to host a training at your own location, we can design a training to meet your needs. We have a wide variety of trainings that are ready to go, but we also know there are some training needs that are specific to your center, school, or library staff. We will work with your organization to create a training that best fits your needs.
Some of our "ready to go" training topics include:
For Early Care and Education Professionals
For Library Professionals
In addition to training, we offer consultation services for early care and education providers, public and private preschools, and libraries. Consultation services support implementation of strategies and content from trainings that we provide. Consultation services can also be tailored to the needs of the organization.
Some of the consultation services provided by Baker Early Education Training include: