Early Childhood Care Conference 2019

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Registration Deadline - October 16

A strong workforce of the future starts with quality child care for our youngest generation. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation's 5th Annual Early Childhood Care Conference makes sure our region's child care providers are getting the tools they need to provide quality care. Attendees will also have the opportunity to earn Parent Aware and licensing credit as well as meet 40+ early childhood organizations at our Exhibitor Hall.

Last year more than 400 early childhood professionals gathered from throughout the region to learn best practices, receive continuing education and network.

"It's such a great conference. So many good presenters with great content. I love getting to be surrounded by a bunch of people excited about helping little children grow!"

- 2018 attendee

Conference Schedule

Saturday, October 26

7 - 7:30 a.m. - Registration & Light Breakfast

7:30- 8 a.m. - Conference begins: Welcome and Announcements

8 - 10 a.m. - Keynote: "Re-Energize the Classroom Learning Environment" with Jackie Kops: Pocket of Preschool

10 - 10:30 a.m. - Break/Exhibits

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Morning Breakout Sessions

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch/Exhibits - If you have dietary needs, please bring your own lunch.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Afternoon Breakout Sessions

3:30 p.m. - Dismissal

 

LOCATION:  Owatonna High School, 333 E School St, Owatonna, MN 55060

Check-in will be held outside the auditorium. Exhibitors will be located in the gym. Breakfast and box lunches will be available in the upper commons. Download a map of the Owatonna High School.

PARKING:

  • Tennis court parking lot, entrance on Grove St. - Door #1
  • North side lot, entrance on School St. - Door #16
  • Main Entrance Grove St.
  • Street parking where permitted

WHO:  Child care providers from SMIF's 20-county region

COST: $35 - includes breakfast, lunch and lots of free resources!

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS  Up to 6 credits available -  please have your Develop ID number handy when you RSVP

Annual Fire Extinguisher Safety Check available for a small fee!

DOOR PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED!

Reasonable accommodations will be made for those with accessibility needs if made two weeks in advance. Please contact Rona Holcomb at ronah@smifoundation.org or 507.214.7017

A nursing room and quiet space will be available throughout the conference. 


Keynote and Breakout Session Descriptions

Keynote: "Re-Energize the Classroom Learning Environment" - Jackie Kops | Pocket of Preschool

KCF: II.A  CDA: II

In this keynote, Jackie will share how you can intentionally set up your classroom centers and environment to be purposeful, interactive, and integrate all learning domains. Get students learning, interacting with each other, and problem solving even when the teacher is not by their side. Learn how to use standards and observations to guide your classroom environment. Jackie is an enthusiastic preschool teacher with over fourteen years of classroom teaching experience in both full day and half day settings. In addition to teaching, she is the author behind Pocket of Preschool and loves to share her passion with other educators.

Download Breakout Session Descriptions as a PDF

 

Morning Breakouts - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • A - Mindful Practices for Calmer Adults & Calmer Children

    Andy Johnsrud
    KCF: VI CDA: VI
    Examine and learn practical foundations of mindfulness for use in common situations with kids. Practice simple mindfulness to bring presence and emotional regulation to the children you care for and work with every day. Investigate the nature of empathy and compassion—both for yourself and children to give our kids their best shot in the real world.

  • B - Why Outdoors? Why Not?

    Polly Saatzer, Jeffer’s Foundation
    KCF: II.A CDA: II
    Build teacher enthusiasm for using your school grounds as an outdoor classroom. Experience strategies for successful outdoor instruction with a focus on observation. Learn activities, games and ideas for nature play to use with your young children using free resources provided by the Jeffer’s Foundation. Dress for the weather!

  • C - Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Stories

    Dawn Easley
    KCF: II.B CDA: II
    Participants will learn early childhood songs and stories using American Sign Language. Your group time will come alive through the use of sign. Guaranteed to provide you with content you can incorporate with children right away!

  • D - Overcoming Challenges with Families

    Stacy Boysen
    KCF: III CDA: IV
    Strengthen your confidence and find encouragement as we explore the variety of changing needs and unexpected challenges that child care providers face working with families each day. Learn how personality traits, learning styles, and past experiences impact the parent/ provider relationship. Reflect on current practices and formulate clear boundaries to promote successful, trusting relationships with parents that positively impact children’s development and provider career satisfaction.

  • E - Read Together, Create Together: Creating Arts-Based Literacy Lessons for Children

    Megan Proft, Northfield Arts Guild
    KCF: II.B CDA: II
    Looking for tools on how to engage children in literacy development through the arts? Join us for this exciting and inspiring breakout session, where you’ll learn how to enforce the components of literacy with visual arts, movement, music and drama. Using the model of Northfield’s Read Together, Create Together program, discover how to take a book and design multiple art lessons around it. Not only will you hear about the RTCT program (founded thanks to a grant from SMIF), you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the connection between literacy and the arts, experience a lesson hands-on and even create your own literacy-based arts lesson!

  • F - Why Do They Do That?

    Katie Hansen, A Chance to Grow
    KCF: II.C CDA: III
    Wet sleeves and shirt collars? Meltdowns at clean up time? Explore the “why” behind common behaviors that tend to be labeled “misbehaviors” in your classrooms. Learn how the “why” behind the behaviors can help you better understand what the child is trying to tell you. Along with that understanding, educators will be equipped with tips and tricks to help ease the frequency or intensity of these behaviors ranging from shirt chewers to meltdowns at transitions.

  • G - Mastering Record Keeping & Taxes

    Tom Copeland
    KCF: VI CDA: VI
    Participants will learn the new tax rules for 2019, key record keeping tips to save you the most money, time space percentage, and how to track hours.

  • H - Observation and Documentation: Using Program Information for Decision Making

    Michelle Scott
    KCF: IV.A CDA: VII
    This course will describe the components of authentic assessment of which observation is key; describe how observation and documentation are used in making program decisions.

  • I - Partnering with Parents

    Teya Dahle
    KCF: III CDA: IV
    Participants will explore the complexities of partnering the parents/caregivers of young children including the importance of this partnership and how to talk with parents/caregivers about concerns regarding their child.

  • J - Taming Those Terrific Toddlers

    Raelene Ostberg
    KCF: II.C CDA: III
    Gain insight into typical toddler development and learn what drives toddlers’ negative behaviors. Collect proven strategies to effectively redirect challenging behaviors and get toddlers to follow your directions. Unlock the secret world of toddlers and explore discipline and communication strategies that really work. You will increase your joy and decrease your stress while caring for these wonderful humans.

Afternoon Breakouts - 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • K - Limits Create Happier Kids and Providers-Love & Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun

    Andy Johnsrud
    KCF: II.C CDA: III
    Explore techniques to gain kids’ cooperation without battles over clean-up, eating, etc. Learning how humans have control needs is the beginning of self-regulation for children. Gain skills to give control and limits to kids in really healthy, caring ways as they learn to regulate from the inside out!

  • L - Why Outdoors? Why Not?

    Polly Saatzer, Jeffer’s Foundation
    KCF: II.A CDA: II
    Build teacher enthusiasm for using your school grounds as an outdoor classroom. Experience strategies for successful outdoor instruction with a focus on observation. Learn activities, games and ideas for nature play to use with your young children using free resources provided by the Jeffer’s Foundation. Dress for the weather!

  • M - Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Games

    Dawn Easley
    KCF: II.B CDA: II
    Participants will learn early childhood songs and games using American Sign Language. Incorporate sign language songs and games into your daily schedule. Use them as transitions or full activities. Ignite the child’s mind and body!

  • N - Active Supervision: A Developmental Perspective

    Stacy Boysen
    KCF: VII.B CDA: I
    Meets the family child care provider annual supervision training requirement. This training curriculum will address best practices of active supervision in a family child care setting, describe the way in which supervision is impacted by a child’s development, and explain characteristics typically associated with differing levels of development and their impact on supervision.

  • O - Read Together, Create Together: Creating Arts-Based Literacy Lessons for Children

    Megan Proft, Northfield Arts Guild
    KCF: II.B CDA: II
    Looking for tools on how to engage children in literacy development through the arts? Join us for this exciting and inspiring breakout session, where you’ll learn how to enforce the components of literacy with visual arts, movement, music and drama. Using the model of Northfield’s Read Together, Create Together program, discover how to take a book and design multiple art lessons around it. Not only will you hear about the RTCT program (founded thanks to a grant from SMIF), you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the connection between literacy and the arts, experience a lesson hands-on and even create your own literacy-based arts lesson!

  • P - Dramatic Play Center Transformations

    Jackie Kops
    KCF: II.A CDA: II
    Transform the dramatic play center into different places and let students take the lead in their learning! Change it into an Ice Cream Shop, Pumpkin Patch, Campsite, Auto Shop, or a place related to your learning theme! Learn quick and easy ways to embed literacy, math, STEM, and science into their play for many themes that you can implement tomorrow! Plus, fun ways you can sneak fine motor into their play! They won’t even know they are exercising those little muscles.

  • Q - How to Effectively Use Contracts & Policies

    Tom Copeland
    KCF: IV.C CDA: V
    Participants will learn how to establish a business relationship with parents, two key roles for your contract, and how to enforce your rules.

  • R - Infant and Toddler: A Relationship Based Approach to Challenging Behaviors - Examining Behaviors

    Michelle Scott
    KCF: II.C CDA: III
    This course will help you to learn about the relationship between behavior and distress communication for infants and toddlers. We will also identify characteristics of challenging behaviors by infants and toddlers.

  • S - Trauma in Infancy and Early Childhood

    Teya Dahle
    KCF: I CDA: VIII
    Participants will learn about trauma including ACEs and the impact on very young children. Strategies will be provided to support those who work with children who have experienced trauma.

  • T - Communicating Concerns and Challenges with Parents of Infants and Toddlers

    Raelene Ostberg
    KCF: III CDA: IV
    Gain strategies to effectively and comfortably discuss developmental concerns, challenging behaviors, and safety guidelines with parents of infants and toddlers. Collect methods to set the stage for these conversations before concerns arise. Identify tips and helpful language that will turn these potentially awkward or tense conversations into comfortable and collaborative discussions. Apply the tools learned to a common real-life scenario you experience. You will increase your confidence and ease with having these sensitive conversations and ensure the discussions keep parents open to your insight, increase parent buy-in, and help maintain your important relationship with parents.

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