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2017 Carousel Conference - Grays Harbor County

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Join us for our annual Carousel Early Childhood Conference in Aberdeen on Saturday April 22nd, 2017.  The conference is sponsored in part by Grays Harbor College and Grays Harbor Early Learning Coalition.

This year features Keynote Speaker Connie Dougherty. Earn CDA Credit and 6 STARS hours, or OSPI clock hours, all in one day! Space is limited this year so register and pay today!

Keynote: Connie Dougherty - 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
Attachment and Attunement in Early Learning

The first three years of life form the blueprint for how children will balance the need to be independent with the need to be connected to others. Attachment bonds with teachers can support and complement family bonds, when early learning professionals are attuned to the children in their care and intentional in their practices. Attunement requires that we remain calm, fully present, and responsive. Let’s explore how we can do that, regardless of ratio, group size, and other challenges. 

About Connie Dougherty

Connie Dougherty is a former family home childcare provider, preschool teacher, and private elementary school principal. She currently designs and teaches classes for the Child Care Action Council, and is a popular speaker at conferences throughout Washington. Connie especially loves facilitating discussions about attachment and the importance of social-emotional health.

Session 1 - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
***FULL***1A: Examining NEAR Sciences and ACEs
N.E.A.R. sciences explore how trauma impacts child development. Come hear the latest information on these sciences and learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences.  We'll break down the complex nature of brain science, discuss the health and social problems related to trauma, and look at the protective factors that can mitigate the impact of trauma. Instructor: Holly Wyrwich, CDA 8, Core Comp I

***FULL***1B: Early Numeracy: Counting and Cardinality
WaKIDs data indicates that math skills are the lowest of the skills measured when children enter Kindergarten. Learn about the OSPI Learning Pathways document that charts the early development of math skills and how you can intentionally use vocabulary and activities to help young children meet state standards in the K-12 math domain of "Counting and Cardinality." This class is perfect for professionals who want to better understand state standards and align their own practices. Instructor: Jean Hill-Miller, M. Ed., CDA 2, Core Comp II

***FULL***1C: Science, Engineering, and Math for Young Children
This class will offer teachers new strategies for fostering math, science, and engineering skills in young children ages 2-1/2 to 5. Activities will support children's growing ability to organize, compare, contrast, and use thoughts, words, and objects for collaborative problem-solving. You'll leave with a math game board and materials and the pre-K book, "The Greedy Triangle," by Marilyn Burns. Instructor: Debbie Roberts, M.A., CDA 2, Core Comp II

1D: FCCERS Eye-Openers 
Preparing for an Early Achievers rating? The Environment Rating Scales are important tools to understand. This class will explain the family child care scale (FCCERS). Learn how scoring works, the requirements around accessibility, and the not-so-obvious pitfalls that you will want to avoid. We will begin with a brief review of the basics, and move quickly toward more technical aspects of the tools. Instructor: Kathryn Arthur, CDA 1, Core Comp II

1E: Stewards of Children: Preventing Sexual Abuse
Did you know that 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday? Come and learn 5 steps to protect children, including how to recognize the signs and react responsibly. Instructor: Shanae Bezusko, CDA 1, Core Comp V


Session 2 - 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
***FULL***2A: Social Games for Strengthening Attachment
This session is designed for teachers of 2-3 year-olds. Learn specific social play activities and rituals that strengthen attachment, encourage children to re-live important moments, and generate “joy juice” in your classroom. Among other things, you’ll learn to conduct your own special, “baby doll circle time," which can be a fun part of every day! Instructor: Connie Dougherty, CDA 3, Core Comp II

***FULL***2B: Art for Discovery
Is your art time not what you want it to be? Out of fresh ideas? Come consider why art is important, identify art that is developmentally appropriate for children, and discuss great ways to implement and display children’s art in the child care environment.  Leave with ideas for art projects that provide children with fun opportunities for discovery and learning. Instructor: Heidi DeVries, CDA 2, Core Comp II

***FULL***2C: FLIP IT, Addressing Challenging Behavior Part 1 
If you register for this session, you must also sign up for Part 2. Dealing with challenging behavior? In this workshop we'll cover 4 supportive steps that will reduce challenging behavior and help children learn healthy self-control. The easy-to-remember FLIP IT method can be used in everyday situations and with serious behavior challenges. This session is best for teachers of children 2-1/2 years and up. Instructor: Terri Sutovich, CDA 3, Core Comp VI

***CANCELLED***2D: Exploring Family Child Care
This session is for licensed home providers who want to know more about the success strategies of other family homes. Come hear from a panel of family providers and then enjoy guided conversations with other people who do what you do. Discuss everything from physical environment to juggling multiple ages. Instructor: Sandy Maldonado, CDA 6, Core Comp VIII

2E: NEW ADDITION! Customer Service Through the Child Care Lens
This session is a replacement for the "Home Visitor Safety" class listed in the printed brochure. As consumers, we base our purchasing decisions at least in part on the customer service we receive from businesses. The same is true for parents who are in the market for child care. Every child care provider is in the customer service business and that service can make or break the child care. Let’s try to see this from a family's point of view and discuss what good service looks and sounds like! Instructor: Rose Tiller, CDA 4, Core Comp IV 

Session 3 - 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
3A: Communicable Disease Refresher
You asked for this one, and we heard you. Head lice and pink eye and Fifth Disease, oh my! Join this session for a review of the most common diseases that run their course in child care facilities and how you should handle them. Bring your questions to this session with a Grays Harbor County Public Health Dept. nurse. Instructor: Public Health Employee, CDA 1, Core Comp V

***FULL***3B: Help! It's Transition Time! 
Transitioning from one activity to the next can be especially difficult for some children. Challenging behavior, large classes, and tight schedules can make transition time difficult for teachers, too. Come learn strategies for smoothing out those transitions, maximizing learning time, and reducing stress on teachers and children. Instructor: Jean Hill-Miller, M.Ed., CDA 3, Core Comp II

***FULL***3C: FLIP IT, Addressing Challenging Behavior Part 2 
 Part 2 of session 2C. Instructor: Terri Sutovich, CDA 3, Core Comp VI

3D: Exploring Leadership
What does it mean to be a leader? What is my role in creating change? What do I believe about myself and others? To create change for the better, we must reclaim time to listen and talk. This session is for anyone who recognizes the importance of deep conversation and wants to make time for it. Come engage in relevant, small group conversation with others in the field of early learning. Instructor: Connie Dougherty, CDA 6, Core Comp VIII

3E: For Home Visitors: Handling Challenging Situations with Sensitivity and Grace
This session is for home visitors and focuses on responding to the challenging situations home visitors face on a daily basis. Learn how to apply the reflective process to unexpected situations. This interactive class will use real-life examples to consider how home visitors can best craft appropriate responses to families in the moment. Instructor: Mary Allison Brown, LICSW, IMH-E (III), CDA 1, Core Comp V


Conference Schedule

7:30 - 8:00 am
Check-in and continental breakfast

8:15 - 9:15 am
Keynote Speaker, Connie Dougherty

9:30 - 11:30 am
Session 1

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch (included)

12:30 - 2:00 pm
Session 2

2:15 - 3:45 pm
Session 3

To register by mail, download the registration form and mail it in with a check made out to Child Care Action Council. You will not be registered until we receive your payment. Please note that online registration is a secure, fast way to ensure you get the class selections you want. Classes are filled on a first-to-register basis. For questions, call Nancy Hobson @ 360-754-0817

April 22nd, 2017 7:30 AM   through   3:45 PM
Grays Harbor College
Hillier Union Building #100
Aberdeen, WA 98520
United States
Keynote: Brian Boyd - Compassionate Communication: Transforming Harsh Voices $ 60.00
Session 1
Session 1A: Family-Friendly Policies
Session 1B: Extending Storytime: Concept Development in Early STEM and Literacy
Session 1C: Imagination Station: Creating a Vibrant Dramatic Play Area
Session 1D: Dialogue Journals: Connecting Children, Families, and Teachers
Session 2
Session 2A: Customer Service Through the Childcare Lens
Session 2B: Through the Eyes of A Child: A Look at Teacher Sensitivity
Session 2C: Frogs and Ducks and Bugs, Oh My!
Session 2D: Making the Most of Meetings - Part 1
Session 3
Session 3A: Parents as Partners in Developmental Screening
Session 3B: Unpacking Our "Front Pack": A Look at Identity and Bias
Session 3C: Fun, Fabulous, & Almost Free
Session 3D: Making the Most of Meetings - Part 2
Lunch Selection
#1 Turkey and Provolone Hoagy $ 0.00
#2 Roast Beef and Cheddar Hoagy $ 0.00
#3 Vegetarian Hoagy $ 0.00
#4 Ham and Swiss Hoagy $ 0.00

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