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2018 Carousel Conference - Grays Harbor County

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Join us for our annual Carousel Early Childhood Conference in Aberdeen on Saturday April 14, 2018. The conference is sponsored in part by Grays Harbor College and Grays Harbor Early Learning Coalition.

This year features keynote speaker Brian Boyd. Earn CDA Credit and 6 STARS hours, all in one day! Space is limited this year, so register and pay today! Please note that we do not issue refunds for this conference. Do let us know if you need to send someone else in your place. 


Keynote: Brian Boyd - 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
Compassionate Communication: Transforming Harsh Voices

What is the role of empathy and compassionate communication in your life?  How can you change the way you think about conflict and approach difficult conversations with children, their parents, and in your personal life, in ways that result in more harmony, more connection, and more joy?  Is there hope even in situations that seem completely stuck?  Come prepared for a fast-paced, deep dive into the essence of empathy and ways to cultivate consciousness around communication that could change the way you choose to approach your very next conversation. Area VI; Level 3 

About Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd manages Grantmaker Consultants, Inc. in Tacoma and is the Executive Director of the Sequoia and Forest Foundations, overseeing both foundations' tailored charitable giving initiatives and community building efforts. His background includes over 35 years in the non-profit field.  Brian has worked in the fields of youth and child welfare and social work, environmental education, and community and national service. He has been a student and teacher of Nonviolent Communication for 17 years and has shared the model with many groups of leaders and as a volunteer at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor.

Session 1 - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
1A: Family-Friendly Policies
What should you keep in mind when families don't follow your policies? What about those parents who always want you to make exceptions just for them? This session is all about finding the balance between enforcing rules and building relationships. Expect lots of discussion with your colleagues, as you compare your point of view to the families' points of view.  Instructor: Connie Dougherty, Area IV; Level 2; FCC & Center

1B: Extending Storytime: Concept Development in Early STEM and Literacy
Read alouds provide unique opportunites for us to deepen children's understanding of their world, science, and math while fostering emergent literacy skills and positive social behavior. Using children's books as a source of inspiration, teachers will learn to support key conceptual development by utilizing the context already embedded in diverse literature as part of equitable classroom practice. Instructor: Jane Partridge, Area II; Level 3; FCC & Center

1C: Imagination Station: Creating a Vibrant Dramatic Play Area
A good dramatic play area gets children talking! Has it been awhile since your's was spruced up with interesting materials? Do you want some ideas for creating a well-developed theme? If so, this class is for you! Let's explore ideas for developing themes within the dramatic play area, and share ideas for adding materials that will actively engage children in social play. An added bonus: you'll see a sample dramatic play area in this classroom. Instructor: Heidi DeVries, M.Ed., Area II; Level 2; FCC & Center

1D: Dialogue Journals: Connecting Children, Families, and Teachers 
This is an intermediate to advanced class for those who care for children ages 3-5. Come explore a specific method of partnering with families to support kindergarten readiness. Learn to use "dialogue journals" to foster children's fine motor skills, emergent wirting skills, and language skills, while pormoting family involvement in children's school success. Debbie Roberts has used this method for many years with great success!  Instructor: Debbie Roberts, M.A., Area II; Level 3; FCC & Center

Session 2 - 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

2A: Customer Service Through the Childcare Lens
As consumers, we base our purchasing decisions at least in part on the customer service we receive from businesses. The same is true for families who are in the market for child care. Each child care provider, in every home and classroom, is in the customer service business and that service can make or break the child care. Let's discuss what good service looks and sounds like! Leave with a renewed sense of what families want and need. Instructor: Rose Tiller, Area IV; Level 2; FCC & Center

2B: Through the Eyes of A Child: A Look at Teacher Sensitivity
As caregivers, we try to be sensitive to children's needs, but sometimes our adult eyes miss the point! In group care, it's all too easy to get consumed with our own teaching objectives and forget the children's points of view. Come refresh your perspective about what's most important and leave this class motivated to imporve your awareness of, and reponsivity to, the chilren in your care. Instructor: Connie Dougerty, Area VI; Level 3; FCC & Center

2C: Frogs and Ducks and Bugs, Oh My! 
This session is best for those who are seeking new activities for children ages 2-5. Spring is here and with it comes more ourdoor exploration and a renewed interest in critters! In this sesison, Misty Walker will share developmentally appropriate activities to keep your little ones busy as they have fun learning about frogs, ducks, and bugs. Instructor: Misty Walker, Area II; Level 2; FCC & Center

2D: Making the Most of Meetings, Part 1
This is a 2-part series; please register for both parts. Directors, do your employees leave staff meetings more excited to return to work the next day? Or do they leave overwhelmed and tired? We often rely on staff meetings as the primary vehicle for communicating, solving problems, and building a sense of community. Come explore how to plan and conduct more engaging, productive meetings. Instructor: Jean Hill-Miller, M.Ed., Area VII; Level 4; Center

Session 3 - 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

3A: Parents as Partners in Developmental Screening
Screening children's development is part of high-quality child care and research shows that parents are actually accurate reporters of their children's development. Come discuss the definition and benefits of screening, options for screening tools, how screenng ties to Early Achievers, and how you can use develomental screening to actually strengthen your communications with families. Instructor: Heidi DeVries, M.Ed., Area IV; Level 3; FCC & Center

3B: Unpacking Our "Front Pack": A Look at Identity and Bias
Come reflect on the visible and invisible aspects of your identity that shape the way you see the world and communicate with others. Begin to develop a plan to use in your childcare setting and in your life beyond your work with children. Cultural growth is an ongoing process of developing awareness, knowledge, and skill. Come join the journey! This class is best for those who already had an introduction to cultural competence. Instructor: Rose Tiller, Area IV; Level 3; FCC & Center

3C: Fun, Fabulous, & Almost Free 
This class is best for teachers of children ages 1-1/2 to 4. You don't have to spend lots of money on new learning materials! You'll leave this session with ideas for learning activities you can make using materials that are often just taking up space in your home or school. This is a practical session, with ideas you can us Monday morning. Instructor: Misty Walker, Area II; Level 2; FCC & Center

3D: Making the Most of Meetings - Part 2
You must attend Part 1 in order to register for this session. Instructor: Jean Hill-Miller, M.Ed., Area VII; Level 4; Center

Please make your lunch selection from the list below when you register:

#1 Turkey and Provolone Hoagy

#2 Roast Beef and Cheddar Hoagy

#3 Vegetarian Hoagy

#4 Hamy and Swiss Hoagy

All lunch boxes are served with a hoagy sandwich of your choice, Lay's potato chips, 2 gourmet cookies and bottled water.


Conference Schedule

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

8:15 - 9:15 am
Keynote Speaker, Brian Boyd

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 14th, 2018 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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