Due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the conference is postponed until further notice.

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April 4, 2020, 7:30am - 3:30pm (program starts at 8:30am)

Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg Campus
1000 Germanna Point Dr, Fredericksburg VA 22408

Brought to you by

Rappahannock United Way
The Childcare Network
Germanna Community College
Early Childhood Development Program and
Germanna's Center for Workforce & Community Education
Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area
Virginia Quality

Questions? 540-373-3275

To Register:

Registration fees are $50 for regular registration, and $80 for late registration after March 25, 2020. Be sure to register early, as many of the workshops will fill quickly!

Download the conference program and printable registration form

All attendees will receive a certificate for 7 hours of training and .7 CEUs (continuing education units). Date of Birth must be completed in order to receive CEUs.

No children except nurslings under 6 months of age.


Schedule

7:30-8:30am   Doors open for check-in, morning refreshments, vendor tables
8:30-8:45am   Announcements
8:45-10:15am   First Keynote
10:15-10:30am   Break - Visit the Vendor Information Tables
10:30-12:00pm   Second Keynote
12:00pm-12:45pm   Lunch - Vendor Info tables - door prize winners posted
12:45-2:00pm   Session 3
2:00-2:15pm   Break
2:15-3:30pm   Session 4

 

Workshop codes (Suggestions only - anyone is welcome to attend any workshop)
I/T - Appropriate for those who work with infants/toddlers (0-3)
PS - Appropriate for those who work with preschoolers (2-5)
SA - Appropriate for those who work with schoolage children (5-12)
AD - Appropriate for director/administrators/management
FCC - Family Child Care
CB - Center-based


Keynote Sessions – 8:45 AM to 10:15 AM -and- 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

The two keynotes are offered at 8:45am and 10:30am - all attendees will attend both keynotes.

A. We All Work Together with a Wiggle and a Giggle: Developing Relationships with Young Children – Kathy Lundgren, Early Childhood and Music Educator, St. Matthew’s Day School

Come participate in a spirit-filled look at how to develop an environment full of joy, love, trust, and learning opportunities with children in your care.

B. Digging for Worms and Flying to the Moon: Why Project Approach is Important in an Early Childhood Program – Diane Volcansek, Preschool Director, Christ Presbyterian Preschool and Executive Director, NVAEYC

Young children are curious by nature.  When an effective teacher employs the Project Approach, worlds can open up for young students.  Learning how to effectively web ideas, learn from sources collaboratively, make real-world connections and sharing ideas are important life/academic skills necessary for their future.


Session 3 – 12:45 PM to 2:00 PM   

  1. Won’t You Come and Sit with Me? How to Make Your Large Group / Circle Time More Interactive! – Kathy Lundgren, St. Matthew’s Day School / PS, FCC, CB

    Participants will explore the objectives for circle time and participate in hands-on activities they can incorporate into their classes. Learn developmentally appropriate songs and movement activities for young children.

  2. How to Start the Project Approach in Your Program – Diane Volcansek, Lynn DuBois, and Susan Wozniak, Christ Presbyterian Preschool / PS, AD, FCC, CB

    The Project Approach is based on young learners building on natural curiosity as they make real life connections through discovery, inquiry, and connections. This kind of authentic learning extends beyond the classroom to each student’s home and community. We will discuss how we changed our program into using the Project Approach.

  3. Fun Stuff for School–Age Kids, Donna Wilson-Peal, The Childcare Network / SA, AD, FCC, CB

    Summer is coming. Are you ready for the school–agers full time? We are going to discuss some fun activities, songs, games, and books to have available. They may even learn something this summer without meaning to!     

  4. It’s All About Me! Amudah Mahendiran, Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area / I/T, AD, FCC, CB

    We will strategize ways to interact and observe toddlers to assess their unique needs. We will then discuss ways to effectively use these assessments to guide their development.

  5. Building Blocks…the ABCs of Block Play, Belinda Schuur-Ryberg and Shannon Pendleton, Grace Children’s Learning Center / I/T, PS, FCC, CB

    Block play is such an important part of the early childhood classroom. We’ll look at the six stages and the importance of block play. We’ll share with you a variety of ways to get children to explore various blocks and unlock the beneficial aspects as you intertwine a variety of curriculum into this amazing opportunity for children.

  6. How to Make a Good First Impression Using Marketing Materials, Gentri Green, self-employed Public Relations Professional / AD, FCC, CB

    Potential customers make decisions based on how they perceive your program. Your brand, made up of marketing materials like a logo, mission statement, and testimonials impact how customers make decisions. We will discuss how to build a brand your customers can trust, and then help you begin the process of laying the framework for yourself.

  7. One Size Does Not Fit All – Dealing with “That” Kid, Amy Reardon, Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area / I/T, PS, SA, AD, FCC, CB

    One size does not fit all when it comes to classroom management. Learn how to use a variety of strategies to reach “that kid” in your class, who may be struggling.

  8. Inclusion in Early Education: Caring for the Whole Child, Marjorie Tolson and Hope Ivey, Easter Seals Child Development Center of Northern Virginia / I/T, PS, AD, FCC, CB

    When others close their doors, we open ours. We need to recognize the importance of inclusive classroom environments in early education, and how everyone can benefit. Children with special needs are in all our programs, and we must make it work. Join us as we discuss ways to help the children, the teachers, and the programs have success.

  9. Preschool Art: Beyond the Hand Turkey, Danielle Davis and Victoria Trahos, St. George’s Episcopal Preschool/ I/T, PS, FCC, CB

    Learn and experience the joy and wonder of process art! Come be amazed at what masterpieces young children can create when we give them the tools and step out of their way.

 


 

Session 4   2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

  1. Motivational Strategies to Help Families Teach Healthy Eating Habits at Home, Wendy Cannon and Sarah Moran, Dr. Yum Project / I/T, PS, SA, AD, FCC, CB

    The Dr. Yum Project team will help attendees understand hands-on strategies to help promote a culture of wellness and healthy eating at home. Rather than telling parents what not to do, teachers will learn a language and approach to talking about food that is non-judgmental, positive, and encouraging. The team will show attendees how to help parents overcome barriers to eating healthy at home; like cost, convenience, and taste.

  2. The #GeekyGardener: 45 Products, Tips, & Tricks in 45 Minutes! Bill Blevins, CEO of PlantsMap.com/ SA, AD, FCC, CB

    Join Bill as he demonstrates how PlantsMap.com is being used in schools and universities to educate students and educators about the importance of growing and maintaining gardens for healthy living and for the environment. The second part of the session will include a fast-paced look at 45 tips, gadgets, websites, and software tools useful in the garden – and we’ll try to squeeze those in 45 minutes!

  3. Fine Motor Fun, Belinda Schuur-Ryberg and Shannon Pendleton, Grace Children’s Learning Center / I/T, PS, FCC, CB

    We’ll talk about what fine motor skills are, why they are important, and how to incorporate a variety of activities into the classroom experiences you provide for your students. You’ll leave this workshop with over 30 ideas to easily incorporate into your classroom.

  4. Smart Marketing: How to Get the Word Out Without Breaking the Bank, Gentri Green, self-employed Public Relations Professional / AD, FCC, CB

    There are so many options out there, how do you choose what advertising method to make a priority? In this presentation, we’ll talk about marketing your program online (Facebook and website), and using print materials (signs, and fliers). We will discuss how to make the most out your marketing budget and time.

  5. Motivating Employees, Donna Wilson-Peal and Sheila Ly, The Childcare Network / AD, FCC, CB

    We need great employees to keep our businesses open and operating at a high level of quality. Sometimes, we can’t pay them as much as we would like to, so we must come up with other ways to show our appreciation. Come get some new ideas on ways to motivate employees, and make your program a place where they want to work. Bring your ideas to share too!

  6. Inclusion in Early Education: Caring for the Whole Child, Marjorie Tolson and Hope Ivey, Easter Seals Child Development Center of Northern Virginia / I/T, PS, AD, FCC, CB

    When others close their doors, we open ours. We need to recognize the importance of inclusive classroom environments in early education, and how everyone can benefit. Children with special needs are in all our programs, and we must make it work. Join us as we discuss ways to help the children, the teachers, and the programs have success.

  7. One Size Does Not Fit All – Dealing with “That” Kid, Amy Reardon, Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area / I/T, PS, SA, AD, FCC, CB

    One size does not fit all when it comes to classroom management. Learn how to use a variety of strategies to reach “that kid” in your class, who may be struggling.

  8. Buzzword: STEAM, Sarah Maynard, St. Matthew’s Day School / I/T, PS, FCC, CB

    Integrating STEAM into an already crowded curriculum can feel intimidating. This presentation will help educators examine the science they are already doing in their classrooms, and enrich their lesson plans with transdisciplinary STEAM experiences.

  9. Cooperative Games for Fun and Learning Engagement, Mary Braxton, The Childcare Network / PS, SA, FCC, CB

    We know that children learn best through play and hands-on experiences. Cooperative Games with children provide fun and learning, while helping to build strong social skills. This interactive workshop will focus on new games, activities, and strategies that you can take back to your programs for laughs, learning, and building on those social engagement skills. Come ready to play!

 


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