2018 regional conference

It’s The Childcare Network’s 25th birthday celebration, and you are invited to join us at our annual early childhood conference!

April 28, 2018 8:30am - 3:30pm (doors open at 7:30am)

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

Sponsored by

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

Questions? 540-373-3275

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To Register:

Registration fees are $40 for regular registration, and $75 for late registration after April 18, 2018. Be sure to register early, as many of the workshops will fill quickly!

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.

Nurslings under 6 months old are welcome, but please find care for older children as workshops are for adults only and child care is NOT available.

We are no longer accepting online registrations for this event. We are accepting walk-ins, cash or check only.


7:30-8:30am Sign in, pick up materials, resource sharing, refreshments
8:30-8:45am Announcements
8:45-9:45am Keynote Speakers
10:00-11:30am Session 1
11:30am-12:15pm    Lunch & Birthday cake
12:15-1:45pm Session 2
2:00-3:30pm Session 3


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

25 years

Keynote Session – 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM 

Touching Lives Forever – Marcy Hemminger, Primarily-Kids, LLC
Although the author of these words is unknown, we see coffee cups and placards with the words, "To teach is to touch a life forever." On the surface, we acknowledge this as teachers, but I want to look deeper and show you how important and influential you are to the children that you work with every day.

Molding Our Future Leaders — Penny Blue, Penny Wise Gateway, LLC
As teachers of young children, we often forget how much influence we have on the future of our community, of our state, of our country, of our world. We have the opportunity to give children a good, solid foundation, not only in education, but as role models.

We are no longer accepting online registrations for this event. We are accepting walk-ins, cash or check only.

Session 1 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM   

  1. Hiring Quality Staff – Marcy Hemminger / AD

“It’s hard to find good help these days” is a quote used in movies and television, and even though it is often said in humor, as administrators, many of you know how true this is. Come and discuss some important strategies that will help you find just the right person for the job you need.

  1. Managing Classrooms with Consistency and Creativity – Nicole Lumpkin / I/T, PS, SA

Everyone has their own way to “manage” their classrooms. It may work for one class, but the next year, your new class does not handle your methods well. A teacher needs to be able to manage a classroom, while looking for ways to make it better and easier for everyone. Join us for a session about how to use some creative “hacks” to make classroom management moldable and more efficient.

  1. Creative Resources for School-Age Kids – Cindy Puryear / SA

Join us as we discuss ideas, resources, and hands-on activities for school-aged kids during out of school time.

  1. Singing Our Way through the Day – Donna Wilson-Peal / I/T, PS, SA

Have you ever stopped to think about how many transitions a child goes through every day? Is your circle time in a rut? We are going to learn some fun songs and stories to engage the children and make your classroom a place they want to be.

  1. More Than Pat-A-CakeJody Lewandowski - I/T

Infants and toddlers learn so much during the first three years of their life. Come learn ways to supplement your current daily activities and curriculum.

  1. Document, Document, Document! – Courtney Sundquist / I/T, PS, SA, AD

We are always being told to document our students’ progress. We will learn how to make student portfolios, and how they can be used in assessments and in enhancing our curriculum.


We are no longer accepting online registrations for this event. We are accepting walk-ins, cash or check only.

Lunch  11:30 AM-12:15 PM   Enjoy birthday cake to celebrate our 25th birthday!

Session 2     12:15 PM to 1:45 PM

  1. Cooking with Kids While Following USDA Meal Changes – Mary Braxton / I/T, PS, SA

Join us while we discuss ways to cook with the kids, and all that they learn during a cooking activity, while following the new USDA meal pattern guidelines. Come away with some nutritious recipes and fun ways to include the kids. If you participate with USDA and The Childcare Network is your sponsor, this will also count as your annual USDA training requirement.

  1. Follow the Leader: Reggio Emilia in the Classroom – Danielle Davis / I/T, PS, AD

Children are naturally curious, and love to discover new things. When children are given the materials, tools, and opportunities to use this curiosity to learn, they will lead your class to many fantastic adventures. This session will explore the Reggio Emilia philosophy and how our center embraces Child – Led learning.

  1. Handling Difficult Parent Interactions – Nicole Lumpkin / I/T, PS, SA, AD

As early childhood teachers, we understand that interacting with the parents is important in order to keep consistency between home and school. Sometimes, these conversations can be difficult, especially when it’s an uncomfortable topic or a parent who is not open to discussion. We will discuss different ways to deal with “difficult parents” and how to improve communication to benefit everyone.

  1. Creative Learning with Art for Preschool – Dawn Miller / PS, SA

Art in preschool can spark creativity, critical thinking, innovation, invention, and experimentation in a joyful, engaging way. Let’s learn more about process art, and how to include it every day without losing your mind.

  1. Let’s Talk About Stress! – Kevin Handley / I/T, PS, SA, AD

Stress affects us in different ways – What does it look like in children? How can we help families cope with stress? How can we cope with stress ourselves? You will leave this workshop with a collection of tools and resources that you can use to manage stress effectively.

  1. Hands-On Learning throughout the Curriculum – Courtney Sundquist / I/T, PS

Learn how to get rid of worksheets and incorporate hands-on activities to engage young learners.


We are no longer accepting online registrations for this event. We are accepting walk-ins, cash or check only.

Session 3      2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

  1. Intentional Teaching with STEAM – Leah Spruill / I/T, PS, SA, AD

We will discuss the meaning of “Intentional Teaching,” and learn how to incorporate teaching strategies using STEAM concepts.

  1. Quirky Kids and Challenging Behaviors – Laura Basu / I/T, PS, SA, AD

Challenging behaviors are increasing. Practical strategies will be provided in order to be proactive with solutions.

  1. The Early Phases of Reading – Terry Evans / I/T, PS

Teachers know that there is so much more to reading than learning the ABCs or letter sounds, yet they often feel pressure from parents to focus on these skills at the expense of other equally important skills. Learning to read is a complex process.  This workshop will focus on the components of reading and how they emerge developmentally.   Participants will discuss the early phases of reading and how to help parents understand the reading curriculum for young children.

  1. Let Them Learn Through Movement Activities – Mary Braxton / PS, SA

Children learn through hands-on experiences. Bring movement, games, and fun into your program to reinforce skills, get out some energy, bring enjoyment, and encourage physical activity. Please note: Participants will be doing the activities. This is not a sitting workshop!

  1. Enhancing Learning with Teacher Engagement and Student Accountability – Nicole Lumpkin / PS, SA

Get involved in your students’ daily activities to see what really happens! Teachers sometimes get so overwhelmed with lessons, observations, and schedules that they forget how to just step back and have fun. Learn how teacher engagement will enhance your students’ classroom experiences, as well as provide opportunities for student accountability.

  1. Make and Take Musical Instruments – Grace Quashigah / I/T, PS, SA

We will be creating musical instruments from items that most people throw away. We will look at ways to transform trash into treasures.


We are no longer accepting online registrations for this event. We are accepting walk-ins, cash or check only.

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