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The 2nd Annual Austin Early Childhood Symposium

Austin Coming Together

Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

Chicago, IL

The 2nd Annual Austin Early Childhood Symposium

Registration Information

Registration Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Track 1: Starting a Childcare Center
Learn the basics for starting your own childcare center, from nuts-and-bolts advice to navigating the Gateways professional development system. (FOR WORKSHOP TIMES, SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW)
Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
Track 2: Starting a Home-based Childcare Business
Learn how to start a home-based childcare business and how to use the Gateways Registry as a tool to keep your career on track. (FOR WORKSHOP TIMES, SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW)
Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
Track 3: Quality Improvement in Your Childcare Business
Learn to use assessment tools like the PAS and BAS to evaluate your childcare business and drive continuous quality improvement. (FOR WORKSHOP TIMES, SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW)
2 Registrations Ended Free $0.00
Track 4: Early Literacy and Language Development (English)
Learn the most effective ways to help young children develop language and literacy skills. (FOR WORKSHOP TIMES, SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW)
Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
Track 5: Desarrollo del lenguaje y alfabetizacion temprano
Aprender las formas mas efectivas para ayudar a los ninos a desarrollar habilidades linguisticas. (PARA TIEMPOS DE TALLER, VER DETALLES DEL EVENTO MÁS ABAJO)
Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
Track 6: Meeting the Needs of All Children
Learn about screening young children for developmental delays and creating a system of supports and interventions that ensures the successful development of all children. (FOR WORKSHOP TIMES, SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW)
Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
Track 7: Working with Families of Young Children
Learn about strategies for building the parenting and leadership skills of the parents of infants, toddlers, and young children. (FOR WORKSHOP TIMES, SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW)
Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
Track 8: Trauma-Informed Childcare
Trauma, especially in the form of interpersonal, family, and/or community violence, affects many young children. Learn how to build resilience and help children heal from the effects of experiencing or witnessing violence. (FOR WORKSHOP TIMES, SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW)
Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
Track 9: Social Emotional Learning
Learn how to help children develop strong social emotional skills and how to set up your classroom or childcare facility to promote children’s engagement and interaction, and prevent challenging behaviors. (FOR WORKSHOP TIMES, SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW)
2 Registrations Ended Free $0.00
Make a Donation
Your donation will help Austin Coming Together cover the cost of breakfast, lunch, and the Awards ceremony at this year's symposium.
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Vendor Registration
As a vendor, you can provide information to all symposium attendees like parents, childcare providers, and teachers. (ALL VENDORS WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO EVENT DATE)
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Building a Strong Foundation for Success

A Gateways Registry Attendance-Verified Conference (Participants Earn Gateways Credit)

Austin's Second Annual Early Childhood Symposium will provide workshops, training, and other activities to equip parents, teachers, childcare professionals, policymakers, and other community leaders with the information and know-how to better support building a strong foundation for success for Austin's young children.

***YOU MUST REGISTER BY OCTOBER 3RD***


Agenda

8:00-8:45        Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:15        Welcome/Screening of "Raising of America" video clip

9:15-10:30      Panel Discussion

10:45-12:15    Workshops/Session 1

12:15-1:00      Lunch

1:00-2:30        Workshops/Session 2

2:45-3:45        Keynote Address/Awards Ceremony

3:45-4:00        Closing


Please Choose ONLY ONE of the Following Workshop Tracks Per Participant


Track 1:  Starting a Childcare Center

Learn the basics for starting your own childcare center, from nuts-and-bolts advice to navigating the Gateways professional development system.

Living Your Passion in Early Childhood Education                                

Presenter:  Mark Obuchowski, INCCRRA

10:45am – 12:15pm                          Breakout Room 1

“Living your Passion” is a motivational and informational presentation that captures the initial passion all ECE professionals have to make a difference in the life of a child and harness that power into a plan for improving knowledge and skills needed to educate and care for children. By providing a comprehensive overview of Gateways to Opportunity®-- the professional development system in Illinois -- this presentation provides those attending with the information they need to move forward with their careers in ECE.

Opening a Quality Childcare Center in Illinois                       

Presenter:  Ruth Kimble, Austin Childcare Providers Network

1:00 – 2:30pm                                   Breakout Room 1

Do you want to expand your business from a family childcare provider to a daycare center?   Or maybe you just want to change your career and transition from working for someone else to owning and operating your own lucrative childcare business. This is the training for you!  This informational session will provide a complete picture of the financial feasibility of opening a new center and sustaining the business over time.  Learn how to design your program and identify your niche in the childcare industry from a seasoned daycare center owner who will share her insights and lay out the pros and cons of owning and operating a successful daycare center business in Illinois.

Track 2:  Starting a Family Childcare Business

Learn how to start a family childcare business and how to use the Gateways Registry as a tool to keep your career on track.

Is a Home-Based Daycare Right for You?   

Presenter: Kim Pickens, Austin Childcare Providers Network

10:45am – 12:15pm                          Breakout Room 2

Weigh the pros and cons of opening a home-based daycare business. Learn about State licensing requirements and what skills, education, and qualifications you should possess to be a successful childcare provider.  This session will provide an overview of reasons to start a home-based daycare, as well as things you should consider before deciding to open a home daycare business. 

Are You Lost in the Missing Zone?                                                   

Presenter: Mark Obuchowski, INCCRRA

1:00 – 2:30pm                                   Breakout Room 2

The Gateways Registry helps YOU get on track!  Keeping track of trainings, workshops, conferences, credentials and degrees is more important than ever. Good record keeping for licensing, accreditation, Quality Counts Quality Rating System and career advancement is a must. But, it’s not always easy! “The Missing Zone” is that place where certificates for trainings, conference attendance, transcripts and other important documents just disappear. And, it seems… always at the most inopportune times. The Gateways Registry can change all that. This training shows you how to join the Registry and use this new resource and tool, a part of the Gateways statewide professional development system.  The presentation helps you get out of the Missing Zone and get on track! Its focus is on how the Registry can help you get organized today.

Track 3:  Quality Improvement in Your Childcare Business

Learn to use assessment tools like the PAS and BAS to evaluate your childcare business and drive continuous quality improvement.

Embracing Continuous Quality Improvement     

Presenter:  Safiyah Jackson, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

10:45am – 12:15pm                          Breakout Room 3

Continuous quality improvement is both a leadership philosophy and a set of techniques or processes for assessing organizational needs and implementing program improvement.  While vision, mission, and performance are essential elements, this session goes further to explore a systematic approach to the quest for program excellence.

Using the Program Administration Scale and the Business Administration Scale to Enhance Family Engagement                                   

Presenter:  Robyn Kelton, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

1:00 – 2:30pm                                   Breakout Room 3

All early childhood programs provide families with information, yet they may not be aware that the messages they communicate are sometimes ineffective and confusing.  Some programs communicate a message that parents are partners, while others communicate a message that discourages involvement.  Some programs miss opportunities to build a partnership during orientation, and that can set the tone for the rest of the year.  This session explores strategies for helping center directors and family childcare providers strengthen their relationships with families.

Track 4:  Early Literacy and Language Development (English)

Learn the most effective ways to help young children develop language and literacy skills.

TALK:  Thinking about Language and Kids, Part 1

Presenters:  Colleen Whittingham and Emily Hoffman, University of Illinois-Chicago

10:45am – 12:15pm                          Breakout Room 4

This workshop addresses young children’s language and literacy development.   Early childhood educators and parents will see examples of developmentally appropriate practice and take part in discussions to apply knowledge to different contexts and age groups.  This interactive workshop is geared toward generating ideas, developing knowledge, identifying exemplary literacy resources, and discussing implementation of skills learned.  Participants will walk away understanding how to best foster advancement in children’s speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

TALK: Thinking about Language and Kids, Part 2

Presenters:  Colleen Whittingham and Emily Hoffman, University of Illinois-Chicago

1:00 – 2:30pm                                   Breakout Room 4

Continuation of morning workshop, building on ideas and concepts addressed in Part 1.

Track 5:  Desarrollo del lenguaje y alfabetizacion temprano

Aprender las formas mas efectivas para ayudar a los ninos a desarrollar habilidades linguisticas.

Desarrollo del lenguaje y alfabetizacion temprano, Parte 1

Presenter:  Samina Hadi-Tabassum, Dominican University

10:45am – 12:15pm                          Breakout Room 5

Aprender las formas mas efectivas para ayudar a los ninos a desarrollar habilidades linguisticas.

Desarrollo del lenguaje y alfabetizacion temprano, Parte 2

Presenter:  Samina Hadi-Tabassum, Dominican University

1:00 – 2:30pm                                   Breakout Room 5

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Track 6:  Meeting the Needs of All Children

Learn about screening young children for developmental delays and creating a system of supports and interventions that ensures the successful development of all children.

Screening Young Children for Developmental Delays

Presenter:  Pamela Epley, Erikson Institute

10:45am – 12:15pm                          Breakout Room 6

One of the primary challenges in working with young children is ensuring that each child’s unique needs are met, enabling her/him to thrive.  Often, screening for developmental challenges ranging from vision or hearing loss to ADHD or autism does not occur until children have reached school age.  This means that many young children are not getting the support and intervention that they need in order to be successful in academic and social settings.  This workshop overviews a number of simple screening tools that can be used with young children, as well as information about referral and support for children and their families.

Supporting All Children’s Growth Toward School Success

Presenter:  McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

1:00 – 2:30pm                                   Breakout Room 6

Across the nation there are driving forces working to ensure that all young children enter kindergarten prepared to experience positive outcomes.  Along with this increased focus is a growing body of research-based practice that demonstrates all children can succeed when they experience a multi-dimensional approach to teaching, caregiving, and early intervening services.  This session will explore the essential elements of a multi-tiered system of support for pre-K programs and practical ideas for aligning program practices.

Track 7:  Working with Families of Young Children

Learn about strategies for building the parenting and leadership skills of the parents of infants, toddlers, and young children.

Tapping the Leadership Potential of Parents

Presenter:  COFI

10:45am – 12:15pm                          Breakout Room 7

Parents can be strong allies for childcare businesses, and they also have strength in numbers as advocates for their children’s education and development.  COFI (Community Organizing and Family Issues) has been training and supporting Chicago parents to be powerful leaders for nearly twenty years.  This workshop, which is well-suited for both parents and childcare professionals, introduces the COFI model for community organizing and describes practical ways in which families and childcare businesses can work together to advocate for the needs of young children.

Building Parental Capacity through Home Visiting

Presenter:  Fussy Baby Network, Erikson Institute

1:00 – 2:30 pm                                  Breakout Room 7

Many parents experience worries centered on their baby’s crying, sleeping, or feeding behaviors, and this can lead to stress for the parents and can even put babies at risk.  The Fussy Baby Network has developed a home visiting model that helps parents with their urgent concerns about the behaviors of their infants and at the same time builds their confidence and long-term capacities for parenting.  This workshop can be useful for parents, childcare providers, and social service professionals who work with parents of infants.

Track 8:  Trauma-Informed Childcare

Trauma, especially in the form of interpersonal, family, and/or community violence, affects many young children.  Learn how to build resilience and help children heal from the effects of experiencing or witnessing violence.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience

Presenters:  Kristin Bodiford, Dominican University; Marlita White, Chicago Safe Start

10:45am – 12:15pm                           Auditorium

Even the youngest children are not immune from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – including divorce, domestic violence, abuse, community violence, poverty, and racism – that may have a traumatizing effect on them.  This workshop describes a number of ACEs experienced by many of Austin’s young children and offers strategies for building resilience and helping children heal.

The Sanctuary Model for Building a Culture of Safety, Peace, and Well-Being

Renee Jackson, The Next Generation of Leaders; Lina Cramer, Wisdom Exchange

1:00 – 2:30pm                                    Auditorium

This workshop will present an overview of the Sanctuary model, its Seven Sanctuary Commitments, and its practical tools for building organizational and community cultures that promote peace, safety, and well-being for all.  The skills described here can be used by parents/guardians, childcare providers, community members, and social services workers to create safe and nurturing environments for young children who have experienced trauma.

Track 9: Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning is one of the most important developmental tasks for infants, toddlers, and young children. In these workshops, you can learn how to help children develop strong social emotional skills and how to set up your classroom or childcare facility to promote children’s engagement and interaction, and prevent challenging behaviors.

Foundations that Promote Engagement and Prevent Challenging Behavior

Presenter:  Katie Haffner, Teach for America

10:45am – 12:15pm                           Breakout Room 8

In this session we will discuss children's behaviors and the functions they serve, explore our feelings about challenging behavior and how we respond, and learn strategies for preventing challenging behavior.  Participants will learn to create an environment and structure that promote children's engagement throughout the day and keep them on-task and learning! 

Teaching Social and Emotional Skills

Presenter:  Katie Haffner, Teach for America

1:00 – 2:30pm                                    Breakout Room 8

Emotional literacy and emotional intelligence are "soft skills" every child needs to be successful in life.  In this session we will build on the foundation set in Session 1 and take a deep dive into concrete strategies for teaching the social and emotional skills our children need.  We will focus specifically on how to help children express and regulate their emotions, control anger, and solve social problems with their peers.

 

*AUSTIN COMING TOGETHER IS A GATEWAYS REGISTRY AUTHORIZED ENTITY*

 

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Have questions about The 2nd Annual Austin Early Childhood Symposium? Contact Austin Coming Together

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By The Hand Club
415 N Laramie Ave
Chicago, IL 60644

Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)


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Austin Coming Together (ACT) is a member based 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to increase the collective impact of our member organizations on education and economic development outcomes in the Austin community. 

 


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