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  • Friday, March 17, 2017
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    7:45 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Friday Morning Keynote & Breakfast: When your buttons get pushed

    You know who they are and they know you! We all know people who push our buttons, especially when we are tired and vulnerable. Newly emerging neuroscientific research on the adult brain helps us predict what gets under our skin (literally) and how we can stay calm around negative people. Reclaim your sense of humor and suit up to maintain your professionalism under pressure.

    EQ WORD EXERCISE

    EQ word exercise is a self assessment tool

    The Neurobiology of Emotional Intelligence

    The Value of Having a Thicker Skin

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    FAMILY & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Addressing the Blind Spot in Engaging Families: Breathing Life into a Dying System
    This session will be an opportunity for participants to engage in interactive activities & discussions to enhance Family Engagement. Strategies to develop inner personal development that drive encounters with the assets that each family brings, will be co-created with the presenters and participants. Many aspects of the work of Otto Scharmer,author of Theory U, will be highlighted to support understanding in discovering how to participate in the paradigm shifting of our work. This session is designed to raise awareness while diving deep into elements of authentic relationship building.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Colorado's Home Visiting Landscape
    Colorado has a broad array of programs that serve families in their homes every day. These programs come in many different shapes and sizes and understanding which program is a best fit for a family matters. This workshop will feature a panel of representatives from home visiting programs serving families across Colorado. Come learn more about how various home visiting programs work, who they serve, and how you can help families access them!
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    INCLUSION & CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Welcoming Children with Special Needs
    This course is an introduction to working with children with special needs.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    English Language Development Strategies for Preschool and Kindergarten
    Participants will create plans to provide practical supports to students who are English Language Learners.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    IDEA: The ECE Teacher’s Role in the IEP Meeting
    The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the ECE teacher’s role in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) process for children with disabilities. Components of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will be discussed from the ECE teacher’s perspective. ECE teachers are required to be at IEP meetings for children with disabilities within their classrooms and follow through on accommodations. With more children with developmental delays and disabilities being included in ECE classrooms every day, this legal awareness is necessary for all ECE teachers.
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    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Poverty 101 - See Poverty: Be the Difference!
    Many in the early education field work with lower income students and families, but might struggle or feel frustrated when trying to motivate them. The key is CONNECTION. This hands on workshop will provide an understanding of and some tools for working with people who experience poverty, as well as explain the different types of poverty you might encounter among the families you serve.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Trauma: Theirs, Yours, Mine, Ours
    This workshop will explore topics surrounding trauma and society’s approach to it. Discussion will require reflection as to what constitutes trauma and traumas’ attendees may have in their histories. Ideas, examples, and experiences surrounding childhood trauma will be explored with statistics and ACE study data. The workshop will combine lecture, whole and small group discussion, and experiential learning. Note: Personal sharing will not be required, but personal reflection on potential adverse histories is. This workshop is intended to cause discomfort amidst learning.
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    TEACHING PRACTICE, LITERACY & STEAM

    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    ¿Cómo puedo desarrollar el concepto de S.T.E.A.M.?
    ¿Haz escuchado sobre el concepto de S.T.E.M. o S.T.E.A.M.? ¿Sabes incorporar S.T.E.A.M. en tu currículum? En este entrenamiento vas a descubrir como las conversaciones, libros, y otras herramientas ayudan a tus estudiantes e hijos de edad preescolar a desarrollar el entendimiento de conceptos científicos en las áreas de ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, arte, y matemáticas. También vamos a discutir y crear una variedad de actividades para desarrollar el concepto de S.T.E.A.M.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Jump Into STEM: Sensory Exploration for Learners
    Turn everyday experiences into teachable moments! In this workshop, participants will learn how to take common activities and STEMify them for young learners by using sensory exploration to investigate and discover science, as well as solve problems through design and build challenges. Learn how to assist students in acquiring scientific and mathematical skills using observation, pattern recognition and questioning to solve real world problems. Watch cookbook science become STEM while learning through play. Participants will walk away with a lesson plan!
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Let's Get Physical with Multi-Sensory Learning
    Come and experience how our animal friends will enable you to teach children how to lock the sounds and shapes of the alphabet into memory through a body movement that directly relates to the animal/letter. Experience how our animal friends can help you teach phonemic awareness and phonics efficiently using a multi-sensory approach. Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in the physical aspect of this unique methodology. We will demonstrate how to incorporate Zoo-phonics throughout you day and into literacy centers.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Little Lab: The Science of Seeds
    Make a baggie garden and a straw garden, watch the grass grow, and use some cool scientific tools while exploring the science of seeds.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Meaningful Math: Shifting practice for stronger early math experiences!
    Participants will develop their understanding of early mathematics, and leave with strategies of how to shift classroom routines to promote stronger development of early mathematical practices.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Read Aloud Wow! Children's Books that Matter
    Are your books too much message, and not enough magic? Are you concerned about building vocabulary? Do you need a more dynamic STEAM program? My job is to read the thousands of new children’s books published each year and narrow the field to the cream-of-the-crop. Teachers should not have to waste money or time on books that are just not good enough. I will present the best new books of the year, new books that matter. We will also discuss what makes a good book good? What books will entertain both the teacher and the children…while there is a lot of learning going on at the same time?
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    The Art and Science of Story Retelling
    Participants will practice specific strategies, in order to develop meaningful retelling experiences for your students
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    CHILD GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Character Matters: Reframing our Daily Interactions
    Reframe the way you speak to kids in a few simple steps and watch their character develop, while making your interactions more meaningful. You will receive tools needed to inspire the practice of character building in your daily life.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Childhood Sexuality: From Normal to Problematic and Abusive
    This course addresses the complexities and challenges that professionals face when attempting to understand and address many of the sexualized behaviors displayed by traumatized children. The course also defines what constitutes healthy, expectable, sexual behaviors in children according to different developmental stages. It also focuses on children who have experienced disruptions in healthy sexual development and therefore manifest a wide range of sexualized behaviors, from reactive to problematic and abusive. Case examples are included to illustrate the continuum of sexualized behaviors.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Come Play with Us!
    Have you ever wondered how to to make learning more fun and engage students while still meeting Colorado State Standards? Please join experienced Paddington Station Preschool faculty and staff who will share Paddington’s unique play based philosophy and provide a hands-on experience for attendees! You will learn how to set-up various “choice time” activities, get recipes and ideas for interesting sensory materials, and develop new strategies to implement in your classrooms today that will provide meaningful educational experiences for children through play.
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    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Have Fun Developing language for Infants and Toddlers
    Join staff from the Denver Public Library’s Early Learning Department to discuss early brain and language development and participate in hands-on activities that can be easily replicated in the classroom to support this early development. Attendees will learn how newborns and toddlers develop and discuss simple and fun ways to talk, sing, read, play, and write with infants and toddlers to promote healthy brain and language development.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Concerns: First Steps in Identification and Referral
    This session will provide information on identifying developmental concerns in infants and toddlers and first steps in connecting families with the early intervention program in Colorado. Participants will learn how to spot “red flags’ in development, strategies for talking with families about a concern, how to support a referral to early intervention and what happens after a referral is made. Come prepared to gain knowledge, share stories and celebrate the diversity of children and families!
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Kids and Screens: Early Literacy and Technology 2.0
    In our ever-changing world, kids are being exposed to screens and technology at a much younger age. Explore the risks and benefits of technology in order to create an informed balance in your classroom. Become a "media mentor" for your parents and community. By learning how to encourage digital literacy with our youngest learners, we can create an empowered new generation.
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    GUIDANCE & POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT

    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Autism: The Spiritual Approach to Intervention: Change Borderline Outcomes to Miraculous Results
    Learn the 4-step practical process that when integrated with traditional interventions with children on the autism spectrum are bringing major breakthrough results. The Autism: SAI process provides easy to use tools to help reverse provider and parent burnout, that nurture a child's spirit temperament, calm behaviors and enhance connection with a child using therapeutic visualization. Bring peace into chaos at home, in the classroom and in the therapeutic setting. Documented outcomes worldwide.
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    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    See What I Mean?
    Increase engagement and reduce challenging behaviors of students using visuals! Help the children in your classrooms understand your expectations using evidence based practices. Participants will get a chance to learn the process of creating visuals and get an opportunity to create one that they can use in class the next day!
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Self-Regulation and Young Learners: Why Are They Acting Like That, and What Can I Do About It?
    All children need guidance to develop social and emotional skills, just as they need guidance to develop more specific and traditionally academic skills. The presentation will draw on a wide array of resources to provide participants with specific strategies that can be used in classrooms immediately.
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    INFANT & EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Creating a Great Space for Infants and Toddlers
    Children from birth to age three experience rapid brain development and are 'learning to learn'. The right environment -both human and physical- sets the stage. This workshop will examine ways that the Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS) can help guide decision making in creating a space that supports development and meets unique needs of infants and toddlers. Participants will explore furnishings, materials and classroom set up structured to support physical and cognitive development
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Sensory Sensitive Care of Infants, Toddlers & Their Families
    The focus of this workshop will be to target several different areas in relation to the needs of infants and toddlers to include: recognizing how they process their sensory environment in various settings; how early childhood professionals establish meaningful relationships with the child’s parent or caregiver to support the sensitive needs of these families; and, learn recommendations to manage infant and toddler behaviors in multiple environments by addressing sensory needs with easy, inexpensive, and easily implemented activities and strategies.
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    LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Afirmando Su Profesión ( Affirming Your Profession)
    Participants will engage in reflection to create their philosophy of education and a professional development plan that aligns with their aspirations. Participants will experience a demonstration of the Professional Development Information System and receive information to self-manage the on-going use of the system.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Become a Person of Influence: A Powerful Tool in School & Life
    This practical, inspirational speech allows people to see themselves in a powerful new light. By playing small we are doing ourselves, our schools and our communities a disservice. We will dive into the significance of Credibility and Vulnerability as we begin to explore why some people are more influential than others. This talk will focus on two specific tools that you can use to help you effectively communicate, inspire and connect with not just your coworkers but everyone in your life. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to play, laugh and become a powerful person of influence.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Coaching and Resistance: Let's Change the Window
    This 1.5 hour training explores resistance and its challenge for coaches as they work with teachers and directors on quality improvement. The training asks the participant to shift her view of resistance, and consider alternative "windows" to support and promote change.
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    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Coaching Teachers using Solutions-Focused Techniques
    Participants learn to use techniques adapted from Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to coach teaching staff in their practices. Participants will transform their thinking from a typical problem solving approach to simple Solutions Focused thinking to get quick and lasting results. Solution-Focused practitioners will use simple yet effective tools to engage the people around them in a team approach to the classroom and work environment.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Colorado Shines for Leaders
    This course is designed to ease the transition into the new Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). The information provided is for Directors, Program Administrators, Family Child Care Providers or anyone who wants to know more about the new QRIS.
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    GRANTS MANAGEMENT, CONTRACTING & FINANCE

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    GM: The Big Picture of Grants Management & Pre-Award Readiness
    This course will provide an overview of the Federal grants lifecycle, regulatory requirements, and guidance documents. Participants will also explore the pre-award process – both from the Federal and non-Federal perspective – and discuss methods to evaluate an organization’s capability to administer an award and to successfully navigate the application process.
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    CHILD PHYSICAL HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Choosing and Using a Child Care Health Consultant
    Do you know everything your Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) can do for you? It is more than medications and trainings! In this interactive training, you will learn specifics about the role of the CCHC for licensed center-based child care programs including preschools. Please join us for this training to better understand how the CCHC can help ensure your children are healthy and safe.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Cooking Matters: Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in Early Care and Education Settings
    This workshop will focus on strategies to promote the development of healthy eating behaviors in young children, including facilitating children's engagement in mealtimes and food and nutrition activities. We will discuss approaches to cultivating positive mealtime environments and interactions. Participants will become familiar with food-focused, developmentally-appropriate activities and leave the session with resources to integrate food and nutrition education into the classroom.
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    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    I am Moving, I am Learning
    I am moving, I am learning is a nationally recognized promising practice used to improve the quantity and quality of physical activity in early care settings. Participants will be able to describe developmentally appropriate physical activity guidelines for preschool children. Learn and practice recommended strategies to improve the quality of physical activity for young children and their families. Develop program-specific action steps to meet the goals of I Am Moving, I Am Learning and achieve successful outcomes for children, staff, parents, and communities.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Nutrition in the Preschool Classroom
    This training is led by a nutritionist and registered dietitian, and it focuses on healthy eating habits and practices that support a child’s lifelong health. This training helps teachers and parents work together to support children’s successful dietary changes through education, stories and participation in food buying and food preparation. Participants will learn about structured eating principals and maintaining a balance of appropriate proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    The SOS Approach to Feeding: Understanding picky eaters and practical strategies
    Caregivers of children who will not eat are faced with a difficult and often puzzling challenge. Developed by Dr. Kay Toomey, the SOS Approach uses a transdisciplinary team approach which assess the “whole child”: organ systems; muscles; development; sensory processing; oral-motor skills; learning, behavior and cognition; nutrition and the environment. This short talk will highlight the physical issues that can get in the way of a child learning to eat an age appropriate diet, and give practical strategies to support picky eaters.
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    EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEMS, GOVERNANCE & POLICY

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    CCCAP 101
    Are you a provider who has heard the phrase “CCCAP” and wondered what it is? Have you considered partnering with your county to take families receiving CCCAP but have not yet taken that step? Join this course to learn about Colorado’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), providing families with financial assistance for quality, consistent child care while adult caretakers pursue their self-sufficiency goals. Also come to learn how the new Provider Self Service Portal – allowing providers to access pertinent information about CCCAP children in their care – has improved the provider process of administering this program.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Child Care Licensing Information and Q&A
    This workshop will include an update and overview of current licensing regulations and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask general licensing questions.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Denver's Birth to Eight Roadmap: A Partnership between the District and the City
    This workshop is designed to introduce participants to a systems approach in addressing language and literacy supports for children birth to third grade. The City and County of Denver and Denver Public Schools, along with various community partners, have taken on the goal of making Denver the most literate city in the nation by improving outcomes and closing the opportunity gap through support and empowerment of families living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    K-3; Creation of a Seamless High Quality P-3 System, What's It Going to Take
    There is a disconnect between Pre-K and K-3. Local and State Education Agencies, and education policymakers have begun to recognize the impact a high quality early learning experience, birth to third grade, has on a student’s academic trajectory, but what about the K-3 years? Transitions, teacher licensure, F-D-K, principal leadership, assessments, etc. all impact a child’s success. Participants will come away with an understanding of policy levers national experts have identified as paramount to changing the k-3 continuum, a Guide to Action will be presented, and a discussion will follow.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce: An innovative public-private partnership
    The Colorado’s Department of Education and Department Human Services partnered with Early Milestones Colorado to advance and support Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce. Participants in this session will hear about initial findings from the Early Childhood Workforce Survey and our study of the impact of the workforce on the economy in Colorado. Additionally, participants will learn provide feedback on the development of the State’s Next Generation Early Learning Professional Development System Plan, which is being developed through the work of many contributors throughout the State.
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    FAMILY & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Care, Community and a Collection of Baby Dolls.
    In this workshop, we unpack learning related to care, community, citizenship and curriculum development through the lens of a classroom’s work with baby dolls. Inspired by an Early Childhood center in Japan who had given each child a doll to care for, we wondered what we would learn if we embarked on a similar experiment in our U.S. context. Parents were co-collaborators in this endeavor, working with educators to make curriculum decisions. The presentation shares photo, video and interview from the classroom, parent evenings, community events and from inside the children’s homes.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Parent Engagement Leading the Way: Systems Change in Early Childhood Mental Health
    Parent engagement in early childhood mental health systems change is an essential and valued component of Project LAUNCH, a federal initiative funded by SAMHSA. Benefits of sustained family engagement to families and their communities as well as challenges and solutions to fostering and maintaining authentic family engagement will be discussed.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Real Family Engagement- how to work from conflict to connection
    This session will share information about the benefits of meeting the needs of families and children within your program. This workshop will include conversations to examine situations from the perspectives of both family members and staff. We will look at the diverse needs of individual families and how to make adjustments to program policies, procedures, and teacher interactions to open the doors to what families have to contribute. We will work in small groups with scenarios to practice analyzing potential conflicts and find ways to meet the needs of children, parents, and staff.
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    INCLUSION & CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Facilitating a developmentally appropriate conversation on social justice and equity
    Discrimination and prejudice against people based on race, gender, ethnicity, disability, economic class, sexuality and other social identities has become virtually unavoidable with young children. Confused on their own, teachers and caregivers often stay silent or redirect the topic. Drawing from critical theorists, participants will explore the social construction of their social identities, the intersections of those identities and the richness their understanding of themselves can bring to a developmentally appropriate conversation with a preschooler on social justice and equity.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Using the RBI to Increase Family Engagement in the IEP Process
    The Routines Based Interview (RBI)process is a BONUS for families and IEP teams. RBI builds strong relationships for families and IEP teams. Through the RBI, the family establishes IEP goals for their preschoolers. Learn the basics of the RBI and what families and team members have to say about using the RBI. HiParticipants will engage in understanding the benefits and the BONUS of using the RBI. Everyone is a winner when IEP teams use the RBI and strengthen the family’s voice in the IEP meeting! This session is for particpants in the IEP process.
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    TEACHING PRACTICE, LITERACY & STEAM

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Baby Talk: Closing the word gap in early childhood classrooms
    In early childhood classrooms, caregivers play a vital role in closing the word gap by increasing the amount of talk a child experiences to support school readiness. This interactive session will explore practical applications for closing the word gap in childcare settings, discuss how data driven feedback can increase interactive talk and support caregivers' professional growth.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Intro to CLASS
    This course provides a brief Introduction to the CLASS™ tool and explains how it relates to the quality indicators in the QRIS Points Structure Self-Assessment for Early Childhood Programs.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    FROM PAGE TO STAGE: Creative Dramatics in the Primary Classroom
    Imagine an activity that promotes reading comprehension and social skills, focuses active learners while motivating introverted students, and encourages language skills and physical awareness all at the same time. Plus it is accessible to children because it is fun. That is Merry-Andrew Afoot’s unique brand of Creative Dramatics! Participants will learn techniques for transforming classrooms into new worlds using nothing but books and kids! Literacy based Creative Dramatics cultivates the seeds of creative learning that all children naturally possess. “The End” is only the beginning.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Raising Readers: Using Evidence-Based Practices to Support Literacy Development
    While reading comes easily for many people, this is not the case for all young children. Some students need extra support through the use of evidence-based reading instruction in small-group or 1:1 sessions. This workshop will provide strategies for supporting struggling readers in the K-2 classroom.
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    CHILD GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    The PLAY Project: An evidence-based approach to the effective treatment of autism in young children
    PLAY Autism Intervention Therapy (TPP) is evidence-based with a set of best practice principles, methods, and techniques used to improve autism symptoms. TPP meets Colorado EI mandates: Colorado Autism Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers; A Relationship based Approach to Early Intervention; Global Outcomes. TPP meets the Best Practice Guidelines for Implementation of the Home and Community Based Services for Colorado’s CWA waiver. Participants will learn about the following: Introduction: The Need for Relationship based models; Overview of TPP; 7 Circles of PLAY; Research: Evidence for PLAY.
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    INFANT & EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Warm Connections: Partnering to support the health and well-being of low income women and children
    This presentation will introduce Warm Connections- a multiagency, interdisciplinary project aimed at supporting the health and well-being of low income women, infants, and children. It will describe the process of integrating behavioral and developmental support in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics to create a community-based model of preventive care for this high risk population. In addition, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with funding a multi-site partnership pilot with a consortium of philanthropic sources.
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    LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Overview of CO Shines
    Learn about Colorado’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. This session will provide an overview of the structure, QRIS systems, incentive supports, and data statistics on quality rating.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    How Shared Services can Impact Your ECE Business and Quality Ratings

    Join us for an overview of Early Learning Ventures, a shared services model that provides business support for the child care industry. ELV brings technology and business practices to its members, which are a mix of child care centers, family child care homes, and those supporting work in the field of ECE. In this session you will learn about ELV resources including: access to online business tools, training and resources designed specifically for early care and education providers; compliance updates and industry trends; Alliance CORE; cost savings on purchases, and more. Special focus will be dedicated to the tools and resources ELV has put together to support providers working through licensing compliance and the various levels of Colorado Shines ratings.

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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Know your WHY & the HOW will follow
    Why do you do what you do?  Why does your school do what they do?  Why did you get into education in the first place? Most people and schools can state what they do but often are unable to clearly state why they do it…or more importantly why it is important to them. Not knowing this can lead to a lack of personal and institutional motivation. This presentation will clearly identify 3 specific steps a school and an individual can take to not only clarify their WHY but create a powerful source of motivation for living it.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    NAEYC Accreditation 101
    Thinking about accreditation is a big step and there are a lot of questions that you may be asking yourself. This workshop will provide an overview of the benefits and process of becoming accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, our field's gold standard for quality early learning.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    What do we do about the Head Start duration hours change?
    With the changes in Head Start Performance Standards, many are asking how this will impact funding through the Colorado Preschool Program and for children on Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s). Attend this session with staff from the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services to give input, express concerns, and get answers to your questions.
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    GRANTS MANAGEMENT, CONTRACTING & FINANCE

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    GM: New Purchasing Requirements Part I
    This course delves into procurement and sub-recipient monitoring requirements under the Uniform Guidance. In addition to learning about new regulatory requirements, participants will engage in interactive exercises and identify ways to optimize subrecipient monitoring and risk assessment efforts.
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    CHILD PHYSICAL HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Helping Care-providers Support the Health, Safety, and Nutrition through Bright by Text
    Ashleigh Kirk will guide participants through an exploration of how mobile technology can enhance providers, caregivers and parents to improve child outcomes.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    How to test your child care facility for radon, and what to do about elevated levels
    Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the #1 cause among non-smokers. It causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths each year. In this workshop, you will learn about radon and its health risks as well as Colorado’s new child care regulations for testing facilities and what to do if your facility has high levels. You can prevent unnecessary radon exposure. Come learn how to do it.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Injury Prevention and Reporting
    Colorado was the first state to implement an online injury reporting system. After a more than a year of online injury reporting, Colorado has collected data on the types of injuries that occur most often in child care environments, and has developed information and tips for child care providers. Participants will learn the about common injuries that occur indoors and outdoors and how to use the online injury reporting system to report an injury that requires medical treatment.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Talk About It: Special Considerations when talking to Pre-Schoolers about Safety
    Will be speaking about the different ways to keep children safe and best ways to talk to them about different areas of safety. Children often keep abuse a secret. By teaching children at an early age about the safety of their bodies and talking openly to them about their bodies and boundaries a child will be more equipped to tell you if something is making them uncomfortable.
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    EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEMS, GOVERNANCE & POLICY

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Community Partnerships: How to build or grow one in your own community
    Learn how a local county collaborates with community partners for alignment of early childhood efforts. By attending this session you will: 1. Identify who to partner with in your community 2. How to foster community relationships 3. How to get'er done
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    12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Friday Lunch, Networking, and Exhibit Hall
     Optional  Closed 
     

    FAMILY & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    What's In a Name? One strategy for self-concept development and family partnership
    This 1.5 hour training explores the importance of the child's positive self-concept development. Participants will practice one strategy which promotes self-concept development and which can strengthen family partnerships.
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    INCLUSION & CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS

    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Cultural Responsiveness and Family Engagement 1 &2
    This course provides an overview of cultural responsiveness and how it relates to providing quality early care and education to children and families.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Inclusion Strategies for Young Learners
    Participants will walk away with practical strategies to support learning differences in early education classrooms.
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     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Program-Wide Pyramid Plus Inclusion Practices: Bal Swan Children’s Center
    This workshop will examine the journey of high fidelity, program-wide implementation of inclusion practices at one community program. Bal Swan Children’s Center is a Demonstration Site for the Pyramid Plus Center. The program has achieved and maintained program-wide fidelity to the Pyramid Model. This session will explore their shift in practice using Pyramid strategies and Implementation Science. There will be information from parents, teachers, and administrators as well as video examples and resources to support programs on their journey toward high quality inclusion.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    What’s Race/Ability Got to Do with It?: Linking Race and Dis/Ability to Early Childhood Education
    Do you want to learn more about disproportionality and inclusion in early childhood education? This session will explore the emerging field of DisCrit, a study of the links between race and ability in U.S. culture, and what it means for early childhood education systems, teachers, and the children and families we work with
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    TEACHING PRACTICE, LITERACY & STEAM

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Celebrate the JOY of Learning – Frog Street Continuum of Curriculum Birth to Five

    Join us on Friday to explore Frog Street's groundbreaking 0-5 learning continuum, which provides purposeful experiences that build strong learning foundations and foster curiosity and exploration! Written by lead author, Dr. Pam Schiller, our Infant, Toddler, Threes and Pre-K Programs are based on the latest findings in early brain development research. Our session will focus on social and emotional development which is the heart of each comprehensive program (incorporating Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline®). We will practice using unique materials that support intentional instruction, child-directed play, and individual differences. And, we'll explore user-friendly teacher guides that include innovative ideas for partnering with families. Let's come together to celebrate the JOY of early childhood education! All participants will be entered into drawings for fabulous Frog Street door prizes!

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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Classroom Science for the Non-Science Teacher!
    Scared of science? Don’t be! Let favorite nursery rhyme characters help you teach basic science concepts. Learn about air pressure with Humpty Dumpty. Let Jack and Jill help children understand centrifugal force. Expand thinking and problem solving skills using simple songs, rhymes and story books. Learn how to use the science table, journals and art in creative ways to build a phenomenal science program.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Introduction to the Environmental Rating Scales
    This course will provide an overview of the Environment Rating Scales and describe how the tools are used in the new Quality Rating and Improvement System.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Engaging ALL children in your classroom: Tips and Strategies
    The presenters will provide description of the engagement construct in preschool classrooms and its role in promoting children’s learning. We’ll provide you with evidence-based strategies to support the engagement of all children in the classroom and across the different classroom activities. Small group activities and discussion opportunities will focus on ways to use newly learned strategies in your classroom starting Monday!
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    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Fostering mature play: Expanding from activities to meaningful investigations
    Learn / practice a systematic approach to design meaningful indoor and outdoor engineering and STEM investigations. Learn how intentional investigations foster mature play, cognitive development, and critical thinking. Explore how to support an approach to meeting early learning outcomes and crosscutting STEM skills through investigations and openended play. Explore how to use the TMI Design Process as a mental model for asking openended questions and offering meaningful provocations for children. Practice planning intentional instructional strategies and deepening adult/child interactions.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Kindergarten Best Practices
    Ready Child. Ready School. This session will focus on best practices and ideas for success in your kindergarten program. Throughout the state, we continue to work with and observe teachers’ innovative ways to meet the needs of their students and their students’ families. Join our session as we share what makes kindergarten classrooms welcoming, child-centered, and developmentally appropriate. Explore best practices in creating a responsive classroom that will engage students in hands-on learning, foster independence and cooperation, and develop authentic connections with your families
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Orchestrating Inquiry
    In this interactive work session, we will hone our skills in sculpting questions we ask our students in centers and throughout the day to support deeper thinking for our young learners.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Supporting Language and Literacy through Socio-Dramatic Play
    How can teachers effectively use the dramatic play center to support young children's literacy development? Participants will learn how to set goals for developing knowledge, dispositions, and skills, create and support an effective thematic Socio-Dramatic play center, scaffold children with low or second language, and plan for the intentional role of the adult. This session will include an interactive opportunity to design a center that offers authentic literacy opportunities for young children.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Take Back Your Sunday! Let the library help you with your lesson plans
    Do you have anything you would rather be doing on Sunday besides planning for school? Let the Denver Public Library help! We offer a huge array of little-known services that will save you time, energy, and stress! From the famous Teacher Book Sets to premade lesson plans based on award-winning books to getting technology in the classroom (GoPros, 3D Printing, recording studios, projectors) to ideas for family programming and songs in multiple languages to bolster your repertoire, DPL offers many ways to help you bring fun and learning to your students without any extra effort from you!
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    CHILD GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    10 Terrific Tips for Building Strong Fine Motor Skills
    Great educators know the keys to writing and other hand skills develop long before the child sits down at the table. We need our bodies and our senses to process and learn. Come along on this journey to understand the basics of sensory processing and get 10 great tips on how to make every child successful with fine motor skills. This fun, interactive training reviews the basic components of how vision, movement, touch and body awareness (through the muscle and joints) form the foundation for all good fine motor skills and includes references and evidence based/best practice methods
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Brain Building with Vroom
    Advances in neuroscience confirm what many of us have long known: The first five years of life are critically important to children’s future learning and success. Every time we connect with young children, it’s not just their eyes that light up – it’s their brains too. By turning routine, shared moments into brain building moments, Vroom makes it easy for parents to have a positive impact on their children’s brain development. Join us in this session to learn the science of Vroom and how to enable parents and caregivers to become expert brain builders!
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Embedded Learning Opportunities for Infant/Toddler Classrooms
    What do Pyramid practices actually look like in infant and young toddler classrooms? How can caregivers be responsive to needs and support the development of our youngest students? This session shows you how to embed developmentally appropriate social and emotional learning opportunities into schedules and routines in infant and young toddler classrooms.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Rethinking the Classroom Landscape

    This training will encourage teachers to transform ordinary spaces into reflective and meaningful landscapes. With easy-to-implement ideas and strategies based on five guideposts, this training supports and encourages educators to create early childhood environments that vividly connect to children, adults, and their communities. Early childhood environments should not be just the actual space and objects within these spaces—but also a reflection of the geographical, cultural, historical, and environmental forces shaping these spaces. This training will outline the important distinction between space and place.

     

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    GUIDANCE & POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT

    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Leading and Working Within Early Childhood Programs that Provide a Fighting Chance
    Disruptive change events such as incarceration of a parent, living outside of nuclear family systems, varying mental health issues, and disasters have become disturbing trends. These societal trends impact children which results, many times, in challenging behaviors. Utilizing the latest critical components in the science of early learning from Galinsky’s, Mind in the Making; and, Carter & Curtis’s Visionary Director and Bloom’s Blueprint for Action, this presentation plans to provide many practical ideas and solutions for those working within early childhood programs.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Linking Emotions and Behavior: An Innovative Approach to Developing a Positive Classroom
    This course offers opportunities to analyze the RULER, an innovative approach to behavior. The RULER tools enhance individuals’ ability to understand and regulate their emotions and to consider and empathize with how others feel. Traditional discipline systems commonly used in today’s classroom seem to work only with typical developing children, but not with children with challenging behaviors. Implementing the RULER, a more innovative and constructive method, might potentially decrease negative behaviors in children with behavioral challenges and assist them in becoming successful in life.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Preventing and Intervention for Challenging Behaviors: An Introduction to PBS
    Preschool teachers are faced with behavior problems on a daily basis. Research has shown that successfully addressing and changing student behaviors involves making changes at the classroom-wide level, as well as implementing individual interventions for certain students. This session will provide early childhood educators with introductory information on the creation of a research-based behavior management plan that can be implemented in their classrooms.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Strengthening Resiliency Opportunities Everyday
    In this workshop, participants will learn tips and tricks to help calm and center classrooms using mindfulness to build resiliency in both children and adults. The session will include information on brain development, stress and the effects on the mind and body, mindfulness techniques, and opportunities to challenge your own thinking around classroom management and behavior support. Participants will leave with new knowledge and skills they can immediately apply in their schools, classrooms and personal lives.
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    INFANT & EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    A Complete Guide to Colorado's Infant Mental Health Endorsement
    The Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health (IMH-E®) is a verifiable competencies-based process that recognizes specialized knowledge, training, and experience of professionals across disciplines working in the infant, early childhood, and family field. It is one of the first and most comprehensive efforts in the country to identify best practice competencies across disciplines and offer a professional development pathway. This workshop will cover the details and next steps for submitting a preliminary application!
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    How to Reach and Teach the Socially Anxious Preschooler
    A School Psychologist and an Early Childhood Speech and Language Pathologist will give you the skills to assess and develop a plan to increase a child's oral language interaction with adults and peers. These interventions are useful for children with shyness, for second language learners, as well as for more severe difficulties such as Social Anxiety and Selective Mutism. Lots of examples and demonstrations of techniques are included.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Working With Your Mental Health Specialist
    This course will provide an overview of the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Specialists program. Participants will learn what mental health consultation is, methods for connecting with their local specialists and what working with a ECMH Sspecialist is like. Participants will also participate in a discussion of the new child care rules expectations and opportunities and have the opportunity to ask questions.
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    LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Caring for Those Who Care: Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care for Teachers
    Demands on early childhood professional are varied, abundant, and pressing. For some of us, a difficult day can leave us depleted and exhausted. For others of us, it seems each day leaves us feeling that way. Taking time to refuel and regenerate is not something most educators do on the regular, and yet, the personal and professional consequences of compassion fatigue (CF) and neglecting self-care can be profound. Low morale, absenteeism, negativity, impatience, anger, and detachment can severely impact educators, children, and families. Join us as we focus on caring for those who care - Us.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Individualizing Professional Development and Mentoring
    This session aims to give coaches, mentors, and administrators a greater understanding of the coaching role along with practical strategies for improving their work with teachers and caregivers at all levels of implementation. Participants will discover ways to enhance the quality of their coaching and tailor it to the individual strengths, needs, and opportunities they observe in their programs through the use of Teaching Strategies® Coaching to Fidelity resources.
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    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Leading from Every Chair: How to empower myself and others to move from “me to we”
    Across the early childhood landscape, collaborative leadership is required to promote access, quality, and equity for all young children and families. This session invites early childhood practitioners working in roles across the field to engage in an interactive dialogue in order to explore how they and others can lead from every chair. Alumni and faculty from the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program will be sharing their leadership journey from “me to we.” Participants will walk away with tools, resources, and new connections to expand their leadership capacity in their work setting.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Turning your past into your greatest asset: When life has given you lemons not lollipops
    "It's only a mistake if we don't learn from it" is an uplifting belief and practice. However, many of us who work with young children did not ourselves experience the most upbeat or supportive upbringings. We tend therefore to be harsh with ourselves, expect perfection, and avoid conflict. What if instead, we could see our past as our greatest asset? Fred Rogers said: "The hardest person to forgive is someone who hurt you, especially if that person is yourself." Learn ways to find strengths in your vulnerabilities, humor in dark times, and acceptance of what you cannot change.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Using the Professional Development Information System (PDIS) to Support Career Development
    Colorado’s Professional Development Information System, or PDIS, is a free online career development tool for early childhood educators. This session will introduce participants to all of the tools available and how they can be used to support your own career development and the career development of the professionals you work with.
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    GRANTS MANAGEMENT, CONTRACTING & FINANCE

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    GM: New Purchasing Requirements Part II
    This course delves into procurement and sub-recipient monitoring requirements under the Uniform Guidance. In addition to learning about new regulatory requirements, participants will engage in interactive exercises and identify ways to optimize subrecipient monitoring and risk assessment efforts.
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    CHILD PHYSICAL HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Be a Wellness Champion!
    This training will provide you with strategies to become an effective “champion” for implementing physical activity and workplace wellness activities in your program. We will review best practices, brainstorm ideas, and develop an action plan for promoting adult-led structured physical activities in your program and for facilitating the creation of a wellness program for staff! Who can be a Wellness Champion? Directors, classroom staff, coaches, cooks, and more.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Building Connections with Nature: Gardening with Young Children and Families.
    Using self reflection, discussion of research participants will discover the importance of nature for themselves, young children and families. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the ways their community experiences the natural world and how they can enhance their classroom practices to build a stronger connection. Participants will be able to communicate summaries of children’s observation to families using Learning Stories. Participants will learn how to use Learning Stories to plan, evaluate, implement, and analyze the impact of nature on children and their families.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Namaste and Play: Learn how to create more Feedom in your life
    Learn how to share with your students through Breathing exercises to help calm and balance the nervous system, increase intellectual receptivity, support alert, focus learning and readiness. Yoga poses to improve coordination and circulation, build strength, flexibility, balance and focus, integrate left and right hemispheres. Mindfulness activities will release mental tension, improve mood and attitude, stimulate the secretion of dopamine other positive chemicals.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    New Playground Grants Available from Qualistar

    Join us to learn about brand new grants available to all types of programs aimed to improve outdoor learning environments. With support from the Colorado Health Foundation, we are offering new grants beginning this spring! While in our session, you will learn more about Qualistar and our efforts to elevate quality by improving everyday practice of professionals, and by building safe, supportive. We know the challenges providers and programs face in providing high-quality care, and we are driving innovation in the ways quality can be improved and sustained.

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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Standard Precautions
    Confused about the new licensing rules for Standard Precautions? Wondering how they differ from Universal Precautions? This interactive 1.5 hour session will help reduce the confusion and answer your questions. Attendees will be presented ways to protect themselves and children in their care from infectious diseases. Standard Precautions reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms (germs) that can cause infection. Once attendees review their exposure control plan upon return to their program and obtain signatures, this course will count toward the annual requirement.
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    EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEMS, GOVERNANCE & POLICY

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    How Policy Change Happens
    Changing policy in early childhood – or in any area of public policy – isn’t easy, but it can be done. This workshop will help you understand the maze of federal, state, and local laws and regulations. You’ll learn how to identify the key issues in early childhood policy and the policymakers and early childhood advocates who can and do make a difference for our children.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Shared Messaging: Shifting Social Norms toward Positive Social Change
    In 2015, the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (ECCP) convened more than 25 stakeholders to develop Colorado’s Early Childhood Shared Message Bank. This bank provides messaging for early childhood stakeholders to use across the state in order to speak from a collective voice, engage more audiences and mobilize action to address early adversity and toxic stress in children. Partners across the state are using these resources to leverage their work with consistent messaging when discussing early childhood adversity and toxic stress to keep shifting social norms toward positive social change for family and child well-being in Colorado. Participants will have the opportunity to receive background on the shared message bank and how the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC) through their work with Project LAUNCH has taken this research and created a communications plan with supporting collateral.
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    FAMILY & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Effective Strategies for Engaging Families in Mental Health Services and School Interventions
    This session will present both a conceptual framework and the mechanics of engaging outside resources. We will explore how to shift the focus from student problems to a collaborative vision that utilizes the student’s and family’s strengths to address the concerns through the integration of education, behavioral health, and the family system.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Parents hold the key: Unlocking a child's potential through talk
    Parents have the ability to unlock their children's social, emotional and cognitive potential. Children who experience too few words early on can suffer achievement gaps impacting school readiness. This interactive session will explore strategies used with families to close the word gap through home visitation programs, discuss recruitment strategies and share best practices using case studies from around the U.S.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Using Data to Inspire Families
    Between the ages of 0 and 3, children from high-need families are exposed to up to 30 million words fewer words than their more affluent peers. This discussion will explore how data can be used to positively impact a child's language environment and how group settings and community partners contribute to achieve maximum impact.
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    INCLUSION & CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Top Three Tips for Teaming in Inclusive ECE Settings
    Learn the Top 3 Teaming Tips for ECE professionals to provide children with better outcomes! Children do better in classrooms where adults get along and plan together. Early childhood classrooms are filled with many adults working regularly or intermittently with children. Oftentimes these adults need to boost their skills in coordinating their work, speaking the same “language”, and having clear roles and expectations. This workshop will identify—and participants will practice—tips for improving adult teaming in ECE settings.
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    TEACHING PRACTICE, LITERACY & STEAM

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Best Books of 2016-2017
    Discover some of the best picture books of 2016 and 2017 and how beginning reading skills contribute to brain development.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Bridging Language and Literacy
    Bridging Language and Literacy for English Language Learners Esther, Smith, Denver Public Schools This presentation takes participants through language experiences which illustrate the experiences of second language learners in the classroom. From there, participants examine the operational words of literacy from the perspective of the k-5 English Language Learner.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood: A Peek at Project Learning Tree
    This will be a fun introduction to Project Learning Tree’s Early Childhood curriculum for engaging young children in nature and science through ALL subjects. Participants will have a chance to see what exciting activities Project Learning Tree’s program covers, learn about correlation to standards and STEAM connections, and experience a few hands-on activities they can use right away with students.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Los mejores libros del año
    Venga y descubra los mejores libros infantiles publicados en los últimos dos años. En nuestra sesión le mostraremos los mejores títulos junto con ideas de cómo despertar el interés de sus estudiantes. Déjenos a nosotros el trabajo de encontrar los libros perfectos para su clase, simplemente venga y disfrute echándole un vistazo a las últimas publicaciones ¡que seguro que le encantan!
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    CHILD GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    The Art of Listening Beyond Words
    What happens when we delay our rush to label an experience and linger for a while in the experience itself? The Art of Listening asks how we might collaborate with young children to prolong connections and promote learning on all levels. What happens if we attend to the rustling before mind identifies it as tree leaves? In this workshop, I will share elements of my collaborative research alongside children and how to employ the art of mindful listening and creative expression to deepen shared understanding, educational practice and well-being.
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    INFANT & EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Social Emotional Health and Development
    This course provides an overview of social and emotional health and development and how these concepts are addressed in the new Quality Rating and Improvement System.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Infant and Toddler Social Emotional Competence
    Evidence based practice tools and strategies that are effective for promoting social emotional competence and reduce challenging behaviors in infants and toddlers.
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    LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Educator Panel: Showcasing the Diverse Approaches of DPS Preschool and Kindergarten Programs
    Participants will engage in a collaborative discussion with teachers from various preschool programs throughout Denver Public Schools, in order to learn about the multiple approaches to teaching and learning in our district.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Market your program with Colorado Shines
    Your Colorado Shines rating can help you market your program! This course will provide information on how to use a variety of free tools such as personalizing your ColoradoShines.com website listing, a press release template, newsletter content, social media ideas, and website content to tell families in your community what your Colorado Shines rated program has to offer. Ask questions, get marketing tips and learn how to put the Program Communications Toolkit to work for you!
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Provider Cost Savings from a Comprehensive Shared Service Model

    Early Learning Ventures (ELV) supports early childhood education providers with shared services model that offers ways to save money and time. ELV and APA Consulting quantified dollar and time savings from provider reported utilization. The results not only offer insights into shared services model implementation, but also about the supports providers need to achieve larger goals within the early childhood sector such as professionalizing the industry and increasing access and quality of early childhood services

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    GRANTS MANAGEMENT, CONTRACTING & FINANCE

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    GM: Intro to Allowable Costs
    Everyone should understand how to make sure that their organizations are properly reimbursed and – more importantly – how to mitigate the risk of repayment. During this session, participants will uncover some of the mysteries surrounding indirect costs, discuss changes in the Federal cost principles that impact the reimbursability of certain costs, review best practices in internal control, and understand various cash management requirements and practices (advances versus reimbursement).
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    CHILD PHYSICAL HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Developing Your Safe Schools Program
    Developing a Safe Schools Program can be quite overwhelming. Is your center prepared to meet these challenges? During this session we will focus in on developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) for Early Childhood Educational Centers. You will hear about best practices regarding plan development, response functions, and training and exercise programs. You will walk away with low-cost/no-cost ideas and resources for implementing a comprehensive EOP.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma
    This course fulfills a pre-service requirement for the State of Colorado This course fulfills a pre-service requirement for the State of Colorado training on Abusive Head Trauma or Shaken Baby Syndrome. After completing this course, you will be able to: • Define Abusive Head Trauma and describe how these injuries occur • Describe the immediate symptoms and long-term effects of Abusive Head Trauma • Identify factors that increase the risk of Abusive Head Trauma occurring • Identify strategies to decrease the risk of Abusive Head Trauma in your child care program • Communicate with parents about the danger of Abusive Head Trauma and how they can reduce their risk to their children
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    EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEMS, GOVERNANCE & POLICY

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    ECE Accessibility: Understanding the Existing Landscape in Metro Denver

    Learn about the newly-launched Early Care and Education Map, a digital mapping tool that leverages neighborhood data from Denver’s seven-county region to show where quality, licensed early childhood resources are located relative to where young children live. Built to help providers, funders, policymakers and advocates who want to better understand the existing landscape of metro Denver early care and education providers, the ECE Map can inform decision-making related to public and private sector investment, provider expansion, spending of quality improvement dollars, and identifying where additional subsidies are needed. Developed by Shift Research Lab, a program of The Piton Foundation that provides free data and analysis to help drive community change, the ECE Map utilizes data to help us better understand how far parents travel when choosing an early childhood option, ultimately helping to identify which communities have a shortage of care, which communities lack high quality care and if there is enough care in communities where vulnerable children live. Because parents’ ECE choices are based on factors that can’t be accounted for, such as choosing an ECE that’s close to work, and enrollment data isn’t reported to a centralized authority, Shift Research Lab took a creative approach to calculating accessibility that analyzed travel patterns to ECEs. In this session, participants will get a live demonstration of the ECE Map and insight into how Shift Research Lab was able to identify a community's access to ECE facilities across metro Denver.

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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Immunization Practices, Policies and Attitudes Among CO Licensed Child Care Providers
    This session will summarize recent changes to immunization reporting requirements for licensed child care programs and will highlight results from a 2016 survey of CO licensed child care providers on how immunizations are handled in their programs. Information will be shared based on survey results, including existing immunization practices and policies, awareness of new immunization requirements, and attitudes and beliefs toward vaccination among child care providers. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss strategies and recommendations to assist in compliance with the new rules.
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    4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM
    Happy Hour
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  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
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    7:45 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Saturday Morning Keynote & Breakfast: "How to Create Unforgettable Learning Experiences"
    Amazing teachers turn ordinary moments into unforgettable learning experiences – the kind that kids talk about at the dinner table and remember for a lifetime. The secret to being an “amazing teacher” is to learn to see the invisible possibilities in each of our children and to fill their lives with wonder. So, get ready for Steve Spangler to turbo-charge your sense of wonder, rekindle your child-like enthusiasm for learning, and show you how to use the principles of building connections and engagement to create best day ever moments day after day.
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    INCLUSION & CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS

    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Program-Wide Pyramid Plus Inclusion Practices: Bal Swan Children’s Center
    This workshop will examine the journey of high fidelity, program-wide implementation of inclusion practices at one community program. Bal Swan Children’s Center is a Demonstration Site for the Pyramid Plus Center. The program has achieved and maintained program-wide fidelity to the Pyramid Model. This session will explore their shift in practice using Pyramid strategies and Implementation Science. There will be information from parents, teachers, and administrators as well as video examples and resources to support programs on their journey toward high quality inclusion.
     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Promoting Resilience in Families and Communities through the Brain Architecture Game
    Building strong foundations for young children takes all of us working together! The Brain Architecture Game is a powerful tool to develop a shared understanding of toxic stress and resilience. This game is intended for anyone interested in learning more about early brain development and creating change in their communities. Join this hands-on workshop where you will work with others to build your own “brain” and navigate how various stressors and protective factors influence its stability and structure. This workshop will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Tips and Tricks for Effective Inclusion and Anti-Bias Teaching
    Early childhood classrooms serve children from diverse backgrounds and children with and without disabilities. This diversity can be the greatest strength of the classroom and a source of support and satisfaction in teachers’ practice. But in order for diversity to be an asset to teachers, it is essential for professionals to have robust repertoire of skills and tools to make inclusion and diversity work for everyone. In this highly engaging session, participants will explore and practice co-teaching, use of visual cues, creating individual supports, and identifying a wide array of resources
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    TEACHING PRACTICE, LITERACY & STEAM

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Born Scientists: Encouraging and Developing Scientific Inquiry with Young Children
    Through a connected series of activities, participants will experience a rich integrated science exploration that they can apply immediately to their own classrooms. Playing games, creating notebooks, observing, asking questions, problem solving, moving, singing and even having snack together will enable participants to explore Science as learners. Reflection and discussion about the Science space in different classrooms, and the work of students will give participants the opportunity to plan for Science learning in their own environments.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Classroom Science for the Non-Science Teacher!
    Scared of science? Don’t be! Let favorite nursery rhyme characters help you teach basic science concepts. Learn about air pressure with Humpty Dumpty. Let Jack and Jill help children understand centrifugal force. Expand thinking and problem solving skills using simple songs, rhymes and story books. Learn how to use the science table, journals and art in creative ways to build a phenomenal science program.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Introduction to the Environmental Rating Scales
    This course will provide an overview of the Environment Rating Scales and describe how the tools are used in the new Quality Rating and Improvement System.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Look to Read with the Denver Art Museum
    How can artwork unleash your youngest learners’ stories? The Denver Art Museum and the Denver Public Library are teaming up for an interactive workshop to uncover playful strategies and tools for supporting early learners on their journey through language and visual arts. Join us to discover create ways to engage your students and leave with practical ideas for your classroom.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Math, Motion, and Connecting the Thoughts: Strategies for Supporting Early Mathematical Competencies
    Recognize how early mathematical skills are embedded into a child’s world and revolve around sensory motor and socio-emotional experiences. Create optimum learning conditions with “The CLASS” principles by helping children blend content strands, connect ideas, solve problems, and make sense of self-directed discoveries. Practice language modeling that promotes higher thinking skills and fosters cognitive development. Integrate movement activities that enhance innate curiosity, improve retention, and help children achieve desired results.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Proyecto Aprendiendo del Arbol: Experiencias Ambientales Para Educacion Inicial
    En este taller aprenderás a facilitar actividades divertidas y interactivas con alimentos, literatura, arte y música, y así ayudar a los niños a conectar con la Naturaleza. Con estas actividades, ¡podrás ayudar a los niños a aprender, conectar, y disfrutar en la naturaleza! A través de estas sencillas actividades los chicos aprenderán a contar, los colores, los sonidos, las estaciones, los sentidos, así como a clasificar cosas, a jugar en la naturaleza, ampliar su vocabulario y mucho más. Al final del taller, las primeras 15 personas ¡recibirán una Guía de actividades y un CD de música con sonidos naturales! Tendremos otras Guías/CDs para la venta.
     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    The Language of Science for Infants and Toddlers
    You don’t need to wear a white lab coat to be a scientist. For infants and toddlers, science is a part of their natural curiosity and exploration. In this interactive and hands-on training, you will engage with materials that encourage and promote natural exploration and scientific discovery. You will learn strategic ways to engage infants and toddlers in science and key methods for incorporating scientific language in your program or classroom. Come prepared to push your current understandings of science and young children and learn ways to encourage the next generation of scientists.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    The web we weave: Lesson planning and emergent curriculum in an infant/ toddler environment
    Come get messy as we dive into the process of the wonderful world of emergent learning and Reggio- inspired curriculum planning in an Early Head Start and standards-based environment. Come away with tools to deepen your practice in anticipatory webbing, using framing questions, individualizing curriculum, using the daily routine and environment to reinforce emergent learning practice and principles in an infant toddler environment.
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    CHILD GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Circle Time Magic: Activities that Educate, Captivate, and Motivate Young Children
    Join these award-winning authors and veteran teachers to discover exciting circle time activities that reinforce basic skills in literacy, math, science and more. Participants will learn valuable teaching techniques that will engage children’s minds and make circle time a valuable part of the day where children are learning through the multiple intelligences, the five senses and active participation. Put current brain research into practice by connecting circle time to learning centers and activities throughout the day.
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     Optional  Closed 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Music Learning for Social/Emotional Well-being
    As an early childhood professional, you are one of preschoolers’ first "Music Learning Facilitators," second only to their caregivers. You and your preschool center have the skills and resources to create a playful environment that promotes and supports the music learning of your students, which will ultimately improve their social and emotional well-being. By developing their natural inborn music aptitude, they can achieve a level of basic music competence that will not only improve outcomes in your classroom, but will positively impact their future.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Ready,Set,School: cultivating self-regulated learners ready for school
    Recent studies have consistently shown the relation between the self-regulatory concept of executive function and later social and academic success. In this workshop, participants will explore the notion of executive function (through the eyes of Montessori’s theory of “normalization”) and will examine ways to promote its emergence in the early years classroom. In the process, participants will adopt hands-on classroom techniques to differentiate instruction and will learn to prepare an environment that encourages autonomous learning for each individual in their care. A crucial step towards ensuring a most successful transition into kindergarten.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Supporting Child Development
    This training provides an overview of how children’s brains develop and we will explore how early experiences can influence a child’s learning, behavior, and development. You will learn about what children need as it relates to brain development, sleep, nutrition, movement, and more. Participants will be equipped with important information to share with families.
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    GUIDANCE & POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Minds and Hearts for Learning
    As you can see from this ancient quote we have wanted to know for centuries how to develop minds and hearts for learning. Join us in this session and discover why the mind/heart connection is essential and how to promote connections that lead to cooperation for learning and self-regulation skills.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development
    The Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development (NHSD) training helps participants better understand the sexual development of children, and how to respond to children’s sexual behaviors and question in ways that promote healthy development. The training also recognizes that a crucial component of nurturing healthy sexual development is protecting children from sexual abuse. Participants will gain an understanding of the scope of child sexual abuse and the relationship between healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Understanding the Similarities and Differences of High Sensitivity and Sensory Processing Disorder
    Kids can have heightened reactions to daily routines. There is power in understanding the different ways children perceive the same experience. In this workshop you'll learn how High Sensitivity and Sensory Processing Disorder affect they way a young child interacts with their world.
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    INFANT & EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    How to Reach and Teach the Socially Anxious Preschooler
    A School Psychologist and an Early Childhood Speech and Language Pathologist will give you the skills to assess and develop a plan to increase a child's oral language interaction with adults and peers. These interventions are useful for children with shyness, for second language learners, as well as for more severe difficulties such as Social Anxiety and Selective Mutism. Lots of examples and demonstrations of techniques are included.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Talking About Temperament: Flexible, Slow-to-Warm, and Feisty! Oh My!
    “Temperament refers to the way individuals react to and experience their environment” (Thomas & Chess, 1977). While no temperament is inherently “good” or “bad,” temperament impacts the fit between a child, caregivers, and the environment. During this interactive workshop, attendees will explore the important role that child care providers play in recognizing a child’s temperament and appropriately modifying caregiving approaches and the environment for optimal social-emotional development.
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    LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Leading to Inspire: Infusing Your Passion for the Work You do on Behalf of Children and Families
    With all the moment-to-moment demands experienced daily by those working with young children, the joy for the work can sometimes be illusive. We can all benefit from a dose of inspiration with someone reflecting on the joys of our work, reminding us of why we do what we do and renewing our engagement in, and commitment to, the Early Care and Education (ECE) field. As a leader, how would you evaluate your “inspirational firepower”? We invite you to join us, in discovering a few key inspirational practices in leading/guiding/coaching EC staff and honing this ability!
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    The New Literacy Series in the Professional Development Information System (PDIS)
    Colorado’s Professional Development Information System, or PDIS, is a free online career development tool for early childhood educators. It can deliver online self-paced courses that professionals can take anywhere, anytime. A new series of courses related to early literacy is now available through the PDIS. Participants will receive an overview of the series and discover how it can be integrated into their programs.
     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Widening the Lens: Looking at Quality from a Program Administration Perspective
    Assessment of early childhood program quality is generally associated with indicators of the classroom learning environment. Little attention has been given to the quality of overall administration of the program. This session will provide a rationale for viewing quality from a broader perspective. Participants will be introduced to the Program Administration Scale which measures the quality of management and leadership practices in a program. Colorado Shines’ Leadership, Management, and Administration component is influenced heavily by the PAS. This workshop will highlight those elements.
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    GRANTS MANAGEMENT, CONTRACTING & FINANCE

    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    GM: Managing Cash and Costs
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     Optional 
     

    CHILD PHYSICAL HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION

    9:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Child Health Promotion 1 &2
    Child Health Promotion 1 is an overview of child health promotion practices highlighted in the new Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System including medical homes and preventative health care. Child Health Promotion 2 focuses is on physical health for young children including outdoor play, the benefits of physical activity and best practices in nutrition. Both are covered in this course.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children
    Stewards of children is an award winning prevention training program from Darkness to Light. The program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, so that more children have a chance to grow up happy and healthy. Stewards uses a practical, five-step approach to provide adults with the tools to protect the children in their lives and youth serving organizations.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Natural, Affordable and Healthy: Promoting Health in Early Childhood by Naturalizing Outdoor Spaces
    This presentation will introduce the benefits of naturalizing childcare outdoor environments and unveil the new Colorado Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) initiative. Colorado ECHO is a cost-effective health promotion strategy to improve the quality of outdoor spaces and help meet childcare goals across Colorado.
     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Physical Literacy: the First Literacy
    Establishing the ability to move confidently and competently in a wide variety of activities and environments is the first step in educating the whole child. Physical literacy points to motor skill development and fine-tunes perceptions such as laterality, body control, and spatial awareness. Physically literate individuals enjoy enhanced confidence, problem solving, memory, and language skills. A focus on this learning in the Early Years can be the recipe for establishing the desire for life-long movement and fitness, but also the desire for life-long thinking and learning. Come join the fun!
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and use of Safe Sleep Practices
    This course fulfills a pre-service requirement for the State of Colorado on Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and use of Safe Sleep Practices. This course reviews how to use of safe sleeping practices to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant death. By the end of this course, you will be able to: • Define sleep-related infant death • Describe the behaviors that increase the risk of sleep-related infant death • Describe safe sleep practices • Describe Colorado child care licensing rules for infant safe sleep • Explain why it’s important to ensure programs have policies, educated staff, and the ability to provide resources to families
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     Optional 
     

    EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEMS, GOVERNANCE & POLICY

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Child Care Licensing Information and Q&A
    This workshop will include an update and overview of current licensing regulations and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask general licensing questions.
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     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    School Readiness & Results Matter Q & A
    Join us for an interactive panel question and answer session about Kindergarten School Readiness and Results Matter. We will discuss how our work in early childhood overlaps and cover some of the most frequently asked questions around the legislative requirements, Individual Readiness Plans, and TS GOLD. We will also answer questions from participants, as well as provide resources and demonstrations to support a deeper understanding of School Readiness and Results Matter in Colorado.
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    FAMILY & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Colorado Shines and ELDG for Families
    This course provides an overview of Colorado Shines and the Early Learning Development Guidelines for families wanting to learn more about how the quality rating system and guidelines can benefit their child. Attendees will learn what each level of the Colorado Shines rating system means for their child, how to find that information on the Colorado Shines website, what the Early Learning Development Guidelines are, and how to use them to aid in their child’s development from birth to age 8.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    From Family Engagement to Family Empowerment
    Teachers will co-construct and refine family empowerment practices based on their family practices scores on the PDIS self assessment, research, and shared experiences.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Meeting the Needs of Young Children and Families Headed by Same-Sex Parents
    U.S. Census demographics show an increase in the number of same-sex parented families. As family structures across the nation become more diverse, educators of young children are faced with new challenges of learning how to respect differences that may be contrary to their personal beliefs. This presentation will discuss the research regarding gender identity development, sexual orientation, and social and emotional development of young children raised in same-sex parented families and provide practitioners with strategies for working with this diverse population of children and families.
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     Optional 
    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Navigating the Child Find Process
    There is a short window of great growth in the early childhood years. Child Find is a process that “finds” children that might need additional services (speech, motor, academic, social/emotional). This workshop is about how to navigate this path when you have developmental concerns about children and how to best get started. Come join us as we teach you how most effectively reach the children in your area in order maximize your impact. We all are Child Find!
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    TEACHING PRACTICE, LITERACY & STEAM

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    “But Where Are the Toys?” Learning Through Play in Early Childhood
    Young children are expected to be playful and paly generally is an acceptable activity in preschool classrooms. Children learn best in an environment which allows them to explore, discover, and play. Few studies have focused primarily on directly teaching play skills. Although highly correlated with skills across other domains, the unique nature of play suggests that effective intervention approaches might need to be specifically adapted and tailored to effectively and efficiently increase the complexity and duration of a child’s play repertoire.
     Optional  Closed 
    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Oooh! Ahhh! Awesome Science: Exploring Science Through Children’s Literature
    Take home more than a dozen new ideas for connecting some of your favorite children’s literature to an assortment of eye-catching, hands-on science activities. Learn how to use elements of the story line to teach and reinforce fundamental parts of your early childhood science curriculum. Most importantly, you will uncover the secrets to developing your own presentation style that will truly make children want to learn more. Come prepared to laugh a little and learn a lot!
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     Optional 
     

    CHILD GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Joyful & Powerful Learning Through Play: Evidence-Based Practices
    Teachers are bombarded by the message that they are somehow failing our students if we do not force academic time and ratchet down standards into our classrooms.  Well-developed early childhood programs utilizing the models of Reggio Emilia, standards of experience by Lillian Katz, and arts-based programming such as Waldorf schools offer a guide for how we can develop schools that provide developmentally appropriate, play-based, and challenging experiences for our children to truly flourish.  Participants will leave with strategies for their classrooms, as well as research in defense of play.
     Optional  Closed 
     

    GUIDANCE & POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Autism 101: What is Autism and best practices in the general education classroom
    This workshop will equip individuals working with young children with knowledge and tools to help support students with Autism in early childhood settings. Participants will come away with a basic knowledge of what Autism Spectrum Disorder is as well as a toolkit of strategies learners can use in their classrooms/daycare facilities. The information session will focus on the core deficits of Autism and provide participants with easy to use strategies around successfully including children with Autism in the educational setting.
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     Optional 
     

    INFANT & EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    None of Us Is as Smart as All of Us: Interprofessional Early Childhood Training
    Young children and families who reside in high risk environments face a multitude of complex learning, health, and mental health challenges that require access to high quality services where professionals from different disciplines collaborate with families to develop effective systems of support. In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in rich discussion and interactive activities about the benefits and barriers to Interprofessional training that is needed to meet the social and emotional needs of young children and families.
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    LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Overview of CO Shines
    Learn about Colorado’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. This session will provide an overview of the structure, QRIS systems, incentive supports, and data statistics on quality rating.
     Optional 
    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Strategies, philosophies and policies that will help you build a healthy business
    Learn new and better strategies to fill your classrooms, manage classroom rosters and waiting lists, improve employee morale, market your business, asses your tuition policies and properly raise rates. Use technology to help support and grow your business, save you time and money and most importantly make you money. We’ll prioritize and make a plan to implement new strategies, one at a time. Decide if you are a philanthropist or a business owner and establish your financial objectives. Either way you can do more for your staff, the children, and families in your care if you’re profitable.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    The Eric Moss Performing Strongman Experience
    This is a fun presentation where I relate strength to leadership to make your leadership abilities stronger than steel. The fact of the matter is if you don't believe you are strong enough to bend a steel bar, you won't bend the steel bar. If you don't believe in the vision of your team, your team won't either. You must believe in yourself. You must believe in your vision. Others must believe in your vision and believe you are strong enough to get them there. You must believe in the power of others and help them believe in themselves. As they say "iron sharpens iron"
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    CHILD PHYSICAL HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    How did I miss the signs? How to Spot Predatory Behaviors
    This workshop will help participants identify behaviors used by sex offenders to groom children. Emphasis will be placed on creating safe environments that protect children and employees. Participants will discuss scenarios in small groups and learn how to talk with and empower even small children to avoid vulnerability to victimization.
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    EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEMS, GOVERNANCE & POLICY

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Ensuring Access To Affordable Quality Child Care For All Children
    This workshop will examine patterns of access to affordable, high-quality early education in the Denver metro area. Drawing on recent studies evaluating access and costs for child care, the workshop will explore patterns of participation, availability, and costs throughout the region, focusing in particular on high-needs families. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of recommendations for policy makers, providers, funders, and other stakeholders.
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    12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Saturday Lunch, Networking, and Exhibit Hall
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    INCLUSION & CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Welcoming Children with Special Needs
    This course is an introduction to working with children with special needs.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Connecting the Dots: Best Practices in Inclusion
    Inclusive practices in early childhood classrooms is an expectation for high quality early learning for children with and without disabilities. Most national early childhood organizations support inclusive practices and support the recent statement from the U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services and Education on inclusion. This presentation will break down all of the standards for inclusive practices from organizations such as the Division for Early Childhood, NAEYC, and the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Culturally responsive Family-School Partnership: What worked, what didn’t, and what to do next
    More than 30 years of research have shown that authentic, meaningful family-school partnership have a large and positive impact on students’ academic success and social-emotional wellbeing. In this session, we will share strategies tried and tested in an urban school with families who were traditionally labeled as “hard to reach” and how teachers and administrators navigated challenges by shifting strategic planning and allocating resources. Participants will hear what families have to say about being respected stakeholders and brainstorm ideas to implement in their community.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Music for Fun, Music for Learning
    Come learn how to incorporate music into your early childhood program to support ALL of your students and improve their learning.
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    TEACHING PRACTICE, LITERACY & STEAM

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Beyond Read, Write, Talk, Sing and Play: How sharing books grows executive function skills
    We know that sharing books with children helps them gain valuable early literacy skills like vocabulary, print awareness, and letter knowledge. It also helps them develop skills that experts say are a better predictor of success: executive function skills. Executive function, or "soft" skills, include the ability to self-regulate, take on different perspectives, use one's working memory, and more. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn what executive function is, why it's important to learning and life success, and how it can be developed through shared reading experiences.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Bringing Play into Your Classroom
    Play is an integral component to develop children’s imagination, language and literacy, creativity, and executive functioning- all important precursors for learning complex academic concepts. The classroom environment and teacher interactions are key components to children's learning through play. Come learn how to integrate play into your instructional routines to support academic outcomes. Discover techniques to guide and support children in play. Find ways to stage the classroom for practice in problem solving and self-regulation, and to integrate play as an extension of your curriculum.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Colorado Shines Level 2: Intro to Child Assessment
    This course provides an overview of child assessment and how the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System addresses child assessment.
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    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Digging Deeper into STEM
    Sometimes we underestimate what children can do in science and we fail to provide the opportunities for them to foster science skills. This presentation will help the participants think more deeply about the numerous STEM opportunities throughout the day such as: using strong observation skills, sharing scientifically accurate books, designing lunch time science, asking inquiry questions, participating in science learning centers, identifying spatial learning, and engaging children in exploration and discovery outdoors and in the community.
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     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    EMBRACE for Educators: Effective Mindfulness, Building Responsive and Confident Educators
    In this workshop, Clayton Early Learning will share our exciting new program, EMBRACE©: Effective Mindfulness, Building Responsive and Confident Educators. Educators will experience hands-on mindfulness strategies and learn how to build an individualized practice which will have lasting impacts on their personal and professional lives. Additionally, participants will be equipped with tools to support children with mindfulness strategies that build upon the skills required to be ready for school and beyond.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Exploring Engineering Through The Physics of Ramps
    Learn the principles of physics through the investigation of ramps. Explore the teacher’s role in facilitating open exploration using a variety of techniques such as: listening, observing, offering a variety of materials through stages of investigation, using specific terminology and vocabulary, asking questions, offering provocations, and collaborating with kids rather than telling them what or how to do something. Experience how children learn physics by exploring ramps, and fostering critical thinking and problem solving in young children.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    The Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Science Extensions
    The early childhood classroom is a lively engaging environment in which students are playing with science concepts whether they know it or not! Learn how to take the fun activities you are already doing in class, and extend them to incorporate science processes and to help students practice critical thinking skills.
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    CHILD GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Capturing and Giving Value to the Daily Moments of Infants
    What new understandings are infants uncovering? What new connections are they making? Every moment offers new experiences for growth and learning in the world of an infant. Join us for guided examination of the cognitive growth occurring during everyday moments. We will use a series of close and intimate stories captured in photos and videos to guide our discussion. Using inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach, we will discuss materials and environment set up that is both engaging and cost-effective.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Create to Write with the Denver Art Museum
    How can students’ growing writing skills activate the creative process? The Denver Art Museum and the Denver Public Library are teaming up for an interactive workshop to uncover playful strategies and tools for supporting early learners on their journey through language and visual arts. Join us to discover create ways to engage your students and leave with practical ideas for your classroom.
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     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Learning through musical play!
    Early childhood teachers can support children’s play through stations where small groups of children interact, express their ideas, and take on imaginary roles that parallel everyday life. This workshop will provide examples of developmentally appropriate musical play stations, using common objects already available in many PreK-K classrooms. We will present theme-based ideas for kits of pre-packaged materials to facilitate young children’s experiences with rhythm. We encourage you to join us and engage in musical play, learning ways to share musically appropriate experiences with children.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Moving Beyond Big and Little: Math Language for Toddlers
    “I’m not good at math,” is a phrase we often hear from colleagues and friends. Join us for this interactive session to learn how to embrace math language in the toddler classroom and explore ways to incorporate math throughout your program. It’s never too early to start encouraging the next generation of mathematicians and learn how to be mathematicians ourselves.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Self-Regulation: What the research tells us
    Self-Regulation is the result of the development of what neuroscientists call Executive Functions (EFs): inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. EFs enable you to stop and think before you act, take another person's perspective, control attention, resist temptations to act inappropriately, and control your emotions. A child's level of EFs predicts later achievement better than IQ or entry-level reading or math skills. This presentation focuses on: How EFs and self-regulation develop; Myths about EFs, and how teachers can promote EFs development in the classroom
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Using GOLD® Data to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families
    The practice of using GOLD® data to inform planning, caregiving, instruction, professional development, and teacher reflection is not isolated to any one age-group or grade. Rather, it is vital that teachers in all settings understand how to collect quality data, interpret that information accurately, and then use it to plan routines, experiences, instruction, and the learning environment.
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    GUIDANCE & POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT

    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Autism: The Spiritual Approach to Intervention: Change Borderline Outcomes to Miraculous Results
    Learn the 4-step practical process that when integrated with traditional interventions with children on the autism spectrum are bringing major breakthrough results. The Autism: SAI process provides easy to use tools to help reverse provider and parent burnout, that nurture a child's spirit temperament, calm behaviors and enhance connection with a child using therapeutic visualization. Bring peace into chaos at home, in the classroom and in the therapeutic setting. Documented outcomes worldwide.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Common messaging for Social Emotional Development to engage families and providers
    Learn practical strategies to help communicate the importance of social emotional development to various audiences, including parents. Strategies include a Toolkit and materials to both promote social emotional development and to increase help seeking when challenging behaviors arise. This work has been funded by Project LAUNCH in collaboration with both local and state level partners.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Powerful Practices to Create Positive Classroom Climate
    In this lively session, participants will explore the impacts of adult interactional style and environmental/temporal design on children's behavior. The impact of classroom climate will be explored through stories, self reflections, and video clip reviews. Indicators of positive, warm classroom climate and interactions will be identified. Participants will explore and use tools to understand behaviors in context, and practice strategies for reducing challenging behaviors and powerfully cultivating positive classroom climate and positive, pro-social behaviors among the classroom community.
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    LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Achieving Your Strategic Vision using a Graphic Gameplan
    This session will provide participants with an overview of the Strategic Visioning process used by Heartland to facilitate the abilities of agencies to grow and transform their services. The presenters will showcase planning tools that will help organizations of all sizes work with partners, staff, and collaborators to plan and implement a strategic vision. Each participant will leave with a selection of our planning templates such as the SPOT Matrix, the Bold Steps Vision, and a Graphic Gameplan that can be utilized for future strategic planning efforts.
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    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children (CO AEYC) General Member Meeting
    CO AEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. Come learn about NAEYC's Strategic Direction and it's impact on the Colorado affiliate, CO AEYC. Strong leadership is vital to high quality early childhood programs and Colorado AEYC is committed to developing and engaging the next generation of early childhood leaders. NAEYC is bringing Power to the Profession in their laser focus on enhancing affiliates as Highly Performing Inclusive Organizations. Participants will engage in planning how CO AEYC is implementing new systems across the organization and communities across the state to align with existing systems and promote shared messaging. NAEYC/ CO AEYC membership options will be available for purchase.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Effective Leadership in Early Care and Education Settings
    Participants in this session will learn strategies for effective leadership. Serving as a leader in an early care and education program is a very challenging position. Presenters will offer strategies and ample time for participants to share amongst peers. Given each program is unique and families are different, participants will be given tools to prevent burnout, strengthen family partnerships, and help support leaders in creating and maintaining healthy work environments.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Moving From Knowing to Doing - Training That Works
    The Early Childhood Professional Development Team at CDE has revised the Trainer Credential (formerly the Trainer Approval System) and the Training Alignment and Approval Process (formerly the Training Approval System). Participants will hear about the rationale behind these processes, the history of the revision process, the details of each and how to apply for them through the Professional Development Information System (PDIS).
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    What do we do about the Head Start duration hours change?
    With the changes in Head Start Performance Standards, many are asking how this will impact funding through the Colorado Preschool Program and for children on Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s). Attend this session with staff from the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services to give input, express concerns, and get answers to your questions.
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    GRANTS MANAGEMENT, CONTRACTING & FINANCE

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    GM: UGG! Preparing for Audits
    Having the auditor’s playbook is half the battle. This session will address the new audit framework established by the Uniform Guidance, requirements of both the auditor and the auditee, and the types of programs and procedures that you may expect when under audit. We will also cover errors, risks, and issues noted in the field and strategies to mitigate those risks.
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    CHILD PHYSICAL HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Building Healthy Habits is Fun! Promoting Physical Activity, Nutrition & Sun Safety Behaviors
    Positive nutrition, physical activity, and sun protection experiences in early childhood set a foundation for healthy habits later in life. This session will introduce two educational programs, CATCH Early Childhood and Ray and the Sunbeatables(TM): A Sun Safety Curriculum for Preschoolers, and provide useful strategies and fun classroom activities that engage children, teachers, and parents to encourage healthy eating, nurture a love of movement, and promote sun safety behaviors in preschool age children.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Cavity Free Kids
    This training includes a rich collection of activities, circle time activities, stories, and songs that actively engage children. This training will help you make oral health part of your routines and daily interactions with children and their families. The curriculum includes activities, resources, and materials that make it easy for you to teach children and their families about: 1. Baby Teeth Are Important! 2. Water for Thirst 3. Tooth Healthy Foods 4. Brush, Floss, Swish 5. Going to the Dentist Participants will receive the curriculum binder and other oral health teaching materials.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Is that Normal? Understanding and Responding to Childhood Sexuality and Behaviors
    As children discover their inborn sexuality, it is up to their adults to help them shape their identity, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. All of these contribute to their interpersonal relationship skills. So what is normal? What is problematic? What is abusive? This workshop helps answer these question through the use of a curriculum developed by the Kempe Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Standard Precautions
    Confused about the new licensing rules for Standard Precautions? Wondering how they differ from Universal Precautions? This interactive 1.5 hour session will help reduce the confusion and answer your questions. Attendees will be presented ways to protect themselves and children in their care from infectious diseases. Standard Precautions reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms (germs) that can cause infection. Once attendees review their exposure control plan upon return to their program and obtain signatures, this course will count toward the annual requirement.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    The SOS Approach to Feeding - Understanding picky eaters and practical strategies
    Caregivers of children who will not eat are faced with a difficult and often puzzling challenge. Developed by Dr. Kay Toomey, the SOS Approach uses a transdisciplinary team approach which assess the “whole child”: organ systems; muscles; development; sensory processing; oral-motor skills; learning, behavior and cognition; nutrition and the environment. This short talk will highlight the physical issues that can get in the way of a child learning to eat an age appropriate diet, and give practical strategies to support picky eaters.
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    EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEMS, GOVERNANCE & POLICY

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Building Resilient Families and Communities: The Brain Architecture Game
    Building strong foundations for young children takes all of us working together! Learn how to use the Brain Architecture Game to host community conversations and move the needle on building community protective factors and promoting resilience. This game is intended for anyone interested in learning more about early childhood brain development and creating change in their own communities. Join this very hands-on workshop where you will work with others to build your own “brain” and navigate how various stressors and protective factors influence its stability and structure.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    CCCAP 101
    Are you a provider who has heard the phrase “CCCAP” and wondered what it is? Have you considered partnering with your county to take families receiving CCCAP but have not yet taken that step? Join this course to learn about Colorado’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), providing families with financial assistance for quality, consistent child care while adult caretakers pursue their self-sufficiency goals. Also come to learn how the new Provider Self Service Portal – allowing providers to access pertinent information about CCCAP children in their care – has improved the provider process of administering this program.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Denver's Birth to Eight Roadmap: A Partnership between the District and the City
    This workshop is designed to introduce participants to a systems approach in addressing language and literacy supports for children birth to third grade. The City and County of Denver and Denver Public Schools, along with various community partners, have taken on the goal of making Denver the most literate city in the nation by improving outcomes and closing the opportunity gap through support and empowerment of families living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.
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    FAMILY & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    School as Community, Community as School: Stories of Connection from OPENair RiNo
    OPENair Academy is a Reggio Emilia inspired school located in the innovative mixed-use community "TAXI" in Denver's River North neighborhood. The school is community oriented, and children and teachers regularly venture out to explore. Over time, teachers began to design way for the children and community members to interact and learn from each other. From mapping important features of the TAXI landscape, to building a class robot based on a large robot they regularly visit, this presentation will explore what children and community have to offer each other.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Strengthening Families: Protective Factors to Improve Outcomes for Children
    This interactive workshop is an introduction to the five protective factors of the Strengthening Families framework. Research that informed the composition of the protective factors will be discussed and each protective factor will described in depth. Participants will learn how each may be more deeply implemented into organizational/program practice for increased family engagement and programmatic outcomes.
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    TEACHING PRACTICE, LITERACY & STEAM

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Hands-On Engineering: Using Engineering to Re-think Failure
    Engineering isn’t scary. It is a way for students to experiment and try new things, and they are doing it even if you don’t see it as engineering. Come investigate ways to deepen their play while helping them learn. In this opportunity you will have ample hands-on time to play and think about what students can learn when they encounter points of failure. You will gain insights in facilitation while having a great time.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Los mejores libros del año
    Venga y descubra los mejores libros infantiles publicados en los últimos dos años. En nuestra sesión le mostraremos los mejores títulos junto con ideas de cómo despertar el interés de sus estudiantes. Déjenos a nosotros el trabajo de encontrar los libros perfectos para su clase, simplemente venga y disfrute echándole un vistazo a las últimas publicaciones ¡que seguro que le encantan!
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Talented Toddlers (How to Nurture Our Littlest Einsteins)
    What does it look like to be gifted or talented as a toddler or preschooler? When children are very young, it can be challenging to recognize traits associated with being gifted. Early recognition of and interventions / strategies for children based on their unique traits and needs is associated with better outcomes for all children. In this presentation we will discuss what giftedness and talents appear in our youngest learners, why recognizing these traits is important, and ways to best nurture them in your classroom. Come ready to discuss, learn, and share with one another.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    The Bridge of Dreams: Stories and Storytelling
    Our lives are a bridge to one another, and our bridge is built and supported by our stories. W.B. Yeats wrote "I have spread my dreams under your feet/Tread softly for you tread on my dreams." The dreams, hopes, values, and traditions of a culture can be seen in their stories. Do you tread softly? Join me for a sampling of stories from various cultures you can tell with or without props, factors to consider when choosing stories, and why storytelling is so important for young children and for all of us.
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    CHILD GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    A Box Full of Games!
    Learn how to select, design, adapt, and teach board games that will enhance executive functioning and social-emotional skills in preschoolers with mild-moderate disabilities. Bring your students’ IEP goals to this session; a portion of the session will be dedicated to adapting games to meet IEP goals.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    The PLAY Project: An evidence-based approach to the effective treatment of autism in young children
    PLAY Autism Intervention Therapy is evidence-based with a set of best practice principles, methods, and techniques used to improve autism symptoms. TPP meets Colorado EI mandates: Colorado Autism Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers; A Relationship based Approach to Early Intervention; Global Outcomes. TPP meets the Best Practice Guidelines for Implementation of the Home and Community Based Services for Colorado’s CWA waiver. Participants will learn about the following: Philosophy of PLAY Project; PLAY Project principles, methods, techniques; PLAY Autism Intervention as a Parent-Mediated Model.
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    GUIDANCE & POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Manage the Classroom and Test Scores Will Manage Themselves
    Teachers lose an average of 5-9 hours a week dealing with minor misbehavior. Imagine how much more instruction could be accomplished with those hours available. Learn strategies for effective classroom management. Positive, appropriate, productive classroom behavior can be taught systematically. It’s worth the time and effort to show students, teachers, and administrators a better way to interact in the classroom. Learn how to manage your classroom in a way that eliminates gimmicks, reduces teacher stress, and works for students. Take back teaching time!
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    INFANT & EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Infant and Toddler Social Emotional Competence
    Evidence based practice tools and strategies that are effective for promoting social emotional competence and reduce challenging behaviors in infants and toddlers.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Reducing Challenging Behavior and Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Competence
    Do you want to learn how to best support young children's social emotional development and prevent challenging behaviors? This session will explore MTSS in early childhood, the Pyramid Model, and concrete strategies and resources for accommodating the diverse behavioral and social emotional needs of young children.
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    LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Closing Reflection, Discussion and Networking for Early Childhood Directors and Administrators
    It’s been two full days of great professional development, new knowledge and resources at the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference! Take this last hour of your conference experience to reflect on the content of your sessions, discuss new ideas and network with other Directors and Administrators. This facilitated session will help you digest and consider ways for you to apply the new tools, resources and knowledge you have gained during the conference while sharing and learning with other colleagues.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Low-Cost/No-Cost Strategies for Rebuilding Outreach, Marketing, Systems and Community Partnerships
    Learn about the steps taken by Paddington Station Preschool to rebuild their brand by establishing a positive on-line presence and forming meaningful partnerships in the community. Several low-cost or no cost tools and strategies will be shared using clear, concise examples and many visual tools. Participants will be inspired by the story of overcoming hard times and challenges to emerge as a stronger organization while preserving rich history, school traditions and a strong commitment to play-based learning.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Marketing your Preschool in the 21st Century - What does that Look Like?
    You have a great program with fantastic curriculum, a committed and qualified Staff. All the elements for a great center. How do you communicate all the elements the program has to offer in this day of Facebook, social media, and digital marketing? Great Question. Come and discuss the options available to market the center in today’s marketplace. The world is changing how we communicate. Is the center’s administration and staff keeping up with the changes? During this workshop, a discussion will be held, acknowledging a limited budget, marketing the center by leveraging technology.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Professional development in family centered practices in special education
    Due to the paucity of administrators' stance on quality of professional development to meet requirements of family centered practices, the purpose of this study is to better understand administrators' perspectives toward the way that professional development and mentoring programs along with leadership personnel preparation programs prepare administrators to evaluate implementation of high-quality family-centered service delivery for K-8 students
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    GRANTS MANAGEMENT, CONTRACTING & FINANCE

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    GM: Performance over Compliance
    This session will go beyond the numbers and discuss reporting requirements, ways to tell your story as a programmatic team member, and some of the non-financial matters that recipients have to keep in mind, including disclosure requirements.
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    CHILD PHYSICAL HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION

    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    A culturally appropriate response to addressing childhood obesity
    In response to the growing obesity rates and inactivity levels among Latino children in the State of Colorado, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in partnership with schools, rec centers, and early childhood councils is implementing the evidence-based Salsa, Sabor y Salud (Food, Fun & Fitness), the first-of-its-kind healthy lifestyles program for Latino families. Salsa, Sabor y Salud is a national program focused on providing creative, comprehensive and culturally relevant tools designed to encourage healthy lifestyles among Latino families.
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    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Sueño seguro (Safe Sleep in Spanish)
    El curso del Infantil de Sueño Seguro es un entrenamiento que ayuda a aprende y entender el ambiente del sueño de los niños . Usted será capaz de identificar peligros del ambiente de sueño infantil y también identificar y crear un ambiente seguro para dormir, así como educar a sus familias. Usted revisará normas de Colorado sobre el Sueño Seguro y muestrs de políticas que puede adoptar. Todos que cuidan bebés y niños de 12 meses o menos de edad son requieridos de completar el entrenamineto de Sueño Seguro Infantil. El entrenamiento esta aprobado for el Estado de Colorado y es requierido de completar anualmente. Dos horas de crédito profesionales están aprobados para el entrenamiento.
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