Community Sharing for Healthy Caring

A Regional Early Childhood Conference

Celebrating 28 years of Early Childhood Learning in partnership with the Kellogg Family Foundation

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Register Now for the 28th Annual CSHC Conference

November 10th 2018 at Howell High School! With over 75 interactive workshops to choose from in three dynamic sessions, attendees will enjoy a full day of professional development, shopping at the vendor tables, networking, breakfast, lunch, prizes and more! The highlight of the 2018 Conference is keynote speaker, Lisa Murphy, founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc.! Her standing room only seminars have become nationally known for their information, humor, inspiration, and energetic delivery. Check out her website at www.ooeygooey.com

The 2018 Conference At-A-Glance

7:15 – 8:15 AM Registration & SCECH Sign In

8:25 – 8:45 AM Welcome Address

8:45 – 10:00 AM Keynote Address

What if Today Was Their Only Day

Lisa Murphy, M.Ed., Ooey Gooey Lady

In this motivational keynote address, Lisa shares the powerful story of her first day of school. Through active and engaging storytelling, Lisa brings you back to her first day, taking you on a grand tour of Miss Mary’s Nursery School. In the style she has become famous for, she shares many observations, lessons and anecdotes about how early childhood has changed along the way. Lisa will share the sights sounds and smells of the place where, at the young age of three, she decided to become a teacher. She identifies the how and why, that one day solidified her decision to become an educator. This inspiring keynote gets participants back in touch with their personal how and why. It gets them excited and gets them thinking: If it WAS their only day, what will they remember?

10:00 – 10:15 AMBreak

10:15 – 11:25 AMSession I

11:25 – 11:35 AMBreak


11:35 – 12:35 PMLunch I
12:45 – 1:45 PMLunch Workshop B



11:35 – 12:35 PMLunch Workshop A
12:45 – 1:45 PMLunch II


Lunch Workshop – 10 Little Hot Dogs Fryin’ in the What?!?!

Lisa Murphy, M.Ed., Ooey Gooey Lady

Fingerplay songs & chants for transition time, circle time or any time! Join Lisa in a sing-along of classic fingerplays that have withstood the test of time and others that are destined to become future favorites! Leave your inhibitions at home and come ready to sing, play, clap and shout along

1:45 – 1:55 PMBreak

1:55 – 3:05 PMSession II

3:05 – 3:20 PMBreak

3:20 – 4:30 PMSession III

Planning Committee

  • JoAnn Cook, Child Connect for Family Success
  • Lori Gnegy, LESA-Early Childhood Programs
  • Peggy Hall, Child Connect for Family Success
  • Jo Anne Hatto, Child Connect for Family Success
  • Cathy Hengesbaugh, Howell Public Schools, Facility Chairperson
  • Lisa Jurczak, Child Connect for Family Success
  • Becky Price, Child Connect for Family Success

Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators
  • Child Care Personnel
  • Church and Community Representatives
  • County Commissioners
  • Educators
  • Employers
  • Health Educators
  • Home Economists
  • Human Services Personnel
  • Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Legislators
  • Nurses
  • Parents
  • Pediatricians
  • Program Directors
  • Social Workers
  • Students
  • Unlicensed Providers

Of Special Interest

  • Participants earn 6 clock hours of training, Earn 6 SCECH (State Continuing Education Clock Hours) if approved*. SCECHs made available at no charge as a service of LESA.
  • Exhibitors and Vendors ~ An area will be designated for display from vendors.
  • Registration is Limited ~ You will not receive further registration information prior to the conference. Unless you are notified by the committee, your registration was accepted.
  • Meals Included ~ A continental breakfast, lunch and beverages are included in registration fee.
  • Make checks payable to Child Connect for Family Success.
  • PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.


The Conference Workshops

A word of Explanation

The conference workshops have been designed to appeal to many different groups. Each workshop is coded as listed below to indicate targeted area.

(A)Advocacy (ADMIN) Administrative (B)Business (CC)Child Care (CD)Child Development (IT)Infant Toddler (PE)Parent Education (PS)Preschool (PR)Prevention (SA)School Age

Please note 3 preferred workshop options for each session to complete the online registration

Tap/Click to Expand Session Information

  • Session I ~ 10:15 - 11:25 am

    Session I ~ 10:15 – 11:25 am

    1 Identifying and Creating Child Centered Environments CC

    Provide an in-depth exploration of the 9 points within the framework of Lisa Murphy’s approach to working with children. Via interactive lecture, true-to-life examples, anecdotes and her signature “learning and laughing” style, this workshop presents what it really means to be a hands-on, play-based, child-centered program.
    Lisa Murphy, M.Ed. Keynote Speaker, Ooey Gooey Lady

    2 Science Time CC, PS, SA

    You don’t have to be a scientist to do or have science in your classroom. Learn how to incorporate science into all areas of the classroom. Explore this “hands-on” workshop that contains easy and inexpensive science experiments, science activities and science table top props that you can do with children from two years old through one hundred plus years old.
    Sherry Ann Wolfer, Early Childhood Consultant

    3 When to Worry About a Child’s Worries IT, PS, SA, PE, PR

    What’s the difference between normal worries in young children and anxiety? How do you help young children manage stress, anxiety, and worry? Learn strategies for building confidence and reducing anxiety in young children.
    Lisa Wheeler, Child Psychologist, Thriving Minds Behavioral Health

    4 “Uke” Can Make Music SA

    Learn the basics needed to play the ukulele, how to personalize songs, and why live music is so good for our brains! No previous experience is necessary. Ukes will be available for you to try.
    Evie Boss, Educational Consultant, Boss E Tunes

    5 Health Innovations in Early Childhood – A Superhero for Children’s Health! HS

    Learn how to live, teach and snack like a healthy super hero! Highlights the roles nutrition and physical education play in a child’s development and overall health.
    Jennifer Bartek, Program Coordinator, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
    Olivia, Senior Program Coordinator, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
    Maria Houroian, Program Coordinator, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

    6 Autism and Running SA

    A passionate runner long before her autism diagnosis at the age of 39, author Tracey Cohen will share the major role running has played in her life and much more.
    Tracey Cohen, Author/Freelance writer, Autism advocate

    7 Rough and Tumble Done Right CD, IT

    Rough and Tumble play can be a problem in any classroom. Learn strategies on how to safely and effectively manage rough and tumble play in an early childhood classroom without losing your mind.
    Rachel Tisdale, Lead Teacher, Cummings Great Expectations/ UM-Flint

    8 The Art of Communication: Five Ways to Promote Language and Communication with Infants and Toddlers A, CC, CD, IT, PE, PR

    An introduction to methods used to support the development of language and communication skills of infants and toddlers. Learn techniques for interactions with children from various language and cultural backgrounds, including children who are dual language learners. Provide technology and resources to Early Childhood educators and families to help promote language and communication with their infants and toddlers.
    Jewel Davis, Educational Consultant, Educational Training Solutions
    Salahuddin Ali, Technology Consultant, Educational Training Solutions

    9 Increasing Your Revenue from the Child Care Subsidy (CCAP): Best Practices in Family Child Care B, CC

    Have you lost revenue on the child care subsidy? Are you considering whether to accept it? Are you looking for new sources of revenue for your business? In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the basics of the subsidy (i.e. CCAP), lesser known rules, best practices, and pros and cons.
    Chelsea Sprayregen, CEO and Co-founder, Pie for Providers

    10 CANCELLED
    11 Teaching Inclusion CC

    Explore issues of implicit bias, marginalized groups and dominant culture in order to better understand how to promote inclusion in early childhood settings.
    Katie Andrews, Lead Teacher, Morning Star Child Care

    12 Montessori Language Sequence and Materials PS

    Julie Harrison and Sue Cherry, Montessori teachers with a combined 60+ years of experience, will give a “hands on” presentation of the Early Childhood Language Curriculum of a Montessori classroom.
    Sue Cherry, Teacher, Maple Tree Montessori
    Julie Harrison, Teacher, Maple Tree Montessori

    13 Nonprofit Childcare Round Table CC, B

    Nonprofit childcare programs have a unique set of challenges and requirements. Network with other nonprofit childcares in Michigan, and share ideas for fundraising, balancing the budget, maintaining quality, and more.
    Samantha Mitchell, Board Secretary, Children’s Discovery Academy
    Cheryl Davis, Board President, Children’s Discovery Academy

    14 Wired to Move: Successful Ways to Teach and Parent Boys CD

    Boys make up approximately 80% of the discipline referrals. Use the latest brain research and social emotional learning strategies in developing ways of engaging boys in active learning strategies.
    Gloria J. Sherman, Counselor, Educational Consultant and Parent Educator, Parenting and Teaching with G.L.O., LLC

    15 Brain Breaks for Students (& Staff!) CD, SA

    Learn some quick movements that improve brain function and lower stress, plus the neuroscience behind them. Explore Movements from Brain Gym, Bal-A-Vis-X, and reflex integration. Good for both children & adults!
    Katy Held, Educational Kinesiologist & Bal-A-Vis-X Trainer, Learning from the Heart LLC

    16 Rocks and Sticks and Bare Feet Oh My! Nature Exploration: Creating and Growing Relationships with Children Using Nature as a Focus CC, CD, PR

    Learn how to provide practical ways to communicate the benefits of nature to families, other staff and co-workers. Discuss the following: safety concerns and how to consider all aspects of safety while allowing children to explore freely, benefits of revisiting places repeatedly and expanding on children’s learning, and focus on how we communicate with children in the outdoor classroom while building relationships together as we explore. Let’s share stories, strategies and concerns together. We can all become stewards of nature!
    Jodi Stratton, Lead Preschool Teacher, UM – Towsley Children’s House
    Sarah Barth, Lead Preschool Teacher, UM – Towsley Children’s House

    Christian Boyer, Lead Preschool Teacher, UM – Towsley Children’s House

    17 T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship 101 ADMIN, B, IT, PS

    Overview of the early childhood education degree continuum and what T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships are available for different levels of education. Scholarship eligibility and requirements as well as potential costs to recipients and employers will be outlined. Participants will be guided through the application process at the school and scholarship level, and the CDA credentialing process will be outlined.
    Dianna Erickson, T.E.A.C.H. Counselor and Data Specialist, Michigan AEYC

    18 Treasure Baskets CD, IT

    Learn about the various and unique materials for infants and toddlers to explore and the many containers to store them in! Explore example baskets and a list of fun resources for materials will be provided.
    Amanda Rhodes, Trainer/Consultant

    19 What am I Going to do for Small Groups?!?!?! B, CC, CD

    Ever sit down to write your lesson plans and can’t think of anything new to do for small groups? Do you want to get real examples that you can take back and use in your classroom for small group and work time? Join us as we give you all of our tips and tricks for small group/work time! Leave with a list of ideas to use right away!
    Alison McCormick, Director GSRP/Preschool & Lead GSRP Teacher, Lake Fenton GSRP/Preschool
    Kristin Kapp, Associate GSRP Teacher, Lake Fenton GSRP/Preschool

    20 Beyond the Birds and Bees – Talking to Your Kids About Love, Dating, and Relationships PE, PR

    Talking about relationships doesn’t have to be intimidating or boring. With humor and insight, On FIRE (First In Relationship Education) presenters speak to thousands of area teens every year. This session is designed for parents, teachers, and youth workers. They will demonstrate their techniques for discussing intimate issues and maintaining open communication about tough topics. Presentations are age appropriate and aim to both enlighten and empower young adults to make healthy decisions regarding their relationships.
    Shari Boley, Director, Pregnancy Help Clinic
    Becky Dilworth, On Fire Program Coordinator, On FIRE First In Relationship Education

    21 Staying Lit: Stress Management to Save You from Burning Out A, PR

    A (hopefully) comedic look at what causes stress in the early education workplace, and some tips on how to fight against it.
    Jerod Wesney, Co-Teacher, Gretchen’s House

    22 Relationships 101: How to Connect with Children & Families CD

    Want your classroom to feel like a family? Learn strategies to establish relationships with your classroom community. It starts with creating a space where all are welcome.
    Kellie Chestler-Root, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House
    Amanda Mathews, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House

    23 ACE and Early Childhood Education A, CC, CD, HS, IT, PR, PS

    Discuss the impact of adverse childhood experiences in regards to the early childhood education environment. Learn ways to assist affected children.
    Gabrielle Dunai, Lead Teacher and MSW Student, Head Start

    24 Sing a Story-Move with Books: Toddlers – 1st Grade CD

    Literature offers opportunities to help children focus & learn. Stories often suggest movement, which research supports. Engage & enhance listening with props & music that bring stories to life. Stimulate creativity, imagination and self-expression!
    Gari Stein, EC Music & Play Specialist, Music For Little Folks

    25 Rhyme Time and Other Phonological Awareness Activities PS

    Let’s explore how to help children with their pre-reading skills through easy, everyday activities. For example, learn how to get the most out of a Read Aloud!, Learn new rhyming games that your students will love! What is Environmental Print and why do we need it in our classroom? Tones of Nursery Rhymes, Poems, and Songs for shared Reading! You will have a plethora of activities that you can take back with you to your classroom or home!
    Stefanie Minano, GSRP Director/Lead Teacher, East China School District


  • Session II ~ 1:55 - 3:05 pm

    Session II ~ 1:55 – 3:05 pm

    26 Fizzle Bubble, Pop! Wow! Simple Science for Young Children Part 1 CD. PS, SA

    Often our own experience has led us to think that science is hard, difficult and complicated. This workshop will reassure you that you do not need a degree in biology or chemistry to have an engaging science program in your classroom as Lisa demonstrates 6 tables of age-appropriate science activities for young children. Participants will be invited to come up on stage and play with the experiences at the end of the demonstration.
    Part 1 of 2 – Must attend Part 2. See Session #52
    Lisa Murphy, M.Ed. Keynote Speaker, Ooey Gooey Lady

    27 Exertion Nutrition – Cardio Drumming M, CC, CD, SA

    Cardio Drumming is a fun exercise that helps with rhythm, hand eye coordination, attention span, mental/physical disabilities, as well as with hyper activity and muscle gain/definition! Enjoy endless possibilities with dancing, singing and great music!!! Cardio Drumming is easily incorporated into any classroom, gym and even the home! Come join us and see what all the hype is about!!
    Chesney Stock, Owner, Exertion Nutrition

    28 Working Together: Fostering Happy, Productive and Collaborative Co-Working Relationships in Early Childhood ADMIN

    Happy, highly effective classrooms require happy teachers who can work together! Learn strategies for staff bonding, collaboration, and managing conflict in the early childhood setting.
    Emily Brenner Stump, Director/Lead Teacher, First English Lutheran Preschool
    Patricia Jackson, Assistant Teacher, First English Lutheran Preschool

    29 Big Words, Big Thoughts, Little Bodies: The Intense World of the Gifted Preschool Child CD

    Do you have a child who speaks like an adult, then cries the next moment? Asking in-depth questions, correcting everyone in sight? Learn about children with emotional, intellectual and physical intensities. Contains teacher and parent helps.
    Lorena Burke, Educational Consultant/Gifted Specialist
    Lynn Pomerleau, Educational Consultant

    30 (It’s Back) Messy Play Can Be FUN! CC, CD, IT, PE, SA

    *Back for a second year! With more projects and more learning!* Have you ever seen a child walk right through a mud puddle? How about using hands, fingers and toes when the paint brush doesn’t work? Pouring, scooping, dumping, squishing; Kids love to when it’s messier the better! Let’s join them!! Are you having trouble kick starting new ideas in the classroom? Do you have someone who doesn’t want to get messy with the others (Child or adult?)? After a little group discussion we’ll get our fingers into some new and fun activities. Please bring an open mind, your stories and questions to share with the class!
    Shannon Brown, Early Education Trainer
    Sarah Przybylski, Teacher, Monroe County ISD

    31 Let’s Talk: Parent and Provider Communication Part 1 CC, B

    Parents and child care providers play a crucial role in the development of children. Learning how to communicate effectively can help children thrive by providing consistency as well as relationships that are supportive. Learn strategies to effectively communicate with parents and explore ways to problem solve communication challenges.
    Part 1 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 2 – See Session #56
    Courtney Aldrich, Program Instructor, MSU Extension, Child and Family Development

    32 Rocks, Sticks, and Mud Oh, No! CC, CD

    Sticks, rocks and mud can be terrifying to some, come learn how to embrace them both in and out of your classroom. Also learn and explore the benefits of nature for children.
    Melissa Joling, Teacher, UM Towsley Children House
    Heather Cole, Teacher, UM Towsley Children House

    33 Stop It! That Bugs Me – Understanding Behaviors That Challenge Us Part 1 CC, CD, IT, PR

    Ever wonder why children suddenly act out for no apparent reason? Well there’s ALWAYS a reason – it just might not be visible to those on the outside. Understand many of the underlying factors that cause these behaviors (sensory issues, trauma, brain chemistry, speech delay) as well as learn strategies for intervention and prevention.
    Part 1 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 2 – See Session #55
    Gail Mills, Early Childhood Consultant and Trainer

    34 Reading and The Young Child CD, PS, SA

    How does a child become a reader beginning with birth? What development factors influence a reader and what activities can be done with young children to help them become readers?
    Christine Turnbow, Center Director, Sylvan Learning

    35 Using Positive, Constructive Communication with Your Team Part 1 ADMIN, B

    Learn how to strengthen your team with intentional conversations. Explore strategies to develop appreciation, hold each other accountable, and document employee performance.
    Part 1 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 2, See Session #59
    Samantha Mitchell, Board Secretary, Children’s Discovery Academy
    Cheryl Davis, Board President, Children’s Discovery Academy

    36 Providing Quality Childcare and the Flint Water Crisis CC, CD

    In a city where residents lost hope in their government. A city where residents were exploited, failed, and poisoned. A city where residents felt there was no hope for their children. In October 2016, UM-Flint and Flint Community Schools joined forces and opened, Cummings Great Expectations An Early Childhood Center, to service 200+ children after being exposed to lead contaminated water. A school born out of the Flint Water Crisis and that is helping to bring hope back to a poisoned city. This presentation will dig into the importance of early childhood development and discuss techniques used to move forward after a horrific and scary water crisis.
    Angela Sintery, Teacher, UM-Flint

    37 Business Sustainability: Strategies and Resources for Weathering Uncertain Times ADMIN, B

    Changes in state regulations and training requirements, enrollment peaks and valleys, staff turnover, changing neighborhood demographics, and economic ups and downs are just some of the many challenges that can be expected but are difficult to predict and difficult to plan for. Learn about strategies and best practices used by successful childcare owners and operators, both locally and nationally, to weather uncertain times and ensure a strong future for your childcare business.
    Jennie Msall, Business Strategist, ICA Group
    Anne McSweeney, Child Care Strategist, ICA Group

    38 The Peaceful Classroom: Is it Possible?! Part 1 CD

    Part 1: How to set up your environment for success and utilize your classroom as an additional teacher to reduce unwanted behaviors. Learn relationship building techniques to build bridges between school and home in order to better communicate with families when a child is exhibiting challenging behaviors.
    Part 1 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 2. See Session #64
    Liz Powers, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House
    Korinn Kulinski, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House

    39 CANCELLED
    40 Diversity and Play A, CD

    Children learn through play. Diversity in a child care or preschool setting is essential to learning about other children, their cultures and families. Discover the stages of play, how to incorporate diversity while playing. Teaching other early childhood staff about including diversity in their programs and why it helps children and our families we serve.
    Kelli Paquet, Adjunct Lecturer, Ferris State University and Delta College
    Ashleigh Ryle, Home Preschool Provider

    41 What Children Need From Adults to Thrive in an Ever-Changing World CD

    Learn ways to create environments where children can flourish. Above all else children need to know they are loved and loveable. Learn ways to teach children “soft skills” like perseverance, conscientiousness, self-control and optimism.
    Gloria J. Sherman, Counselor, Educational Consultant and Parent Educator, Parenting and Teaching with G.L.O., LLC

    42 Challenging Behavior in the Early Childhood Classroom CD. PR

    An Introduction to PBIS and the importance of building positive relationships. I hope to reinvent your assumptions about challenging behavior and help you develop a new approach to supporting children with challenging behavior.
    Sarah Hoppenworth, Lead Preschool Teacher, Northville Public Schools Early Childhood Education

    43 Summer Camp Planning Ideas SA

    Are you planning for the Summer Camp 2019 program yet? This will give you some ideas for a themed summer program. Field trips, crafts, gym games and room games ideas will be given out if you’re on a low budget. Staff planning- what do they get to do? Ideas on how to keep to a schedule. If you keep the kids active then there will be less behavior issues.
    Leeanne Buckley, Director of Botsford Latchkey and Summer Camp, Clarenceville Summer Camp
    Michelle Daniels, Paraprofessional, Clarenceville Summer Camp

    44 Achieving Effective Family Participation Throughout the School Year! A, ADMIN, CC, CD, IT, SA, PE, PS

    Have you ever wondered how to get more family participation throughout the school year? Parent meetings, daily communication, home to school learning activities, etc. are some ways to look at to make sure we are effectively reaching all families. Come learn creative hands-on ways to get parents and families involved in their child’s learning on an everyday basis. We will make some activities you could do with parents for a parent meeting or even send home for a family night of activities. Parents and families are their child’s first teacher; let’s empower them in order to help our younger generation.
    Laura Roe, GSRP Lead Preschool Teacher, Dearborn Public Schools

    45 Supporting Children Who Take You to the End of Your Rope! Part 1 CC, CD, PR

    Challenging behaviors are one of the most common discussions among early childhood professionals. Have you been or are you currently involved with a child who ‘takes you to the end of your rope’? Increase your awareness of why challenging behaviors occur and learn effective strategies that help prevent conflicts.
    Part 1 of 2- Must Sign Up for Part 2. See Session #68
    Jodi Stratton, Lead Preschool Teacher, UM – Towsley Children’s House
    Sarah Barth, Lead Preschool Teacher, UM – Towsley Children’s House

    Christian Boyer, Lead Preschool Teacher, UM – Towsley Children’s House

    46 Talking Is Teaching CD

    Become a Trusted Messenger in the “Talking Is Teaching” community campaign! Language and literacy development begins at birth. Learn about tools and resources for families to support language and literacy development.
    Sean LaRosa Ed.S, Executive Director, Early Childhood Services, Livingston ESA
    Rachel Kopke, PHD, CCC-SLP, Director, Early Childhood Special Education, Livingston ESA

    47 Men are From Mars and Men are Also From Mars; Communicating with Our Counterparts A, ADMIN, CC, CD, IT, PS, SA

    Forum for Male and Female teachers to share their pitfalls and successful strategies when it comes to communicating with the opposite sex in a professional setting.
    Christian Boyer, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House
    Darius Cobb, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House

    Derek Whitten, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House

    48 Awaken their Inner Scientist with Hands-on Activities Part 1 SA

    This lively, interactive workshop will demonstrate hands-on activities that you can use immediately to awaken the inner scientist in your students. They will be learning scientific concepts while having fun!
    Part 1 of 2. Must attend Part 2. See Session #73
    Marta Larson, STEM Consultant, Michigan After-School Partnership

    49 Won’t You Be My Partner: Circles & Partners, PreK-1st Grade CD

    Explore a year’s worth of circle games & partner activities to use throughout your day. Provide listening & learning opportunities for language development, spatial awareness, sequencing & memory and working together while nurturing social skills, self-confidence and joy.
    Gari Stein, EC Music & Play Specialist, Music For Little Folks

    50 Exposing Children to Nature CD

    Tired of only using plastic toys? Want children to explore the wonder of nature throughout their day? Discover ways to incorporate natural materials in activities indoors and out.
    Kellie Chestler-Root, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House
    Amanda Mathews, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House

    51 Five Financial Basics to Making Better Money Decisions ADMIN, B

    Learn five basic principles on how to make better decisions regarding Good Debt vs Bad Debt, Mortgage Elimination vs Payment Management, and investing for a Balanced Future. Receive a complimentary Financial Needs analysis. Upon request.
    Michael Martindale, Owner


  • Session III ~ 3:20 to 4:30 pm

    Session III ~ 3:20 – 4:30 pm

    52 Fizzle Bubble, Pop! Wow! Simple Science for Young Children Part2 CD, PS, SA

    Often our own experience has led us to think that science is hard, difficult and complicated. This workshop will reassure you that you do not need a degree in biology or chemistry to have an engaging science program in your classroom as Lisa demonstrates 6 tables of age-appropriate science activities for young children. Participants will be invited to come up on stage and play with the experiences at the end of the demonstration.
    Part 2of 2 – Must attend Part 1. See Session #26
    Lisa Murphy, M.Ed. Keynote Speaker, Ooey Gooey Lady

    53 Sticks and Sidewalks – Nature Play in the City CD

    Strategies and ideas for promoting nature-based play and interests in an urban environment, influenced by our explorations and experiences while beginning a Reggio Emilia inspired program in reaction to the Flint Water Crisis
    Jennifer Maybee, GSRP Head Teacher, UM-Flint, Cummings Great Expectations

    54 Exertion Nutrition – Cardio Drumming M, CC, CD, SA

    Cardio Drumming is a fun exercise that helps with rhythm, hand eye coordination, attention span, mental/physical disabilities, as well as with hyper activity and muscle gain/definition! Enjoy endless possibilities with dancing, singing and great music!!! Cardio Drumming is easily incorporated into any classroom, gym and even the home! Come join us and see what all the hype is about!!
    Chesney Stock, Owner, Exertion Nutrition

    55 Stop It! That Bugs Me – Understanding Behaviors That Challenge Us Part 2 CC, CD, IT, PR

    Ever wonder why children suddenly act out for no apparent reason? Well there’s ALWAYS a reason – it just might not be visible to those on the outside. Understand many of the underlying factors that cause these behaviors (sensory issues, trauma, brain chemistry, speech delay) as well as learn strategies for intervention and prevention.
    Part 2 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 1 – See Session #33
    Gail Mills, Early Childhood Consultant and Trainer

    56 Let’s Talk: Parent and Provider Communication Part 2 CC, B

    Parents and child care providers play a crucial role in the development of children. Learning how to communicate effectively can help children thrive by providing consistency as well as relationships that are supportive. Learn strategies to effectively communicate with parents and explore ways to problem solve communication challenges.
    Part 2 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 1 – See Session #31
    Courtney Aldrich, Program Instructor, MSU Extension, Child and Family Development

    57 Culture and Diversity in the Classroom ADMIN, B, CC, CD, IT, SA

    Learn the importance of children being exposed to other cultures and also items that can be incorporated into the classrooms. It is also important as a teacher to be invite parents of children with different cultures to come share in the classroom.
    Marie Ronise Haywood, Uniquely Created Children’s Center, Owner/Director/Lead Teacher

    58 Exploring the Project Approach CC, CD

    Dipping into Project Approach: Join us in interactive, hands on experiences and engaging conversations about the Project Approach for children that are 3-5 years old. Explore documentation and learn how in-depth investigations with young children can lead to meaningful classroom experiences.
    Melissa Joling, Teacher, UM Towsley Children House
    Heather Cole, Teacher, UM Towsley Children House

    59 Using Positive, Constructive Communication with Your Team Part 2 ADMIN, B

    Learn how to strengthen your team with intentional conversations. Explore strategies to develop appreciation, hold each other accountable, and document employee performance.
    Part 2 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 1, see Session #35
    Samantha Mitchell, Board Secretary, Children’s Discovery Academy
    Cheryl Davis, Board President, Children’s Discovery Academy

    60 Now I Know my ABZ’s CD, PR

    Explore and understand the early indicators of dyslexia in preschool and early elementary students.
    Amanda Tovar, Teacher, Somerset Academy

    61 Oh No! Not Aggressive Behaviors! CD, PR

    Does your classroom experience accidents? Is conflict making your day frustrating? Are there risk factors that lead to aggressive behaviors? You are not alone. Most early childhood classrooms experience challenges that lead to accidents and frustration. This presentation focuses on all those aggressive behaviors that lead to a challenging environment. Join us while we dig into techniques that will help with all those behaviors that challenge your environment and everyday classroom flow. There is hope beyond the challenges.
    Angela Sintery, Teacher, UM-Flint

    62 Hands-On STEM in Preschool! ADMIN, CD, IT, SA

    What is this thing they call STEM? Let’s get hands-on with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and learn how we can integrate this into our everyday schedules. I will provide hands-on experiences for you that are affordable and one could easily reproduce in your own classroom or center! Let’s get our students ready for the future!
    Laura Roe, GSRP Lead Preschool Teacher, Dearborn Public Schools

    63 Tackling Turnover: Recruitment and Retention Strategies You Can Actually Afford ADMIN, B

    For many owners and directors, handling staff turnover is one of the most challenging parts of the job. It can take up time, reduce enrollment and profits, and contribute to low employee morale. But it’s hard to know what program changes make a difference and what you can afford. We will focus on the financial side of staffing. What is turnover costing you? What would it cost to implement common recruitment and retention best practices in your business? We’ll answer these questions and offer free strategies and resources for improving the staff culture in your center.
    Jennie Msall, Business Strategist, ICA Group
    Anne McSweeney, Child Care Strategist, ICA Group

    64 The Peaceful Classroom: Is it Possible?! Part 2 CD

    Continuing from Part 1 of The Peaceful Classroom, we will go over ways to; solve challenging behaviors, respond using best practices in early childhood development; set up supports in the classroom to foster a calm peaceful environment. Learn how to approach difficult conversations with parents on their child’s development when challenges arise.
    Part 2 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 1. See Session #38
    Liz Powers, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House
    Korinn Kulinski, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House

    65 CANCELLED
    66 Thinking…Cracking the Code: Real Robotics and Coding in Preschool A, CD, PE

    Learn to use new technologies such as the Osmo (connects with iPad technology), BeeBot, & Code and Go Mouse Robot, as well as comprehensive literacy connections of robot stories with Michigan’s Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: Prekindergarten. Take away usable ideas that do not require internet or technology. For example, learn how to code Little Miss Muffet with some character papers and some arrow papers.
    Karla Winick-Ford, GSRP Teacher and Administrator, Flat Rock Preschool

    67 Expanding the “Yes” Brain While Decreasing the Resistance from “No” Brain CD

    Learn techniques to develop children who are flexible, curious, resilient and willing to try new things and learn from mistakes. Help children develop an internal compass that leads to true success. Learn the four fundamentals of the “Yes” brain: Balance; Resilience; Insight; and Empathy.
    Gloria J. Sherman, Counselor, Educational Consultant and Parent Educator, Parenting and Teaching with G.L.O., LLC

    68 Supporting Children Who Take You to the End of Your Rope! Part 2 CC, CD, PR

    Challenging behaviors are one of the most common discussions among early childhood professionals. Have you been or are you currently involved with a child who ‘takes you to the end of your rope’? Increase your awareness of why challenging behaviors occur and learn effective strategies that help prevent conflicts.
    Part 2 of 2- Must Sign Up for Part 1. See Session #45
    Jodi Stratton, Lead Preschool Teacher, UM – Towsley Children’s House
    Sarah Barth, Lead Preschool Teacher, UM – Towsley Children’s House

    Christian Boyer, Lead Preschool Teacher, UM – Towsley Children’s House

    69 “No” is All I Hear…It Takes Two: Respectful Adult Conversations with Infants and Toddlers CD, IT

    When Young children are empowered with words, you’ll see positive behaviors and have a less stressful environment for you and the children. Let us show you just how much infants and toddlers are capable of!
    Rebeca Torres-Davenport, Associate Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House
    Samantha Huff, Associate Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House

    70 Using Healthy Books as a Tool CC, IT, PS, SA

    Are your kids willing to try healthy foods? Come learn how to explore informational healthy books with children.
    Shelley Frazier, Extension Program Instructor, MSU Extension

    71 Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster with Toddlers and Preschoolers IT, PR

    Learn and Review the HighScope® 6 steps of Problem solving with a specific emphasis on Step 2 (acknowledging children’s feelings) and empathy. Explore how the relationships we build with children and how we support the relationships among children are a foundation for children to become successful problem solvers in elementary school and beyond.
    Christina McKiddie, Director, Gretchen’s House
    Marie Gaab, Preschool Master Teacher, Gretchen’s House

    72 The Montessori and Maslow Hookup CD

    Discover step by step blending two popular philosophies into one compatible and coherent pedagogy.
    Shannon Tyrybon, Lead Teacher, Montessori Center of Downriver

    73 Awaken Their Inner Scientist with Hands-on Activities Part 2 SA

    This lively, interactive workshop will demonstrate hands-on activities that you can use immediately to awaken the inner scientist in your students. They will be learning scientific concepts while having fun!
    Part 2 of 2. Must attend Part 1. See Session #48
    Marta Larson, STEM Consultant, Michigan After-School Partnership

    74 Be a Peace Coach! SA

    Help make a “peace” coach for children as common as a “sports” coach! The key ingredient is repetitive practice! Topics and practices center on Conflict Resolution, Bullying, and Social Skills.
    Sue Kendall, Founder, Peace Coach, LLC

    75 Empowering Young Children with Challenging Behaviors CD

    Challenging behaviors can be stressful. Learn to identify behaviors and finding ways to support the children around you. Leave with tips, tricks, and tools for a happy classroom.
    Kellie Chestler-Root, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House
    Amanda Mathews, Teacher, UM Towsley Children’s House

    76 10 Little Fingers & 10 Little Toes: Fingerplays & More for Infants-Toddlers CD, IT

    Provide multi-sensory learning; enhance bonding, fine & gross motor, co-ordination, body awareness. Combine rhymes with everyday routines for infants & lots of movement for toddlers while impacting language & literacy. Share laughter, hugs & more!
    Gari Stein, EC Music & Play Specialist, Music For Little Folks

    77 Big Words, Big Thoughts, Little Bodies: The Classroom and the Gifted Preschool Child CD

    You know who they are, these precocious youngsters, but how do you meet their needs along with the rest of the class? Explore ways to bring big ideas into your classroom and learn how in-depth investigations with young children can lead to meaningful classroom experiences. Hands-on activities to bring back for Monday morning.
    Lorena Burke, Educational Consultant/Gifted Specialist
    Lynn Pomerleau, Educational Consultant

An Exciting Raffle Opportunity

Prizes include:

  • $500 Visa Card
  • Amazon Echo Show
  • Amazon Echo Plus with built-in Hub

Just include $5.00 for a raffle ticket or $12.00 for 3 raffle tickets with your conference registration fee. The tickets you purchase will be given to you with your registration packet at the conference. Extra tickets can also be purchased “day of” conference. Extra tickets can also be purchased “day of” conference. Prizes would make great holiday gifts!

You can also phone Child Connect for Family Success at 517-548-9112 to purchase tickets prior to the conference and up until the drawing at noon on the day of the conference. You need not be present to win.

Registration

Register Online

Download the 2018 CSHC Conference Brochure for Reference & Mail-in Registration

*State Continuing Education Clock Hours ~ To apply for the SCECH, indicate that on your registration form. You will need a valid e-mail address to keep and maintain SCECHs. At the conference you must sign in and fill out paperwork for the SCECH before the keynote session begins. You will be required to have the presenter’s initials for all sessions. If you do not have verification, arrive late, or leave the conference early, you will not receive the SCECH. No exceptions will be made.

Location


For overnight accommodations only please contact the following:
Livingston County Convention and Visitors Bureau
1-800-686-8474
www.lccvb.org