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Sunday, February 23
 

5:30pm

Sunday Registration is Open from 5:30 - 6:00PM
Sunday February 23, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cyrpress Registration Booth The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center
 
Monday, February 24
 

7:59am

Monday Registration is Open from 8PM - 5PM
Monday February 24, 2020 7:59am - 8:00am
Cyrpress Registration Booth The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:59am

Monday Exhibiting Hours
Monday February 24, 2020 8:59am - 9:00am
Convention Center ABC/FGH The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

9:00am

General Session - Welcome & Opening Comments
Speakers
avatar for Jennie Mauer

Jennie Mauer

Executive Director, Wisconsin Head Start Association
Jennie Mauer is the new Executive Director for Wisconsin Head Start Association. She is a relationship-based leader, leveraging opportunity and policy to improve outcomes for children and their families.
avatar for Brian Stults

Brian Stults

Data Analyst, Event Planner & Administrative Assistant, Wisconsin Head Start Association


Monday February 24, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am
Convention Center ABC/FGH The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

9:30am

Keynote Dr. Deborah Gilboa: Using Your Strength to Build Resilience in Others
In every Head Start, there are staff who step up, show initiative, and move the work forward, but also those who do what’s asked of them (usually) and nothing more. In every group – and family – there are folks who look for ways to make a positive impact on their lives and on others, but alsothose who spend most of their time focused on the trouble they face, certain that nothing will help. Stress and difficulty build resilience, and anyone with resilience can build it in others. Dr. G will outline what language and behavior shifts can change the hearts and minds of people who feel the world is against them. From our youngest students to their families at home and our colleagues at work, each individual will learn strategies to bring the best version of themselves and others forward.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Dr. Deborah Gilboa

MD, Parenting and Youth Development Expert, Ask Doctor G
Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Dr. G’s passion for raising kids with character makes her a popular family physician, media personality, author, and speaker. A parent of four sons, she inspires audiences with... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 11:30am
Convention Center ABC/FGH The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

12:00pm

Luncheon
Monday February 24, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Convention Center ABC/FGH The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:29pm

Session 1 (1:30 - 3:00PM)
Monday February 24, 2020 1:29pm - 1:30pm
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Brown Bear and Other Invitations to Engage Families
Better equip families to support learning with hands-on-materials that guide families as they engage their young learners. This session will look at how educators can embrace PARENTS as PARTNERS and empower them to support their child’s learning. Come share ideas and dig deeper to add new budget-friendly interventions. LRN, COM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Bev Schumacher

Bev Schumacher

CEO, Author, and Consultant, Learning Props



Monday February 24, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Banyan The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Get to Know Your New WHSA Executive Director
Join the new WHSA executive director, Jennie Mauer, for a casually facilitated discussion to share thoughts on WHSA, hopes for the future, and get to know Jennie.

Speakers
avatar for Jennie Mauer

Jennie Mauer

Executive Director, Wisconsin Head Start Association
Jennie Mauer is the new Executive Director for Wisconsin Head Start Association. She is a relationship-based leader, leveraging opportunity and policy to improve outcomes for children and their families.


Monday February 24, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Guava The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

How to Have Difficult Conversations with Students and Families
Loss, separation, illness, and even death, are topics that come up in every preschool. Alcohol, body questions, disabilities, drugs, incarceration, war, and natural disaster can all be subjects about which young children have questions. These hard subjects require effective and developmentally appropriate answers from grown-ups. Dr. G will take the fear out of addressing these issues with clear steps to having these talks in ways that adults can manage – at school or at home – and children can hear. Dr. G will help educators navigate these topics in professional and appropriate ways while building resilience in their students, and give everyone a path to addressing what is scary in a place that is safe.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Dr. Deborah Gilboa

MD, Parenting and Youth Development Expert, Ask Doctor G
Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Dr. G’s passion for raising kids with character makes her a popular family physician, media personality, author, and speaker. A parent of four sons, she inspires audiences with... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Suite D & E The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Neuro-Nurturing: Potential Realized (Part 1)
To reach full potential, a developing brain requires Neuro-Nurturing® needs to be met. These prepare a child for learning, self-regulation, critical thinking, resiliency, empathy, problem solving, health, and getting along with others. Learn the 5 essential aspects to each of the 4 areas of the Circle of Potential Model . DEV, SAF, GUI 3 hours (continued in session 2)

Speakers
avatar for Deborah McNelis

Deborah McNelis

Founder, Brain Insights



Monday February 24, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Bamboo The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Parent Orientation
In this session parents will learn how to get the most from their conference experience.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Meulemans

Laura Meulemans

Parent, Wisconsin Head Start Association
avatar for Theresa Sahotsky

Theresa Sahotsky

Parent, Wisconsin Head Start Association


Monday February 24, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Wisteria The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Speech & Language Milestones: What are They & How to Support Them
It's important to know and recognize the normal speech-language milestones. This session highlights speech-language milestones from birth to age 5, provides examples to support these milestones, and shares community resources for additional exists. DEV, GUI, OSA 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Jann Fujimoto

Jann Fujimoto

Speech and Language Pathologist, SpeechWorks



Monday February 24, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Crown Palm The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

When Behavior that Challenges Persists (Part 1)
This session is designed as a facilitated conversation. For implementation of a plan to be successful, critical elements of program culture and practices need to be nurtured. This session will outline foundational classroom practices, consider how program coaches foster reflection and bridges to consultation, and explore how administrators can invest in policies, procedures, and practices necessary to support the process. Opportunities and resources to support programs will be highlighted. GUI, PRO, PRE, ADM 3 hours (continued in session 2)

Speakers
JB

Julie Betchkal

Wisconsin Pyramid Model State Coordinator, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
avatar for Jenny Durand

Jenny Durand

Professional Development Coordinator, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
Jenny works for WI-AIMH, where she coordinates the Home Visiting Reflective Practice Project and supports the Reflective Learning Collaborative, IMH-Endorsement® as well as the Pyramid Model at the state, community, and program level. Prior to working at WI-AIMH, she worked at a... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Bowers

Ashley Bowers

Infant Mental Health Clinical Coordinator, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
Ashley is the Infant Mental Health Clinical Coordinator for WI-AIMH providing Endorsement® coordination, training, Reflective Supervision, and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds Endorsement® as an Infant... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tamarind The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

YoungStar Updates and Collaborative Programs
This session will cover the Youngstar Block System which will be implemented in 2021. The updates will include information on the ERS-3 tools used to measure quality for Formally Rated Child Care programming. There will be data presented on Head Start/Early Head Start collaborations with 4K and Child Care. The session will be interactive and benefit attendees participating in collaborations by demonstrating how quality will be measured for Child Care programming. COM, PRE 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Stuart

Sherry Stuart

Program & Policy Analyst, Department of Children and Families
Sherry Stuart is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison with a BS in Early Childhood Education and a MS in Geography specializing in geographic statistical data. She works as a Program and Policy Analyst – Advanced for the Department of Children and Families in the Bureau... Read More →
avatar for Amy Alt

Amy Alt

Program & Policy Analyst, Department of Children and Families
Amy Alt works for the Department of Children and Families in the Quality Initiatives section. She works with the YoungStar program, Training, and specializes in Pyramid Model and social emotional work. Amy has 20+ years of experience in the early childhood field, many of which included... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Portia The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:00pm

Break
Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:29pm

Session 2 (3:30 - 5:00)
Monday February 24, 2020 3:29pm - 3:30pm
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

A Quick Look at Insurance
This session will cover the basics of how to purchase the right coverages for commercial and personal insurance. Knowing the coverages helps transfer that risk to the insurance company. This class will cover the unique insurance needs of those who run early childhood businesses.
ADM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for David Zauner

David Zauner

Vice President, Robertson Ryan & Associates
Dave has been a licensed, independent insurance agent for 18 years.  He specializes in commercial, personal, life and health insurance. Born and raised in Milwaukee WI, he graduated from Milwaukee Hamilton High School. Dave graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Portia The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Active Supervision: More than Attendance
Enhancing existing culture, policies, and procedures to ensure Active Supervision is in the forefront of program operations and systems. This training will provide attendees with statistics, thoughtful additions to program policies and procedures, and an overview of the 10 steps to a culture of safety. SAF 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Bobbie Jo Mork

Bobbie Jo Mork

Indianhead Community Action Agency
HE

Heidi Eckert

Education Coordinator, Indianhead Community Action Agency


Monday February 24, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Guava The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Clinic to Classroom: A Longitudinal Study in Effective Classroom Mental Health Practices
This session will present evidence based classroom interventions developed as part of an ongoing longitudinal research project at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Participants will learn identification, assessment, and effective classroom interventions for common mental health referrals. Hands-on and small group activities will supplement the presentation. DEV, INC, GUI, PRE 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for James Geidner

James Geidner

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Superior


Monday February 24, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Crown Palm The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Connecting with FoodWIse: Healthy Living Resources for Children and Families
Learn about the FoodWIse program as a community-based nutrition and healthy living resource for Head Start providers. FoodWIse is a SNAP-Ed and EFNEP funded community nutrition education program that seeks to empower individuals and families with limited incomes to make healthy choices. FoodWIse employs hands-on, learner-centered educational resources, evidence-based policy systems, and environmental change programs. SAF 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller

FoodWIse Nutrition Coordinator, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Division of Extension



Monday February 24, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cypress The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Getting on Board with The Registry: How Membership Benefits Your Program
Being a lifelong learner is critical to the Childhood Care and Education field. Find out how Registry membership can serve as a one-stop-shop to house training history and guide next steps in new career pathways. Participants will learn how Registry Membership is an important piece in program quality rating assessments, discover relevant Registry resources, and learn how data from an individual Registry Membership can also benefit Head Start Programs. PRO 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Vick

Joshua Vick

Director of Communications & Outreach, The Registry
Joshua believes in the importance of quality care for all of Wisconsin's children. He has experience teaching, having taught English in Beijing for more than 6 years, and also working in the childhood care and education field upon returning to the United States. Prior to joining The... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Prochnow

Heidi Prochnow

Lead Document Intake Specialist, The Registry


Monday February 24, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Wisteria The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Here’s How to Use Stress to Create Growth and Happiness
Parents and educators want to protect and strengthen the students in their care so that they will struggle less and thrive more. Complicating this natural desire is this fundamental truth: as young children grow, they need more practice managing stressors and difficult feelings, not less. So how can adults give kids what they need while making sure they don’t get more than they can handle? Dr. G, parenting and youth development expert and family doctor, will offer strategies to build mental health in children, giving them opportunities for struggle and failure, all while supporting them through these experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Dr. Deborah Gilboa

MD, Parenting and Youth Development Expert, Ask Doctor G
Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Dr. G’s passion for raising kids with character makes her a popular family physician, media personality, author, and speaker. A parent of four sons, she inspires audiences with... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Suite D & E The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Language Facilitation Strategies in Early Learning Programs
Children's vocabulary growth is strongly influenced by a stimulating and rich language environment. This presentation will include language facilitation strategies to promote effective and responsive teacher-child interactions. Participants will be given the opportunity to think about their classrooms and how they can use specific strategies to support individualized growth and development. LRN 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Shucrea Victor-Cameron

Shucrea Victor-Cameron

Teacher, Broward County Public Schools



Monday February 24, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Banyan The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Neuro-Nurturing: Potential Realized (Part 2)
To reach full potential, a developing brain requires Neuro-Nurturing® needs to be met. These prepare a child for learning, self-regulation, critical thinking, resiliency, empathy, problem solving, health, and getting along with others. Learn the 5 essential aspects to each of the 4 areas of the Circle of Potential Model . DEV, SAF, GUI 3 hours (continued in session 2)

Speakers
avatar for Deborah McNelis

Deborah McNelis

Founder, Brain Insights



Monday February 24, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bamboo The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

When Behavior that Challenges Persists (Part 2)
This session is designed as a facilitated conversation. For implementation of a plan to be successful, critical elements of program culture and practices need to be nurtured. This session will outline foundational classroom practices, consider how program coaches foster reflection and bridges to consultation, and explore how administrators can invest in policies, procedures, and practices necessary to support the process. Opportunities and resources to support programs will be highlighted. GUI, PRO, PRE, ADM 3 hours (continued in session 2)

Speakers
JB

Julie Betchkal

Wisconsin Pyramid Model State Coordinator, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
avatar for Jenny Durand

Jenny Durand

Professional Development Coordinator, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
Jenny works for WI-AIMH, where she coordinates the Home Visiting Reflective Practice Project and supports the Reflective Learning Collaborative, IMH-Endorsement® as well as the Pyramid Model at the state, community, and program level. Prior to working at WI-AIMH, she worked at a... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Bowers

Ashley Bowers

Infant Mental Health Clinical Coordinator, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
Ashley is the Infant Mental Health Clinical Coordinator for WI-AIMH providing Endorsement® coordination, training, Reflective Supervision, and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds Endorsement® as an Infant... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Tamarind The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

5:00pm

Thanks for a GREAT 1st day everyone!
Monday February 24, 2020 5:00pm - 5:01pm
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center
 
Tuesday, February 25
 

6:59am

Tuesday Registration is Open from 7AM - 5PM
Tuesday February 25, 2020 6:59am - 7:00am
Cypress Registration Booth The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

7:58am

Tuesday Exhibiting Hours: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Tuesday February 25, 2020 7:58am - 7:59am
Convention Center ABC/FGH The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

7:59am

Session 3 (8:00 - 9:30AM)
Tuesday February 25, 2020 7:59am - 8:00am
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Active Shooter Basics for Early Childhood Professionals
Based on the concerns of early learning professionals, the Institute for Childhood Preparedness has created Preparing for Active Shooter: Training for Early Childhood Professionals. While no one wants to find themselves caught in the middle of an active shooter scenario, it is something that can and does happen. This session will provide participants with actionable tips, tools, and resources to help them bolster security and be better prepared. SAF, ADM 1.5 hours

Speakers
RR

Ronald Roszak

Senior Safety Advisor, Institute for Childhood Preparedness
Ronald serves as the senior safety advisor for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness. Previously, Ron has served as a subject matter emergency preparedness expert for Child Care Aware® of America, supporting their Emergency Preparedness Team. Ronald has over 20 years of distinguished... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Suite E The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Budgeting: Fiscal and Directors Working Together for the Mission
Individuals working in the finance department and NOT working in the finance department need to understand proper budgeting. This session will cover the entire process, from setting up a budget to handling the final closeout of a grant. Applicable regulations will be explained throughout the process. ADM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Ciara Leahy

Ciara Leahy

Manager, CPA, Wipfli
As a manager in Wipfli’s nonprofit and government practice, Ciara Leahy manages audit, tax and consulting opportunities with clients to maintain compliance with laws and regulations. With over 10 years of experience, she enjoys helping her clients follow their mission and navigate... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Suite D The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Connecting Home and School
Connect home and school! In this session participants will be creating take home projects, gaining ideas for how to encourage parents to be involved in their child's education, and developing meaningful home visit activities. Come create make-and -takes and join in meaningful discussion. LRN, COM, PRE 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Nicki Taves

Nicki Taves

Head Start Teacher, Merrill Area Public Schools
avatar for Khala Welnetz

Khala Welnetz

Head Start Teacher, Merrill Area Public Schools



Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Cypress The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Finally! Kids DO Come with Instruction Manuals!
Bright by Text is a texting initiative for parents and caregivers of prenatal to 8 year-olds hosted by PBS Wisconsin as part of their Ready to Learn grant. Bring phones and learn how to engage users with Bright by Text to help subscribers learn about child development, early literacy & STEM activities, wellness, nutrition, positive discipline, PBS Kids activities, and how to access community resources.

Speakers
avatar for Katy Kraemer

Katy Kraemer

PBS Wisconsin, Early Learning Specialist



Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Tamarind The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Making Sense of Sensory Processing Disorders (Part 1)
In early childhood and beyond, learners depend on use of their senses to navigate their environment, establish and maintain social connections, and organize information in an efficient manner. When one or more sensory systems is disrupted, what does that look like? What can be done? This workshop will define various sensory processing disorders and explore how to create safe exploration opportunities for learners.
DEV, INC, LRN 3 hours (continued in session 4)

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Olson

Jessie Olson

Professional Development Specialist, Lakeshore Learning Materials


Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Wisteria The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Missing Childhoods and Making Sure Everyone Counts
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once every-decade count of everyone living in the country. Based on that data, $675 billion is distributed to the states annually for important programs like schools, roads and programs like the Head Start that help children and families. It is estimated that 5% of children were not counted in the 2010 Census. That means approximately 1 million childhoods were missed for planning and funding important programs. Learn more about the 2020 Census updates and how to share with families how important, safe, and easy filling out the 2020 Census is.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Miller

Dawn Miller

Partnership Specialist, Chicago Regional Census Center, U.S. Census Bureau


Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Bamboo The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Real World Seed Challenge
Perspective, vision, and goals are all topics that are interconnected. It is important to understand what each of them looks like personally, and what they may look like for others as well. Join this session for an interactive activity in discovering the importance of how these ideals intertwine and how that impacts daily choices. PRE, PRO 1.5hours

Speakers
GB

Geralynne Berg

Community Prevention Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Geralynne is a Community Prevention Specialist with the Youth Development and Prevention Services and also works with the Legal Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence in grant writing/ grant evaluation under Indianhead Community Action Agency.Geralynne is completing her Psy.D in... Read More →
TR

Tom Rocque

Community Prevention Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Thomas Rocque is a Community Prevention Specialist at Indianhead Community Action Agency who recently received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is currently enrolled with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh... Read More →
avatar for Julie Bever

Julie Bever

Prevention Services Director, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Julie Bever joined Indianhead Community Action Agency in July 2014 working as the Prevention & Intervention Specialist for the Rusk County Youth Council.   Currently, she oversees two prevention programs at ICAA:  Legal Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence (LAV) and Youth Development... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Portia The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Region V Part One: Regional & National Updates
Participants will receive a broad overview of current regional and national developments affecting Head Start programs, including funding opportunities, regulatory changes, and monitoring information. Stay on top of the curve with these 2020 updates. ADM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Heather Wanderski

Heather Wanderski

Regional Program Manager, Office of Head Start - Region V
avatar for Jason Rasmussen

Jason Rasmussen

Program Specialist, Office of Head Start - Region V



Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Crown Palm The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Working with Challenging Parents
Many instructors experience working with challenging children and even challenging parents. Having a parent who appears disengaged, is hyper-critical and defensive, or who struggles to care for their child, can be difficult. This talk will help participants to shift their perspective and refocus, developing additional strategies to help overcome barriers of parent engagement. FAM, GUI, COM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Reiland

Jeff Reiland

Child and Family Therapist, Gundersen Health



Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Guava The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

9:30am

Break
Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

9:59am

Session 4 (10:00 - 11:30AM)
Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:59am - 10:00am
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Building Resiliency through Wellness Practices
How can practicing mindfulness in the classroom build resiliency? Learn about the six dimensions of wellness, including occupational, physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and emotional. Activities to support the dimensions will be practiced in this interactive session. The information can be used when working with staff, coworkers, children/students, and families. PRO 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for April Hartjes

April Hartjes

Educator, Mid-State Technical College
I started my college career as a business major. After taking a few business classes I quickly decided that I wanted to change my major.  In my freshman year, I stumbled across Child Development classes and really enjoyed the content. I graduated from UWGB with degrees in both Human... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Jarosinski

Carrie Jarosinski

Doctor, Author and Health and Wellness Promotion Lead Faculty, Mid-State Technical College



Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Cypress The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Is Your Fiscal Manual Up-To-Date?
Updating the fiscal policies and procedures manual is a must. Ensuring policies are still being followed, are user friendly, are updated with any technology that has been updated, and more are all reasons regularly updating manuals is so important. This session will address how to get this task done. Learn how to create a manual that makes it easy for staff to understand and helps them do the right thing. ADM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Ciara Leahy

Ciara Leahy

Manager, CPA, Wipfli
As a manager in Wipfli’s nonprofit and government practice, Ciara Leahy manages audit, tax and consulting opportunities with clients to maintain compliance with laws and regulations. With over 10 years of experience, she enjoys helping her clients follow their mission and navigate... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Suite D The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Making Sense of Sensory Processing Disorders (Part 2)
In early childhood and beyond, learners depend on use of their senses to navigate their environment, establish and maintain social connections, and organize information in an efficient manner. When one or more sensory systems is disrupted, what does that look like? What can be done? This workshop will define various sensory processing disorders and explore how to create safe exploration opportunities for learners.
DEV, INC, LRN 3 hours (continued in session 4)

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Olson

Jessie Olson

Professional Development Specialist, Lakeshore Learning Materials


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Wisteria The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Parents as Partners in Raising Children
This program will discuss the importance of bringing parents and teachers together to create the best experiences and outcomes for children. ACT-Raising Safe Kids is an evidence-based parenting program that incorporates discussion, activity, and strategies to create a better safety net and learning environment for all children. DEV, FAM, COM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Reiland

Jeff Reiland

Child and Family Therapist, Gundersen Health



Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Guava The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Playful Learning: STEAM Activities with PBS Wisconsin
PBS Wisconsin maintains a rich assortment of up-to-date STEAM curricula options for teachers of 2-8 year-olds. A variety of trusted, fun, free, safe, research and standards based activities mesh media and hands-on applications. Come and learn how to access teaching tools that will make activity planning and engaging students easier! LRN, COM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Katy Kraemer

Katy Kraemer

PBS Wisconsin, Early Learning Specialist



Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Tamarind The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Protective Urges
Learning the power of protective urges, learning how understanding, competence, and honesty can quiet parents' anxieties, and acknowledging and accepting personal feelings can enable individuals to develop thoughtful plans for working through problematic issues. Rather than being driven toward conflict with parents, learn to move toward an alignment of care in this dynamic session. COM, PRO 1.5 hours

Speakers
TF

Terri Fuller

Education Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency



Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Banyan The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Region V Part Two: A Deeper Dive into Regional and National Trends 
Participants will engage in a focused discussion on trends affecting Wisconsin Head Start programs including staffing difficulties, challenging behaviors, and more. There will be ample time for question and discussion. ADM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Heather Wanderski

Heather Wanderski

Regional Program Manager, Office of Head Start - Region V
avatar for Jason Rasmussen

Jason Rasmussen

Program Specialist, Office of Head Start - Region V



Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Crown Palm The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Removing Barriers and Growing Your Own
This session provides space to talk about the barriers standing in the way of dedicated professionals earning their bachelor's degrees. Come learn how the new ECCE program at UW-Whitewater is helping remove these barriers so programs can grow their number of teachers with degrees while helping them develop specialized expertise through new Credential offerings. PRO, ADM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Rivers

Carmen Rivers

Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Bamboo The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Self-Care on the Fly
Self-care is everywhere! Everyone hears about it, reads about it, and develops it into plans. Come join this session to make sure those plans become reality. This session will help participants develop last minute tips and ideas to combatting difficult stressors at work and in life.
PRO, PRE 1.5 hours

Speakers
GB

Geralynne Berg

Community Prevention Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Geralynne is a Community Prevention Specialist with the Youth Development and Prevention Services and also works with the Legal Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence in grant writing/ grant evaluation under Indianhead Community Action Agency.Geralynne is completing her Psy.D in... Read More →
TR

Tom Rocque

Community Prevention Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Thomas Rocque is a Community Prevention Specialist at Indianhead Community Action Agency who recently received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is currently enrolled with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh... Read More →
avatar for Julie Bever

Julie Bever

Prevention Services Director, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Julie Bever joined Indianhead Community Action Agency in July 2014 working as the Prevention & Intervention Specialist for the Rusk County Youth Council.   Currently, she oversees two prevention programs at ICAA:  Legal Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence (LAV) and Youth Development... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Portia The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Surviving an Active Shooter
The Active Shooter training aims to raise awareness of potentially violent situations in the workplace and how to best prepare and respond to these situations. It uses real world examples such as the shooting at Columbine, Sikh Temple (WI), and Azana Salon (WI). The training encourages participants to begin “What if” thinking and formulate a plan and a model to survive. FAM, COM, SAF 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Chief David Erwin

Chief David Erwin

Madison Capitol Police Chief, The Madison Police Department


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Suite E The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

11:45am

Luncheon, Announcements & Networking
Tuesday February 25, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Convention Center ABC/FGH The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:29pm

Session 5 (1:30-3:00pm)
Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:29pm - 1:30pm
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Achieving Professional Development Goals (Part 1)
Professional development is a process of change and growth that will span an individual’s career. It’s about planning, setting goals, building skills, and making improvements. This is an opportunity for individuals to reflect on their professional development and possible next steps. Learn various ways WECA Professional Development helps individuals meet career goals, achieve higher education, and finance education with a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program. PRO, PRE, ADM 3 hours (continued in session 6)

Speakers
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Nar Doumbya

Co-Director T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
avatar for Gina Hobbs

Gina Hobbs

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Counselor, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Crown Palm The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Hiding in Plain Sight: Prevention is Power
Calling home visitors and concerned parents! The reality of today’s world is that drug trends ebb and flow too often, and it is hard to keep up with what children and families are impacted by. This session will highlight the drug trends in Wisconsin, ordinary items that can indicate drug use/culture, and strategies to share prevention messaging. OSA, SAF 1.5 hours

Speakers
GB

Geralynne Berg

Community Prevention Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Geralynne is a Community Prevention Specialist with the Youth Development and Prevention Services and also works with the Legal Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence in grant writing/ grant evaluation under Indianhead Community Action Agency.Geralynne is completing her Psy.D in... Read More →
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Tom Rocque

Community Prevention Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Thomas Rocque is a Community Prevention Specialist at Indianhead Community Action Agency who recently received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is currently enrolled with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh... Read More →
avatar for Julie Bever

Julie Bever

Prevention Services Director, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Julie Bever joined Indianhead Community Action Agency in July 2014 working as the Prevention & Intervention Specialist for the Rusk County Youth Council.   Currently, she oversees two prevention programs at ICAA:  Legal Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence (LAV) and Youth Development... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Portia The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

High Quality Instruction in Early Childhood
What does high quality instruction look like in early childhood? Join this interactive session to explore key components of high quality early childhood instruction that are responsive to students' needs. Topics include: quality universal practices, principals of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), evidence based practices, instructional strategies, specially designed instruction for students with disabilities, and play as a vehicle for instruction. INC, LRN 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ogorek

Michelle Ogorek

EC Statewide Coordinator, IDEA Discretionary Grant
avatar for Jessica Nichols

Jessica Nichols

EC MLSS State Coordinator, IDEA Discretionary Grant


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tamarind The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Making the Most of Everyday Interactions: An Infant/Toddler CLASS Overview (Part 1)
This session will take a closer look at the domains and dimensions assessed through the Infant and Toddler CLASS tools. What do strong teacher-child interactions and relationships look like at these ages? How are these bonds built? Through an interactive session, participants will break down the various components of the tools while gaining strategies to assist with building these bonds in order to provide high quality interactions for infants and toddlers. DEV, LRN 3 hours (continued in session 6)

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Olson

Jessie Olson

Professional Development Specialist, Lakeshore Learning Materials


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Wisteria The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Methods of Procurement
How does an organization implement micro-purchases? What is a sealed bid and when is it used? When is having a prior written approval necessary? This session will review the methods of procurement identified in the Uniform Guidance and discuss procurement internal controls and best practices related to the implementation and compliance with the regulations. ADM 1.5 hour

Speakers
avatar for Ciara Leahy

Ciara Leahy

Manager, CPA, Wipfli
As a manager in Wipfli’s nonprofit and government practice, Ciara Leahy manages audit, tax and consulting opportunities with clients to maintain compliance with laws and regulations. With over 10 years of experience, she enjoys helping her clients follow their mission and navigate... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Suite D The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

More Play in Every Way!
This session will begin with some research showing the benefits of play and how it affects the mindset and learning of students. Ways to incorporate a variety of play into your day will also be shared. Be prepared to learn, share, play, and laugh a little as this session explores how to use best practices in the classroom, as well as in everyday life! DEV, LRN, PRO 1.5hours

Speakers
avatar for Janie Lundstrom

Janie Lundstrom

Teacher, School District of Onalaska
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Sarah Mumaw-Flury

Teacher, School District of Onalaska
 I am currently entering my 14th year teaching young children in the School District of Onalaska. I spent 5 years teaching Kindergarten at Eagle Bluff Elementary and will begin my 9th year teaching Pre-Kindergarten at Northern Hills Elementary. For the past three years, I have... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Guava The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Protective Factors (Part 1)
Protective factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that mitigate or eliminate risk in families and communities, thereby increasing the health and well-being of children and families. Protective factors help parents to find resources, support, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. DEV, FAM, COM 3 hours (continued in session 6)

Speakers
avatar for Pamala Johnson

Pamala Johnson

Parent, Indianhead Community Action Agency


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Banyan The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

1:30pm

Stay Calm: Making Emergencies Easy to Handle (Part 1)
Staying calm in an emergency is easier said than done. In this session, participants will be shown the basic steps and techniques to handle any type of emergency. This session will discuss providing first aid, performing CPR, using an AED, and other life-saving practices that anyone can be confronted with. This session is done in a laid back learning environment with the opportunity to ask questions.
SAF 3 hours (continued in session 6)

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Waldschmidt

Jacob Waldschmidt

Director, Midwest Academy of Safety and Health


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Suite E The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:00pm

Break
Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:29pm

Session 6 (3:30 - 5:00PM)
Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:29pm - 3:30pm
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Achieving Professional Development Goals (Part 2)
Professional development is a process of change and growth that will span an individual’s career. It’s about planning, setting goals, building skills, and making improvements. This is an opportunity for individuals to reflect on their professional development and possible next steps. Learn various ways WECA Professional Development helps individuals meet career goals, achieve higher education, and finance education with a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program. PRO, PRE, ADM 3 hours (continued in session 6)

Speakers
ND

Nar Doumbya

Co-Director T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
avatar for Gina Hobbs

Gina Hobbs

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Counselor, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Crown Palm The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Dad's Night Out
Fathers play an important role in the development of their children but are often not the target of parent outreach and engagement. Come learn how to improve father involvement in programs and in the lives of children. This session will explain tried and true fatherhood activities and look for ways to tailor them to individual programs. Participants will have the opportunity to share and discuss past success and struggles of their agency's program. DEV, FAM, COM, PRE 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Hibbard

Peggy Hibbard

Senior Family Service Specialist, National Centers of Learning Excellence
avatar for Suzanne Skopek

Suzanne Skopek

Director of Head Start and the Early Head Start Program, National Centers of Learning Excellence


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cypress The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Making the Most of Everyday Interactions: An Infant/Toddler CLASS Overview (Part 2)
This session will take a closer look at the domains and dimensions assessed through the Infant and Toddler CLASS tools. What do strong teacher-child interactions and relationships look like at these ages? How are these bonds built? Through an interactive session, participants will break down the various components of the tools while gaining strategies to assist with building these bonds in order to provide high quality interactions for infants and toddlers. DEV, LRN 3 hours (continued in session 6)

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Olson

Jessie Olson

Professional Development Specialist, Lakeshore Learning Materials


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Wisteria The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Nonprofit Financial Statement Reporting Model
In August 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that is changing how nonprofits report financial information in their audited financial statements. This session provides an overview of those changes so programs can be prepared.
ADM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Ciara Leahy

Ciara Leahy

Manager, CPA, Wipfli
As a manager in Wipfli’s nonprofit and government practice, Ciara Leahy manages audit, tax and consulting opportunities with clients to maintain compliance with laws and regulations. With over 10 years of experience, she enjoys helping her clients follow their mission and navigate... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Suite D The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Protective Factors (Part 2)
Protective factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that mitigate or eliminate risk in families and communities, thereby increasing the health and well-being of children and families. Protective factors help parents to find resources, support, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. DEV, FAM, COM 3 hours (continued in session 6)

Speakers
avatar for Pamala Johnson

Pamala Johnson

Parent, Indianhead Community Action Agency


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Banyan The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Self-Care on the Fly (Repeat of Session 4)
Self-care is everywhere! Everyone hears about it, reads about it, and develops it into plans. Come join this session to make sure those plans become reality. This session will help participants develop last minute tips and ideas to combatting difficult stressors at work and in life.
PRO, PRE 1.5 hours

Speakers
GB

Geralynne Berg

Community Prevention Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Geralynne is a Community Prevention Specialist with the Youth Development and Prevention Services and also works with the Legal Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence in grant writing/ grant evaluation under Indianhead Community Action Agency.Geralynne is completing her Psy.D in... Read More →
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Tom Rocque

Community Prevention Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Thomas Rocque is a Community Prevention Specialist at Indianhead Community Action Agency who recently received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is currently enrolled with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh... Read More →
avatar for Julie Bever

Julie Bever

Prevention Services Director, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Julie Bever joined Indianhead Community Action Agency in July 2014 working as the Prevention & Intervention Specialist for the Rusk County Youth Council.   Currently, she oversees two prevention programs at ICAA:  Legal Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence (LAV) and Youth Development... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Portia The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Special Olympics Wisconsin: Young Athletes
Looking for a program to bring inclusion and sport into a Head Start location? Well, Young Athletes has the solution. Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children ages 2-10 years old with and without intellectual disabilities. This program introduces basic sport skills, like running, throwing, and catching. This fun and inclusive program offers families, teachers, caregivers, and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children and abilities. DEV, INC, SAF 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Lang

Jenna Lang

Young Athletes Manager, Special Olympics Wisconsin


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Guava The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

Stay Calm: Making Emergencies Easy to Handle (Part 2)
Staying calm in an emergency is easier said than done. In this session, participants will be shown the basic steps and techniques to handle any type of emergency. This session will discuss providing first aid, performing CPR, using an AED, and other life-saving practices that anyone can be confronted with. This session is done in a laid back learning environment with the opportunity to ask questions.
SAF 3 hours (continued in session 6)

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Waldschmidt

Jacob Waldschmidt

Director, Midwest Academy of Safety and Health


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Suite E The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

3:30pm

The Power of Community in Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness
Everyday Head Start programs support families and their children. Everyday some of those families are experiencing homelessness and high mobility. Learn how to identify, support, and collaborate when a family is experiencing homelessness. Reach Dane coordinates and works alongside Madison Schools to make sure families do not fall through the cracks. Come and learn more about one community's efforts to serve children and families experiencing homelessness. COM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Amy Selenske

Amy Selenske

Comprehensive Services Director, Reach Dane
avatar for Jani Koester

Jani Koester

TEP Elementary Teacher, MMSD


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Tamarind The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

5:00pm

Thank you for another outstanding day!
Tuesday February 25, 2020 5:00pm - 5:01pm
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center
 
Wednesday, February 26
 

6:59am

Wednesday Registration is Open from 7AM - 8:30AM
Wednesday February 26, 2020 6:59am - 7:00am
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

7:59am

Session 7 (8 - 9:30am)
Wednesday February 26, 2020 7:59am - 8:00am
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Building Relationships and Supporting Self-Regulation
Come review the fundamentals of relationship building and child self-regulation for children ages 3-5 years old. This session will use the particular parts of the day (choice time, circle time, and small group) to reinforce strategies for relationship building and self-regulation. Using different scenarios provided, the group will brainstorm solutions and reflect on current practices. DEV, DIV, LRN, GUI 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for LaShanda Evans

LaShanda Evans

Resource Teacher, Acelero Learning
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Jazmine Fennig

Director, Acelero Learning


Wednesday February 26, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Crown Palm The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Building Resiliency, Gardens, and Farm-to-ECE Programs
Resiliency in children can be built in the garden and through farm-to-ECE programs. In this presentation, the Wisconsin School Garden Network (WSGN) will go over 1) What WSGN and farm-to-ECE are, 2) Starting tips for building a children's garden, 3) Interactive activities to do in the garden, and 4) How farm-to-ECE and gardens build resiliency in children. DEV, LRN 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Stefanie Bugasch Scopoline

Stefanie Bugasch Scopoline

Outreach Specialist and Farm-to-ECE Trainer, Community GroundWorks



Wednesday February 26, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Suite E The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Classroom Family: Supporting Social Emotional Learning through Routines
It's often forgotten the environment that pre-school programs replace is home. Come take a look at the key routines homes and families have that promote school readiness. This session will consider how early learning programs can infuse these routines into their daily activities. Participants will leave with ideas to support more natural social emotional learning in the child care environment. LRN, DEV 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Terryl Wheelock

Terryl Wheelock

Project Coordinator, 4C For Children
Terryl began her work in the field of Early Care and Education in 1987. She has experience as a Lead Teacher with children ages 3-12 years old. Terryl became a Mentor Teacher for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Mentor Teacher Program in 1997. In 2000 Terryl became an employee of 4C For... Read More →



Wednesday February 26, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Bamboo The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Delivering Impactful Home Visits for Desired Outcomes (Part 1)
Learn about the essentials in effective Early / Head Start home visiting programs. Participants will review their home visiting practices by putting themselves out of their frame; thus, improving practices for augmented family outcomes. The major focus will be on how boundaries play an important a role in nine essentials of home visiting. LRN, PRO 3 hours (continued in session 8)

Speakers
avatar for Bina Habibi

Bina Habibi

Early Head Start Director, The Children's Center of Cicero Berwyn
My name is Bina Habibi and I am the director of birth-to-five programs at The Children’s Center of Cicero * Berwyn, a non- profit organization serving Cicero, Berwyn, and other neighboring communities during the past 14 years. In that capacity, I have been coordinating and implementing... Read More →



Wednesday February 26, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Suite D The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Early Childhood and Child Welfare Collaboration
This session will provide a summary of how the Department of Children and Families (DCF) coordinates early childhood and child welfare programs to promote high quality early learning experiences for children in out-of-home care. Learn how DCF supports foster parents to best meet the needs of young children and get an overview of YoungStar. FAM, COM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Emily Theiler

Emily Theiler

Program and Policy Analyst, Department of Children and Families
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Jonelle Brom

Out-of-Home Care Section Chief, Department of Children and Families



Wednesday February 26, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Banyan The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Fatherhood to the MAX! (Part 1)
Dive deep in to fatherhood! This session will help guide participants and programs in to the world of fatherhood, co-parenting, helping moms, and motherhood. This session is for anyone who wants to explore this world and get an understanding of fatherhood in all forms , shapes, and colors. This session will cover networking/ community partnerships, building and maintaining relationships, and how this affects children.
DEV, FAM, DIV, COM 3 hours (continued in session 8)

Speakers
avatar for Laura Meulemans

Laura Meulemans

Parent, Wisconsin Head Start Association
avatar for Theresa Sahotsky

Theresa Sahotsky

Parent, Wisconsin Head Start Association


Wednesday February 26, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Tamarind The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Learn the Signs. Act Early.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 6 children have a developmental delay. The Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) campaign is designed to help parents and professionals celebrate milestone successes and identify concerns through developmental monitoring. Early care and learning professionals are instrumental in using the LTSAE materials to support parents with monitoring. This session will describe the importance of building relationships as a way of increasing implementation in early care and learning centers. DEV, FAM, OSA 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Kris Pizur-Barnekow

Kris Pizur-Barnekow

CDC Act Early Ambassador to Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Wednesday February 26, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Wisteria The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Peanut Butter and Jelly: Integrating Evidence-Based Parenting Education into Head Start
Learn how evidence-based parent education, the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, is being integrated into various aspects of Head Start and Early Head Start. Triple P is a resource that enhances Head Start from home visits to family nights. Having available and accessible parent education increases the service array for service providers, but the greatest beneficiaries are parents and children.
FAM, LRN, GUI, COM 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Mather

Rebecca Mather

Education Coordinator, Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board
Rebecca (Becky) Mather serves as the Prevention Education Specialist for the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. She is responsible for overseeing the dissemination of the Prevention Board’s parent education and Protective Factors efforts throughout the state. Becky... Read More →
avatar for Laren Zach

Laren Zach

Family Services Coordinator, Indianhead Community Action Agency



Wednesday February 26, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Guava The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

8:00am

Wisconsin Asthma Coalition: Understanding Environmental Triggers
Asthma is the most common childhood health concern and impacts kids across Wisconsin. Asthma is expensive, disruptive, and deadly but can be managed. The Wisconsin Asthma Coalition’s Asthma and Environmental Assessment program is designed for child care providers and caregivers to help prevent asthma symptoms in children. Learn ways to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers in Head Start programs through low- to-no-cost measures. SAF, PRE 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Mazzara

Rachel Mazzara

Healthcorps Member, Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Rachel is serving for the 2019-2020 year with the Wisconsin HealthCorps at Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin. She will be working primarily with the asthma, emergency care, and early literacy initiatives. Rachel has always been very passionate about children’s health and... Read More →
avatar for Brittany Farrell

Brittany Farrell

Project Manager – Asthma, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Brittany is the project manager for the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition initiative. In this role, Brittany works with partners from diverse professional backgrounds throughout the state to improve asthma management, enhance quality of life, reduce disparities and prevent asthma-related... Read More →



Wednesday February 26, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
Portia The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

9:30am

Break
Wednesday February 26, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

9:59am

Session 8 (10:00 - 11:30AM)
Wednesday February 26, 2020 9:59am - 10:00am
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Delivering Impactful Home Visits for Desired Outcomes (Part 2)
Learn about the essentials in effective Early / Head Start home visiting programs. Participants will review their home visiting practices by putting themselves out of their frame; thus, improving practices for augmented family outcomes. The major focus will be on how boundaries play an important a role in nine essentials of home visiting. LRN, PRO 3 hours (continued in session 8)

Speakers
avatar for Bina Habibi

Bina Habibi

Early Head Start Director, The Children's Center of Cicero Berwyn
My name is Bina Habibi and I am the director of birth-to-five programs at The Children’s Center of Cicero * Berwyn, a non- profit organization serving Cicero, Berwyn, and other neighboring communities during the past 14 years. In that capacity, I have been coordinating and implementing... Read More →



Wednesday February 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Suite D The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Fatherhood to the MAX! (Part 2)
Dive deep in to fatherhood! This session will help guide participants and programs in to the world of fatherhood, co-parenting, helping moms, and motherhood. This session is for anyone who wants to explore this world and get an understanding of fatherhood in all forms , shapes, and colors. This session will cover networking/ community partnerships, building and maintaining relationships, and how this affects children.
DEV, FAM, DIV, COM 3 hours (continued in session 8)

Speakers
avatar for Laura Meulemans

Laura Meulemans

Parent, Wisconsin Head Start Association
avatar for Theresa Sahotsky

Theresa Sahotsky

Parent, Wisconsin Head Start Association


Wednesday February 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Tamarind The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Get to Know Your New WHSA Executive Director
Join the new WHSA executive director, Jennie Mauer, for a casually facilitated discussion to share thoughts on WHSA, hopes for the future, and get to know Jennie.

Speakers
avatar for Jennie Mauer

Jennie Mauer

Executive Director, Wisconsin Head Start Association
Jennie Mauer is the new Executive Director for Wisconsin Head Start Association. She is a relationship-based leader, leveraging opportunity and policy to improve outcomes for children and their families.


Wednesday February 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Banyan The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

One of Many: Diversity Inclusion and Rapport
This session will provide insight and perspective from a multicultural and technological point of view that is beneficial to all. Participants will learn and experience the topic of Diversity and Inclusion from a leadership point of view. Ideas on how to develop a Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace program will be shared. Come learn about questions to ask people from different cultures, facts and statements to share about personal culture, and how to develop a motivational statement related to Diversity. PRO, DIV, LRN 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Travis Currier

Travis Currier

Author, Speaker
I am a multicultural adoptee, brought up in a white family. I grew up in a mostly white community in the midwestern city of Madison, Wisconsin. I have seen this area change from small town into one which is now growing into a larger diverse population. I have experienced many unique... Read More →



Wednesday February 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Portia The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

Sparks in My Growth: Recognizing Teachable Moments
Teacher development and professional development are both common phrases, but what do they mean? It’s more than having educational goals. It also includes being reflective about individual practices and attitudes. Using participants' ‘teachable moments’, this session will look at what sparks growth as professionals. Participants will leave with a renewed perspective that challenges them to look at their interactions with children and their classroom experiences as a catalyst for personal professional development. PRO 1.5 hours

Speakers
avatar for Terryl Wheelock

Terryl Wheelock

Project Coordinator, 4C For Children
Terryl began her work in the field of Early Care and Education in 1987. She has experience as a Lead Teacher with children ages 3-12 years old. Terryl became a Mentor Teacher for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Mentor Teacher Program in 1997. In 2000 Terryl became an employee of 4C For... Read More →



Wednesday February 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Bamboo The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

10:00am

The Pyramid Model for Family and Child Resiliency
The Pyramid Model is an evidence based, equitable, multi-level system of support for young children and their families. Through interactive activities, reflection, and discussion, this session will focus on the overall aspects of the Pyramid Model and how it supports the social and emotional development of young children. The session will also focus on the Pyramid and its role in supporting early childhood students through the lens of developmentally appropriate practice. FAM, DIV, LRN 1.5 hours

Information provided by the presenters can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1iI2gM_5eSGiMHRxFuSZ-tRjEvLYL6Wui?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Karen Russel

Karen Russel

Early Childhood Program Support, CESA 2
avatar for Cindy Prendergast

Cindy Prendergast

Early Childhood Program Support, CESA 1


Wednesday February 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
Cypress The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

11:30am

Thanks for coming! Drive safe!
Wednesday February 26, 2020 11:30am - 11:31am
TBA The Kalahari Resort & Conference Center