Coordinating Care among Service Providers: It’s for the kids
Coordination of care and communication between service providers and the medical home is essential to effectively meeting the complex needs of children and families. Participants will learn the value of documentation tools to standardize the referral and care coordination process and then strategize how to adapt these tools as elements of an organizational protocol for care coordination.

Cherie Estrada | IL Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Thursday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Key Rules to Follow to Meet Your Retirement Goals
Review the major Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) plans available to both home- and center-based providers, including the new MyRA. Discuss how to save money, prioritize financial goals, and choose where to invest retirement money, including how programs can offer the new MyRA to employees without any cost.

Tom Copeland | Consultant
Thursday | 3:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Feed the Teachers or They’ll Eat the Children!
Teachers need to plan for individual children and groups of children and evaluate if those plans are serving the children optimally. Question: Who plans for the teachers and evaluates if their professional development plans are serving them well? Explore the parallel process between planning for children and planning for teachers and how doing both effectively improves the quality of early childhood education.

Flora Gomez | McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
Friday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Health and Wellness Policy Creation and Development
Do you have a health and wellness policy in your program? Habits are learned early in life, so having a sound policy not only creates lifelong health and wellness habits in children, but serves as an indicator to parents that your center is taking a holistic approach to their children’s development and education. Explore components of a policy to improve overall health and wellness outcomes.
Wil Ayala | Early Learning Coalition
Friday | 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Developing a Trauma-Informed Organizational Protocol
Providing trauma-informed care requires a multi-pronged approach inclusive of public education and awareness, prevention and early identification, and trauma-specific assessment and treatment. This workshop will enable participants to evaluate their own organizations and strategize ways to develop a trauma-informed organizational protocol, utilizing 6 key principles and 10 implementation domains.

Tom Bradach and Cherie Estrada | IL Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Friday | 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Grassroots Marketing
Grassroots marketing involves being creative in how you advertise your school to prospective families. Gain ideas for marketing your program that are little or no cost. Even if your school is corporately owned and does its own share of marketing, this session is for you. Gather ideas you can put to use, learn how to create flyers, incentives, event planning, and how to get media attention.

Sandy Jenner | Chesterbrook Academy
Saturday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

So You Have a Budget, Now What?
Budgets are more than pieces of paper – they are a map which shows you what’s important to your program. Come join this interactive workshop where we explore the idea of “intentional financial planning” through the lens of the Visions and Values work of Carter and Curtis, with real stories to inspire you & time for you to process the implications of this work!

Kelly Matthews | Harvest Resources Associates
Sheila Olan-MacLean | Compass Early Learning and Care
Saturday | 10:15 p.m. — 12:15 p.m.