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  • 03/31/2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • 04/01/2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • for platinum bundle administrators

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2023 Spring Education Conference 

Virtual Participation

9:00 AM   Welcoming Remarks - Tafta Miller, CCAL President

9:05 AM   Keynote Speaker:  Julie Bartkus! 

Motivate The Motivator!

Every day, you have the opportunity to impact many lives in many ways. The lives of the children, the families, and your co-workers are just a few of the people who are positively impacted by you. You are The Motivator. So the big question is: who motivates you? During this keynote, you'll discover immediately applicable strategies for creating an enduring source of motivation for yourself so you can thrive and feel alive as you achieve greater levels of success in your life. If you sometimes feel that things are hard (and perhaps at times, really hard) and your motivation is faltering, don't fret. You will leave feeling motivated with tools and strategies that you can implement daily to regain hope as you strive to bring your big, bold dreamy vision to life! Are you ready to Motivate the Motivator?

10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon   LDOE Update

Introductory Remarks - Karen Powell, Deputy Assistant

Superintendent, Early Childhood Strategy

  • Moderator:  Shelia Campbell
  • EdLink Update – Daisy Grotsma, Director of Early Childhood Data Systems, LA Department of Education
  • Child Care Assistance Program – Tamara Patrick
  • Licensing Updates (Bulletin 137) –Andrea Burl
  • Criminal Background Checks – Kayla Batiste

12 Noon - 1 PM   Lunch Break 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Friday, March 31, 2023     1 - 4 PM

The Workplace Happiness Formula presented by Julie Bartkus 

What does it take to create a motivated, happy team? During this session, you'll discover a formula that you can put into place immediately to help you ATTRACT and RETAIN the team of your dreams. If you're struggling with absenteeism, tardiness, turnover, gossip, complaining, and blaming and you're ready to detox your workplace so everyone (including you) comes to work feeling happy - you'll want to grab a front-row seat and discover The Workplace Happiness Formula. For over 20 years , Julie Bartkus has been confidentially surveying every level of staff in child care programs across the globe.  During this session, she is pulling back the curtain and revealing the results to you. You'll gain an understanding of what really motivates your staff, what attracts new staff members, and why child care professionals check out and quit. 

Medication Administration by Diana Constant - March 31

This three-hour breakout session provides staff training on how to properly administer medication to children in early learning centers. Participants will learn the state’s policies and procedures to follow to implement a clear guiding principle for medical administration. Upon completion of this training session, participants will receive a certificate to demonstrate compliance with the Louisiana Department of Health. Dianna Constant has been part of Agenda for Children’s team since 1990. She has over forty years of experience in early childhood education. She spent twenty years directing and operating her own childcare center and has more than two decades of experience as a trainer and technical assistance advisor for early childhood programs. 

Saturday, April 1, 2023 

Morning Breakout Sessions

9:00 AM – 12 Noon

Attract Staff Fast and Keep Them Long by Julie Bartkus

Can you attract people to you? Can you attract staff to work for you? If you believe you can, but you’re just not sure how to make it happen, this session is for you! We’re deep diving into staff attraction strategies that will move you from hearing crickets after you place a Help Wanted Ad to attracting 9, 23 or even 50 job applicants in just a matter of days. You’ll discover the secret to attracting staff fast (really great staff) and engaging them for the long run. Bring your Help Wanted Ad and get ready to transform it into your ultimate staff attraction magnet. You’ll leave other leaders in your community wondering how you’re attracting the most amazing staff ever when everyone else is struggling. This is a do-not-miss opportunity for child care leaders who need staff to grow. 

Target Audience:  Owners and Directors, Assistant Directors

Ready Set Eat Food Safety by Diana Constant - April 1st

Ready Set Eat Food Safety is a session on how children grow and develop. This is an interactive session that includes information on handling children with special needs. After completion of this three-hour training class, participants will be able to:

·       Define the grasping status

·       Describe a positive and supportive learning environment for feeding children

·       Be able to discuss how language and feeding are related.

·       CLASS language is used. This CLASS meets the food safety requirement of the Louisiana Department of Health


6:30 - 9:30 PM 

Spring Conference Social Event

"CCAL Has Talent Show"  Dancing, Buffet and Fun

80's theme Attire 

Register separately for the Social Event at

 Only $53 per person! 

Childcare Association of Louisiana is statewide,  non-profit, professional membership organization that advocates on behalf of the early childhood education profession. 

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Childcare Association of Louisiana
P.O. Box  80053
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-0053

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