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SPRING CONFERENCE Onsite Friday 3/22/24

  • 03/22/2024
  • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen, Louisiana


  • This sponsorship allows companies that provide products or services to childcare providers to distribute brochures or marketing materials to all of our onsite conference attendees.
  • Sponsors who would like to also specifically sponsor the mimosa break
  • includes 6 foot table and two chairs


Spring Education Conference

Friday, March 22, 2024

Virtual and Onsite Registration Options Available

West Baton Rouge Conference Center

2750 N. Westport Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Featuring Ty Clark "The Childcare Whisperer"

Friday, March 22, 2024

Motivational Speech 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Pushing Through Whatever Life Brings You

Friday, March 22, 2024

1:00 - 4:00 PM 

Afternoon Breakout Session for Owners/Directors

Cultivating a Dynamic Leadership Culture

LDOE Updates                  10:30 AM till 12 noon 

Target Audience:  Owners, Directors, Assistant Directors

  • Moderator - Karen Powell, Deputy Assistant Superintendent, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Shelia Campbell – Executive Director, Early Childhood Education Operations
  • EdLink Update - Robert Klein
  • CCAP Update – Melinda George
  • Licensing Updates – Andrea Burl
  • Child Care Criminal Background Checks – Kayla Batiste


Teachers Roundtable Discussion   

10:30 AM - 12 Noon 

Target Audience:  Teachers, Support Staff 

If you would like to attend the Saturday,  March 23rd CCAL Spring Conference onsite, please register separately at 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions for Friday March 22, 2024 include:

Cultivating a Dynamic Leadership – Ty Clark “The Childcare Whisperer”

Dynamic leaders recognize the unique strengths, needs, and aspirations of each team member. They provide

individualized support, mentoring, and coaching, acknowledging that different individuals may require different types of guidance.

Intellectual Stimulation:

These leaders stimulate creativity and innovation by encouraging critical thinking and problem-solving. They challenge the status quo, promoting a culture of continuous improvement and learning within the organization.

Emotional Intelligence:

Dynamic leaders possess high levels of emotional intelligence. They are attuned to the emotions of themselves and others, fostering positive relationships and creating a supportive work environment. This emotional intelligence allows them to navigate complex interpersonal dynamics effectively.

Risk-Taking and Innovation:

Dynamic leaders are willing to take calculated risks and embrace innovation. They encourage their team to explore new ideas and approaches, creating a culture where experimentation and learning from failures are valued.

Ethical and Moral Leadership:

Integrity and ethical behavior are fundamental to dynamic leadership. These leaders operate with a strong moral compass, making decisions that prioritize the well-being of their team and the organization.

Collaborative Leadership:

Dynamic leaders understand the importance of collaboration. They build strong, cohesive teams by promoting open communication, active listening, and a collective sense of purpose. Collaboration is seen as essential for achieving transformative goals.

Continuous Learning and Adaptability:

These leaders recognize that change is constant, and they promote a culture of continuous learning and adaptability. They lead by example, demonstrating a commitment to personal and professional growth.

Medication Administration presented by Dianna Constant, Agenda for Children

Target Audience:  Owners, Directors, and Teachers

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.  

The Economics of Quality Childcare: Yes, Virginia, It is possible to be Profitable and Provide Quality Care presented by Kathe Petchel,  Hinge Advisors

This session is a deep dive into specific tactics to manage childcare finances as you consider your next steps. Join Kathe Petchel, Hinge Advisors, for an in depth look at specific best practices for achieving the goal of financial stability while providing quality child care. You’ll learn the 5 key pillars to focus on for success and how to decide which one to tackle first. You will leave the session with a plan of action including how to make small improvements for big results. We’ll talk tuition rates, discounting, budget percentages and labor costs. Bring your questions and be prepared to discuss creative financial strategies.

Four Ways to Support Your Teachers in Having a Winning School Year  Presented by Dr. DeShannon Burrell,  Dominque Byrd and Sharon McNeely

This session will identify why childcare teachers need support. We will discuss 4 key ways to give them support and even include a bonus! Get ready for a winning school year.  Dr. DeShannon L. Burrell is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a master’s degree in psychology and her Doctorate in Naturopathic Health.  She has thirty years of experience in the childcare field.   

Recognizing Developmental Delays in Young Children Presented by Dr. Dionne Nichols-Condoll

This presentation will provide the definition and overview  of  “developmental delay” along with explaining the different types of developmental delays in young children. This presentation will also include sharing the difference between a disability versus a delay in young children and the administration of assessment tools, strategies, resources, and materials  to ensure adequate services working with young children with developmental delays. After completion of this course, participants will have a better understanding of the term “developmental delay” and various identified types of developmental delays in young children. We will cover the following topics:

  • ·       To provide insight into the term “developmental delay” in young children.
  • ·       To share the difference between a disability and a delay. 
  • ·       To use assessment tools, strategies, resources, and materials in early childhood education classrooms.  

CCAL Gatsby Murder Mystery Dinner

Friday, March 22, 2024

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Register separately for the Social Event

$50 to participate as a character in the Gatsby Murder Mystery Dinner $40 to be an observer (non-participant in the Murder Mystery)

West Baton Rouge Conference Center

2750 N Westport Drive Port Allen, Louisiana    


CCAL has a discount room block secured with the Hampton Inn and Suites in Port Allen for discount hotel rooms at the rate of $99 plus tax per night for Thursday, March 21st or Friday March 22nd. To book a hotel room, call the hotel directly at 225 389-6655 and ask for a reservation under the CCAL Room Block to get the discounted hotel room rate. The hotel rate includes breakfast.

CCAL has a discount room block secured with LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 2720 N. Westport Drive in Port Allen. The discount room rate is $99 plus tax per night for Thursday, March 21st or Friday, March 22nd. To book a hotel room, call 225 831 3253 or book online at and use discount code CGCCAG. The hotel rate includes breakfast. 

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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(225) 933-5435

Executive Director

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

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