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    • 05/31/2024
    • Virtual
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    Health and Safety class 

    Medication Administration 

    Presented by Dianna Constant

    This three-hour training 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.

    After you sign up for the class and participate by listening to the entire three hours, you are expected to notify CCAL that you have finished the class and we will confirm your participation and send you the health and safety certificate required by the state of Louisiana. Text 225 933 5435 once you register and pay and include your name and email address, please.

    This class includes epinephrine training.



    • 03/22/2024
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • VIRTUAL
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    Virtual Participation

      Spring Education Conference

    Friday, March 22, 2024

    Featuring Ty Clark

    "The Child  Care Whisperer" 

      Motivational Speech Begins at 9:00 AM

    "Pushing Through Whatever Life Brings You"

     1:00 - 4:00 PM

    Afternoon Breakout Session for Owners/Directors

    "Cultivating a Dynamic Leadership Culture"

     

    LDOE Updates                         10:30 - 12 Noon

    Target Audience:  Owners, Directors, Assistant Directors

    • Moderator - Karen Powell, Deputy Assistant Superintendent, Early Childhood Care and Education
    • Jenna Chiasson, Deputy Superintendent
    • 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

    OR 

    Teachers Roundtable Discussion       10:30 - 12 Noon 

    Target Audience:  Teachers, Support Staff 

    • Choosing early care and education as a career
    •  Improving Classroom Settings for Children with Special Needs
    • Classroom Structure Ideas
    • Helping Children with Behavioral Issues
    • Dealing with Burnout in the Classroom
    • Getting Support from Management 


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

    OR 

    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 childcarelouisiana.org/events 

    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 http://childcarelouisiana.org/events

    $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 HOTEL ROOM BLOCKS

    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 Wyndham.com and use discount code CGCCAG. The hotel rate includes breakfast. 

    • 03/22/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hampton Inn and Suites, Port Allen
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    Child Care Association of Louisiana

    Hosts the First-Ever CCAL Sponsored CCHC Meeting 

    In Conjunction with Our Spring Education Conference

    Tentative Agenda

    Friday March 22, 2024

    Hampton Inn & Suites

    2755 Commercial Drive
    Port Allen, Louisiana

    Conference Room 

    Child Care Health Consultant Business Meeting

    TENTATIVE AGENDA

    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    1. Introductions (15 Minutes)
    2. History of CCHC (15 Minutes)
    3. Future of the CCHC Program (20 Minutes)
    4. Pathways Accreditation (20 Minutes)
    5. Health and Safety Training Titles and Power Point Sharing (60 Minutes)
    6. Recruitment of New CCHCs (15 Minutes)
    7. General Discussion (15 Minutes)
    8. What Worked and How Can We Improve our Practice (10 Minutes)
    9. Questions and Answers (10 Minutes)

    Registration costs of $25 covers the cost of lunch.

    Register at childcarelouisiana.org/events

    • CCAL is committed to advocating for child care health consultants.
    • CCAL has partnered with NSU Child and Family Network to support CCHCs. 

    CCAL is providing an exhibit table for the CCHCs.  If you want to volunteer to mann the exhibit table between 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM and then from 12:00 PM till 1:15 PM, please contact Cindy Bishop at 225 933 5435.  You can text your name and include CCHC Table Volunteer and we will add you to the list of volunteers.

    CCAL has a new membership category specifically for CCHCs and it is $100 for 2024.  We have also appointed a CCHC Ad-Hoc Committee and the committee held their first meeting on Friday February 2, 2024 to discuss the vision and future of CCHC involvement in health and safety training. If you have not joined CCAL yet as a CCHC member,  you can sign up today when registering for the March 22nd CCHC meeting.

    If you have any questions, reach out to CCAL at 225 933 5435.

    CCAL HOTEL ROOM BLOCKS

    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 Wyndham.com and use discount code CGCCAG. The hotel rate includes breakfast. 




    • 03/22/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen, LA
    Register



    A LITTLE PARTY NEVER KILLED NOBODY RIGHT? JOIN US FOR A ROARING GOOD TIME AT OUR MURDER MYSTERY GALA. WILL YOU BE A SLEUTH OR A SUSPECT? PLEASE REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MURDER AT GATSBY GALA.

    YOU CAN REGISTER AS AN OBSERVER FOR $40 PER PERSON OR AS A CHARACTER IN THE MURDER MYSTERY FOR $50 PER PERSON.

    THE GENERAL CHARACTERS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT!

    YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WATCH THE MYSTERY UNFOLD!

    ONCE YOU REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, WHETHER YOU ARE A SUSPECT OR DETECTIVE, YOU WILL RECEIVE A FORMAL INVITE TO BECOME INDUCTED INTO THE MURDER MYSTERY GAME !

    DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY? WE CAN'T WAIT TO FIND OUT! COSTUMES ARE ESSENTIAL!

    THE ERA IS THE ROARING 20'S.

    Register at childcarelouisiana.org/events

     

    • 03/23/2024
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen, Louisiana
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    Spring Education Conference

    Saturday March 23, 2024

    Earn Six Clock Hours Approved

    by Louisiana Pathways and LDOE 

    Virtual and Onsite Registration Options Available

    West Baton Rouge Conference Center

    2750 N. Westport Drive

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana


    SATURDAY SESSIONS INCLUDE:

    Featuring Ty Clark "The Child Care Whisperer"

    Saturday March 23, 2024

    Morning Breakout Session for Teachers

    Teaching Transforms the Heart and Minds of Teachers

    Presented by Mr. Ty Clark  “The Childcare Whisperer”

    Transformative teaching refers to an approach to education that goes beyond traditional methods, aiming to create a profound and lasting impact on students' knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values. This teaching style is not just about

    delivering information; it seeks to empower students, foster critical thinking, and promote personal and social growth. These are the three key topics:

    Critical Thinking: Transformative teaching encourages students to question, analyze, and evaluate information critically. It goes beyond rote memorization and promotes a deeper understanding of concepts.

    Active Learning: This approach often involves interactive and participatory activities, such as discussions, group projects, and hands-on experiences. Students are actively engaged in the learning process, which enhances their understanding and retention of the material.

    Reflection:  Transformative teaching encourages students to reflect on their learning experiences. This reflection helps them connect new knowledge to their existing understanding and personal experiences, making the learning

    more meaningful.

    Ready Set Eat Food Safety - Dianne Constant, Agenda for Children

    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 Louisiana Department of Health food safety requirement.

    The ABC-123’s of Changing Challenging Behavior - Rebecca Freedman, FirstDay Learning

    This two-hour workshop takes a deep dive into the writing and implementation of behavior change plans. Participants will be trained on FirstDay Learning’s ABC-123 plan for effective prevention and responses to challenging behavior. Educators will be given the time and guidance to understand the 6 steps in a behavior change program and create a plan that works for their specific needs.  Session goals include:

    ● Create simple behavior change plans for children that are struggling in their classrooms

    ● Learn strategies on how to communicate behavior plans to colleagues and families

    ● Understand the steps and strategies needed in understanding, documenting and replacing challenging behavior

    Saying What You Mean:  Effective Communication Strategies for Avoiding Conflict presented by Karen M. Stevens, M.A., LPC-S, NCC – Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

    We are often moving from one task to the next. Communicating daily with multiple sources, text messages, telephone calls, emails, video, letters, and face to face can present challenges and even chaos. If you’ve ever said, “that’s not what I meant”, this workshop is for you. This workshop will provide effective communication strategies and conflict.   

    Greaux Healthy: Exploring Indoor and Outdoor Play Presented by Katherine Spring PhD and Kristen Domangue, Pennington Biomedical Center

    The Greaux Healthy Indoor and Outdoor Play trainings will illuminate the profound impact of play on the physical and mental development of preschool-age children. Join us as we explore the numerous benefits of physical activity, unravel different types of engaging activities, and delve into evidence-based best practices for integrating play into Early Childhood Education (ECE) centers. Packed with actionable tips, helpful resources, and effective strategies

    The 4 Generations in the Workforce and How to Successfully Support  Each One  Presented by Kathe Petchel

    There are currently 4 generations in today’s workforce, and each brings unique attributes to the workplace, as well as interesting challenges. Kathe Petchel, Hinge Advisors and a multisite childcare owner, will share strategies to attract each generation, how to help them develop as a cohesive team, what employees really want in 2024 and hiring tips. This session provides the opportunity to develop a hiring and retention plan to serve the families in your community. Bring your questions, successes and creativity! Let’s solve the hiring crisis together!

    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.  Class objectives include:

    • 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 into the early childhood education classrooms. 

    The Left Brain of Quality: Leadership and Logistics – Niki Da’Jon, MBA

     

    Revitalize your early childhood education programs with our dynamic training session on leadership and business logistics. This session delves into critical, yet often neglected, aspects of business management and operations vital for maintaining a high-quality educational environment. Participants will gain essential tools and insights that will empower them to enhance their leadership capabilities, streamline program operations and ultimately deliver a higher quality program, ensuring a well-rounded and impactful educational experience for young learners. Niki Da’Jon, with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and a BS in Business Administration, has a diverse background in early childhood education (ECE) and business. Starting as an office assistant in a 3- star ECE program and advancing to executive director within five years, she now leads a BESE approved CDA/Ancillary program focusing on ECE training and development and owns a private educational business consulting firm. With 9 years in ECE and expertise in small business development, they are a CLASS Observer, certified in Infant/Toddler and Preschool-3rd, a Trainer of Trainers, and a Louisiana certified trainer for 7 years. Her experience includes delivering training for child care resource and referral agencies and participating in leadership programs, blending business acumen with educational methodologies to effectively guide educators. This diverse experience uniquely qualifies Niki to guide educators in enhancing leadership and operational skills.

    Cooking up a Successful Recipe for Concept Development – Annette Bazile

    This training will teach educators how to add flavor to concept development in the classroom. Louisiana is known for its cooking techniques and flavors.  It is time to add that same spice to development in the classroom. This two-hour workshop emphasizes a student center approach and provides training on concept development to create an atmosphere for children to develop an understanding of complex concepts. Annette Bazile has a Doctoral degree in Theology of Psychology. She is a MMCI trainer, Train the Trainer, Class Observer, and TSG reliable. She is the mother of two wonderful supportive daughters. She is a  youth leader of her church and a community advocate for children. She is the owner of It Takes A Village Learning Center and has been working in childcare for the past 12 years. I am a certified Pathways trainer.  “I love sharing the knowledge I’ve gained right out my educational journey. Sharing is caring and I care a great deal about children and their educational experiences because shapes life around the key elements they need to succeed” says Ms. Bazile.

    Teacher’s Roundtable Discussion

    Jennifer Stevenson, Pamela Marshall and Stacey Byes-Byarse

    Target Audience:  Teachers and Floaters

    Teacher’s Roundtable Discussion is a dynamic forum for educators to collaboratively explore and share innovative practices, challenges, and insights related to early childhood education. This interactive session fosters a sense of community among teachers, creating a space where they can engage in open dialogue about effective teaching strategies, classroom management techniques, and the latest research in early childhood development. Participants exchange practical tips, success stories, and valuable resources, enhancing their professional development. The roundtable format encourages peer-to-peer learning, allowing teachers to address common concerns and find collective solutions. Overall, the Teachers Roundtable Discussion serves as a platform for educators to connect, learn from each other, and contribute to the continuous improvement of early childhood education practices. 

    Voices from the Field:  Insights from Early Childhood Educators – Katy Dyson 

    An insightful presentation where invaluable experiences and perspectives from early childhood educators and caregivers bridge the gap between theory and practice. These firsthand accounts describe real-world application of developmentally appropriate research-based approaches. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the intricate nuances involved in implementing methodologies such as facilitating centers. These approaches, strategically designed to enhance the quality of early childhood education, are aimed at not only fostering optimal child development but also at elevating CLASS scores, providing a comprehensive view of the effectiveness of these methodologies.

    CCAL HOTEL ROOM BLOCK

    CCAL has made arrangements with the Hampton Inn and Suites in Port Allen for discount hotel rooms at the rate of $99/night, plus taxes,for March 21st and/or March 22nd. 

    To book a room at the Hampton Inn and Suites, call the hotel 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 also made arrangements with the LaQuinta Inn in Port Allen. The discounted CCAL room rate is $99/night, plus taxes, for  March 21st and/or March 22nd. To book a hotel room, call the hotel at 225.883.3253

    Both of these facilities are within walking distance of the West Baton Rouge Conference Center.

    • 03/23/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • VIRTUAL
    Register



    Virtual Participation for Saturday Only

    2024 Spring Education Conference

    Saturday March 23, 2024

    Featuring Ty Clark

    "The Child  Care Whisperer" 


    Saturday March 23, 2024

    8:00 - 10:00 AM

    Morning Breakout Session for Teachers

    Teaching Transforms the Heart and Minds of Teachers 


     

      


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