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2019 Child Care & Early Childhood Education Business Summit

2019 Child Care & Early Childhood Education Business Summit

November 15, 2019

 Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center

1000 Virginia Center Parkway

Glen Allen, VA 23059


HR Building Your Bench: Will You Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks?

Growth opportunities are everywhere. Need to open a new classroom? Dreaming about adding an Outdoor Classroom or Tinkering Lab? Is the school down the street for sale? This session will cover assessing your current team, determining strengths, and creative ways to engage and appreciate your team.

Bio and Presentation


Prepare for the Worst: Protection and Prevention in the Active Shooter Era: *Double-Session (Part 1)

This session has been designed specifically for early childhood professionals and focuses on strategies that you can use to prepare yourself, your staff and your program for active assailant events. The session will discuss prior incidents, ways to harden your facility and real world solutions to help keep everyone more safe. 

BIO and


Click here for our morning sessions!


Conclusion:  Prize Drawings and Closing Remarks

Reminder:  You have to be present to win one of our many door prizes!

Angela Wirt, Executive Director, Child Care Aware of Virginia 

2:30 - 3:45

Session 3 (Select one)

Session 2 (Select one)

1:00 - 2:15

Prepare for the Worst: Active Shooter Training: *Part 2 (2:30 - 3:45)

Child Care Aware of America has developed the first active shooter response training for child care providers. Participants will learn strategies for preparing for and responding to an active shooter incident. Presenter: Andy Roszak

BIO and





Healthy Environments

Learn more from a panel of experts about the new Virginia Breastfeeding Friendly Early Care Recognition program, updates to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), healthy meal resources and how to incorporate Farm to CACFP in your program.

Virginia Department of Health:

Emily Keenum,  Coordinator of Health Initiatives, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation; BIO




Parent Engagement & Communication Strategies Using Mobile Apps

Learn more about using mobile apps to communicate with parents, track attendance, track curriculum adherence and provide reporting to various agencies.

Bio, Presentation, and Handout





Staff Retention and Tools that Work!

Quality care demands quality teachers and staff. The number one stress in our industry is retaining highly qualified, engaged staff. Learn why we're struggling and what we can do about it.

BIO and Email:


Afternoon Sessions

Operations and Staffing Consultant Specialist, Hinge Brokers

Interactive Strategies: The Foundation for Fun and Effective Staff Training

Do you provide staff training but need some fresh ideas? Come join this session to experience a variety of interactive strategies including openers, closers, refreshers, and rechargers that will make learning active and fun.

Bio and Presentation


Coordinator of Health Initiatives, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

Parent Communication -- How to be a S.T.A.R.

Learn how to be proactive with parents to avoid negative interactions and how to best handle an angry or upset parent. Participants will share successes/failures, generate practical ideas for daily communication, and identify common complaints and how to best handle them.

Bio and Presentation


Owner/Director, Stepping Stone Academy, LLC

Protecting Yourself & Your Business: Risk Management Strategies

Gain expert advice on maintaining a well-rounded risk management program to ensure the safety and security of your business.

Bio and Presentation


Sr. Loss Control Specialist, Markel Insurance

Understanding, Addressing, and Preventing Bullying in the Early Years

This session will help participants understand what bullying is, what it looks like in young children, and why we should be concerned about it. Participants will learn to intentionally build young children’s social-emotional skills, reduce aggression, and effectively curb bullying behavior.

Bio and Presentation


National Outreach Specialist, Wingspan

Executive Director, Institute for Childhood Preparedness

Senior Safety Advisor, Institute for Childhood Preparedness

Executive Director, Institute for Childhood Preparedness

Senior Safety Advisor, Institute for Childhood Preparedness

Health Improvement Supervisor, VDH

Special Nutrition Programs Specialist, VDH

Special  Nutrition Programs Supervisor, VDH

Coordinator of Health Initiatives, VECF

Johnson & Wales University’s College of Business

Operations and Staffing Consultant Specialist, Hinge Brokers

Save Time & Money with Shared Services!

Hear what’s new with the Virginia Shared Services Network -- an easy-to-use website offering many tools and services to help child care centers, family child care homes and after school programs manage their programs more cost-effectively and efficiently. We call it “child care in a box” because the site contains so many resources you can download and customize for your program needs – to save money, save time, and improve quality.

BIO and Presentation


Policy Consultant, Child Care Aware of Virginia

Six Principles for Effective Feedback: Supporting Teacher Practice Growth

We know that feedback is key to maximize teachers’ performance. Yet, teachers often don’t get enough feedback—especially the kinds of feedback they need from coaches/supervisors/directors. In this session, we’ll review 6 elements of feedback that both support and challenge teachers to grow. Participants will have opportunities to see feedback in action, reflect on their own practices, and even plan…with feedback, of course!

BIO and Presentation, Effective Feedback HandoutCLASS Feedback Best Practices Handout





The University of Virginia Curry’s Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)