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2016 Child Care & Early Childhood Education Business Summit

2016 Child Care & Early Childhood Education Business Summit

Thursday, December 1, 2016

at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center

 Glen Allen, VA

Participant Toolbox

Registration, Coffee and Breakfast Assortment




7:45 - 8:30am

10:15 - 11:15

Protect Yourself & Your Business: Risk Management Strategies

For early education providers, risk management practices need to support business continuity and safety.  This can include having strategies in place designed to protect your property, enhance your transportation practices, and provide a safe environment for your families and staff.  This workshop will provide a risk manager’s overview of what some of these risk management strategies should be to help maintain a well-rounded risk management program at your child care business. Download presentation.


Bio: Michael Swain

Child Care in a Box: The VA Shared Services Network 

The Virginia Shared Services Network is an easy-to-use website offering many resources, discounts and tools to help child care businesses manage their programs more cost-effectively and efficiently. We call it “child care in a box!” This workshop is a walk through of all the great features, including program administration, human resources, marketing, a library of early childhood reference materials, licensing regulations, as well as classroom resources and new enhancements to help meet health & safety requirements! Download presentation. Download Flyer.


Bio: Jodi Roberts

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Kimberly Taylor, Executive Director, Child Care Aware of Virginia

8:45 - 9:00

All Things Professional!  Professional Development Opportunities in Virginia 

This workshop provides an overview of the training and technical assistance opportunities available to you through Child Care Aware of Virginia’s professional development services. Learn about class-style, online and distance learning opportunities, and in-depth consultation services you can receive to help you build and maintain your high quality child care program! In addition, the workshop will cover the features and benefits of Virginia’s Early Childhood Professional Development Registry — IMPACT, and how the registry both recognizes professional development and promotes career advancement.

Peggy Watkins, Child Care Aware of Virginia. Download Presentation.


Donna Liberman, Virginia Department of Social Services. Download Presentation.


Click here for our lunch award ceremony, keynote and afternoon sessions!

Kimberly Taylor

Lauren Small

Driving Directions

Madison Building & Where to Park

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Session Layout Map (within Madison Building)

9:00 - 10:00

Virginia Department of Social Services: Partnering for High Quality Child Care

Barbara Newlin

Charlene Vincent

Kathy Gillikin

Zelda Boyd

Mary Ward

Quality matters for kids.  We all want children to be safe and in settings that promote their healthy development. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act, signed into law by the President in November of 2014, sets out numerous requirements in pursuit of healthy, safe, and high quality child care throughout the nation. Staff with the Virginia Department of Social Services will reflect on these requirements, changes that are occurring in Virginia child care, and strategies and resources to advance quality. Download presentation.

Have a question for the Virginia Department of Social Services? Meet the Panel! Ready to answer your questions!

Barbara A. Newlin, Director, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development

Charlene Vincent, Director, Division of Licensing — Children’s Programs

Kathy Gillikin, Manager, Child Care Professional Development

Zelda Boyd, Manager, Child Care Quality

Mary Ward, Manager, Child Care Subsidy Program

Morning Session #1 (Choose One)

Holistic Leadership

Want a great place to work? Understand how having basic systems in place can aid in decision-making and foster a high quality work culture.  Holistic leadership will help you understand  the foundations of leading  - from the ground up.  What does true “Leadership” look like?  Learn a new approach as you make a holistic evaluation of your program’s infrastructure, best practices and your leadership strengths.  We will begin the discussion of leadership introducing a Leadership Pyramid with a goal to inspire the best! Download presentation.


Bio: Lauren Small

Follow the Money: Cash Flow & Strategic Economic Decisions

Budgets are tight and operating a child care business has never been more challenging or time consuming.  This workshop is designed to assist small businesses with cash flow planning, budgeting, and financial reporting to promote smart business decisions in the competitive child care market. Discussions will also include fraud identification and other compliance matters such as taxation. Download presentation.


Bio: Celia Broadus