Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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$20 (includes breakfast, lunch and snack)


5 hours of Ohio Approved Credit


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Join us on March 9, 2018 for The Early Childhood Advantage: A Symposium on School Readiness for an event that brings together over 400 early childhood providers, community members, and various public/private entities to participate in Stark County’s inaugural symposium to discuss closing the achievement and opportunity gap for the youngest members of our county. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julian Ford

Understanding Developmental Trauma: Overview for Early Childhood Educators                                    Julian D. Ford, Ph.D., is a board certified clinical psychologist and tenured Professor a  t the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and School of Law. Dr. Ford serves as Principal Investigator and Director of  two Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice and the Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders. He is the Chair of the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology Presidential Task Force on Child Trauma for the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology and has published more than 250 articles and book chapters and is the author or editor of 10 books including Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models.

Featured Speaker: David Kisor  

Building Resilience from the Inside Out: Songs for Social-Emotional Learning David Kisor is a multi-award winning songwriter, performer, playwright,  teacher and trainer who pens and produces songs that translate key findings from recent child development research into practical and entertaining products for children, teachers and parents. Mr. Kisor tours all over the United States and internationally. He has trained over 70,000 teachers on how to use music in the classroom and has presented hundreds of concert events for children and their families. His songs, published by GROWING SOUND, are geared primarily for children ages 0-10 and focus on topic such as creativity, hope, optismism, resilience, parent engagement and more.

Breakout Sessions

Bring On the Sunshine: Family Engagement Strategies: Participants will explore ways to use books and literacy activities to teach social identity, geography, government, and economics, and discuss ways to incorporate families into the lessons. Presenter: Tina Lemon, M.Ed., Early Childhood Specialist, Early Childhood Resource Center

Building Your Bounce: You want to be happy and achieve in life, but sometimes life comes at you and knocks you down, and you know you have to keep moving forward. Building Your Bounce is designed to help you gain valuable insights about your personal strengths and to nurture protective factors to build resilience. Presenter: Barbara Werstler, M.Ed., LPCC-S, ECMH,Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Early Childhood Initiatives Manager, EC Senior Clinical Consultant

Engaging All Learners: Do you know how to set every child up for success using three simple strategies when they enter the classroom? Make the most of every moment and maximize learning by applying these and many more strategies to engage the brain. Understand the what, why and how to incorporate in the early learning classroom and beyond for powerful and lasting effects. Presenter: Susan Korey-Hirko, Educational Consultant, State Support Team Region 9

Laugh, Play, Read: Hands-On Literacy: Laugh, play, and learn new ideas for teaching early reading skills to children by using the five senses, building with blocks, using homemade and repurposed games, and bringing your favorite stories to life. Presenter: Julia Shaheen, Literacy Manager, Stark County District Library

Looking Past the Labels and Focusing on the Child's Needs: Labeling children as having a behavioral issue can be both beneficial and stigmatizing.  In this training you will learn about the various labels commonly assigned to young children and problem-specific strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviors in the classroom. Presenter: Larissa Haring M.A., LPC, ECMHC, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, Early Childhood Prevention Services Coordinator 


For more information visit  2018 Early Childhood Advantage Symposium



Early Childhood Resource Center 
330-491-3272 x 5688 


Kent State University at Stark Conference Center 
6000 Frank Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44720

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