Friday March 24, 2017 at 12:30 PM EDT
Saturday March 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT

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APA Hotel Woodbridge 
120 Wood Avenue South
Iselin, NJ 08830

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Curt Macysyn 

NJCCA Partners In Education Conference 


Friday Schedule: March 24, 2017

12:30 PM: Registration begins.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Friday Afternoon Session One

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM:  Visit Exhibitors

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Friday Afternoon Session Two

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Visit Exhibitors/Snack

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Hotel Check-In

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: "Making Connections Count" – Networking/Games/Hors D’oeuvres

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM: Dinner On Your Own & Conference Kick-Off Dance Party

Friday Afternoon Session One:

AA. Money Talk for Your Child Care Center; John D. Hilcher, CPA, PC

In this workshop you will receive a CPA’s view into how to prepare budgets and income statements for your program.  We will look into how to standardize financial and economic reporting making use of accounting programs such as Quick Books and Excel. We will discuss methods on how to strengthen economic and accounting controls in your program thus making your center run more efficiently.  You are encouraged to bring copies of your programs financial statements or most recent tax returns for discussion.

BB. Infection Prevention in Child Care; Irwin Stromeyer, Sterile Space Infection Defense

We will discuss why the “old” two step method of disinfecting is no longer effective in the spread of disease.  Join me as I discuss the “new” three step method as well as what can be done for long term infection prevention.

CC. Next Steps – Inclusion Awareness & Resources; Kathy DeMarco and Lasheema Edwards, Technical Assistance Coordinators, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network

What do you do when you have identified a child with developmental concerns in your program? Where can you go for resources and assistance in talking to parents about your concerns? Join us to explore these situations and address your concerns.

Friday Afternoon Session Two:

DD. OMG! Now What? Turning Negative Interactions into Positive Outcomes; Lynette Galante, Executive Director, Future Generation Educational Consulting Services, Vice President, NJCCA; Curt Macysyn, Executive Director, NJCCA

Join us as we explore child care scenarios being played out in your center.  Focus will be on internal and external responses that will enable you to be proactive instead of reactive.  

EE. Captain of the Ship: Sailing Your School to Success with Compassion & Strength; Ron Shuali, M.Ed, Executive Director, Shua Life Skills

Directors wear many hats as the captain of their ship. This workshop will teach at least three techniques to handle challenging staff and parents and to motivate staff to contribute.  

FF. Using Music in the Classroom to Enhance Your Curriculum; Allison McKenzie, Music Teacher, Kidz Musik

Learn how to use music to make learning fun in your classroom. You can enhance your curriculum with music using instruments, fingerplays, transition songs, participation activities, songs that teach concepts and so much more! Come and enjoy this hands-on workshop and leave with the joy of music!

Saturday Schedule: March 25, 2017

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Registration/Visit Exhibitors

9:00 AM -10:30 AM: Keynote Address (Ballroom)

10:30 AM -11:00 AM: Coffee Break/ Visit Exhibitors

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Saturday AM Sessions

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Door Prizes/Visit Exhibitors

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Saturday PM Sessions

Saturday AM Sessions:

A. Dealing with “Difficult” Parents; Keri Giordano, Assistant Professor, Kean University

Learn how to take a parent’s perspective when dealing with “difficult” parents.  Various parenting styles will be discussed and you will learn methods to work with each of them. We will explore strategies to successfully form partnerships within your program.

B. Creating Resilient Learners; Monica Levy, Director, Leap Smart

As preschool educators, we can establish a foundation of resilience that will set students up to be successful listeners, communicators, and flexible learners.  We will discuss specific strategies that will help you understand how to build a resilient mindset in your students. We will share targeted games and activities that form the template for resilience and inspire young minds to become stronger!

C. New Jersey’s Early Intervention System … helping infants & toddlers with developmental delays, Jennifer Blanchette McConnell, PhD, IMH-EŽ IV-Clinical Mentor

What do you do when you are concerned about the ongoing development of an infant or a toddler? Do you have a child in your class that is losing previously acquired skills or just does not seem to be progressing in his or her development?  Who do you turn to? What do you do? The New Jersey Early Intervention System can assist you.  Their goal is to partner with families and caregivers to better support a child’s development.

D. Messy but Meaningful Activities for your Classroom; Jackie Weiss & Fatima Pidany, Lead Teachers, Kangaroo Kids Learning Center

Come join us for a hands-on, fun-filled, messy experience! We will be showing you ways to create your own paint brushes to help engage children in fun and messy play. We will also be giving you creative ideas on how to promote fun learning through messy experiences.

E. Developmentally Appropriate Practice & Early Literacy; Cynthia Terebush, CPC, CYPFC, Consultant

In the current educational climate, demands are being placed on teachers and children that may not be developmentally appropriate. We can ask for more learning at earlier chronological ages but that doesn’t change the rate at which children will develop the skills that they need to succeed. We cannot force children who aren’t developmentally ready yet to read and write. What are appropriate expectations for preschoolers? This presentation includes the indicators that children are actually ready to write and practical examples of how to encourage children to build upon their early literacy skills in an age appropriate and engaging way. Attendees will be given ideas and shown examples of preschoolers’ child-centered early literacy activities that encourage skill development, a love of learning and are developmentally appropriate for the range of learners in the classroom.

F. Off the Shelf & On the Floor – Part One: Using NJ Birth to Three Standards in Every Day Practice; Cynthia Soete, Northern Regional Coordinator, NJ First Steps   *NOTE: Must take both parts of this two-part workshop*

Saturday PM Sessions:

 G. Learning with Our Five Senses; Cynthia Terebush, CPC, CYPFC, Consultant

Get off the floor, get out of your chairs! Young learners are most engaged and interested in new adventures when learning comes to life through their senses.  The more senses we can engage in activities the more children will learn.

H. Building Parent Partnerships; Cindy Sobel, M.S. Coordinator Professional Development, Bergen County Office for Children

Parent partnerships don’t just happen! Join me to discuss the importance of embracing families as partners as we share strategies for creating positive productive relationships and increasing family engagement.

I:  Recognizing & Responding to Children with Special Needs; Susan Gellert, MS Ed, Consultant

What do you do when your “gut” tells you that a child in your care may have special needs?  When does a concern become a delay that requires further evaluation?  How do you approach the parents? In this session we will explore how to navigate this very sensitive and common situation.  

J. Attachment Matters - Bonding Between Infants and Caregivers; Lindsay Pearson, Consultant

In this workshop, we will explore how our emotional relationships with infants in our care allows them to learn, develop trust, and understand the world around them.

K. Yogarate – Yoga & Karate for the Early Learner; Ron Shuali, M.Ed., Executive Director, Shua Life Skills

Participants will learn how to implement yoga and martial arts techniques in their classrooms in fun and easy ways.  Dress comfortably and be ready to move, laugh, and learn with yoga

L. Off the Shelf & On the Floor – Part Two: Using NJ Birth to Three Standards in Every Day Practice; Cynthia Soete, Northern Regional Coordinator, NJ First Steps   *NOTE: Must take both parts of this two-part workshop*