Monday, November 13, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM PST
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Mount Vernon Skagit Valley College Campus 
2405 East College Way
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

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Joel Ryan 
Washington State Assn of Head Start & ECEAP 

2017 Early Learning Summit to Advance Parent Education 

At the Summit attendees will learn the latest best practices and approaches for assisting Head Start and ECEAP parents in finishing school and finding a good paying job. This event is perfect for Directors, Family and Parent Engagement staff, and parents. There is no cost to attend this event and lunch will be provided.  Scroll down to register!

2017 Early Learning Summit to Advance Parent Education

9am to 9:25am                       Welcome, Introduction, and Objectives

Joel Ryan, Executive Director of the Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP will welcome guests and talk about the key objectives and goals of the summit.

9:25am to 9:30:am                 Perspective from a Head Start Parent

Christiana Clinton, a former Head Start parent and full time college student will share her experiences and provide some inspiration for today’s work.

9:30am to 10am                     Region X Office of Head Start

Kathy Schuknecht from the Region X Office of Head Start will be joining us to talk about what Head Start programs are doing to successfully support programs in advancing parent education.

10am to 10:45am                   Three Washington Bright Spots

Mary Ellen Lykins, Directors of Early Learning at Skagit Island College and Shelly Knight, from ESD 113, and Michelle Murphy, of the Lower Columbia College Head Start and ECEAP Program will share their innovative programming.

10:45am to 11am                   Break

11am to 12 noon                   Lane County Oregon SEEKERS Project

Tim Rochholz and his team from Lane County Head Start will share information about their SEEKERS project which provides high level internships to parents interesting in serving as Head Start teachers.

12noon to 1pm                      Lunch with Keynote Speaker

Invited: Steven Dow, Executive Director, CAP Tulsa

 1pm to 2pm                           PICA Head Start from Minnesota

Monshari Chandler, Director of Education and Candee Melin, Director of Children Services, from PICA Head Start will discuss ways to engage Head Start and Early Head Start parents in a variety of training opportunities that promote and provide hands-on training with the goal to obtain living wage jobs in high demand fields.

 2pm to 2:45pm                      Skagit Valley College: Effective Partnership with High School and College Completion Programs

Jennifer Boland, Chair of the College and Career Bridge, Joan Youngquist, Dean of the Basic Education and Transitional Programs from Skagit Valley College, and Jean Markert, High School Completion Coordinator, will discuss their work to support students in advancing their education.                               

2:45pm to 3pm                      Break

3pm to 3:45pm                      ECEAP Mobility Mentoring Project

Cathy Garland, Director of Early Learning at Children’s Home Society and Karen Ganz from the Department of Early Learning will discuss the work of the Mobility Mentoring project underway at the Department of Early Learning and how it is assisting parents in advancing their education and leading to self-sufficiency.

3:45pm 4:15pm                      Keynote Speaker

Reetu Gupta, CEO and Founder of Cirkled In

 4:15pm to 5:15pm                 Discussion: Strategies to Take Home

We will spend this block of time discussing strategies and tools we can take home to our local programs to support parents in advancing their education.

5:15pm to 5:30pm                 Wrap Up, Close, and Follow-Up