2019 Austin Early Childhood Symposium

On Saturday, October 12th, Austin Coming Together (ACT) will be hosting our annual Early Childhood Symposium at Michele Clark High School. This event aligns with ACT’s Quality Early Learning Impact Goal that is part of our Thrive 2025 strategic plan. We work with our Member network and other organizations across Austin in order to improve the early learning environment by helping existing providers become accredited and more deeply prepared for child development.

ACT has partnered with United Way of Metro Chicago, Austin Childcare Providers Network and Chicago Community Loan Fund to bring Austin early childhood educators a day of insightful discussions, informative presentations and networking opportunities with early childhood education experts. Click here to read about our presenters.

All childcare providers, pre-school educators, teachers, or administrators are encouraged to attend. Seats are limited so please register today! A limited quantity of tickets will be available at the door, therefore online registration is preferred. Online ticket sales closes THURSDAY, October 10th at Noon.

Questions? Contact Alicia Plomin-Spitler at 708-627-0570 or apspitler@austincomingtogether.org.


Morning Keynote: Local, State and Federal Early Childhood Trends
Presentation by Dr. Jamilah Jor’dan

Learning Objective:
+ Participants will be able to name the current early childhood trends/topics at the local, state and federal level
+ Participants will be able to recognize the impact of early childhood trends/topics on their programs or practices

Description of Keynote session:
The presentation will highlight the current early childhood trends/topics at the local, state and federal level. Participants will learn about the updates to the 0-3 and preschool age range and the potential impacts on their childcare programs, practices and the children/families they serve.

 

Advocating in a Changing Early Childhood Environment
Presentation by Madelyn James

Learning Objective:
+ Participants will be able to explain the difference between advocating and lobbying
+ Participants will develop strategies to address the current early childhood trends/topics at the local, state and federal level between
+ Participants will be able to recognize the impact of early childhood trends/topics on their programs or practices

Description of the session:
The presentation will focus on the difference between advocating and lobbying for early childhood issues. Participants will learn how to target different policymakers, how to work with other advocates and how to include families in advocating. Participants will leave with some common advocacy tools and strategies to use with local and state policymakers.

 

Overview of Infant/Toddler Credential
Presentation by Mary Gambol Lane

Learning Objective:
+ Participants will be able to recall the birth to three brain science
+ Participants will be able to summarize the developmental milestones of children, birth to age three
+ Participants will be able to plan materials that impact birth to three children in their programs or practices

Description of the Session:
The presentation will highlight the impact of current birth to three brain science and how the research is supporting early childhood educators attaining an infant/toddler credential to ensure practices and programs change how they educate children, birth to age three. Participants will learn about the course work requirements to acquire an infant/toddler credential. Participants will leave with some recommended toys and materials that can assist in supporting the development of very young children.

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