The MT Child Care Resource & Referral Network invites you to join us at the
2021 Family & Group Child Care Conference!
This year's theme is: Supports for Success for Small Child Care Businesses!
This conference is geared to support the unique needs and interests of small child care programs and educators. While we will miss seeing everyone in person, we are grateful for the opportunity to host this event virtually.
We will offer live lunch time (1-3pm) and evening (6-8pm) sessions each day beginning January 18th through January 21st, and a full day of content on Saturday January 23rd.
To register for a session, click the link for your desired date/time. Please only register once per session.
2021 Family & Group Conference Line up:
Are You Leaving $ On The Table.
Family Connections MT
Discussion on planning and procedures to ensure you're getting the most out of your child care business. Learn strategies for getting the most out of your limited slots and gain tools to support you in budgeting.
During this session, participants will learn how to measure the financial potential of their child care business, look at tools to support income and expense predictions, and will gain clarity on next steps in financial planning.
Color Code: Learn your Personality Color.
The Nurturing Center
What color are you? Learn to understand your personality type. Why do some things upset you and other don’t? What is your core motive? Learn more about yourself and your staff and how you can work together more efficiently and effectively.
During this session, participants will learn to:
1.Identify your color and your core motives.
2. Analyze the strengths and limitations of your identified color.
3. Discuss methods to use the color code when working with your staff.
CDA 101: How to Earn your Family Child Care Credential
Tori Sproles & Brandi Thomas
Child Care Connections
This course will be an introductory course to obtaining a Child Development Associate credential (CDA). We will discuss the process candidates go through, what the requirements are and how to put together a portfolio.
Participants will be able to: 1. Identify the process of obtaining a CDA (Child Development Associate credential). 2. Discuss the portfolio and what is required for their CDA application. 3. Plan their goals for obtaining their CDA.
Sleepless in America
Family Connections MT
It is estimated that 60 % of Americans are wired and tired. Too exhausted to behave well and unable to sleep. Come learn practical strategies for supporting children and families in your program as well as helping you and your own family get the sleep they need and deserve.
Participants will be able to: 1. Recognize the signs of sleep deprivation and its impact on children's behavior. Know how much sleep children need. 2. Apply effective strategies for enhancing and protecting children's sleep including a review of existing program schedules and policies. 3. Develop tools for working with parents and the broader community to promote the importance of sleep thus helping all families and staff get the sleep they need.
Marketing Your Child Care Business Through the Good and Bad
EC Development and Disabilities Manager/ PDS
Marketing a small child care business can be challenging, especially during these unprecedented times. This course will offer practical solutions for marketing your child care business including promotion and messaging. Special emphasis will be placed on practices that ensure consistent enrollment and Covid-19 considerations.
1. Participants will be able to identify the eight Ps of marketing. 2. Participants will be able to develop short and long-term strategies to successfully market a small child care business. 3. Participants will be able to implement practices to promote and retain full enrollment.
Wednesday January 20th 6:00-8:00PM FULL
Making Your Voice Heard- Awakening the Inner Advocate in the Early Childhood Professional
Child Care Connections
This course provides an overview of how the legislative process works and how anyone in the early childhood field can become involved and have an impact on how our state views early childhood.
During this session, participants will learn
1. Definition of advocacy and the role it plays.
2.Understanding of the Legislative process in general and specifically in Montana.
3.Ways to become engaged in advocacy.
Tuesday January 19th 6:00-8:00PM FULL
Provider Wellbeing during Covid-19: a time for radical self care
Ellie Martin, LCSW
This training is focused on provider wellbeing: how to navigate stress during the time of the novel Coronavirus and its known illness, Covid-19. Our work sites have shifted or closed. If we remain open, our health and safety protocols have changed and we may have new families in our care. We are confronted with new information all the time and we may personally feel overwhelmed. This training is an opportunity to understand the unique aspects of stress right now, to explore strategies that alleviate its grip, and to acknowledge that we are all in this together.
Participants will learn to
1. Define stress and understand its parts
2. Identify skills that we possess (or can build) that we can use to improve wellbeing
3. Explore activities that have been proven to reduce feelings of overwhelm
The Early Childhood Artisan
Family Connections MT
Experiencing burn out or stress? Do something creative! Creativity boosts confidence and is vital for mental health and longevity in your work with children. Explore your creative side in this 4 part series no matter what you enjoy from writing, to music, to visual arts, and more!
During this session, participants will learn to
1. Use intentional creative time to enhance their mental health and increase longevity in their early childhood career.
2. Explore creative pastimes and share their works with the group while evaluating how they can embed their creativeness into their day to day work with children.
3. Investigate resources to continue, share, and even publish their works
Supporting Families and Children from Birth to Age Six
Director, Access Montessori
This class will introduce and discuss the stages of human development and ways in which key principles and practical extensions of Montessori education can be applied in any setting and by anyone who has the responsibility to serve children during the first critical six years of life.
Participants will learn about key characteristics of children and how to use observation to prepare the environment to meet the needs of development.
One of the most enriching aspects of the annual Family and Group Conference, is the opportunity for small programs across the state to network with each other. While virtual networking will never replace face-to-face networking, we invite you to join us from 12:15-12:45 Monday-Friday for peer networking.
Each day the topic will be different!
No training hours will be counted for this session.