Conference Presentation Details

Session 1 & 2 (Morning)

A Child's Brain on Stress: Teaching Children How to Create Mindful Moments in a Stressful World

(Infant Toddler, Preschool, Family Childcare, Kindergarten, School Age)
Christina Pay & Bethany Forest 

This presentation will look at children and stress, what happens to their brain and their development when they experience stress and teach ways to help children find a calm, safe place in a stressful world using mindful moments and mindfulness techniques.

Creating a Child-Centered Classroom Using ECERS, ITERS, PQA

(Infant Toddler, Preschool, Family Childcare, Kindergarten, School Age, Management)
Jody Zabriskie

Are you ready to be observed for the Child Care Quality System or feel that you need to become more educated with ECERs, ITERs, and the PQA? This course will help you learn tactics to implement the rating scales, ECERs, ITERs, and the PQA, in your classrooms. Come and join us to obtain more knowledge on steps to set up your facility. This course will give you ideas to reach higher levels of quality in your classrooms. This class is for both management and teachers.

Cultivating and Culture of Play: Theatre Games and Exercises for Classroom Magic and Management

Michael Bahr 

Participants will play games that can be utilized to build trust, imagination and participation. These exercises serve as foundations and frameworks for other activities within the class. They include physicality, vocalization, partner work, sharing and working as a group.

Eat and Learn!

(Preschool, Family Childcare)
Linda Hunt, Daphne Storie & Maya Cotton
Come enjoy learning about Family Style meals with your preschool children. Mealtime can be a time for fun, learning and getting to know each other. Who knew you could learn so much just by eating family style!

Engaging Curriculum in a School Age Classroom

(School Age)
Kim Hanson 

We will learn and discuss engagement within a school-age classroom. I will provide you with ideas for your school-age classroom. You will see how fun the school-age classroom can be!!!

Learning Standards Through Play is the Very Best Way

(Preschool, Kindergarten, School Admin)
Dr. Cari Buckner & Dr. Linda Wright
There is no time for play. Standards must be mastered. Does this describe your frustration? Research tells us that play is a critical element in educating young children. This session will provide research on the importance of play in teaching standards as well as demonstrating what play might look like in a standards-based classroom. Bring discovery, curiosity, and exploration back into the early childhood classroom. “It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” – Dr. Seuss

"Moving and Moving BIG"

(Preschool, Family Childcare, Kindergarten, Home Visitor, Parents)
Terry Shumway
Rediscover the LOVE and PURPOSE of movement for children and the great JOY it brings in their lives, particularly preschool age children of all abilities. We will discuss the meaning and value of movement and adaptions for all children. Sharing opportunities for incorporating movement in their everyday lives. You will feel the enthusiasm of the instructor while having fun!

Positive Reinforcement Strategies for Trauma and Behavior Management

Christopher Weber
Positive reinforcement strategies are a HUGE part of running an effective classroom! The latest statistic in Southern Utah is 6 out of 10 students have some form of trauma in their lives. This trauma affects their behaviors which mimic special needs students. When teachers effectively increase their reinforcement schedules in their classroom inappropriate behaviors dramatically decrease. This allows our teachers to have the opportunity to do what they do best, teach their students.

Power to the Profession: It's About YOU!

Katie Ricord
"Power to the Profession" may seem like a buzz phrase, but what does it actually mean --- for you, the kids and families you work on behalf of, for our state and profession in Utah? In this workshop, we will review the ins and outs of this National movement and then end with a look at how it is beginning to take shape in Utah. Come learn, discuss, share, and find a base understanding of this powerfully impactful and important initiative.

Transform Your Transitions To Prevent Challenging Behavior

(Infant Toddler, Preschool, Family Childcare, Kindergarten, Home Visitor)
Barb O'Neill, Ed.D. 
Struggling with challenging behavior during daily transitions like clean up, coming in from outdoor play, or going from lunch to nap? Discover how to build a solid foundation of support so both you and the children can move through transitions with greater ease. Learn easy-to-implement strategies that build on things you probably already do and using materials that you already have. Get help creating tailored supports that will motivate even the most reluctant children.

What to Expect When You're Expecting a Certified Quality Rating: The Upcoming Child Care Quality System

JoEllen Robbins
Since our last update 18 months ago, OCC has been busy putting the final touches on Utah's CCQS.  Come see what's new, how this benefits both your program and the families you serve, and what to expect on October 1.

Session 3 & 4 (Afternoon)

Adventures in Music: Musical Play Throughout the Day

(Infant Toddler, Preschool, Family CHildcare, Kindergarten, School Age)
Janet Wahlquist

In this workshop, we will explore a variety of songs, games, dances, stories, and other musical activities for every age group. We will also look at some of the benefits of music and music activities for young children. You will go home with activities you can start using immediately in your program, and you will also receive resources to fall back on as you increase your use of music in your program.

Connecting with Children on a Deeper Level

(Infant Toddler, Preschool, Family Childcare)
Anna Lisa Kent & Marcella Viladiu

When teachers build positive relationships, they are laying the foundation for children's exploration and learning. The importance of powerful interactions delivers many wonderful benefits for children. Children thrive from having deeper relationships and engaging interactions that lead to building their confidence and helping them become motivated and successful learners.

Early Childhood Learning Experiences Designed Specifically for Mixed Age Group Settings

(Infant Toddler, Preschool, Familiy CHildcare, Kindergarten)
Patti Zabriskie
Early Childhood learning is a magical mix of self-discovery, play, music, movement, hands-on experiences, science exploration, math manipulatives, early childhood literature expansion, and so much more! In a mixed age group setting, starting from as early as 1-year-old through 5-years-old, children's growth and development is stimulated as they gain a love of learning together. The key to making it work is to be prepared! Making learning fun and interesting for mixed age groups is easier than you may think.

Exponential Learning in Early Childhood and Caregiving Essentials

(Infant Toddler, Preschool)
Susan Knott
My purpose is to demonstrate through current research the exponential learning potential innate in children from birth. Nurturing this potential directly impacts lifetime learning and development. Conversely, hard science proves that a young mind not provided with hands-on learning opportunities in a strategically prepared environment with sensory stimulation will face a lifetime struggle in their learning and development.

Hot Topics in Early Childhood Mental Health

Alda Jones
Our field is recognizing the importance of early care and education as it relates to the healthy social, emotional and mental health of babies and young children. This workshop is a short overview of these important topics and what is happening in Utah. Resources are cited for more in-depth follow-up by participants.

Increasing interactions to develop social-emotional learning

(Infant Toddler, Preschool, Family Childcare, School Age)
Crystal Knippers
In this session, we will discuss ways to build on our current level of communication and interactions in order to increase social and emotional learning for children in care.

Kids on the Move!

Harmony Langford

Movement is critical to healthy physical and emotional development, but it's decreasing in young children's lives. Come learn fun and easy ways to get your kids moving, dancing, and playing in ways that will boost their confidence, strengthen their bodies, build their brain power, and support their social-emotional development!

Math Paths: Resources for Guiding Children's Math Development

(Infant Toddler, Preschool, Family CHildcare, Kindergarten, School Age)
Brionne Neilson
Explore new (and free!) resources designed to help early childhood professionals support children's math development. Learn about learning trajectories for different areas of mathematics (e.g., counting, measuring, patterns, etc.) and a variety of activities to support children's journeys along those trajectories. Discuss how to assess where children are, where they are going, and how to get there with regard to their math learning. See examples of specific activities that align with national standards to support children's learning and development.

Panel Discussion

(Childcare Center, Family Childcare and Administration)
Caleb Rees -CPA, Carlene Hanson-Childcare Center, Carrie Stott -URPD, JoEllen Robbins -Office of Child Care, Kim Rice -Child Care Licensing, Kristy DeGraff-Family Childcare, Stephanie Mikesell -Care About Childcare
An exciting opportunity to have a panel discussion and get experts to weigh in on issues that are top on your mind. Taxes,  business, marketing, staffing and retention,  policies, programs, licensing and more all in one place. Now is your opportunity to ask those questions, join us in our panel discussion.

Self-Care for Teachers

LeeAnn Parkinson & Jennifer Farish

"You are a person first, a teacher second. Self-care is fundamentally about prioritizing your own health and happiness so that you flourish as a human being. The added bonus is that when you do, your students will get the best of you instead of what's left of you." -Ellen Ronalds Keene