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SA01: Taking Preschool on the Trail, or the Sidewalk! Making the Journey Part of the Destination, by Erin Hoener and Liz Boyle
From urban streets to deep in forested parks, children gain meaningful connections and a sense of place by exploring. Many educators view the movement from one space to another as a transition time where the focus is placed on the destination. Behavior management takes a precedent as we usher children along, missing the opportunity to honor their moments of curiosity and connection with the environment surrounding them. This is understandable as moving children to a destination, especially in places such as near busy streets, is a daunting task! As educators, we strive to embrace students’ emerging interests and harness the power of curiosity to guide natural learning opportunities. Whether your entire day is spent outside or you have a limited window to explore the natural world, “Exploration Walks” can be an invaluable tool in allowing students to engage with their environment on their own terms. In this talk, we will share some of the lessons we have learned in our three years of outdoor programming around the learning opportunities provided by Exploration Walks, some tips and tricks for engaging students in learning while on the move, how to successfully curate active participatory learning opportunities along the way and how to engage families in this journey.
About the presenter: Erin and Liz are Program Supervisors and former teachers in a 100% outdoor preschool in Washington. The programs they run are focused on providing meaningful and engaging connections to the natural world for diverse communities within city and county parks. Through this work, they have observed the learning that takes place as classes move through a space, interacting with their surroundings. They, and their teachers, work to develop effective methods for getting the most out of the journey as well as the destination.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/ Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

SA02: Protecting Our Children: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and Talking To Kids About Safety Without Causing Fear, by Christy Keating
Come learn the best strategies for teaching kids safety! This engaging workshop gives parents, caregivers, and other professionals all the tips and tools they will need so they can confidently talk to kids about how to stay safe without scaring them (or you!). You’ll learn everything you need to know about teaching personal safety as a life skill, without the scare tactics. The safety strategies are recommended for kids as young as 2 and are so simple they can be implemented into daily teaching and activities. You will learn why the “Stranger Danger” concept does not work (and could be dangerous) and why prevention education is critical in reducing a child’s risk for being a target for predators. This workshop will cover media myths, age specific safety tips and red flags, ten family safety rules to live by, the importance of healthy boundaries, and recommended reading. Plus, all participants can sign up for our free bi-monthly newsletter that is chalk full of safety information and parenting tips.
Christy Keating is the owner, CEO, and principal presenter at Savvy Parents Safe Kids. As a licensed attorney, Christy spent nearly twenty years as felony prosecutor in the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle, where she spent the latter part of her career specializing in the prosecution of sexually violent predators. Immersed in the world of sexual assault and child sexual abuse, Christy developed a deep understanding and expertise in predatory tactics and abuse prevention strategies. She now enjoys educating parents, caregivers, educators, and other professionals so as to help stop these problems before they happen, rather than addressing them after the fact. Christy is also credentialed through the Parent Coach Institute Seattle Pacific University as a Certified Parent Coach® and has spent more than a decade working with parents. Christy is a Certified Positive Discipline Educator and a Certified Gottman Educator and loves educating and coaching parents through her sister company, The Heartful Parent. Christy lives with her husband, two daughters, and a small zoo of creatures; when not working she prefers to retreat to the mountains, play board games, or curl up with a good book.
Age Group Addressed: Age 2 through Age 8
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Who Should Attend: Adults| Interested Professionals | Parents

SA03: Shared Book Reading: an Approach for Using Children’s Literature to Teach Early Numeracy Skills, by Clarissa Alfes, Kristen Missall, and Kathleen Meeker
This session will discuss how to use storybooks to teach young learners early mathematics skills. We will begin with explaining early numeracy development and providing an overview of math concepts such as number identification, number naming and quantity comparison. The research evidence supporting the importance of early math learning will be described; the literature on shared book reading as an evidenced based practice for developing young children’s early numeracy skills will also be highlighted. Participants will have an opportunity to explore children’s storybooks and practice strategies for incorporating math language and teaching into book-reading and activities across settings. This session will also present lessons learned from the implementation of a specific storybook-embedded, small group intervention for early numeracy, designed to meet the learning needs of preschoolers at an inclusive early childhood program. Caregivers will walk away with a range of new applications for integrating math into early childhood learning, strategies for designing early numeracy instruction and intervention, and book resource handouts.
About the presenter: Kristen Missall, PhD, and Kathleen Meeker, PhD, are Associate Professors in the College of Education at the University of Washington. Dr. Meeker is also the Director of Research at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education and Dr. Missall is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Early Intervention. Clarissa Alfes is a graduate student in the UW College of Education school psychology PhD program. Their experience and research interests center on early childhood development, school readiness, and effective academic and social-emotional
assessment and intervention.
Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

SA04: Loose Parts + Guided Play = Great Learning! By Kathryn Gauthier
Are you wondering what “loose parts” means in early childhood? What about “guided play?” Both of these concepts are sparking new interest and research. In this interactive presentation, we will explore loose parts and guided play for toddlers and preschoolers. With hands-on, small group activities, we will discover together some new instructional activities and strategies that work for all young children.
About the presenter: Kathryn Gauthier has been in the Early Childhood field for 10 years. She received her BA degree from WSU and her Masters from NCSU. Her experience in teaming up and partnering with owners, providers, consultants, coordinators and teachers in Military childcare, and EHS, has given her valuable insight on using high quality materials and activities in a well-designed classroom.
Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Interested Professionals

SA05: Cook to Learn: Promoting STEAM Literacy, Family Engagement, and Creative Exploration, by Lauren Lindskog and Alyssa Torrez
Cook to Learn is a program designed to increase the math readiness skills of young children ages 2-5. Children and caregivers will participate in a Cook to Learn event where they prepare a food item together. The curriculum uses shapes, numbers, size, measurement, and patterns as guiding principles to increase knowledge of child development, while simultaneously helping young learners gain the skills needed to be Kindergarten ready in math. A focus on cooking has several advantages. Cooking is an everyday exercise that can easily be incorporated into families’ normal
routines. The intent is to demonstrate that children can learn math principles through simple, fun, everyday moments. Cooking is also a culturally sensitive activity and the curriculum was designed to be easily adapted to meet the needs and traditions of any community. Attendees at this WAEYC session will learn everything they need to know to host a Cook to Learn event in their communities. Attendees will be introduced to the curriculum, provided a book list and sample recipes, and have an opportunity to begin planning an event using a provided facilitator’s guide.
Age Group Addressed: Age 2 through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

SA06: Music & Movement through the Seasons, by Jamaica Stevens
Sing and Dance throughout the Year with Music and Movement Activities for Every Season. Come learn simple ways to integrate music and movement into your daily curriculum in this hands-on workshop! Learn creative ways to to use books, toys and other props that you can find throughout your classroom or childcare to keep your students engaged and focused throughout the year. Explore simple ways to change classic children’s songs and create new ones to build vocabulary, spark creativity and foster imaginative play! Find new ways to use music and movement activities in the classroom to promote early literacy and help your students understand basic math and science concepts!
About the presenter: Jamaica Stevens founded JAMaROO Kids in 2004 after teaching preschool for 7.5 years and studying the performing arts since childhood.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Home Visitors

SA07: Winning Victories for Kids: Advocacy 101 Workshop, by Ryan Murphy
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) is building a grassroots movement of Americans who are committed to advocating for investments and policies that benefit kids. We are training students and adults on how to become effective early childhood education advocates. Whether you are new to advocacy or have experience using your voice on other issues, this trainings will provide you with simple, but effective advocacy tactics to influence elected officials. Through a combination of instruction, individual practice, role play, and group exercises, you will build confidence, and learn how to become a voice for kids.
About the presenter: Ryan has more than a decade of advocacy experience and has been a leader mobilizing volunteers and students on several high profile campaigns for Save the Children Action Network. Previously, Ryan served as the Washington State Director of Working America, the National Organizer and Lobbyist for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and Social Justice Organizer at the University of San Francisco. He also taught in a rural orphanage in Honduras for two and a half years and has experience managing regional and national staff on education, immigration, and social justice issues.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5 | Adults
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: ALL

SA08: Strengthening Teaching Teams in Early Childhood Education, Natasha Guerrero
We will collaborate and learn strategies in strengthening teaching teams in early childhood education. Having an effective teaching teams is crucial for the program and the children. With a strong team we can see intentional practices, engaging learning environments and higher teacher retention
Age Group Addressed: Adults
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Interested Professionals

SA09: Circle Time For Babies and Toddlers, by Jocelyn Manzanarez
Tap into the power of music and movement with your little one! Not only does music time for babies and toddlers encourage quality interactions between caregiver and child, research shows that introducing little ones to music has long-term developmental benefits! The simple rhymes, songs and movement activities participants will learn in this session will not only make play time fun and interactive, but also foster bonding, body awareness, communication skills and more all of which benefit their quickly developing brain. Early childhood educators will find the activities
great for creating a music and movement filled classroom, while parents will enjoy the activities at home or on the road with their little one.
About the presenter: Jocelyn Manzanarez is on a passionate mission to share the power of music and movement with early childhood educators. Jocelyn is the owner of Musically Minded. Founded in 2003, her Seattle-based company provides music and movement classes for children ages birth-5 in childcare centers, in-home daycares and preschools. She has written and recorded hundreds of children’s songs as well as created a curriculum, Circle Time Success, designed for classroom teachers. She is a certified K-12 music educator in Washington state and a certified
trainer for Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth and Families. She is also a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and professional days throughout the Northwest.
Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Family Resource Coordinators | Home Visitors | Therapists - PTs, OTs, SLPs

SA10: Fostering Relationships; the Key to Success with Foster Children in Your Care, by Christa Murray
All children in the foster care system have experienced some form of trauma. The very act of being removed from home and placed in an unfamiliar environment is traumatic. This means that all foster children have some degree of special needs. This session will provide practical suggestions for working as a team to best support foster children in your care.
About the presenter: Christa Murray works at Child Care Aware of Washington. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and a master’s in adult and higher education, both from Western Washington University. She and her husband are licensed foster parents focusing on children birth through age 6. Christa uses her knowledge of child development and early childhood education to support the children in her care. She has several pieces on the NAEYC blog relating to foster children in child care.
Age Group Addressed: ALL
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships
Who Should Attend: ALL