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SC01: The Role Vision Plays in Development, by Julie Erman and DeEtte Snyder
Vision plays a very important role in learning for children. Young children watch and observe other’s actions and behaviors then imitative. They locate toys around them and then move towards desired visual targets. They examine food before putting it in their mouth. Observation, modeling, and imitation skills and behaviors all happen through vision. Some research has estimated that almost 80-90% of what a child learns in the first few years of life is through their vision. When vision is absent or reduced, development in all domains could be delayed or different, especially motor, socialization, adaptive, and language/literacy. Children with blindness or visual impairment (BVI) can and will obtain developmental skills as all children, however the progression may be different or delayed compared to a child who can see. It’s important for early childhood educators and parents to understand these potential learning differences. Early identification of visual impairments and visual concerns in children and a multiple sensory approach to learning can lessen the negative developmental impacts. Not only to encourage visual development, but also to encourage learning with through other sensory modalities, such as touch, hearing, taste, and movement. This presentation will focus on the impacts of BVI on child development, strategies for early identification, and areas to address with all children with BVI, including additional disabilities, and their families to potentially lessen these impacts to assist children to reach their fullest potential. We will also hear a personal story on the benefits of early intervention.
About the presenter: DeEtte Snyder is the Statewide Coordinator and Outreach Director for Birth to 3 Services at the Washington State School for the Blind and an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University. She is a state certified teacher of students with visually impairment and early childhood educator. She earned her PhD in Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado in May 2018 with a focus on blindness, early childhood, and educational leadership. For over 25 years she has worked with children aged birth to five, and their families, both as an educator and program administrator. Julie Erman is a mother of a 2 year old with cortical visual impairment. Before being a mom, she was a director of a large preschool and after school program in Redmond, WA. Julia is excited to share a bit about her experience in the birth to 3 program and her personal story of becoming and being a special needs parent and her thoughts on supporting special needs children in early childhood education.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: ALL

SC02: Active Play Throughout the Day, by Katy Levenhagen
Attendees will gain an understanding of how physical activity impacts children’s growth and development and be able to incorporate the information into the classroom curriculum. Active play includes adult led, skill building activities and quick moves that can be applied to increase the minutes a child’s body moves throughout the day. Newly developed Active Learning Lessons and accompanying Active Play Cards suitable for classroom use will be demonstrated and practiced during the session. Each participant will receive a free set of these materials. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes…we will be moving.
About the presenter: Katy has been a public health child care nutrition consultant for 20 years, currently working for Snohomish Health District Child Care Health Outreach Program. She has facilitated numerous classes for child care providers on topics of nutrition, oral health and physical activity in child care and early learning. She also teaches college Nutrition classes.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center and Family Home Child Care Providers |Early Achievers Coaches | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Family, Friend, Neighbors & Relative, Care Giver | Home Visitors

SC03: Potty Training 101, by Barbara Hudson
Come learn the ‘Pee Pee on the Potty’ song! This class is designed for both teachers and parents of children with or without developmental delays, including autism. This is a practical, behavioral approach of teaching children the potty routine to maximize potty training success. Come away with an overview of the potty training process and clear steps for home or school implementation.
About the presenter: Barbara Hudson M.Ed. is a special education teacher at Sorenson Early Childhood Center in the Northshore School District where she has worked since 2007. She has over 20 years experience in both special education and general education. She has a passion for early intervention and bridging the gap between home and school environments.
Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth, Development and Learning
Who Should Attend: Interested Professionals

SC04: Sing with Your Kids! By Jocelyn Manzanarez
Singing encourages children to express emotions, sharpen communicatication, foster creativity and find joy in learning across the curriculum. Yet, the number of teachers singing with their kids has drastically decreased over the last few decades. Why? Because teachers think their singing voice isn’t good enough. Join Jocelyn as she challenges this limiting belief and guides even the most voice conscious teachers how to use songs to create joyful and inviting learning environments kids can’t wait to return to each day. From traditional songs and nursery rhymes to brand new
tunes, participants will leave with a mix of melodies they can’t wait to share on Monday!
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: Age 3 through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Interested Professionals

SC05: Bullying and Young Children: Early Intervention Strategies, by Kathy Slattengren
The roots of bullying begin when children are young. What are the early warning signs? What can you do to help children who tend to bully or be bullied? Learn how to help young children develop their relationship skills in ways that reduce bullying or being bullied.
About the presenter: Kathy Slattengren, M. Ed., has helped thousands of parents and teachers from across the United States to Australia through Priceless Parenting. Priceless Parenting offers online classes, presentations, coaching and books. Participants love that they are able to immediately implement new ideas for calmly responding to children’s behavior. When children’s behavior is pushing your buttons, you’ll discover ways to set effective limits, invite cooperation and have a lot more fun together!
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/ Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

SC06: The Importance of Play: The Why’s and How’s of Building a PlayFULL Environment, by Cassandra Ellis
More and more research shows that young children learn through play. For young children, play is learning and learning is play. They are inseparable. Even though all signs point to play, there are many vocal proponents of “academic learning environments” for young children entailing instruction and predetermined lesson plans. In this session, we will learn the how’s and why’s of play-based learning (which simply means “PLAY!”) so that we understand and can help families understand the importance of play. We will also learn how to set up indoor and outdoor classroom environments that promote play in young children and in ourselves.
About the presenter: Cassandra Ellis is an educator who connects with all ages. She is lead teacher of Bloom Early Education’s BEE Outdoors nature-based multi-age preschool program. Cassandra is also the owner of the Kinship School, offering programs rooted in nature-based learning, yoga and mindfulness, creative movement, and intergenerational learning. Cassandra is a STARS trainer, CDA PD Specialist, and certified to teach children’s yoga and mindfulness and holistic barefoot dance fitness. Learn more about Cassandra at and
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL