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Maine’s 2021 Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference Is Going Virtual

FCCAM’s Professional Learning Committee wants providers to know about the opportunity for more providers to attend the 2021 Statewide ECE Conference for FREE! We also want those that had already registered for this event to have time to make any adjustments needed.


from the Statewide Conference Planning Team:

We have had growing concerns within our conference planning team and from many of our presenters and participants around the Delta Variant. Most of you are teachers, staff, and leaders at child care centers, family child care programs, and public schools who will be going back to spaces with children two days after our event. And, as you know, vaccines for children are not yet available. We don’t feel it is going to be safe to continue with a large indoor event that is only weeks away during a surge in cases in Maine.

We are excited about the excellent keynote speakers and presenters who will be able to bring you great content over the two days as well as new opportunities this will allow for, such as access to sessions beyond the event itself. Below are some details regarding the change from in-person to virtual: 



Registration:

  • The $70 registration cost will allow access to the conference for the full 2 days and beyond!  We are working within our conference planning team to make adjustments to those who have already purchased tickets for two days and paid $140.
  • Exciting news! If you haven’t registered yet, there will be 170 more complimentary registrations available next week on September 16th at 6am. Stay tuned for an email from The Office of Child and Family Services with a code to register for FREE! 

Keynote Speakers and Breakout Sessions: 

  • There will be one keynote and 30 live workshops to choose from each day. Most sessions will be recorded for later viewing so you can attend and engage with even more content for months after the event.
  • LIVE Keynote Address with Walter Gilliam on Friday and Lisa Murphy on Saturday! 
  • Other LIVE breakout sessions with Lisa Murphy on Saturday include Lisa Murphy on Being Child Centered and Lisa Murphy On…Play! The Importance of Early Experiences. Please note, these sessions will only run live on Saturday and will not be recorded for future viewing. 
  • Over 50 breakout sessions to choose from over the 2 days including: 
    • Business Basics for Family Child Care Providers 
    • Supporting LGBTQ Families in the Early Childhood Setting
    • Mindfulness: Experience and Inquiry
    • Moving Out: First Steps to Creating an Outdoor Classroom
    • Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom
    • And much more! 

Questions? Check out the 2021 Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference Event Page and always feel free to reach out!

Posted in ECE Information, Professional Development

Are You Ready for These Conferences?

Our first conference might be new to many family child care providers.

PYDI 2021| The Science of Learning and Development! This virtual conference will be held “live” on July 22 and 23.

The PLC encourages you to read through what the purpose is and what is being offered.

The PLC is sponsoring 5 conference scholarships for members. These can be used for the 2 “live” days or the month availability of all presentations as recordings. There will be professional development certificates awarded. The first 5 members who complete this PYDI scholarship form will be emailed a promo code for 1 free registration.


2021 PYDI Conference Registration is Now Open!

So lets that a look at our first conference ~

This is not your normal Zoom conference. PYDI will be hosted on a cutting edge easy-to-use platform called DCPV360. In addition to live keynotes and breakout sessions, conference goers will have the option to take advantage of many features including a member hub and virtual lounge.

Can’t make the conference on the 22 and 23? If you register by the conference date, you will have access to the entire conference for FOUR weeks.

Conference Purpose: To enable adults who work with young people to expand their understanding of the methods, theory, and data-informed practices that support effective youth engagement, positive climate and overall youth development. An emphasis is given to practical strategies shown to result in meaningful improvement.

Target Audience: The target audience for the PYDI conference is the Allied Youth Fields: Child Care, Cultural Institutes, Juvenile Justice, Schools, Child Welfare, Service, Youth Employment, and Afterschool.2021 Topic: The Science of Learning and Development (SoLD)The SoLD Alliance combines findings from diverse areas of research into an integrated science of learning and development and to apply science-informed strategies to practice

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Conference Vision: Participants will expand their knowledge of the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) and integrate as a defining measure of whole child personalization of learning and how to support Safe, Stable, Happy and Healthy youth.

PYDI Virtual Lounge: In the virtual lounge, attendees can to experience more than just watching virtual sessions. The virtual lounge feels a little bit like an interactive version of Google street view, or, a video game. In the virtual lounge you can learn something new, see what some afterschool programs are currently doing, and chat with others in this space.

PYDI Member Hub: Each attendee will create their own profile. If desired they will be able to interact and network with others through these profiles. In the hub, attendees can also preview sessions they have signed up for as well as add them to their personal calendar.


Our second conference is the ECE Statewide in-person conference in Bangor, Oct. 22nd and 23rd.

It’s exciting to be getting back in person for Maine’s 2nd Statewide ECE Conference. With an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, break out sessions and networking opportunities we hope to see many of you there.

We are delighted to announce that this year our keynote speakers will be Walter Gilliam from Yale School of Medicine, on Friday and Lisa Murphy, The Ooey Gooey Lady® on Saturday.

This year conference registration has a limited number of FREE registrations for those working in licensed child care programs in Maine, including family child care, center-based programs, Early Head Start and Head Start, and license exempt providers! Thank you to the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services and DOE Head Start Collaboration Office for providing this opportunity to child care educators in Maine!

Pre-Registration for Maine’s 2nd Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference will open ~

June 14th at 5:30am for Family Child Care providers and staff, and License Exempt family friend and neighbor providers

A promo code to register for FREE will be emailed to licensed child care programs on Friday May 11th from the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services.

Owners will be able to register their staff with the promo code sent using staff’s name and email addresses. Open your emails this week from DHHS!

Didn’t get or find your letter?

We have the registration information and promo codes for Family Child Care in our Special Events and Trainings section.

Be sure to enter the code that corresponds to the day you are trying to register for (Friday or Saturday). You can register for both days. It just needs to be done separately. The registration process secures your daily ticket.

To register for the second day, click on the website link again, and repeat the process using the other code you were given that corresponds with the 2nd day you are registering for. Again the registration process secures your daily ticket.

Participants will select breakout sessions for the conference at a later date.

Posted in DHHS / OCFS, ECE Information, Professional Development

Conferences Coming This Summer and Fall……….

After a long year it’s great to see conferences within Maine happening again. FCCAM has previously sent out “Save the Date!” notices for the 3 conferences you’ll find below. If you didn’t mark your calendars then, be sure you do now, so you can enjoy the unique professional development opportunities conferences provide.

The Maine Statewide ECE Conference returns for 2021 !

With support from the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services family child care providers will be able to attend the 2021 Statewide ECE Conference for FREE! You will be able to attend either 1 or both days for FREE. OCFS will be providing the promo code to all providers, so be watching for that email!

DOE Head Start Collaboration Office will be joining with OCFS so any provider working in licensed child care programs in Maine, including family child care, center-based programs, Early Head Start and Head Start, and license exempt providers will be able to attend FREE! 

Thank you DHHS Office of Child and Family Services and DOE Head Start Collaboration Office for providing this opportunity to child care educators in Maine!

Registration for Maine’s 2nd Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference will open the week of June 14th! 

Registration will open in the following order: 
June 14th: Registration opens for Family Child Care providers and staff, and License Exempt
June 15th:  Registration opens for center-based child care teachers, staff, and administrators, license exempt (non-relative), and Head Start & Early Head Start teachers, staff, and administrators
June 16th: General Registration Opens  

We will post information soon on how to register through eventbrite, but you can see more information on the event in general now.


Our next conference is not one very many family child care providers have attended in the past because it occurs during the week in the summer. PYDI is an annual professional development conference that enable adults who work with youth of all ages to expand their understanding of the methods, theory, and data-informed practices that support effective engagement, positive climate and overall youth development. 

However, this year PYDI will be virtual! Not your normal Zoom conference, PYDI will be hosted on a cutting edge easy-to-use platform called DCPV360. In addition to live keynotes and breakout sessions, conference goers will have the option to take advantage of many features including a member hub and virtual lounge featuring presentations from Maine youth. Click here to learn more.

If you register, not only will you be able to attend while the event is “virtually live”, but you will have continued access for 2 more weeks. That means you can attend as you wish for 2 weeks.

Virtual PYDI 2021 focuses on the theme of The Science of Learning and Development. The SoLD Alliance combines findings from diverse areas of research into an integrated science of learning and development and to apply science-informed strategies to practice. Click here to learn more about PYDI 2021.

FCCAM is happy to be participating with PYDI this year. We will post information soon on how to register.


Our last conference is another Fall in-person conference being held in Calais. We don’t have more specifics at this time, but will be sure to post as we get it.


As we said in the opening paragraph, it’s great to have these professional development opportunities happening again in Maine and we hope many family child care providers will be able to take advantage of them. Reminder that conferences have capacity limits so when you get the registration information be ready to act on it!

For providers wondering how they can attend a weekday or even travel for a Saturday conference, we recently had a great idea shared with us that we are adding to the FCCAM Business Toolkit: built in professional development closure days for yourself and staff. They are included as part of her holiday/vacation/personal day. They are listed separately and paid for. What a great way to let families know about the professional development requirements licensing requires. As you are updating your Care Agreement awaiting implementation of the new Licensing Rule, this may be a great addition.

Posted in ECE Information, Professional Development

Call for Proposals

Purpose
This fall we are coming back together for Maine’s 2nd Statewide Early Childhood Education (ECE) Conference. This event will explore a wide range of topics for professionals working with and on behalf of children from birth through elementary school. The workshops offered throughout the two days will facilitate success in elementary schools, out of school time programming, Early Head Start and Head Start, family child care, and center-based preschool and infant and toddler settings.

We are putting out a request for proposals for the following areas:

Please complete this Session Proposal form by Friday, May 28th, 2021.