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Please note: The RMECC Program Committee has made every effort to accommodate crowd flow and size for this year's event. The largest possible rooms have been reserved for all workshops, and presentations that we anticipate being particularly popular have been scheduled for multiple time slots.
Workshop and presenter programming information is now available and can be accessed by downloading our Workshop Descriptions document. Please note, this document is subject to change.
RMECC is designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of early childhood professionals while at the same time providing an opportunity for community advocates to learn, share, and network. To this end, workshop presentations have been solicited and selected along the five following tracks:
Child Development and Curriculum
Offering intriguing sessions on the full range of early child development and curriculum topics, this track is specifically designed to offer early childhood educators and administrators a rich agenda for meeting professional development and training hours. Topics covered include:
Academic Standards, Arts, Best Practices, Classroom Management, Curriculum Approaches, Dual language Learners, Evidence-Based Strategies, Guidance Techniques, Infant/Toddler Development, Literacy, and Science.
Family Partnerships and Systems
Developing full support systems that can extend the learning environment to the home is a critical component to ensure well-rounded learners. This encompassing track provides parents, educators and administrators with new and innovative strategies to support the child and the family. Specific topics include:
Cultural Competency and Diversity, Dual Language Families, Family Support Strategies, Homelessness, Home Visitation, Parenting Education, Parent Engagement, School Readiness, School to Home Support, and Working with Low Income Families.
Child/Family Health and Well-Being
Developing a quality early care and education program must include efforts and initiatives to promote the health and wellness of the child and the family support system. Reducing toxic environments and promoting good nutrition and health is proven to aid brain development and foster greater learning capacity. This topical and critical track will provide educators and administrators with key information to support the health and wellness of all children. Topics include:
Childhood Obesity, Early Intervention, Nutrition, Oral Health, Physical and Mental Health, Social Emotional Development, and Special Needs.
Leadership, Administration and Management
Navigating the myriad rules and requirements, marketing your business, developing your staff, securing enrollment, and working with parents. Running a child care business is a complicated and challenging endeavor. Attend this session to get new strategies and tools to help you run an efficient, high quality, and profitable early care and education business. Topics in this track will address:
Accreditation and Quality Measures, Business Solutions and Technology, Child Care Licensing Rules, Head Start Management, Hiring Practices, Legal Issues, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Professional Development and Credentials, Staff Support, and Working with Parents.
Policy and Advocacy
Studies have shown that children who receive high-quality early care and education are more likely to succeed academically and cognitively. Yet, early care and education lacks the unified infrastructure needed to help the providers run efficient businesses, achieve full enrollment, and invest in quality care. Join the conversation in this track as policymakers and early childhood advocates examine the critical topics facing early care and education locally and nationally. Topics include:
Advocacy for Early Childhood Education, Community Collaborations and Councils, Education Systems Building, Funding Sources and Strategies, Research and Results.