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Spring Into Action
Leadership Conference

April 21, 2023 - Auraria Campus
St. Cajetan's Church
Registration Closing
3 p.m. on Tuesday

Thriving in Changing Times
Kari Knutson 
Keynote Speaker--8-9:30 a.m.

Change is intrinsic in the child care industry. That  doesn't make it easy! The reality is that you as a leader and your staff can THRIVE in shifting circumstances. Come be inspired and get motivated to implement positive changes in your program today.

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The Heart of Daring Leadership
Angel Armbrust
9:45-11 a.m.
Main Room

Who we are is how we lead?  There is no other way to say it.  In a workforce that quietly quits and performs at the bare minimum, what is a leader to do?  In today’s framework of the new work dynamics- authenticity, vulnerability and transparency is the brave work we must do to build the culture that allows tough conversations and mutual accountability.  Let’s spend some time learning together about the tools and resources for daring leadership, about what we must own to become a leader that influences and how we implement these practices and processes in the workplace. 

Program Rights & Responsibilities
Genevieve Bonsall
9:45-11 a.m.  
Room M204
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Join Genevieve Bonsall to take a closer look at how to advocate for your program before, during, and after licensing visits.  Learn more about the waivers and appeals process along with best practices for disputing a licensing violation. 

Know It to Grow It:  Using the latest Brain Science to Boost language development through easy talk
Lauren Cooper
9:45-11 a.m.
Room M205

Research shows that back and forth interactions between adults and children play a significant role in early brain development. In this session, we will explore the latest early talk research and how to put it into practice to promote responsive caregiving and provide critical data that supports a diversity of early language environments. Conversational turns are such simple things  -- just serve-and-return interactions between adults and children. But they're also very powerful. Over the past decade, peer-reviewed research studies have linked conversational turns to improved socioemotional development, executive functioning, reading skill, and brain development. The greater the quantity of turns, the better the child outcomes.  In this session, I will share what we've learned about the importance of early talk, concrete strategies for increasing interactions, and how to use interactive talk to build positive adult-child relationships.  

Rebuilding Your Resiliency with Solution Focused Thinking
Olivia Coyne - Vibrant Iris Consulting
Lunch Keynote - Noon-1:15 p.m.

Olivia will guide us in an exploration of the Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)model and how it can be harnessed to rebuild our resiliency. SFBT, a research-backed mental health therapy model, is based on mindset-framing activities that help us find our most actional solutions. This talk will inspire you to create the future you want to live in!

Let's Discuss Administrative and Legal Advocacy!
Sandra Solin & Dawn Alexander
1:30-2:45 p.m.
Main Room
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ECEA is making a difference in the child care industry.  Come talk to ECEA's Lobbyist, Sandra Solin, and Executive Director, Dawn Alexander about what action steps are being taken to effect change.  We will discuss how YOU can be the best advocate possible to support your business now and in the future.

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How to Get More Sleep as a Director in Child Care
Joe Anderson, Cadence Academy
1:30-2:45 p.m.
Room M204

Joe will speak about a relationship based approach that will help your staff reach 100% compliance.  The key is the power of Appreciative Leadership!  Come learn about some terrific ways to support your staff.

Developmental Impacts of Trauma and Brain-Based Approaches in Education
Education Access Group -Katie Lohmiller & Halley Gruber 
1:30-2:45 p.m. & 3-4:15 p.m. (same session each time)
Room M205
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This presentation with Dr. Katie Lohmiller and educator Halley Gruber will focus on how the brain develops, functions and is impacted by stress and trauma. The presenters will discuss brain-based approaches and how we can better understand and support both youth and educators in regulating, building skills and forming relationships. Content will be based in Dr. Bruce Perry's Neurosequential Model in Education© as well as focused on applications in the education setting

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2023 Administrative Legalities
Laura Hazen
3-4:15 p.m.
Main Room

Are you overwhelmed by the thought of managing your staff from an Human Resources perspective?  Do you fantasize about writing a book filled with staff misbehavior, fantastical stories and excuses?  Do you weep openly when you hear the phrase “new law?”  In this session, Laura will provide a summary of a state resources that you can use to update yourself on recent changes in Colorado law, and will provide a list of a few new changes that you can either use to 1) feel smug because you already knew about them; or, 2) take frantic notes to ensure your ongoing compliance.  

ECEA Board Q&A
3-4:15 p.m.
Room M204
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This is your opportunity to meet with the Board of Directors for an informal discussion about what your program needs are and how ECEA can potentially help.  Find out more about the advocacy work that has been taking place and the direction we are headed as a statewide organization.

Register by emailing and we will save you a spot!
After 4/18/23 you can attend but a meal will not be guaranteed.

Members Only: 
Business Consultation

Schedule your free consultation for Business Coaching Points in QRIS (4 hours = 2 points).  

Email us to schedule a time.

Compliance Training

Want a training for your whole staff?  Contact Peggy Ferguson at 720-965-6361 or email her at She will get you scheduled for a live in person compliance training.  Currently available for FREE under CIRCLE funds.

Enjoy our Membership Benefits Today!

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