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Spring Into Action
Leadership Conference

April 21, 2023 - Auraria Campus
St. Cajetan's Church

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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Genevieve Bonsall
Program Rights & Responsibilities
9:45-11 a.m.

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. 

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

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.  

Angel ArmbrustThe Heart of Daring Leadership
Noon-1:15 p.m.
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(Brene Brown: Dare To Lead)

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. 

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Sandra Solin
Dawn Alexander
Let's Discuss Administrative and Legal Advocacy!

1:30-2:45 p.m.

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.

Joe Anderson, Cadence Academy
System Supports for Effective Licensing Visits
1:30-2:45 p.m.
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Specific details on this session are pending!

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Katie Lohmiller & Halley Gruber
Dr. Bruce Perry's Neurosequential Model for Child Care Settings
1:30-2:45 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. (same session each time)

Content on this session that will be repeated will be made available soon!  In the meantime, here are some details about the trainers. 

The overarching objectives of the Educational Access Group in supporting/partnering with schools is to ultimately: help students remain productively in the classroom; make learning accessible to ALL students; support students and staff in a safe context; enable students to develop, practice and master skills in the settings and spaces where they are asked to demonstrate them; equip staff with the knowledge, skills and support needed to appropriately and positively teach, engage and form relationships with ALL students; and to decrease staff burnout and improve staff job satisfaction.When a school partners with the Educational Access Group they are making a commitment to the sustainable integration of trauma-informed approaches into their school culture, systems and academic practices.

Laura Hazen
2023 Administrative Legalities
3-4:30 p.m.
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Specifics on this session are currently being defined.  More details to come!

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ECEA Board Q&A
3-4:30 p.m.

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.

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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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