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N4C’s Annual Conference & Professional Institute is a premier conference attracting attendees from colleges and universities—directors, faculty, and teachers—interested in sharing innovative practices, cutting-edge research and effective strategies in the care and early education of young children. The 2022 Annual Conference is a virtual event combining interactive live workshops and pre-recorded video sessions designed to allow attendees to expand and enhance their knowledge of early childhood.

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Monday, March 21
 

9:00am CDT

New Directors Workshop
Presenters
DC

Dr. Cecilia Scott-Croff

Executive Director, BMCC Early Childhood Center


Monday March 21, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Recorded

10:30am CDT

Creating Community and Teambuilding with Early Childhood Staff During Challenging Times
Now more than ever programs rely on teachers, but their well-being and collaboration must be nurtured. Presenters share reasons and strategies for staff community building that will ultimately nourish and fuel those you serve.

Presenters
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Marisa S. Chin-Calubaquib

Teacher, Stanford University
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Stacey Smith-Clark

Program Manager, Long Beach City College
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Kelly Jamison

Associate Director, Baby Gator Child Development & Research Center at the University of Florida
Kelly Jamison currently serves as the Associate Director at Baby Gator Child Development & Research Center at the University of Florida.  She holds a M.S. in Health Education & Behavior and a B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Science.  She has over 20 years of experience working... Read More →


Monday March 21, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am CDT
Recorded

12:00pm CDT

Live Open Forum-Empowering the ECE Workforce in Turbulent Times

Staffing is a major concern for many right now, not just in our field. Join us to share and discuss ideas, strategies, and practices that programs and ECE departments are implementing to assist with the recruitment and retention of high quality staff. This open forum discussion will encourage attendees to ask questions, share insight, and if possible provide resources. #WeAreInThisTogether

Discussion and networking opportunity with your colleagues.

Presenters
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Kelly Jamison

Associate Director, Baby Gator Child Development & Research Center at the University of Florida
Kelly Jamison currently serves as the Associate Director at Baby Gator Child Development & Research Center at the University of Florida.  She holds a M.S. in Health Education & Behavior and a B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Science.  She has over 20 years of experience working... Read More →


Monday March 21, 2022 12:00pm - 1:15pm CDT
Live

1:30pm CDT

Designing for Wellness
This workshop will provide the opportunity to learn about how to create provide more nurturing nature focused environments, that promote wellness for your families, children, staff, and yourself.

Presenters
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Dr. Amy Wagenfeld

Principal, Amy Wagenfeld Design
Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, EDAC, FAOTA roles as an occupational therapist include therapeutic and universal design consultant, educator, researcher, and author. In addition to teaching in the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture and the Boston University... Read More →
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Joanne Hiromura

Director of Landscape, studioMLA Architects
Joanne Hiromura is Director of Landscape and Outdoor Playspace Design at studioMLA Architects in Brookline, MA. Joanne is responsible for the full range of landscape architectural services in the design of outdoor environments for children. Joanne’s experience includes more than... Read More →


Monday March 21, 2022 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Recorded

3:00pm CDT

Student Parent Success Stories: Recognizing Student Parent Achievements and Experiences LIVE
This presentation will highlight the importance of recognizing student parent success as it relates to the initiative of the CCAMPIS grant. Presenters will discuss the details of the project that their program implemented: Student Parent Success Stories.

Presenters
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Emmy Naes

Program Coordinator Triton Child Care Fund, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Emmy Naes, is the current Triton Childcare Fund Program Coordinator. She oversees the CCAMPIS funded Triton Childcare Fund at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She is responsible for the recruitment, application process, and enrollment of student parents into the Triton Childcare... Read More →


Monday March 21, 2022 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
Live

4:30pm CDT

Understanding and Supporting Gender Expansive Children and Their Families
Learn how families navigate the journey of raising a gender expansive child. This journey includes questions, fears, struggles, and celebrations. Gain an understanding of how to assist the family. Discover resources for yourself and families.

Presenters
MS

Mary Sciaraffa

Professor, Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. Mary Sciaraffa, is a Professor in Child and Family Studies at Eastern KentuckyUniversity. She holds a doctorate degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Louisiana State University. She is also a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations... Read More →


Monday March 21, 2022 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
Recorded

6:00pm CDT

STEM Learning Utilizing Literacy
Through STEM learning, educators can foster literacy, numeracy, scientific literacy, and cultural literacy. Educators will engage in hands-on learning to foster a deeper level of thinking in children’s learning to foster STEM and literacy

Presenters
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Kasey Kile

Kodo Kids
Kasey has been working for 15+ years in the early childhood field as a Center Director, a training specialist, written curriculum for the Kinesiology Department of Kansas State University, provided technical assistance to programs across the State of Kansas while serving on committees... Read More →


Monday March 21, 2022 6:00pm - 7:15pm CDT
Recorded
 
Tuesday, March 22
 

9:00am CDT

Leadership in the Time of COVID: Hold the Vision, Trust the Process
This workshop is intended to support directors as they guide their programs through unprecedented times. Content will focus on generating short-term and long-term solutions for program design, implementation, and evaluation using the Six Thinking Hats.

Presenters
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Kelly Twibell Sanchez

Director/Academic Coordinator, University of California, Davis
Presenter has a B.A. in Psychology (2000) and a M.S. in Child Development (2003). She is the Director of a NAEYC accredited lab school affiliated with a well-recognized university. With over twenty years of experience in the field of early childhood education, she is currently administering... Read More →


Tuesday March 22, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Recorded

10:30am CDT

Play Schemas and Loose Parts: Deepening Our Understanding of Children’s Play
Play schemas offer insight and understanding patterns of children’s behaviors and how planning for play with loose parts can support children’s natural inclination to play in certain ways. Educators will understand play in greater depth.

Presenters
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Marisa S. Chin-Calubaquib

Teacher, Stanford University
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Emma McCarthy Vallarino

Manager, Stanford University


Tuesday March 22, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am CDT
Recorded

12:00pm CDT

Live Open Forum - Be Better with Becky and Brett
Tuesday March 22, 2022 12:00pm - 1:15pm CDT
Live

1:30pm CDT

Student Staff in Campus Childcare: Centering Mentorship and Relationship Building
The supervisor role and its relationship to student staff in the campus child care setting is complex and richly layered. This presentation will explore the nuanced boundary navigation of mentoring staff in a short-term setting

Presenters
MB

Marisol Barce

Director, Portland State University
Marisol Barce (she /hers) has worked as the Director of Little Vikings Flexible Child Care located on Portland State University campus for the last 7 years and has worked in the child care industry for 15 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus... Read More →
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Melissa Gorgon Clark

Office Administrator at Services for Students with Children, Portland State University
Melissa Gorgon Clark (she/hers) has supervised staff for over 20 years and manages the administration and program operations of the Resource Center for Students with Children at PSU. With a background in international studies and social sciences, Melissa brings relevant social constructivist... Read More →


Tuesday March 22, 2022 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Recorded

3:00pm CDT

Enhancing Community Engagement: Learning from Community Centers with Child Care at Their Core. LIVE
This session will provide examples of how community centers leverage childcare to provide community benefits and help participants to develop a vision for enhanced community engagement in their own centers.

Presenters
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Mike Lindstrom

Principal, studioMLA Architects
Mike Lindstrom is the Principal of studioMLA / Michael Lindstrom Associates Architects in Brookline, MA, which provides a full range of architectural services in the design of environments for children. One of the leading architects in the field, Mike, along with Jim Greenman, led... Read More →


Tuesday March 22, 2022 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
Live

4:30pm CDT

The Importance and Tools Used for Collecting Data in College Campus Early Childhood Programs
Accurate data can benefit any organization. It is important that early childhood programs report on their good work and the families they serve with solid data that can serve families, staff and the community. This presentation will share methods, report models and college campus offices that can help to bring this information together

Presenters
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Jennifer Hopper

Director of Child Care Services, Pikes Peak Community College
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Joneila Henselman

CCAMPIS Parent Student Coordinator, Pikes Peak Community College
Joneila Henselman is the Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) CCAMPIS parent student coordinator. Her offices are located in the Child Development Centers in order to work closely with families and staff.  She has served in this position for over five years. Her educational background... Read More →


Tuesday March 22, 2022 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
Recorded

6:00pm CDT

How to Connect Preschool Classrooms at Two University-Based Programs?
Teachers at two university-based preschools used technology to collaborate between classrooms during the pandemic. Teachers and children shared experiences with children at the other campus-based early learning center while implementing a citizen science project.

Presenters
RC

Rebecca Crawford

Professor, Eastern Kentucky University
Rebecca Crawford is clinical faculty in Applied Human Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Crawford has experience as a preschool teacher and director of a childcare center. She advocates for early intervention and inclusion of all children.
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Dr. Meg Gravil

Professor, University of Louisville
Dr. Meg Gravil teaches and conducts research in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. Her research interests include early science and nature-based learning and equity in access to nature.
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Dr. Tamala North

Professor, Eastern Kentucky University
Tamala North is an assistant professor in Applied Human Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University. Her early childhood philosophy and educational framework is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and nature-based education in early learning settings.


Tuesday March 22, 2022 6:00pm - 7:15pm CDT
Recorded
 
Wednesday, March 23
 

9:00am CDT

“And I Won’t Back Down”: How Monroe Community College Survived COVID19
Monroe Community College child care remained available throughout the pandemic, providing a variety of learning models. Research reveals our Student-Parents’ unique COVID Era experiences, and guides how we support them going forward.

Presenters
MA

Mary Ann M. DeMario

Specialist, Institutional Research, Monroe Community College
Mary Ann Matta DeMario, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized Student-Parent researcher, advocate, and changemaker.  Her seminal research shows that Student-Parents with young children who utilized MCC’s Guon Child Care Center had an on-time graduation rate that was more than three... Read More →
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Anne Barker

Director, Monroe Community College
Anne Barker, MS in Education (ECE) has been in the early childhood education field for over 40 years.  She has worked in a variety of roles – teacher, center director, resource & referral, Head Start manager, and the past 15 years as Director at the Guon Child Care Center at Monroe... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Recorded

10:30am CDT

Sensory-Rich Play Environments
This workshop will provide the opportunity to learn about the value of sensory-rich environments and their role in enhancing child development.

Presenters
DA

Dr. Amy Wagenfeld

Principal, Amy Wagenfeld Design
Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, EDAC, FAOTA roles as an occupational therapist include therapeutic and universal design consultant, educator, researcher, and author. In addition to teaching in the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture and the Boston University... Read More →
JH

Joanne Hiromura

Director of Landscape, studioMLA Architects
Joanne Hiromura is Director of Landscape and Outdoor Playspace Design at studioMLA Architects in Brookline, MA. Joanne is responsible for the full range of landscape architectural services in the design of outdoor environments for children. Joanne’s experience includes more than... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am CDT
Recorded

12:00pm CDT

Live Open Forum - Experience Member Centers, Program of the Year, Annual Meeting and More
This interactive workshop will focus on highlighting N4C member programs and centers. The Milgard Child Development Center at Pierce College will be congratulated as the National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers’ (N4C) 2022 Program of the Year. Their video will be shared, along with program information. Next, we will share some photos and interesting facts from N4C members centers throughout the United States and end by sharing how all can submit information to be considered for the 2023 Program of the Year award and networking opportunity with your colleagues. The Annual Report is posted on the N4C website at www.campuschildren.org.

Presenters
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Stacey Smith-Clark

Program Manager, Long Beach City College


Wednesday March 23, 2022 12:00pm - 1:15pm CDT
Live

1:30pm CDT

Leveraging On-Campus Childcare as part of the “New Normal”
How do campus planners and administrators think about child care. This panel presentation from the 2021 Society for Campus and University Planning gives us a window into current approaches and strategies for fitting child care into overall campus planning.

Presenters
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Mike Lindstrom

Principal, studioMLA Architects
Mike Lindstrom is the Principal of studioMLA / Michael Lindstrom Associates Architects in Brookline, MA, which provides a full range of architectural services in the design of environments for children. One of the leading architects in the field, Mike, along with Jim Greenman, led... Read More →
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Walt Meisner

AVP Operations, Boston University
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Kristen Gruber-Gunert

Director, Boston University
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Kelly Jamison

Associate Director, Baby Gator Child Development & Research Center at the University of Florida
Kelly Jamison currently serves as the Associate Director at Baby Gator Child Development & Research Center at the University of Florida.  She holds a M.S. in Health Education & Behavior and a B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Science.  She has over 20 years of experience working... Read More →
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Mohammed Abdelaal

Campus Planner, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Wednesday March 23, 2022 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Recorded

3:00pm CDT

Relationship and Identity-Building through Learning Stories. LIVE
Trusting relationships are the building blocks of learning and at the core of all we do in early childhood education. Discover how the  Learning Story Approach can build relationships and learner identity in young children.

Presenters
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Allyson Montana

Director of Professional Development, Educa
Allyson’s years as a teacher and director of curriculum help inform her work at Educa as a teacher advocate and director of professional development. She joined Educa to make an exponential impact in the field of ECE and to spread the word about learning story pedagogy. She loves... Read More →
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Rachel Silva

Director of Development, Educa
Rachel joined Educa in 2018, with over 20 years of experience working with Educators in Pre k - 8 classrooms throughout the United States as a literacy consultant, special education advocate, and director of development. Rachel believes that “stories stick” and that through storytelling... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2022 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
Live

4:30pm CDT

Leading Through the Storm
Leading an early learning program is filled with highs and lows, celebrations and challenges. What happens though when the storm hits? How do you continue to lead effectively?

Presenters
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Dr. Amy Kay

Director, Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center at University of Georgia
Amy Kay has been the director of the Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center for the past fifteen years.  She holds a doctorate in Language and Literacy Education and has experiences teaching at the preschool, elementary, and college levels.   Prior to her administrative position... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2022 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
Recorded
 
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