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Location: Hartford

Training Type: Online Real Time

Total Hours: 6

Cost: $ 45.00

Scholarship: No

Contact Information:

Tammie AB Hazlett
(802) 291-4035

ECPN Mini Conference With April Zajko, Ellen Drolette and Tom Copeland Deb Norris

Special Topics:
Sponsor: Early Childhood Professional Network - Hartford
Instructor: April Zajko, Ellen Drolette, Tom Copeland

***Morning Session: STEAM Kits to foster play-based learning with April Zajko 8 am - Noon - 4 Professional Development Hours***Description: We will dive into learning about play-based learning through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) which are all important skills to foster in early childhood. STEAM education truly sparks wonder and creativity in children and taps into their desire to test out new ideas. The focus of this training is to develop project-based activity kits that early childhood educators can assemble ahead of time so they can ‘grab and go’. Participants will work in small groups and design a list of materials for their topic, list out potential play-based activities that children may engage in, and create a documentation sheet that is connected to the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) and Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG). Our focus will be to create low cost yet highly engaging learning kits that take some of the stress out of preparing STEAM learning for your children. ***Afternoon sessions with Ellen Drolette or Tom Copeland 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM - 2 Professional Development Hours*** --- Inspiring Play and Creativity with Loose Parts Inside and Outside Presented by Ellen M. Drolette --- Description: Participants will explore loose parts, where to find them, how they can be incorporated into the different areas of learning in the classroom; Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, and literacy as well as using loose parts outside. Ellen will bring (or present if virtual) all necessary materials. Participants will learn the theory of loose parts and the low cost, open-ended benefits of these learning materials. ---OR--- The Tax Consequences of Coping with COVID-19 in 2021 Presented by Tom Copeland --- This workshop will cover all the major tax issues for family child care providers to enable them to save time and money on their 2021 tax return. It will cover: • How to treat income from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, state and federal grants • What expenses are deductible • How to calculate your Time-Space Percentage, particularly if you were closed for part of the year • When to claim Social Security benefits

Core Knowledge Area
  • Developmentally Appropriate & Inclusive Practices
  • Curriculum & Learning Environments
  • Program Planning & Development
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool/PreK
Session Dates
Session Times
October 23, 2021
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
October 23, 2021
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
October 23, 2021
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Additional Information

This mini conference will be held virtually. Upon successful completion of the Registration Form you will be emailed your ZOOM links. ECPN Members can participate at a reduced rate of $35. Speakers Bios: April Zajko, M.Ed. is a licensed early childhood educator (ECE) and has taught ECE courses for the Community College of Vermont since 2016. April teaches preschool in a public school where she integrate S.T.E.A.M. and nature-based approach to curriculum. April has also lead professional development for ECE staff throughout the state of Vermont for more than ten years and has worked with a wide cross-section of educators to find ways to help make high quality learning accessible in their ECE programs. April's primary goal is for ALL students to meet with success and to offer professional trainings that are engaging, relevant, and inspiring. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Ellen Drolette brings over 27 years of experience in the early childhood field. Her enthusiasm and passion for working with young children and families are as enormous as her passion for working with early childhood teachers, directors, mentors, administrators, and the entire team of early childhood educators. In addition, Ellen is passionate about advocating for children and families, the early childhood workforce, and equal access to high-quality, affordable child care. Ellen has had many roles in the ECE profession, including owning a family childcare program, being a Global Leader with the World Forum Foundation, engaging as a past Board member of the National Association for Family Child Care, and authoring several articles for Exchange Magazine. In addition, Ellen was a monthly columnist for local newspapers all over Vermont, writing a column called "Positive Parenting," Ellen is known widely for her commitment to children and families and was recognized as a Master Leader by Exchange Magazine in 2016. Her first book, Overcoming Teacher Burnout in Early Childhood: Strategies for Change, was published in 2018 by Redleaf Press and focuses on how early childhood professionals can battle burnout and low morale in the workplace. Ellen has spent several years training, mentoring, and consulting with early educators from diverse economic and educational backgrounds, which helped her develop a broad understanding of the early childhood workforce needs and a comprehensive approach to supporting individuals and organizations. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tom Copeland is the nation’s leading expert on the business of family child care. He is an independent consultant, trainer, author, and family child care advocate. Since 1981 he has helped hundreds of thousands of people understand complex business and tax issues. He successfully lobbied the IRS to adopt the standard meal allowance rule that allows family child care providers to claim food expenses without food receipts. He also got the IRS to create IRS Form 944 that allows small employers to pay payroll taxes annually rather than quarterly. He has represented numerous child care providers in IRS audits and has won six US Tax Court cases. From 1981 – 2009 Tom worked for Resources for Child Caring (RCC), a non-profit Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in St. Paul, Minnesota. From 1992 - 2009 he was director of Redleaf National Institute, the national center for the business of family child care, a division of RCC. Since 2009 he has been an independent consultant. He offers a variety of workshops and webinars on business issues for family child care providers, trainers, and tax preparers. Each year he teaches thousands of family child care providers through live trainings and answers more than a thousand questions via email and phone. In 2014 his blog was chosen as one of the top 50 Money Management Blogs in the country by Direct Capital. 2004 he won the Advocate of the Year Award from the National Association for Family Child Care. In 1998 he won the Child Care Advocate of the Year award from the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association. He is the author of eleven books on the business of child care, all published by Redleaf Press. Tom graduated from Macalester College (BA) in 1972 and from William Mitchell College of Law (JD) in 1980. 1740 Hampshire Court, St. Paul, MN 55116 www.tomcopelandblog.com 651-280-5991 tomcopeland@live.com