T.E.A.M. Lowcountry Early Childhood Conference

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Dates: Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28, 2020
Theme: “20/20 Vision”
Registration Information: Complete the online registration by selecting day(s) planning to attend and select workshop for each timeframe. Payment can be done online using a credit or debit card. You can also register online by using Other Payment Option which will allow you to register now and send check after registration is complete. Mail payment payable to Beaufort County First Steps, P.O. Box 6421, Beaufort, SC 29903 … registration is not complete until payment is received.

Registration Deadline and Fees: Registrations must be received by March 20, 2020.  Space is limited, REGISTER EARLY.

1-Day Conference (Friday or Saturday attendance). Registration fee is $40.00
2-Day Conference (Friday and Saturday attendance). Registration fee is $60.00
Late Fee: additional $10.00 after March 20, 2020

Please Note: There is an additional fee of $20.00 for First Aid and CPR training.

Please Note: If you register for a two-part workshop, you MUST take part 1 & part 2 to receive credit.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellation requests must be received by March 20, 2020 to receive a full refund.  No refunds will be given after March 20, 2020.  All cancellation requests must be made by contacting Betty Washington at Beaufort County First Steps (843) 379-7837.

Conference Schedule and Session Descriptions:

March 27, 2020 (10:00-11:00 AM)


March 28, 2020 (10:00-11:00 AM)


What is My Vision

Kelli Boniecki

PD1.0 hr.The start of a new year and even transitioning from working with one age group to another always fills us with hope and excitement! We set goals for ourselves in helping bring a successful school year for ourselves, staff and students. As months pass, many naturally tend to get lost in the day to day grind and lose focus on some of these goals. The only logical solution? Why not try a Vision Board! Come join us in making your own visual creation.
March 27, 2020 (8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)

March 28, 2020 (11:15-12:15 and 2:15-3:15)



Humor Through Silly Songs

Jan Peterson

CU1.0 hr.Humor is good for our bodies and our brains! Come join in activities that will stimulate imagination, build self-esteem, have social interaction, and especially have fun. Let’s improve our own brain stimulation and growth to help concentrate on learning better.
March 27, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020 (8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)


Phys Act—“they Can’t Sit Still:

Jan Peterson

CU1.0  hrSong and movement will encourage the children to get their wiggles and jiggles out, improve listening skills, help them concentrate better, improve on behavioral control that will transfer to learning. A simple song with movement takes a short time but has many benefits. Let’s join in fun of moving for improving.
March 27, 2020 (10:00-11:00, 11:15-12:15, 2:15-3:15, and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020 (8:45-9:45, 10:00-11:00, and 11:15-12:15)

What is Palmetto Shared Services Alliance?

Shelley Summer & Leslie Latimer

PA1.0 hrWe will take a deep dive into the Palmetto Shared Service Alliance’s online resources.
March 27, 2020 (8:45-9:45, 11:15-12:15, and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020 (8:45-9:45, 10:00-11:00, 11:15-12:15, and 2:15-3:15)

What you Say Makes a Difference!

Ronel Burger

PD1.0 hrThis is an exciting workshop held by an international motivational speaker.  It will leave you able to better communicate through actions and words with kids, co-workers, and parents in 2020!
March 27, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

Bloodborne Pathogens

Betty Ford

HS1.0 hrThis training will provide participants with important information about blood borne pathogens and methods of preventing and reporting exposure incidents.
March 27, 2020 (12:30-1:30)

Jan Spencer

(KEYNOTE) Vision 20/20: It’s a Matter of Seeing Things More Clearly

Jan Spencer

PD1.0 hrWhat if having everything you need, all of the time, was simply a matter of “clear seeing”. From my quilting work, I have learned that this is usually the case. Curious? Join me for an exploration of the practical possibilities of this
March 27, 2020 (10:00-11:00 and 11:15-12:15)

March 28, 2020 (11:15-12:15)

Want to Teach More Effectively? Five Simple Tips for Teachers

Beatrice W. Brown

PD1.0 hrDo you strive to be a more effective teacher? Ever feel like something’s missing? This session will present five simple tips to get you on your way to teaching more effectively.  Drop in and receive the “secret” to effective teaching and leave with a plan in hand.
March 27, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020 (8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)

Let’s Take a Walk #KeepReading

Beatrice W. Brown

CU1.0 hrNow that you’re reading this, let it be known that no workout clothes are needed for this walk, just books.  Join me as we complete two walks: a book walk and a picture walk.  This session will help you give your students an opportunity to make connections with a text before reading, thereby increasing the potential for comprehension.
March 28, 2020 (10:00-11:00, 11:15-12:15, 2:15-3:15, and 3:30-4:30)“Hot Buttons”

Lynn Singleton

PD1.0 hrParticipants will be able to:

1.     Identify challenging behaviors that impact their relationship with children.

2.     Examine personal, family, and cultural views of children’s challenging behavior.

March 28, 2020 (8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)What’s in Your Toolbox?

Tymeshia Gadson

PD1.0 hrThis is a session that will talk about the importance of including BOTH parents in the early childhood environment.  The teacher will describe the tools that are needed to ensure that parents realize that both of them are needed to assist the child in reaching their highest level of potential. Not only are fathers welcomed, but they are encouraged to volunteer and participate in the classroom and it is the teacher’s job to make them aware of this.
March 28, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)


Each One…, Reach One

Tymeshia Gadson

PD1.0 hrIn this session, we will discuss at least 5 important characteristics that will assist the teacher in better maintaining her/his classroom management.  It will be an interactive conversation debating the teacher’s perspective of what’s needed for survival.  Hearing from teachers that are new to the field, as well as teachers who have been in the field for several years will be beneficial for everyone to better solve everyday issues in the classroom.  There is help when each person is able to reach over and be of assistance to another person.
March 27, 2020 (10:00-11:00, 11:15-12:15, and 2:15-3:15)


Early Learning Materials on a Budget

Sherrie Dueno

CU1.0 hrEarly learning materials for young children are simple to create! Learn ideas with recycled and reused materials to reduce stress of managing a budget for materials.  Incorporate the ABC Quality Standards and South Carolina Early Learning Standards as a guide to design, create, and play with unconventional materials.  Get ready to incorporate low cost materials and activities in your learning environment that supports inquiry-based learning.
March 27, 2020 (8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect

Brenda Myers

HS1.0 hrThe purpose of this training is to equip mandated reporters with relevant laws regarding their roles and responsibilities as mandated reports, and to increase mandated reporters’ awareness, knowledge, and skills in reporting child abuse and neglect.
March 28, 2020 (8:45-9:45, 11:15-12:15, and 3:30-4:30)Power of Positivity

Shanel Burger

PA1.0 hrA useful workshop for managers in Early Childhood focusing on practical, positive solutions to everyday challenges.
March 28, 2020 (8:45-9:45, 11:15-12:15, 2:15-3:15, and 3:30-4:30)Introduction to Phonics by Classrooms at Home

Patrice Barrett

CU1.0 hrThis presentation introduces ready to go techniques for students 0-8 years to increase phonemic awareness in the classroom and at home. We will use materials that are at home to increase letter recognition. We will discuss what books are beneficial for students. We will cover at least 2-3 literacy activities that families can do together in order to increase language skills and comprehension abilities.
March 27, 2020 (8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)

March 28, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

Nurturing Creativity and Imagination in an Early Childhood Setting

Ella Mack

CU1.0 hrCreativity is an important human characteristic.  Early childhood teachers will be provided with strategies to help young children develop their creativity.  Early teachers can help young children by providing a creative environment, helping children to build up their skills through play, behaving creatively themselves and raising children’s creative efforts.
March 27, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020

(8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)


Understanding: Its Mine (Stage)

Ella Mack

GD1.0 hrPreschoolers may know the meaning of fair play, but learning to share is a challenge. Three and four year olds tend to cling passionately to their possessions.  Preschoolers are so focused on their own wants and needs until sharing is not a priority.  Even though kids are not eager to share, they can be surprisingly generous when adults encourage them and set positive examples before them.
March 27, 2020 (8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)

March 28, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

Modeling and Facilitating Conflict Management Skills to Young Children

Randy Mack

CG1.0 hrParticipants will explore how teachers can model and teach conflict mediation and negotiation skills so that young children can learn problem solving techniques.  Participants will experience the five-finger formula to assist in conflict managements skills on a daily basis with young children.
March 27, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020 (8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)

Staff Supervision is a MUST in Early Childhood Programs

Randy Mack

PA1.0 hrParticipants will receive effective strategies on promoting and enhancing teachers and staff development.  The improvement of teaching and learning is the general purpose of supervision.  Therefore, Directors and Principals must seek ways to strengthen teachers on a regular basis which can lead to improvement in teaching and learning of young children.
March 27, 2020 (10:00-11:00 and 11:15-12:15)

March 28, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

The Art of Storytelling with Puppets

Julian Gooding

PD1.0 hrExplore the history of puppetry and how it continues to be a valuable tool in the classroom. Puppets will be provided along with instructions on how to build a simple stage on a budget.
March 27, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020 (10:00-11:00 and 11:15-12:15)

Windows and Mirrors

Julian Gooding

PD1.0 hrBooks and stories can act as windows in which children see a world outside of their own or mirrors in which they see a reflection of themselves. Educators will learn how to design a classroom in this way.
March 27, 2020  (8:45-12:15)

March 28, 2020 (8:45-12:15)

CPR & First Aid

Kerry Hardy

HS3.0 hrsParticipants will be trained in CPR & First Aid.
March 27, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020 (3:30-4:30)

SC Early Childhood Standards at Your Library

Madeline Helser-Howard

CU1.0 hrLearn how the public library uses the SC Early Childhood Standards in their programs, and how you can use the library to enrich your classroom!
March 27, 2020 (8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)

March 28, 2020 (2:15-3:15)

The Magic of Music in your Classroom

Madeline Helser-Howard

CU1.0 hrLearn how music and movement assists in learning to read, classroom management, and child development.  Leave with new songs and techniques to make music a more purpose driven, controlled, and fun time in your classroom!
March 28, 2020 (12:30-1:30)




(KEYNOTE) “Seeing Simple Truths: The Reflection of Childhood in Books”

Madeline Helser-Howard, Beaufort County Library Youth Services Coordinator

CU1.0 hrThroughout the generations, and probably since the beginning of time, people everywhere have something to say about the best way to raise children.  How much sleep they need, what food they should eat, what we should teach them, how they should behave, etc.  Despite the variety of advice, there is one piece that is almost universally said: Read to your child.  Looking at picture books published through time, we will discover universal truths about childhood, learn why reading aloud is so universal, and gain 20/20 vision into the reasons we love what we do every day.
March 27, 2020 (8:45-9:45, 10:00-11:00, 11:15-12:15, 2:15-3:15, and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020 (8:45-9:45, 10:00-11:00, and 11:15-12:15)

Imagine a Story

Shiela Keaise

CU1.0 hrParticipants will have an opportunity to look at two fairytales in depth using songs, games, puppets, and more. This interactive workshop will give participants a moe hands-on approach to encourage children to use their imagination in books.
March 27, 2020 (2:15-3:15)

March 28, 2020 (2:15-3:15)


Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Part 1

(must attend Part 1&2)

James Morrall & C.J. Akins

HS1.0Stewards of Children Part 1 is an evidence-informed prevention solution that increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and changes child protective behaviors. This training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It offers practical training with a conversational, real world approach.
March 27, 2020 (3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020 (3:30-4:30)

Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Part 2

(must attend Part 1&2)

James Morrall & C.J. Akins

HS1.0 hr.Stewards of Children Part 2 is an evidence-informed prevention solution that increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and changes child protective behaviors. This training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It offers practical training with a conversational, real world approach.
March 27, 2020 (11:15-12:15 and 2:15-3:15)

March 28, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

Understanding Child Care Licensing Regulations for Child Care Centers

Stacie Turcotte

PA1.0 hr.Do you have questions about the DSS regulations you need to follow? Are you sure you have the most up-to-date information? Please attend the Understanding Child Care Licensing Regulations for Child Care Centers training to find out. This session will provide an overview of the regulations, and the most often cited ones will be discussed. Each participant will receive a Regulations handbook and have an opportunity to have their questions answered.
March 27, 2020 (8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)

March 28, 2020

(2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

Making it Work One Parent at a Time

Heather Griffin

PD1.0 hr.Having a working teacher/parent relationship is sometimes so hard.  While it is overwhelming dealing with so many different people there is hope!  Knowing these different types is half the battle.  We are going to dive into the different types of parents that we encounter. If we can recognize how to approach each parent then our interactions will be more intentional and rewarding.
March 27, 2020 (2:15-3:15 and 3:30-4:30)

March 28, 2020(8:45-9:45 and 10:00-11:00)


Beat the Burnout: Treat Yo’ Self

Heather Griffin

PD1.0 hr.Let’s face it…our jobs are tough.  We need a few simple tricks to pull from our pockets to keep ourselves sane, healthy, and pampered.  How do we find little moments during the day?  What do you do when you feel discouraged?  Where is the best place for a mani and pedi?  The better we feel as professionals the better equipped we our for our classrooms!
March 27, 2020 (11:15-12:15)

March 28, 2020 (8:45-9:45)

Experiencing Nature with Young Children

Leslie Terry

CU1.0 hr.Participants will use the content of this training to explore how they may include more nature experiences with their preschool children.
March 27, 2020 (11:15)Mandated Reporter Training
Ashleigh Newman
PD1.0 hrAttendees will learn how to identify suspected abuse and neglect and whom to report to in accordance with South Carolina law. Handouts and reference materials will be provided at the end of the presentation.

*Topic Area of Session Key:

CU – Curriculum                 GD – Growth & Development                HS – Health & Safety       PD – Professional Development             CG – Child Guidance                NU – Nutrition             PA – Program Administration                 SN – Special Needs

Sponsored by:

First Steps in Allendale, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties, Beaufort Jasper EOC Head Start, SCDSS ABC Quality, Baptist Church of Beaufort, Child Enrichment Center, Child Care Resource and Referral

Vendors/Contributors (door prizes):

Kaplan Early Learning Company, CAJD Apparel & More, Distinctively Event Planning, Tracilynn Fashion Jewelry, Palmetto Shared Services, Sam’s Club, Bea Brown Books, Welvista, Papadidn’tpreach.com, T.E.A.C.H.

Agency/Individual Contributions:

Technical College of Lowcountry, Sc Child Care Resource & Referral, Baptist Church of Beaufort, Hobbit Hill Preschools, Beaufort County School, Hopeful Horizons, Palmetto Shared Services, Sherrie Dueno, Center for Child Care Career Dev./TE.A.C.H.