South Carolina Child Care Inclusion Collaborative

Sessions

Thursday: Responsive and Sensitive Care:
Presenter: Jennifer Schildmeier

Title: Responsive and Sensitive Care

Age Group: Infants (0-18 mo.) Toddlers (19-35 mo.) 

Setting: Classroom

 

Workshop Description:

This training will explore responsive and sensitive care as the foundation for all learning and development and will provide strategies for child care teachers to use in the classroom.

 

About the Presenter:

Jennifer has over twenty years of experience working with children and families as a social worker, as a teacher in public and private settings, as a childcare director, and currently, as a trainer and coach in the early care and education field for SC-PITC.  Jennifer has had the privilege to serve children and families all over the country. She is highly committed to serving and helping develop quality education for young children. She is a certified teacher in the State of South Carolina. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Education and is endorsed in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Thursday: Supporting Your Own Social-Emotional Health Supports Children’s Well-Being:
Presenter: Beatrice Geiger

Title: Supporting Your Own Social-Emotional Health Supports Children’s Well-Being

Age Group: Infants (0-18 mo.) Toddlers (19-35 mo.) Preschool (3-5 yrs)

Setting: Home; Classroom; Community

 

Workshop Description:

Be Well Care Well and SCPITC invites you to come and explore ways to support your social-emotional health. In doing so, the results gained become the added support and well-being of the children and families you serve. We will discuss the 8 dimensions of well-being and will explore the strategies for supporting social-emotional well-being.

 

About the Presenter:

Beatrice Geiger is a passionate advocate for quality foundations for children and has served in the early education field in various capacities for more than 25 years. Her experience and interest have always been helping children and families achieve their highest level of success. Prior to joining SCPITC, she managed Region II Services for the S.C. Child Care Resource and Referral Network at United Way of the Midlands. She has been an Early Childhood Education Specialist with Richland County First Steps and was a teacher in a NAEYC-Accredited program. She is a Certified Trainer and Technical Assistant Provider (TAP) with the S.C. Center for Child Care Career Development.

 

 

Thursday: Understanding How Parenting Patterns in the Early Years Set a Course for the Future:
Presenters: Ablean Hanna and Herk Huggins

Title: Understanding How Parenting Patterns in the Early Years Set a Course for the Future

Age Group: Infants (0-18 mo.) Toddlers (19-35 mo.) Preschool (3-5 yrs)

Setting: Home; Classroom; Community

 

Workshop Description:

Parenting is the most important and perhaps most complex job in our society. It requires a lifetime of unselfish giving and commitment. The first years of parenting and teaching young children are really the most critical years. Studies show how parents parent during the early years will set the stage for all the years to come. These early years are indeed crucial to the child’s overall development and to the caregiver/child relationship.

 

About the Presenters:

Ablean Hanna is currently an Education Associate in the Office of Early Learning and Literacy at the South Carolina Department of Education. She has over 37 years of experience in the field of education. Ablean has been an Elementary teacher, a Reading Interventionist, a South Carolina Reading First Literacy Coach, a Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) Master Teacher, an Elementary Administrative Assistant, a Teacher Specialist On-Site for the Department of Education, and a Literacy Coach for the South Carolina Reading Initiative (SCRI). Ablean has two adult sons and enjoys spending time with her family. 

 

Herk Huggins has a passion for helping young children. He is currently an Education Associate in the Office of Early Learning and Literacy at the SC Department of Education. He taught under the Early Childhood Grade Band for eleven years specifically, first, second, and third grades. Besides teaching young children, Herk wore the hat of English Language Arts Supervisor for two years. He is certified as an Elementary Principal and Supervisor. He has worked in the field of education for sixteen years. Herk holds a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration from South Carolina State University. He and his wife have a beautiful daughter.

 

Thursday: The Big for All: Dual Language Learners (DLL's) in a Head Start classroom:
Presenters: Dr. Gisela Rentas and Sandra Stubbs

Title: The Big for All: Dual Language Learners (DLL's) in a Head Start classroom

Age Group: Preschool (3-5 yrs)

Setting: Home; Classroom 

 

Workshop Description:

The Big 5 for All is part of the research-based Planned Language Approach (PLA) to support Dual Language Learners (DLL's) and those who speak English in the area of language and literacy development. In order to be ready for school, young children are required to have high-quality experiences all day and every day. The Big 5 for All provide organized resources using five key skills that lead to later school success for all children.

 

About the Presenters:

Dr. Gisela M. Rentas is a Ph.D. graduate from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and an MS graduate from Capella University in Early Childhood Education. She brings more than 18 years in the field of Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, Administration, and Education. Dr. Rentas has held several positions in Early Head Start, Head Start, and Migrant Head Start programs and brings a wealth of experience in the areas of Education, School Readiness, Self-Assessment, Coaching, Management, and Family Services. Dr. Rentas is known for her passion and true commitment to the delivery of quality services. Dr. Rentas resides in Charleston, SC.

 

Mrs. Sandra Stubbs received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. She has taught Third and Fourth Grade and for the last five years has been teaching in the Head Start program for the Charleston County Schools in North Charleston, South Carolina. During the 2020-21 school year, she taught in a Big Five 50/50 classroom. Sandra and her husband, Charlie, have four children and 15 grandchildren. She enjoys sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Thursday: Embracing Positive Solutions for Promoting Social and Emotional Development:
Presenter: Angela Compton

Title: Embracing Positive Solutions for Promoting Social and Emotional Development  

Age Group: Preschool (3-5 yrs)

Setting: Home; Classroom

 

Workshop Description:

How children feel about themselves, how they develop relationships with others, and how they learn to express and manage their emotions affect their development in every cognitive domain and is a strong indicator of long-term academic success. Utilizing the Pyramid Model, this session will equip teachers, child care providers, parents, and caregivers with ways to develop the social and emotional competence of ALL children for academic success.

 

About the Presenter:

Angela Compton is an Early Learning Specialist with the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning and Literacy. Prior to joining the Office of Early Learning and Literacy, Angela served as an Instructional Coach with Laurens District 55 as well as a facilitator for the Read to Succeed courses through the University of South Carolina. She is passionate about igniting a spark and instilling a love of learning in every child! Angela’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Winthrop University.

Friday: How We Are is More Important Than What We Do: Building Reflective Practice:
Presenter: Kristyn Driver

Title: How We Are is More Important Than What We Do: Building Reflective Practice  

Age Group: Infants (0-18 mo.) Toddlers (19-35 mo.) Preschool (3-5 yrs)

Setting: Home; Classroom; Community 

 

Workshop Description:

Meeting the needs of young children while staying passionate about our work is no easy task! Often our own needs as a helper aren't prioritized and we can get into a rut. Utilizing reflective Supervision is imperative to understanding our own experiences within our work. Building our self-awareness allows us to be more effective interventionists. Learning more about how you are with young children and their families is your most important tool.

 

About the Presenter: 

Kristyn Driver is an Infant Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Supervisor/Consultant currently providing Reflective Supervision for Early Childhood professionals throughout South Carolina. Kristyn has extensive training in Infant Mental Health practices and has provided relationship-focused clinical services for over 15 years in the homes of many infants, young children, and their families in Southeastern Michigan. Kristyn has provided Individual and Group Reflective Supervision within many cross-sectors of the Early Childhood field throughout the country.

 

 

 

Friday: Reenergize Your Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Practices:
Presenters: Amy Smith and Joy Anthony

Title: Reenergize Your Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Practices

Age Group: Preschool (3-5 yrs)

Setting: Home; Classroom; Community

 

Workshop Description:

Join us as we engage you by modeling a myriad of interactive strategies and practices to utilize when teaching phonological awareness (snap, clap, stomp syllables, sound cards, I-spy rhymes) and phonemic awareness (segmentation, manipulation, blending, adding, subtracting, substitution). We will also share the Early Indicator Checklist from the SC Dyslexia Handbook (September 2020).

 

About the Presenter:

Joy Anthony is currently an Education Associate with the SC Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP) with the Office of Early Learning and Literacy (OELL) through the SC Department of Education. Spanning over twenty-five years, Joy's Early Childhood experiences include being the Director of NC 5-Star, a NAEYC-Accredited Child Development Center, a Director of a Head Start Center, an Inclusion Specialist, a Program Quality Specialist, a Curriculum Coordinator, a community College Adjunct Instructor and a Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher. Joy Earned a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina (Columbia).

 

Amy Smith is currently an Education Associate with the SC Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP) with the Office of Early Learning and Literacy (OELL) through the SC Department of Education. Amy's Early Childhood experiences include being a Kindergarten Teacher, an Assistant Director of a Child Development Center for homeless, needy, and children in poverty, Director ofr NC 5-Star, an NAEYC-Accredited Child Development Center, and a Child Development Specialist at a Resource and Referral Agency. Amy earned a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina (Columbia). 

Friday: Connecting Passion to Purpose: How Shared Lived Experiences Informs Programmatic Service Delivery:
Presenter: Jena Martin

Title: Connecting Passion to Purpose: How Shared Lived Experiences Informs Programmatic Service Delivery 

Age Group: Infants (0-18 mo.) Toddlers (19-35 mo.) Preschool (3-5 yrs)

Setting: Home; Classroom; Community

 

Workshop Description:

Family Connection of South Carolina (FCSC) is SC's local Family Voices affiliate and Parent Training Information Center. This presentation will uniquely blend parent voices of children with disabilities with evidence-based strategies that lead to programmatic initiatives and service delivery within our state. Participants will understand how the peer-to-peer framework leads parents and staff to move from emotion to advocacy and put their passion into practice.

 

About the Presenter:

Jena Martin serves as the Director of Special Populations for FCSC, ensuring underserved and at-risk children receive appropriate and timely special education services. She oversees Triple P Stepping Stones staff, NICU Navigators, and has over 15 years of experience providing care and support to families in a clinical setting. Jena is a USC alumnus who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a Minor in Early Childhood Education. She has recently completed a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from USC in 2020. Jena brings both professional and personal knowledge of the child welfare system to implement processes and policies that advocate for equity and best practices for at-risk children and youth.

 

Friday: Learning Self-Regulation in a Virtual Setting:
Presenters: Rikki McCormick and Krysten Douglas

Title: Learning Self-Regulation in a Virtual Setting

Age Group: Preschool (3-5 yrs)

Setting: Home; Classroom; Community

 

Workshop Description:

After March 2020, school districts embarked upon the Virtual Education System journey. Instruction and student support (telehealth, tele-counseling, remote food preparation) were delivered virtually. In the world of SEL, calming spaces to help promote self-regulation in a brick-and-mortar setting were just gaining traction as a practice when virtual became the only option. Virtual calming spaces became an option to promote self-regulation.

 

About the Presenters:

Dr. Rikki McCormick is an Education Associate in the Office of Special Education Services for the South Carolina Department of Education. She was previously the Director of Special Education and Student Support Services for Lincoln County Schools in Hamlin, WV. Dr. McCormick received her Undergraduate Degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training at Concord University. Her graduate work was completed through Marshall University (M.A. Special Education, Ed.S. Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology). Dr. McCormick's research interests include Auditory Processing Disorder, D/Deaf Education, Trauma-Informed Care, Youth Mental Health, and Education Technology.

 

Krysten Douglas has worked in the field of Education for the past 26 years. She began her teaching career as a self-contained Special Education teacher. Krysten has a wide range of classroom teaching experiences. She has taught Middle School Special Education, Middle School General Education, Elementary Special Education, and Elementary General Education. Currently, Krysten is an Education Associate with the South Carolina Department of Education in the Office of Special Education Services. Krysten's main role is to provide support in the area of Social-Emotional Learning as well as Behavioral Supports to districts across the state.