Spring 2020

Events

"Leap into Quality" Conference

Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Source for Learning is proud to sponsor the “Leap into Quality” conference. This event is hosted by Sentara RMH Virginia Quality. We will be giving away a $50 value "Educational Toolkit." We hope to see you there!

Where: Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, VA

Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (VAAEYC) Annual Conference

March 5-7, 2020

The Source for Learning is a proud sponsor of the VAAEYC 2020 Annual Conference!

Are you planning to attend? Please visit us in the Exhibit Hall - Booth # 36.

  • Learn about our FREE professional learning webinars on trending ECE topics!
  • Meet the Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP) instructor to learn more about the ONLY and NAEYC recognized administrator credential in Virginia.

Various sessions available with the VA-ECAP instructor:

Th (3/5): 2:30 – 6 PM

F (3/6): 11:30 AM -2:30 PM; 4-5 PM

S (3/7): 9 AM - Noon

  • Enter our raffle drawings

We are giving away two raffle prizes - both are educational toolkits - each of $75 value. 

Where: Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA
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Smart Beginnings for Tomorrow's Workforce

Monday, March 23, 2020; 8 AM - 10:30 AM ET

The Source for Learning is proud to be the Prize Sponsor of this breakfast event featuring Pamela T. Northam, First Lady of Virginia and Dr. Mark Ginsberg, Dean, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University. This event is hosted by the Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William. We hope to see you there!

Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA
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Presentations

A Vision for Our Youth: The Importance of Creativity in Early Learning Programs

Thursday, March 5, 2020; 9:30-11 AM ET

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Objectives:

  • Recognize the rationale for implementing developmentally appropriate creative experiences in early learning programs. 
  • Learn strategies and techniques to plan creative experiences based upon children's developmental needs to help them acquire essential skills.  
  • Gain an understanding of the fundamentals for applying these techniques into your work with young children.

Synopsis:

Creativity is a form of self-expression by young children. It helps children attain some fundamental skills such as communication, reading, writing, and math which are essential to their success in the academic pathway later on in life. This presentation will focus on the value and importance of creativity in the early years.  Developmentally appropriate strategies and techniques for promoting creativity will be discussed and demonstrated to equip participants in planning opportunities for creative experiences for young children.

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Presenters: Where: Greater Richmond Convention Center - Room B18

Ready for Kindergarten: Facilitating Children’s Success Through the Development of Social-Emotional Competence in Early Years

Thursday, March 5, 2020; 9:30-11 AM ET

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      Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the social-emotional aspects of kindergarten readiness and learn the significance of children developing social-emotional competence for future success.
  • Learn about brain development and developmental milestones in young children in relationship with the development of social-emotional competence, an essential skill for kindergarten readiness.
  • Learn developmentally appropriate strategies for supporting social-emotional development with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Synopsis:

Helping young children strengthen their capacity to manage their emotions and behavior, and to make meaningful friendships, is important for school readiness and future academic success. This presentation will offer an opportunity to reflect on the theoretical framework of social-emotional development in young children and provide practical and effective strategies that can be implemented in early childhood classrooms. 

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Presenters: Where: Greater Richmond Convention Center - Room B15c

Non-Competitive Games

Friday, March 6, 2020; 11:15-12:45 PM ET

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Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the distinction between competitive and non-competitive games.
  • Acquire methods to convert competitive games into cooperative games.
  • Explore the benefits of cooperation via engaging children in cooperative games.
  • Learn the teacher’s role as a facilitator of the games by engaging in an interactive and entertaining session!

Synopsis:

When a thoughtful approach is used in planning games for young children, the children gain confidence by working together toward a goal and insecurity is avoided because young children find it difficult to understand formal rules.  The need to learn cooperation and problem-solving can be transferred to the games that are offered to young children. This hands-on session will offer strategies for non-competitive games to encourage inclusion and pro-social behavior among young children, while having fun! Having the participants engage in an interactive session by participating in games will offer them the opportunity to think through the challenges and solutions that make the games more inclusive and developmentally appropriate.

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Presenters: Where: Greater Richmond Convention Center - Room B19

A Vision of Developing High Quality Early Learning Programs: Through the Lens of NAEYC Accreditation Process

Friday, March 6, 2020; 4:15-5:15 PM ET

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Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of NAEYC Accreditation for center-based early childhood programs through personal experiences shared by the presenters. 
  • Acquire resources available in the Commonwealth of Virginia to support programs pursuing NAEYC Accreditation.

Synopsis:

Is your program considering pursuing NAEYC Accreditation? Come and join us for an interactive session to help you get started on this journey! This session will provide an overview of the NAEYC Accreditation process along with some personal experiences.

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Presenters: Where: Greater Richmond Convention Center - Room B14