CQEL Spring Conference and Advocacy Day



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CQEL Spring Conference & Advocacy Day

Discuss and navigate through the challenges so many of us are experiencing, plus get practical ideas to improve your site and staff morale. This is like a reset button for you and your organization!

Join us on March 22nd for the acclaimed CQEL Spring Conference, full of insightful, reparative, and engaging sessions- all live online from the comfort of your office.

Then pair up with CQEL friends to advocate for private child cares with state leaders on March 23rd to ask for the support we all need.

"I found this Conference to be so helpful. Every speaker gave me something new to think about. I enjoyed the other Director's input too." - past Spring Conference Attendee

Here's a sneak peek at the schedule (it's likely to change and get even better):

Day 1 - Spring Conference

9am [Optional but recommended] One Mindful meditation session -Adam Moskowitz, Mindfulness & Meditation Facilitator

10am Event opening and housekeeping

10:15am What does this next year hold for COVID-19 and child cares? Q&A with E.R. Doctor/CDPH leader about the pandemic today and its future for child cares. Join Dr. Jill Marek in discussing the current state of COVID-19, the science behind CDPH guidance, and what’s to come in the future. -Dr. Jill Marek, CDPH

11:15am How to build a pandemic-resilient program budget that increased your program value. Learn how to analyze and modify your budget to account for new pandemic-related expenses and seek out new ways, including grants, to amplify your program value. -Kathe Petchel, HINGE Advisors and Childcare Owner

12pm- 1:00pm Lunch Break and Director's Coffee Break (open to all CQEL members and Spring Conference attendees)

1pm Pick the roundtable discussion that interests you:

Appreciation starts with you. Budget-friendly ideas to appreciate yourself and your staff so you can build or repair relationships and build a happier, more resilient staff culture. -Molly Hichens, HINGE Advisors and Childcare Leader & Jamie Sanbonmatsu, Director, Valley View Children's Center [Roundtable]

​Negotiating challenging parent conversations: Steer heated parent conversations and complaints back to productive dialogue. -Jennifer S. Carter, Executive Director, Oak Tree Learning Center [Roundtable]

2pm Covid-19 may have the spotlight, but there are many other common infectious diseases to protect against. Learn about mitigation strategies within the childcare setting, so we can all stay healthier together. - Bobbie Rose RN PHN, Program Director, California Childcare Health Program, UCSF

3:00pm Great talent already has a job: stop paying Indeed for unqualified applicants! In this micro-session, learn easy-to-implement strategies to hire better staff faster. -Dave, CQEL's Executive Director

3:30pm Event wrap-up and planning for Advocacy Day

"I gained a lot from this and I thank you. You covered very interesting topics which really helpful to me." - past Spring Conference Attendee

Day 2 - Advocacy Day

9am-3pm Meet with legislators! We'll be inviting all attendees to meet with at least one legislator or legislative aide to discuss child care issues.

10:30am-11:30am Legislative Update and How to Advocate Training


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