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Session Descriptions

8:30am – 10:30am

Mastering Record Keeping and Taxes

In the Keynote presentation, Mastering Record Keeping and Taxes, Tom Copeland will inform participants on how new tax rules can significantly benefit providers.  He will also demonstrate how to calculate an accurate Time-Space Percentage.  Additionally, Mr. Copeland will show participants how to claim maximum business deductions.  Finally, Mr. Copeland will review the 3 most important record keeping tasks – along with covering how to hire employees and how to find a good tax preparer.

11:00am – 12:00pm | Breakout Session 1

Setting Effective Limits and Boundaries to Reduce Stress and Ensure Business Success – Raelene Ostberg

In any job, it is difficult to consistently set limits at work, at home, and between work and home. But when do your job IS in your home, it gets even more difficult!  During this session, you will label the challenges you experience with setting limits and boundaries with families and identify strategies for establishing clear limits and sticking to them.  You will discover tips to effectively transition between your personal and professional work to reduce stress in both.

The Business of Interview Success – Kim Woehl

Explore how to make an interview book to secure families into your child care program, while you investigate what is important to include in your own book. Participants are asked to bring a copy of their current policies and contracts to serve as a guide through the process.

Power to the Profession: Pathways to Higher Education, T.E.A.C.H., and R.E.E.T.A.I.N. – Kylie Cooper and Erin Young

In this session, we will discuss NAEYC’s nationwide collaborative movement: Power to the Profession. We will share information about which higher education institutions offer Early Childhood Education and Child Development degree programs in Minnesota and how you can qualify to earn T.E.A.C.H scholarship and R.E.E.T.A.I.N. bonuses.  

Advanced Business – Tom Copeland

Topics and concepts covered during this session will include: depreciation, business tax forms, Social Security, tax preparers, end of the year tips, creating a budget, and setting goals.

1:00pm – 2:00pm | Breakout Session 2

What’s Working and What’s Not?: Networking to Investigate New Strategies for Program Business Planning – Dana Smith Ellingson

A course that brings early childhood professionals together to learn from one another about business development. This training allows time to discuss prompted questions and ideas that other programs have used and ideas that just didn’t work out. Walk away with ideas for marketing, setting fees, contracts with parents, record keeping, finances, and program planning.

Setting Effective Limits and Boundaries to Reduce Stress and Ensure Business Success – Raelene Ostberg

In any job, it is difficult to consistently set limits at work, at home, and between work and home. But when do your job IS in your home, it gets even more difficult!  During this session, you will label the challenges you experience with setting limits and boundaries with families and identify strategies for establishing clear limits and sticking to them.  You will discover tips to effectively transition between your personal and professional work to reduce stress in both.

Advocating for Young Children – Marie Huey

Do you have ideas for ways to improve care for children but don’t know how to make it happen? Channel your energy to advocacy!  Learn about simple steps you can take to educate others – and work toward making a difference.

Advanced Business – Tom Copeland

Topics and concepts covered during this session will include: depreciation, business tax forms, Social Security, tax preparers, end of the year tips, creating a budget, and setting goals.

2:15pm – 3:15pm | Breakout Session 3

Making Quality Work – Lisa Thompson

This session will focus on implementing and sustaining high quality practices for Family Child Care.  This will be a supportive place for fellow FCC educators to meet and cultivate meaningful discussion, gather quality improvement resources, and learn how quality initiatives can build upon your program’s strengths.

Marketing and Business Planning: Strategies that Strengthen Relationships with Families and Children – Dana Smith Ellingson

Explore the ways marketing and business planning can establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families. Discover how creating open, cooperative, reciprocal relationships with each family builds an important relationship that will grow and strengthen your business. Enjoy a hands-on experience creating marketing tools and developing sound business planning ideas that communicate what children are learning in your program.

Increase Your Joy and Reduce Your Stress So You Can Be Your Very Best – Raelene Ostberg

Caring for young children and working with families is a stressful endeavor and can lead to exhaustion, burn out, and even bad health.  Taking care of yourself will be critical to not only thrive but also to enjoy your important work.  Gain stress-busting techniques, learn a top tip to fight negative thinking, and develop a joy plan so you can be your best and increase your joy in your work and personal life. 

How to Manage Your Money and Plan for Retirement – Tom Copeland

This session will help you better manage money by reducing spending, developing savings habits, and setting financial goals. We will cover the basis rules of investing for retirement and identify the three main IRAs and explain how they differ.