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2021

Parent & Nanny Conference

The Parent and Nanny Conference has 60+ expert speakers and panelists presenting over 40 on-demand seminars.

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2021 Speakers

You can watch 24/7 between September 2-30. The Parent and Nanny Conference also has live events, workshops and networking throughout September 2021. Additional seminars and live events will be announced over the next few months.

For every seminar you watch, you have the option to download a certificate of attendance that will include your name, the seminar title, duration, and date.

Speakers and their seminars are listed below in alphabetical order.

INGRID ANDERSON, ED.D

Portland State University

In her 25 years as an early childhood educator, administrator, and professor, Ingrid Anderson worked in Children’s Museums, School Districts, state government, and early childhood centers. Starting as a nanny at 19, Ingrid’s work took her from the classroom to the boardroom and back. Currently, she is coordinator and advisor to the Infant Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate and faculty & advisory for the Master of Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Curriculum and Instruction degree.

Supporting Early Childhood Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Participants will gain knowledge on early childhood mental health and well-being. We will explore early brain development, what children 0-5 years need from their caregiver, spheres of influence, and a strength-based approach to supporting young children’s social and emotional development. In the final part of the workshop, we offer activities that support you in engaging with the young children in your lives.

KENNETH ANTOINE

Mentor, Speaker and Business Leader

In Kenneth W. Antoine, Your Success Coach, is a mentor, inspirational speaker, and business leader with a mission to communicate the principles of success. Kenneth is known for his ability to resonate with his audience, providing insights and wisdom that are life changing. Kenneth shares timeless truths, wrapped in humor and delivered with passion, teaching people how to pursue and possess a life of success.

Discovering Your Parenting Style.
Discovering your Parenting Path will reveal and possibly uncover how you view parenting. We will take a look at various parenting styles to determine which path you identify with. We will highlight the benefits of parenting and strengthen the parent/child relationship.

DR. LAURA BAILET

Chief Academic Officer

Kaplan Early Learning Company

Dr. Bailet is earned her B.A. in English at Wake Forest University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in communicative disorders from Northwestern University. She began her professional career as a teacher of children with learning disabilities. She is a licensed school psychologist with expertise in language and literacy development and learning disorders. Dr. Bailet has won multiple community awards and is a member of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Board and national Reach Out and Read Board of Directors.

The Other Side of the Literacy Coin: Writing Experiences for PreSchoolers.
Do you use pre-writing and writing activities with young children in your care? Writing is a powerful and fun tool to develop preschool language and literacy skills, yet it is often underutilized. Join us for a lively session on why writing is such an important part of the early literacy “coin” and how to easily offer and support developmentally appropriate writing experiences for young children. You will leave energized with great ideas to increase both the quantity and quality of writing experiences for young children.

JEAN BARBRE, ED.D

Portland State University

Jean Barbre Ed.D. has worked in the field of early child care and education for over 30 years, where she has managed preschool programs, coached administrators, and trained early child care. providers. She holds a Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University in Educational Leadership, a MS degree in Counseling, a MA degree in Consumer and Family Studies. She is an author of three books published by Redleaf Press: Foundations of Responsive Caregiving Infants, Toddlers, and Twos; Activities for Responsive Caregiving Infants, Toddlers, and Two; and Baby Steps to STEM Infants, Toddlers and Twos. 

Exploring STEM Activities for Children Birth to Age Five.
Join us as we learn the foundations of STEM education for young children and easy fun activities you can use to promote STEM in your home environment.

SHAWNA BOOMGAARD, LMSW, ED.S

Oakland University

Shawna Boomgaard, LMSW, ACTP, Ed.S. has more than 20 years of experience working with children, youth and families in the field of education and clinical social work. Shawna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA and her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She holds an Education Specialist degree in Organizational Leadership from Oakland University. She has extensive experience working with hospice/palliative care, school social work, and juvenile justice programming in addition to clinical private practice

Building Resilient Children in Extraordinary Times.
Join this seminar for an overview of the ACE study, including the outcome and findings, learn the definition of toxic stress and its impact on the developing brain, and the impact of early adversity on lifelong health. This seminar also provides resources to shift thinking and practice as you become trauma-informed with tools you can use for self-care.

DARLA BURNS

CAPPA Certified Labor Doula

douladarla.com

Darla Burns is a CAPPA Certified Labor Doula, Certified Postpartum Doula, Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Educator, Infant Massage Instructor, and a Postpartum Doula Trainer. With over 30 years of experience, Darla prides herself on professionalism and elevating the profession to ensure better outcomes for expecting and new parents.

Panel Discussion: Nanny and Doula Training for Career Advancement. Industry leaders and educators discuss the different types of training and certification programs including nanny, childcare provider, newborn care and continuing education.

NIKKI BUSH

Best Selling Author

nikkibush.com

Award-winning speaker and best-selling author, Nikki Bush, helps individuals and teams to win at life and work. Nikki is the co-author of four bestselling books: Future-proof Your Child for the 2020s and Beyond (Penguin Random House, 2019) with Dr Graeme Codrington, Tech-Savvy Parenting (Bookstorm, 2014) with Arthur Goldstuck, Easy Answers to Awkward Questions (Metz Press, 2009) with Ilze Alberts and Future-proof Your Child for the wired generation (Penguin, 2008).

Future Proof Your Child for the 2020s and Beyond.
Sixty to seventy percent of the jobs today’s children will do have not been invented yet. How do we prepare children for a world we can barely imagine? This presentation will highlight the X-factors for success children need to develop to thrive in a fast-changing world (and they are not found on a child’s academic report card).

DR. WHITNEY CASARES

Pediatrician and Author

modernmommydoc.com

Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a board-certified practicing pediatrician, the creator of the popular website Modern Mommy Doc, and the author of The Working Mom Blueprint: Winning at Parenting Without Losing Yourself and The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One. She is the mother of 2 young daughters and lives in Portland, OR.

Conflicted to Centered: Finding Success in the Workplace and Home.
Parents and professional caregivers want to excel in their career endeavors and find joy in their personal lives but burnout arises when they feel conflicted about where to place their attention, energy, and time. As they try full-force to find balance without a centered vision, they eventually develop stress, fatigue, and frustration. Dr. Whitney’s Centered Life Model shows attendees how to develop a framework for finding sustainable success in the workplace and at home, build organizational systems for living with efficiency and productivity without creating burnout, and spend time and energy throughout the week on efforts that produce maximum impact and meaningful results personally and professionally.

ELSA CHAHIN

President at Pikler/Loczy USA

pikler.org

Elsa Chahin is an in-demand speaker, writer, teacher, and infant-toddler consultant, with more than twenty years of experience working with infants, children, youth, and adult populations around the globe. Chahin has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at over 150 national and international conferences and seminars on the topic of caring for babies with respect. She has also been featured as an online expert for early childhood development topics including at-risk, orphaned, abandoned, and children with learning disabilities.

What is the Pikler Pedogogy?

All children deserve a kind, joyous, and peaceful upbringing, one in which they can thrive emotionally and developmentally with confidence and authenticity. And so, it is our task to offer children a caring and loving childhood in a nurturing environment, because when children are provided with attentive and reverent care, they are able to establish trust in the world, a gift they will carry with them throughout adulthood and in dealing with the world at large. In this workshop we will explore three of the main principles of the Pikler® Pedagogical Approach: Respectful Care, Freedom of Movement, and Self-Initiated Play Activity..

DR. BILL DEMEO

Developmental School Psychologist

Dr. William DeMeo is a Developmental Psychologist who consults with an organization that serves over 1,000 daycare programs across the county. In addition, he also has a private practice that specializes in serving children and families that other agencies are not able to serve in the Greater Cincinnati Area. William had coordinated the mental health services for Cincinnati Public Schools’ Early Childhood Program for the past 25 years.

Helping Children to Combat their Stress and Anxiety Associated with Pandemics and Crises.
More These are stressful and anxious times. Even when not experiencing a global pandemic, nearly half of all parents say their children are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety. Without tools to help children manage these feelings, anxiety and stress, children may begin to display mental health issues and behavioral problems. This workshop will address how stress and anxiety related to Pandemics, Crises and Disasters impacting students and the specific and practical techniques to assist professionals in working with children to manage the stress and anxiety in their lives. After attending this webinar, participants will design effective strategies to decrease the stress and anxiety response in students including calming techniques.

EMMA DEWEY

Owner of Babyem

Emma Dewey is the owner of the childcare and newborn care training agency Babyem, as well as the Babyem Business Academy: a membership program that supports childcare and health practitioners to build successful value-driven businesses. Over the last 10 years, Emma has also worked with childcare organisations internationally, supporting them to build and market their training programs. Prior to Babyem, Emma began her career working in marketing promoting global brands, before retraining and working for a humanitarian aid agency and children services for 10 years.

The Proven Path to Creating a Childcare Business You Love.
Are you looking to be positioned as the trusted expert of choice? This workshop explores how to stand out online (even if you think you are not a ‘natural’ at marketing), so you are automatically positioned as the trusted expert of choice. I will also be sharing my fuss-free marketing content plan, which will show you step by step how to showcase your business in a fun, authentic way, in less than 15 minutes a day.

PATRICK DIFIORE

Partner Manager at GTM

gtm.com

Patrick DiFiore joined GTM in 2018 in the household service department, with more than seven years of experience in customer service, working in retail management, insurance, and financial advising. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is well-versed in household employment. Patrick builds relationships with GTM’s agency partners to provide household payroll, tax, and insurance services to families all over the country.

The Benefits of Legal Pay for Families and Nannies.
The benefits of paying a nanny legally far outweigh the risks of not doing so. Families can take advantage of tax credits and avoid trouble from the IRS and other government agencies. Nannies get a legal employment record and verifiable income, along with employment protections. Learn how easy it is for a family to get caught paying “under the table” and how nannies can discuss wanting to be paid legally.

EMILY DILLS

Founder Seattle Nannies

seattlenanny.com

Emily Dills is a Seattle native, former nanny, founder of Seattle Nanny, an award-winning agency in business since 1997. Current board member of the City of Seattle's Domestic Workers Standards Board, and member of Hand in Hand Domestic Employers Network, and stakeholder in the WA state Collaborative Child Care Task Force. Active at the local, state and federal level in policy development around this work.

Growing Your Nanny Agency.
A panel of nanny agency owners discuss current trends, hot topics like the impact of covid vaccination and how to grow your nanny agency.

STEVEN DOSSOU

Sail Force Catalyst

Steven Dossour is the Founder of Sail Force Catalyst, a personal development, empowerment and motivational platform which focuses on how to use emotional intelligence to ignite transformation of individuals and groups. Sail Force is about unleashing people's emotional strength necessary to the fulfillment of their true potential and the catalyst of their various life and business journeys.

How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Create an Environment Conducive to Growth and Success.
The foundation of thriving societies are well balanced and grounded families. It is important that families are able to live fulfilled in joy and harmony despite their daily life challenges. Achieving this goal requires each family member to access a deep level of understanding, tolerance and wisdom which is beyond intelligence, it's emotional intelligence.

JULIA GASKELL

Norland

norland.ac.uk

Julia Gaskell is Head of Consultancy and Training , Agency & Alumni at Norland. Julia graduated from Norland College in 1985, and went on to set up her own award winning nursery in 2001.Since Julia trained at Norland, she has gone on to acquire a First Class honours degree in Early Years Care and Education, in addition to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). In recent years Julia has been involved in many Early Years initiatives across the country and specialised in leadership issues and sustainability in children’s centres.

Emotion Coaching.
Emotion Coaching aims to empower the education and early years workforce, families and parents through building awareness of attachments, emotions and self-regulation. Dr. Janet Rose and Julia Gaskell will help professionals acquire skills to empathise and unpick the reasons behind behavior.

JESSICA GILMORE

Professional Nanny

Dayton Nannies

Jessica Gilmore has been nannying for six years. She completed the US Nanny Institute professional program in 2019 and is a Water Safety Instructor. Jessica has been a member of a thriving local nanny group, The Dayton Nannies, since 2018 and is now the organizations Vice President. Jessica supports the nanny community with mentoring and events.

Mastering Nanny Interviews.
While interviewing can be stressful, it helps to prepare. Four nanny industry experts answer real interview questions. The panelists then discuss what works well and how the answer will be interpreted by the family. With over a dozen interview questions, you are sure to gain a new tip.

ASHLEY HARRISON, JD

Partner

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Ashley Harrison is an employment lawyer whose practice focuses on representing clients nationally in commercial disputes and employment matters. Her work primarily includes defending companies in litigation involving business contracts, business torts, consumer credit disputes and a variety of employment-related issues, including noncompete agreements, harassment and discrimination claims, and high-stakes wage-and-hour matters.

Employment Law Challenges for Parents and Nannies.
Ashley discusses common legal issues facing parents and nannies in contract and employment law.

KENSTON HENDERSON, SR.

Live with Lyfe, LLC

livewithlyfe.com

Kenston Henderson Sr., is the Training & Development Coordinator with the City of Columbus and the founder and CEO of Live With Lyfe, LLC. Kenston is a certified John Maxwell team member and Culture Transformation Champion. He is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer and accomplished musician with two instrumental albums Breathe (2016) and Oasis (2018). In 2018, he also wrote the book “Parenting Like a Boss: Intentionally Committed” which landed on Amazon’s Best Seller list.

Parenting Like a Boss: Totally Committed.
Imagine for a moment that your children are screaming at the top of their lungs…“I have the best parents in the world!!” But then COVID happens...racial unrest surfaces, and a heated political battle all take place simultaneously and you can’t help but slowly wish for a room (or a moment) in your home to hide. Well parents, despite what life may throw at us, it’s time for us to take several deep breaths, pull out our Parenting Like a BOSS capes and make the decision that no matter what comes our way, we will choose to be the awesome parents we were always meant to be.

DR. RONILDA C. HENSON

Early Childhood Special Educator

Ronilda “Nildz” Henson is an educator, independent consultant/trainer, and advocate for young children’s literacy.  Board certified for Texas early childhood special education teacher, Early Childhood Administrator Credentials from the State of Oklahoma, and Delaware as well as Early Childhood Teacher Certification from the State of Delaware.  She has been invited to present and train teachers/administrators in several early childhood seminars and conferences in local, state, national, and international forums.

Talk to Me: Fostering Early Language Development for Infants and Toddlers Through Play.
In this seminar, participants will learn more about promoting early language and communication development of infants and toddlers and how it can be successfully incorporated into playful activities. Infant and toddler childcare providers will be engaged with interactive and hands-on activities to apply the information learned.

SHAWN HILGER

Early Childhood Special Educator

Shawn Hilger is a 32 year career nanny. In her tenure has cared for children from the ages of newborn all the way to 18.  She is a member of the USNA and an advocate.  She also mentors & advises up & coming nannies. She is currently a live in nanny in Boston.”

Panel Discussion: Pros & Cons of Live-In Childcare.
Parents, live-in nannies and au pairs discuss the benefits and challenges of live-in childcare with tips on how to increase communication and align expectations..

JOCELYN D. JONES

Kappa Learning Group

kappalearninggroup.com

Jocelyn D Jones is from Atlanta, Georgia and has been an early educator for 24 years. Jocelyn is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University with a B.A. in Sociology and earned a Master's in Early Childhood Studies from Walden University. She is a Georgia Approved Trainer and founder of Kappa Learning Group. She is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi National Education Honor Society.

Why Does She Wear a Hijab? Why is Her Hair so Kinky? The Importance of Culture Relativism.
This seminar discusses the significance of culture relativism and self-identity in early childhood and classroom learning. Participants will learn about ethnocentrism and it's impact on a child’s social/emotional development. Parents and nannies will learn four major ways to create identity safe classrooms and how to promote cross culture. These developmentally appropriate practices will aid in multicultural learning and guiding children in understanding “self”.

CHRISTY JONES-HUDSON

Multicoachural Consulting

prekcoaches.com

Christy Jones-Hudson is a technical writer for DLH corporation. She also owns Multicoachural Consulting, LLC which provides training and technical services to programs with a focus on serving children with special needs. Her writing has been published on national platforms such as Exchange Magazine and Motherly. She is the creator of Project Breather, a free respite program in Alabama for caregivers of children with disabilities

Supporting Parents of Children with Special Needs.​
Christy Jones-Hudson shares the fears and joys of parenting special needs children. Topics include grieving the diagnosis and the impact special needs has on health & well-being. This seminar provides practical tips to support parents.

DR. LINDA KARGES-BONE

Educate Insite

educationinsite.com

Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant on the topics of creativity, differentiated instruction, and brain-body connections. She is a Distinguished Professor of Education at Charleston Southern University and earned her Ed.D. at the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Bone is the author of over 30 books in the fields of curriculum and assessment, including her most recent: “Brain Tips” and “Rich Brain, Poor Brain”.

Stress and the Brain: A Guide to Managing Cortisol's Impacts on Behavior and Creativity.​
Can you spell A-M-Y-G-D-A-L-A? If not, now is the time to learn. Dr. B will introduce you to this important brain structure that triggers a potentially damaging flow of cortisol and adrenaline that can impede learning and creativity. As caregivers, there is much one can do to detox and regulate the impacts of stress on both brain and body and do it with fun, simple, effective strategies.

CINDY KIM

AuPairCare

Texas Area Director

Cindy Kim is AuPairCare's Area Director and has been providing dedicated service to live-in au pairs and host families since 2013. Cindy holds a Master’s degree in Communications Management and is a proud mom of two boys.

Panel Discussion: Pros & Cons of Live-In Childcare.​
Parents, live-in nannies and au pairs discuss the benefits and challenges of live-in childcare with tips on how to increase communication and align expectations.

REAL N. KUNENE

Author

Rise to Greater Heights

Real N. Kunene is a highly sought after energetic certified Les Brown International speaker.  She is the author and host to Rise to Greater Heights, a book and YouTube channel to turn your fears into greater success while seizing new opportunities. She’s also a coach, mentor and eMCee, well known for encouraging many to rise from mediocrity into greatness.

Successful Single Parenting.​
Life is not about always being spic and span and perfect, appreciate yourself and give yourself credit for the way you are bringing up your children. Be happy and content in life, instead of wondering what could have happened. While it may sound difficult, it is also the imperfections of life that give it character and that is how your children will see the love, and know what efforts you are putting in.

MICHELLE LAROWE

NannyTraining.com

MichelleLaRowe.com

Michelle LaRowe has more than 25 years of nanny industry experience and has authored several parenting books including Nanny to the Rescue!, Nanny to the Rescue Again! and Working Mom’s 411. Michelle has served as executive director of the International Nanny Association and currently serves as the executive director of Morningside Nannies, an award-winning nanny agency. To educate the next generation of nannies, Michelle launched NannyTraining.com where she serves as lead educator.

Panel Discussion: Nanny and Doula Training for Career Advancement.
Industry leaders and educators discuss the different types of training and certification programs including nanny, childcare provider, newborn care and continuing education.

SYMA LATIF

Bay Area Sitters

bayareasitters.com

Syma Latif founded Bay Area Sitters in 2014, a nanny agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has seen Bay Area Sitters grow from concept to execution and now leads a full-service childcare agency that has won consecutive Best Nanny Agency awards and received recognition in the New York Times. Syma has also served on the USNA Board as Director for Agencies West.

Panel Discussion: Growing Your  Nanny Agency.
Growing your Agency featuring Rebecca Pearcy, Syma Latif, Elisha Lewis, and Emily Dills. How and why did you start your nanny agency and how did you get it to the place you are at now? When did you start making a profit and when were you able to start pulling a salary? Insight from 4 reputable agency owners with their top tips on building and managing a staffing agency. 

JILL GETTO LEE, MA

RIE® Associate

Early Childhood Educator

Jill Getto Lee is a 0-3 consultant with a special interest in the development of twins and triplets. She holds a Masters Degree from Pacific Oaks College in Human Development Specializing in Early Childhood Development, and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University. She currently teaches several classes at the Los Angeles and Pasadena RIE® Centers. She serves on the RIE Board of Directors and is the Program Chairperson for RIE.

Introduction to Magda Gerber's Respectful Educaring® Approach.​
Jill Getto Lee, M.A., welcomes those who are new to RIE® and will offer insight into the basic principles of Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach. Discover how to put the Educaring® Approach into practice so that you can foster respectful and authentic relationships with each of the children in your care.  This therapeutic approach supports parents, professionals, and infants to build cooperative, interactive, respectful relationships for the benefit of all.

ELISE LEWIS

Distinguished Domestic Services

distinguisheddomestics.com

Elise Lewis started her first placement agency in Los Angeles in 1988 and has been a prominent force in the domestic arena ever since. Throughout the years the technology has enabled her to service the entire country and expand her data base to provide high end service personnel to a very discerning clientele. Distinguished Domestic Services provides staff to the top one percent of our nation and services high profile, celebrities and high net worth families and individuals.

Panel Discussion: Growing Your  Nanny Agency.
Growing your Agency featuring Rebecca Pearcy, Syma Latif, Elisha Lewis, and Emily Dills. How and why did you start your nanny agency and how did you get it to the place you are at now? When did you start making a profit and when were you able to start pulling a salary? Insight from 4 reputable agency owners with their top tips on building and managing a staffing agency. 

SHANNON LOCKHART

Early Childhood Educator

Shannon Lockhart is an Early Childhood Applied Practice Manager for the HighScope Educational Research Foundation where she has worked for the past 30 years. She is responsible for the design and development of HighScope’s curriculum and training materials for infants and toddlers as well as a significant contributor for HighScope’s preschool curriculum and training. She has written articles on infants and toddlers, curriculum content, executive function, the daily routine and many more topics for the early childhood community.

The Importance of Active Learning and Sensory Engaging Materials in Screen Dominated Culture.
We know that not all screen media are healthy for children and that infants and toddlers learn best when they are actively engaged with real objects and people. Infants’ and toddlers’ learning grows out of their direct actions on materials, people, and events in their environment. In this session, participants will examine the current research on screen media with infants and toddlers, discuss the ingredients of active learning and its importance to this young age, and identify sensory motor materials that appeal to all of children’s senses for optimal learning experiences.

JILL LUBLIN

Best Selling Author

JillLublin.com

Jill Lublin is an international speaker on the topics of Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking, Kindness and Referrals. She is the author of 4 Best Selling books including Get Noticed...Get Referrals (McGraw Hill) and co-author of Guerrilla Publicity and Networking Magic.  Her latest book, Profit of Kindness went #1 in four categories. Jill is a master strategist on how to position your business for more profitability and more visibility in the marketplace.  She is CEO of a strategic consulting firm and has over 25 years’ experience working with over 100,000 people plus national and international media. Jill teaches a virtual Publicity Crash Course and consults and speaks all over the world.

Get Known Everywhere Using Publicity.
Discover how to be the #1 Influencer and leader in your industry by boosting your credibility and amplifying your media visibility. Based on her international bestseller, Guerrilla Publicity, Jill Lublin shares simple strategies and provides cost-effective short‐term, doable tactics. Helping you understand what the media is looking for, so you and your brand can stand out, get noticed and go from unknown to newsworthy.

ELIZABETH MALSON, MS

US Nanny Institute

usnannyinstitute.com

Dedicated to supporting childcare providers and families, Elizabeth Malson is an executive leader and Founder of the US Nanny Institute, an online college for nannies. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina.

Ultimate Guide to Hire a Nanny.​
Whether using an agency or leveraging online resources, the Ultimate Guide to Hire a Nanny can help parents navigate job descriptions, duties, costs and finding great candidates. This seminar also provides example interview questions and tools to assess candidates. Not sure about payroll or insurance, we've got it covered as well as background checks and calling references.

JESSIE MARIE

Posh Nanny & Premier Educators

nannyposh.com

Jessie Marie is the Founder and Owner of Posh Nanny & Premier Educators and the newly published author of Daycare Exposed: What To Expect From America's Daycares When The Parent Isn't Looking. She has devoted her life’s work to ensure every child has access to quality care by providing proper screening, education, and training. Jessie earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in human development. Over the years her experience in creating and teaching educational programs has allowed her to meet a broad cross-section of learners' needs.

Are You Listening to Understand?​
Uncertainty and confusion often lead to perspiration, anxiety, and the unknown. Which leads you to wonder:  Are You Listening To Understand Me? Jessie Marie will educate parents and child care specialists on the critical components used to decode, clarify, and confirm verbal and non-verbal communication cues. Similarly, her special guest, Dr. J, a DMV-recognized family and children doctor, will bring awareness to the importance of effective communication amongst child care specialists and parents during COVID.

STEPHANIE MCGRAW, JD

Volunteer General Counsel and Director of Ethics

US Nanny Association

Stephanie McGraw is a litigator with the law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon. She is also a mother of two boys and has extensive experience with the childcare industry including volunteering as the general counsel for the US Nanny Association. Stephanie holds a BA in Sociology from Cornell University and received her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.

Panel Discussion: Pros & Cons of Live-In Childcare.
Parents, live-in nannies and au pairs discuss the benefits and challenges of live-in childcare with tips on how to increase communication and align expectations.

KASIA MCCORMICK

Live-in Childcare Employer

Kasia McCormick has carved a special niche in residential real estate sales in Houston, Texas. Kasia graduated from Columbia University in New York City and served in the United States Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa. She was chosen as a select Presidential Management Fellow by the U. S. Department of State in Washington, D. C. where she worked as a diplomat/international cooperation specialist for seven years.

Panel Discussion: Pros & Cons of Live-In Childcare.
Parents, live-in nannies and au pairs discuss the benefits and challenges of live-in childcare with tips on how to increase communication and align expectations.

MICHELLE MCVITTIE

Child Life Specialist and Author

Michelle McVittie is a child life specialist, parent coach and author. In her twenty-year career she has worked with thousands of families, children and frontline staff. She has worked in daycares as a behavior specialist, with young offenders, in pediatric medical and mental health and now her own business. She specializes in strong willed children, ADHD, anxiety, communication, and parenting teens.

Getting a Strong Willed Child to Cooperate.
Some children are just more work. Parent’s and caregivers have a hard time understanding how to respond and it ends up in a power struggle. This can turn into an exhausting and frustrating relationship. Attachment and connection between child and caregiver suffer and the behavior escalates. Children really want to do well; they act out because they are struggling. Caregivers can change the cycle with the right approach and build up a child that will do well in life and feel loved.

LORI MIHALICH-LEVIN, JD

Mindful Return

mindfulreturn.com

Lori Mihalich-Levin is an advocate for working parents and the founder of Mindful Return, a program that helps new parents return to work after parental leave.  She is also a health care partner at a global law firm and is the author of Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave, and mama to two boys, ages 8 and 10.

Returning to Work After Parental Leave.​
Heading back to work after having a baby is no small feat, even in "normal" times.  In this webinar, we will focus on strategies that help make the back-to-work transition more smooth and successful for new parents.  Specifically, we'll dive into the four proven themes of: (1) a mindful mindset; (2) mapping out logistics; (3) viewing your return as a leadership opportunity; and (4) staying connected to community.

CHELSEA MILLS

Sr. Partner Relations  Specialist

Care.com HomePay

Chelsea Mills is the Sr. Partner Relations Specialist with HomePay, household payroll and tax provider, and has been a part of the HomePay team for 8 years. As Sr. Partner Relations Specialist, Chelsea acts as the liaison between agency partners and their clients. Her goal is to educate families hiring for the first time and needing assistance in professionalizing their employer-nanny relationship, and providing a seamless onboarding experience with the HomePay service.

Budgeting and Compensation Packages.​
Since 1992, HomePay (formerly Breedlove & Associates) has focused on supporting professional relationships between families and their nannies. In addition to providing a no-work, no-worry household payroll solution, our team provides unlimited complimentary consultations for our agency partners and their clients and candidates. Our seminar will cover legislative changes that have resulted in new and expanded benefits available for families their nannies, as well as strategies for stretching the dollars in a family’s nanny budget.

ZIPPORIAH MILLS

Equity Specialist

Center on Culture, Race & Equity

Zipporiah Mills is an Equity Specialist at the Center on Culture, Race & Equity, and brings to the position over 30 years experience as both a teacher, school leader and former NYC DOE principal. At a young age, Zipp understood that education plays an important role in creating an anti-racist, equitable society. Zipp believes that equity begins with caring, supportive partnerships between teachers, parents, and students.

Do Children See Color?​
Did you know that children as young as six months begin to notice and respond to skin color cues, and by seven or eight years old may show signs of the negative impact of internalized racism in classrooms? This workshop will explore stages of children's development of racial/cultural identities and how educators can create anti-racist/social justice learning opportunities using culturally responsive teaching.

KIERSTEN MOEN

Marketing Director

Seattle Nanny Network

Kiersten has been with Seattle Nanny Network since 2015. She brings invaluable experience in both the corporate and childcare worlds. She is now the mother of two beautiful twin boys and our Marketing Director. As the former Director of Operations for Seattle Nanny Network, Kiersten is a chief go-to problem solver who loves a challenge.

Mastering Nanny Interviews.​
While interviewing can be stressful, it helps to prepare. Four nanny industry experts answer real interview questions. The panelists then discuss what works well and how the answer will be interpreted by the family. With over a dozen interview questions, you are sure to gain a new tip

MAIMUNA MOHAMMED

Equity Specialist

Center on Culture, Race & Equity

Maimuna Mohammed is an Equity Specialist at the Center on Culture, Race & Equity with over 30 years of teaching experience, and over 22 years working as an early childhood educator in community based programs in New York City. Ms. Mohammed earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and her M.S.ed in Early Childhood Education Leadership. Ms. Mohammed specializes in working with students of all types and abilities, reveling in the mysteries of creative classroom management skills, team work, and a play-centered teaching style.

Do Children See Color?​
Did you know that children as young as six months begin to notice and respond to skin color cues, and by seven or eight years old may show signs of the negative impact of internalized racism in classrooms? This workshop will explore stages of children's development of racial/cultural identities and how educators can create anti-racist/social justice learning opportunities using culturally responsive teaching.

DR. MEGHAN OWENZ

Author of Spoiled Right: Delaying Screens and Giving Children What They Really Need

Dr. Meghan Owenz is the author of the book, Spoiled Right: Delaying Screens and Giving Children What They Really Need, which applies goal science to incidentally reduce screen time by providing a science-backed, developmentally appropriate system for emphasizing alternative activities of childhood. Meghan is also a parent and university professor. Her doctorate degree is in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami.

A Developmental Approach to Screen Time Management​
Based on the developmental theories of Piaget and Erikson, this workshop gives parents and caregivers a window into key child development milestones, how screen time can interrupt or influence each stage, and what we can do to support healthy development with regards to digital devices. That leaves the question adults often ask – OK, if I reduce screens what do I do instead. The SPOIL system, developed by Dr. Owenz, provides the key via positive goal theory and edging out screen time in a fun way. Rather than with a punitive approach, participants will learn how to replace screen time with essential activities of childhood.

MELISSA PACKWOOD, MS, ED

Intuitive Behavioral and Educational Strategies

Melissa is a certified teacher with experience in both public education and home education classrooms. Through her business, Intuitive Behavioral and Educational Strategies, LLC, she works with both neurotypical and special needs populations. Melissa earned a master’s degree in reading and literacy as well as a graduate certificate in special needs education. She is currently working on her psychology PhD dissertation.

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in Autistic Children.​
Are you a parent or professional who takes care of children who have Autism? Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is an Autism profile which is characterized by heightened anxiety which causes demand avoidance. During the Pathological Demand Avoidance in Autistic Children presentation, you will learn strategies to assist with preventing meltdowns and aid in de-escalation of big emotions.

ALEXANDRIA PANKOKE, DC

Dr. Mama Bird

drmamabird.com

Dr. Alex is a perinatal and pediatric chiropractor in Dallas, TX. She helps mothers from preconception through #momlife nurture their families without pouring from an empty cup. With additional post graduate training from The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Dr. Alex also treats newborns to high school athletes grow and thrive. 

Building Strong Kids - Children and Chiropractic.
Alexandria Pankoke, DC discusses the benefits of regular wellness chiropractic care for children as early as infancy up through adulthood. This seminar explores some of the conditions that may be improved with chiropractic care such as colic, ear infections, asthma, bed wetting, constipation, and ADHD.

REBECCA PEARCY

Owner, Windsor House Nannies

windosorhousenannies.com

Rebecca Pearcy has over 15 years of experience working with children, from being a nanny, babysitter, and teacher's assistant to working as a child care professional in a Child Development Center, Youth Center, and Teen Center and starting a children's theatre company. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in American Theatre Arts and achieved her Child Development Associates. She co-founded Windsor House Care, a corporate back up care agency and the award-winning nanny agency.

Growing Your Nanny Agency.
A panel of nanny agency owners discuss current trends, hot topics like the impact of covid vaccination and how to grow your nanny agency.

GLENDA PROPST

Nanny Transitions

nannytransitions.com

Glenda Propst spent 40 years caring for other people’s children. Glenda was a Child Care Center Director of a large child care center for 9 years. In 1984 she went through the St. Louis Child Day Care Association Nanny Training Program and worked for 31 years in the nanny industry. Glenda was a founding Board member of INA and a founder of the National Association of Nannies. Since 1998, Glenda has presented her Nanny Transitions workshop to help nannies and families.

Successful Transitions.​
When I left my first nanny job I was heartbroken. I did not know what to do with the sadness I felt about losing connection with the children I had loved and cared for from birth. What I learned was that even the best nanny jobs end and parents and nannies need to work together to make sure they offer their children a smooth transition as that happens. Saying goodbye to a beloved nanny, whether she has been with you for 6 months or 6 years is an important life lesson for your child.

THERESA PUSKAR

Edu-Tainment Productions

Author

Theresa Puskar is a highly skilled transformation leader, author and inspirational performer. The Founder of Edu-Tainment Productions, she has authored over 50 motivational books and study guides for adults, her most recent being 8 Ways to Declutter Your Brain and The Good Morning Mind: 9 Essential Mindfulness Habits for the Workplace. The creator of the Terri children’s emotional intelligence-based book series, she has toured her critically acclaimed show, Causeless Joy throughout the US and Canada.

The Three Keys to Conscious Caregiving.
Caregiving is tough, and it’s easy to suffer from burnout. Very often caregivers find themselves impatient and “not their usual selves” because they are physically and emotionally drained. Join best-selling author, edu-tainer, mindfulness expert and coach, Theresa Puskar as she takes you on a fun-filled journey and shares three life-changing keys that will unlock the portal to raising your consciousness, building your energy and reigniting your passion for caregiving.

HUGH ROBINSON

Teacher and Motivational Speaker

Hugh Robinson has provided specialized guidance for secondary and tertiary level students for more than 20 years and is a Business Teacher and motivational speaker. He has two boys and is saturated with enthusiasm to support students and transform their lives into something positively beautiful. Hugh has a Master of Arts in Education from UCL Institute of Education.

Do Our Kids Feel Genuinely Valued, Respected and Loved?

Some students have the knack for painting incredibly wonderful pictures of their parents, caregivers, and teachers. They have a unique way of expressing their gratitude or disapproval. A student once referred to me as amazing and stated that I spoke to them like human beings. The utterance resonated with me. Why don't we consistently speak to each other, particularly our kids, respectfully and like human beings? Join me in this session, and we will explore approaches we need to take to ensure our kids always feel valued, genuinely respected, and loved.

JEAN ROGERS, MS ED

Director

Children's Screen Time Action Network

Jean Rogers, M.S.Ed., is Director of the Children’s Screen Time  Action Network, a coalition of practitioners, educators, advocates and parents working to reduce excessive and harmful screen use in childhood. She is a certified parent educator, speaker and author of the book Kids Under Fire, a parenting text that helps parent empower children to make healthy screen choices.  She consults with school and screen time non-profits to help achieve policies and practices that promote healthy childhood in the digital age.

A Developmental Approach to Screen Time Management
Based on the developmental theories of Piaget and Erikson, this workshop gives parents and caregivers a window into key child development milestones, how screen time can interrupt or influence each stage, and what we can do to support healthy development with regards to digital devices. That leaves the question adults often ask – OK, if I reduce screens what do I do instead. The SPOIL system, developed by Dr. Owenz, provides the key via positive goal theory and edging out screen time in a fun way. Rather than with a punitive approach, participants will learn how to replace screen time with essential activities of childhood.

DR. JANET ROSE

Norland

norland.ac.uk

Dr Janet Rose is currently Principal of Norland College, a specialist education and training  HEI for nannies and early years practitioners.  She is a former Reader in Education (Associate Professor) and has led various undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes at several universities, as well as various research projects in the early years. She has worked closely with the National College of Teaching and Learning and has presented her research at the House of Lords and the House of Commons. 

Emotion Coaching.
Emotion Coaching aims to empower the education and early years workforce, families and parents through building awareness of attachments, emotions and self-regulation. Dr. Janet Rose and Julia Gaskell will help professionals acquire skills to empathise and unpick the reasons behind behavior.

DANNY J ROSENTHAL

President

NannyAbcs.com

Danny J Rosenthal is the founding President of NannyABCs.com, author of Nanny ABCs: The Sitter’s Handbook: A complete alphabet how-to guide for every child caregiver, and hosts the Nanny ABCs: Next Step Podcast. Rosenthal has worked with children and families for over 15 years and his expertise has been featured by the US Nanny Association, Care.com, Care Nectar, and the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies.

Mastering Nanny Interviews.
While interviewing can be stressful, it helps to prepare. Four nanny industry experts answer real interview questions. The panelists then discuss what works well and how the answer will be interpreted by the family. With over a dozen interview questions, you are sure to gain a new tip.

SARAH SALISBURY

DIY Nanny Adventure Camp

Sarah Salisbury has been a career nanny for 15 years and loves seeing how children learn as they play! Sarah, known for the fun and creative ways she engages her kids in unique activities, generously volunteered her time and talent to as one of the writers for DIY Nanny Adventure Camp.

Power of Play.
Play is the cornerstone of childhood and it is truly how children learn best! Children who engage in play are better prepared for school. They have better critical thinking skills, better problem solving skills, longer attention spans and more! Join me while I talk about the power of play and how the skills for reading, writing, math and science are laid in early infancy without ever needing to use worksheets or flash cards! Find out how art, pretend play, outdoor play and more teaches critical skills needed for a lifetime of learning!

VIRGINIA SAMPSON

Award Winning Author

Virginia is a consultant and coach helping businesses and individuals harness the power of compassion to heal, succeed and thrive. Virginia writes and speaks about compassion and self-compassion. She is an award-winning author of two books on the subject of compassion – one for adults, Compassion Magic and a picture book for children, Superhero Sam Saves His Family.

Power of Compassion.

Compassion improves every aspect of our lives. It is an antidote to loneliness and its fallout – depression and anxiety. It is more important than ever that we help our children to be resilient to stress and to build strong social networks for support. Let me share with you how to harness the power of compassion to raise happy, strong, resilient, and successful children.

KATRINA SAWA

Author and CEO

JumpstartYourBizNow.com

The JumpStart Your Biz Coach, Katrina Sawa, is the creator of the JumpStart Your Marketing & Sales Systems, a tell-it-like-it-is speaker, and a 7x International Best-Selling author with 11 books. She is the CEO of JumpstartYourBizNow.com and JumpstartPublishing.net. Katrina has a no-nonsense approach to developing consistently profitable businesses implementing proven marketing and business strategies. She’s been featured on the Oprah and Friends XMRadioNetwork, ABC, TheCW and dozens of influential podcasts.

Marketing & Profits with Ease.
Are You Finally Ready to Learn EXACTLY What to Do AND HOW to Do It in Regards to Getting More Clients in Your Business? Marketing and Sales are the two most CRITICAL skills that ANY small business owner (or sales professional in ANY industry) needs to learn and master! Come to this presentation and learn: • How to tweak what you’re selling and your money goals • The 3 types of marketing for consistent revenue • How to delegate much of your marketing plus time-saving techy tools.

COLLEEN SCHMIT, M.ED

Early Childhood Educator and Author

Colleen Schmit has worked in early childhood education as a teacher, consultant, program evaluator and speaker for over 16 years. She is the author of “Crisscross Applesauce and Shut the Hell Up: 10 Reflective Lessons for New and Seasoned Teachers” and “The Burn Book: 8 Key Strategies to Recognize and Extinguish Teacher Burnout.” Colleen earned her master’s in early childhood education at Concordia University and began her career as a teacher in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also a pre-K CLASS trainer and online CDA facilitator through Teachstone.

Relationship Building Fosters Skills & Self Regulation.
In order to promote an increase of social-emotional and academic learning outcomes, caregivers must first focus and value supporting positive and intentional relationships. Throughout this interactive session, attendees will self-reflect on current strategies they implement to support relationships in their interactions, evaluate the role relationships play, and leave with new ideas on how to better develop relationships with the children in their care.

JULIETTA SKOOG, ED.S

Sproutable

besproutable.com

Julietta Skoog is a Certified Positive Discipline Advanced Trainer with an Ed.S Degree in School Psychology and a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Seattle University with over 15 years of experience in Seattle Public Schools. She is the co-founder of Sproutable, which offers online Positive Discipline oourses, coaching, and video content specifically for nannies and parents. She is a former nanny and current mom to three children, her greatest teachers.

Positive Discipline Tools to Teach Young Children How to Solve Problems.
Learn how to embrace peer and sibling conflict using specific Positive Discipline techniques that teach long - term social emotional skills. Regardless of their age, children have the opportunity to learn tools that decrease conflict and increase confidence, assertiveness, compassion and awareness.

DR. MACIE SMITH

Diversified Training Consultants Group

bookdrmacie.com

Dr. Macie P. Smith is a Licensed Social Worker and Gerontologist with more than two decades of experience working with aging and vulnerable populations and their family caregivers. She is an Associate Faculty at the University of Phoenix and the author of “A Dementia Caregiver’s Guide to Care.” Dr. Smith has appeared in several editions of faculty matters magazine for her continued contributions in the academic areas of teaching, discovery, integration, and application.

Family Caregiving is Not Family Parenting.
More than 11 million Americans find themselves smack dab in the middle of caring for an older adult loved one and their own family; affectionately known as the “Sandwich Generation”. This workshop is designed to provide the solutions that are needed to better manage the middle through information, education, and resources. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of the long term care system and the resources that are available to better support seniors that are aging in place with family members.

AMY STEWART

Pediatric Nurse and Parent Educator

hopeinparenting.com

Nurse Amy is a nanny alum, pediatric nurse, Mom of 5, and parenting educator. Her goal is to help all partners in parenting trade overwhelm for confidence and chaos for clarity. Visit hopeinparentig.com to learn more about her online courses, consults, and subscriptions.

Nanny and Doula Training for Career Advancement.
 Industry leaders and educators discuss the different types of training and certification programs including nanny, childcare provider, newborn care and continuing education.

NATHANIEL A. TURNER, JD, MALS

Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author

nathanielaturner.com

Nathaniel A. Turner is an entrepreneur, renowned speaker, author,
philanthropist, and a leading parental empowerment activist. The 'Human Propulsion Engineer' is the author of multiple books, including "The Amazing World of STEM," "Raising Supaman," "Stop the Bus: Education Reform in 31 Days", and "It's A Jungle Out There: Powerful Parenting Lessons Inspired by The Lion King."

The Life Template: A GPS For Parenting.
Do you worry about the future of today's children regularly fretting about the ever-changing education and employment global and technological landscape? Well, then you don't want to miss The Life Template: A GPS For Parenting. The Life TemplateTM is a backward design process Nathaniel A. Turner, JD, MALS, and his wife initially developed to make sure their unborn child would meet the admission requirements for Harvard University. Not only did their now third-year Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. candidate meet Harvard's admission benchmarks, he achieved the profiled criterion without wealth or privilege by his sixteenth birthday.

LETICIA VALERO

Conscious Discipline

Leticia Valero has a degree in Pedagogy from the University of Panamericana and a Master's degree in International Education from Endicott College, Massachusetts. She has been a teacher, coordinator and director of schools throughout 30 years of work in the field of education. For more than 12 years she was the Director of the ETON School Preschool.

Conscious Discipline: Helping Children Develop Impulse Control and Self-Regulation.

Conscious Discipline is a social-emotional learning program. 

STACY VINCIGUERRA, M.ED

Elementary Special Education

Stacy Vinciguerra has worked in childcare in one way, shape, or form for the past 27 years. She has a Master's Degree in Education, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She has nannied for 11 years, and taught Elementary Special Education for 11 years. She is the mom of a college freshman. 

Increase the Peace and Decrease the Stress with Behavioral Science.

Do you ever wish there was a science to this child rearing thing? Well you're in luck, because there is a Science of Human Behavior that can guide your childcare philosophy. Raising children is not easy, but science can help. The key to avoiding problem behavior is to give the child another way to meet their needs. In this seminar, you will learn how to determine why a child might engage in problem behavior, and what you can do to help them feel better by meeting those needs in a more positive way. You will also learn about the four functions of behavior, and how to identify what is causing most of your nanny-kid’s problem behavior. We will then take a deep dive into each of those functions. We will discuss what you as a caregiver can do to prevent most problem behaviors, and what to do on those increasingly rare occasions that they crop up anyway. 

ANNA WEBBER, M.ED

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Anna Webber M.Ed BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has a Master's Degree in Education. She has provided behavior-analytic services both in the classroom and in home environments for over 14 years. She is also a Master's level teacher and has taught Special Education for 14 years. She is a mom to two littles.

Increase the Peace and Decrease the Stress with Behavioral Science.

Do you ever wish there was a science to this child rearing thing? Well you're in luck, because there is a Science of Human Behavior that can guide your childcare philosophy. Raising children is not easy, but science can help. The key to avoiding problem behavior is to give the child another way to meet their needs. In this seminar, you will learn how to determine why a child might engage in problem behavior, and what you can do to help them feel better by meeting those needs in a more positive way. You will also learn about the four functions of behavior, and how to identify what is causing most of your nanny-kid’s problem behavior. We will then take a deep dive into each of those functions. We will discuss what you as a caregiver can do to prevent most problem behaviors, and what to do on those increasingly rare occasions that they crop up anyway. 

TASHA BRAGGS WILSON

Professional Nanny

Tasha Braggs Wilson had been with College Sitters for 6 years. She loves being able to use her experience as an educator to bless the lives of so many families and especially loves working with the special needs community. Tasha is a proud graduate of Northwestern State University of LA and is working on completing her masters at the University of St. Thomas Houston MLA with a concentration in Communications. She is an active member of the US Nanny Association and as serves with other organizations as National Domestic Worker Alliance and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Mastering Nanny Interviews.

While interviewing can be stressful, it helps to prepare. Four nanny industry experts answer real interview questions. The panelists then discuss what works well and how the answer will be interpreted by the family. With over a dozen interview questions, you are sure to gain a new tip.

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