Saturday, March 17, 2018
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Clinton County RESA
1013 South U.S. 27, Suite A
St. Johns, MI 48879

This conference is for all parents and other people who love and care for kids including: Foster Parents, Grandparents, Adoptive Parents, Childcare Professionals, Teachers and YOU. Participants will receive a certificate for 4.5 training hours. The cost is $25.00 per person and lunch is included. Limited scholarships are available for Clinton County Parents. The registration deadline is FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2018. REGISTER EARLY, SPACE IS LIMITED!

Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting at 989-224-5241 by March 3, 2018 to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.


Cost: $25 per person (includes lunch)


8-8:30 a.m.                    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
8:30-8:45 a.m.               Welcome and Overview of the Day
8:45-11:30 a.m.             Keynote Speaker                   
Break - 15 min.                Break offered during keynote
11:30a.m.-12:15 p.m.     Lunch Provided
12:15-2:30 p.m.             Workshops
Break – 15 min.               Break offered during workshops

Keynote 8:45 - 11:30 a.m.

An Introduction to Understanding and Reaching the Trauma Affected Child
Presenter:  Stephanie Grant, PhD, LPC

The session will explore what trauma is and how it can change a child’s development, with particular focus on neurological developments and the development of the stress response system.  Additional information will be presented that will allow attendees to understand why many traditional child care/teaching strategies are not consistently effective with children with trauma histories and will provide suggestions on methods that are likely to be more helpful to the child and their healing process.

Workshops 12:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Workshop #1 Environments & Best Practices with Infants and Toddlers
Presenter: Mindy Smith
Participants will learn about having age appropriate materials and developmentally appropriate activities for Infants and toddlers.  We will discuss best practices with infants and toddlers to support their development.

Workshop #2 The Benefits of Loose Parts in Play
Presenter: Andrea Hagensen
Discover the world of Loose Parts.  What are loose parts and how can they benefit children academically and socially.  Get many ideas on how to incorporate loose parts into play.

Workshop #3 CCRESA Special Education Providers Q & A
Presenters: Christine Bennett, School Psychologist,
                       Leigh Hammontree, School Social Worker,
                       Carrie Luce, School Speech Language Pathologist,
                       Paige Veltkamp, School Occupational Therapist
Workshop presenters will provide an overview of their role and the types of services offered through CCRESA Early On and Special Education.  Participants will learn about the characteristics of children that could be considered for referral and the steps from referral to qualifying for Early On or Special Education.  General strategies for working with all children will be shared.

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Nicole at or 989-224-5241.