Presentations from the following presenters include:
Tracy A. Schroepfer, PhD: Dr. Schroepfer currently works as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and works in the School of Social Work. Dr. Schroepfer will be speaking on the topic of Grandparenting and Kinship care and the challenges facing grandparents as they raise their grandchildren, possible effects on young children being raised by their grandparents and will offer resources for those agencies to share with families. The presentation will target audiences in both early childhood care and agency staff working with families with young children.
Patina Park: Ms. Park is the President and CEO of Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC), which is a non-profit social and educational services organization committed to the holistic growth and development of American Indian women and their families. Founded in 1984, MIWRC provides a broad range of programs designed to educate and empower American Indian women and their families, and to inform and assist those who work providing services to the community.Ms. Park will be providing information about “Sovereignty, Equity and Early Childhood Quality.” She will touch on supports for Native American Women, Children, and Families. Patina will also address the need for self-care and share some strategies for caring for yourself.
Mary Stone, M.S., ECSE is the founder and CEO of Stepping Stones Educational Services. She is an author, consultant, certified special education teacher, college instructor, and parent of a child with special needs. After working as a special education teacher for 12 years, Mary now works as an Associate Lecturer and Program Coordinator in the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ms. Stone will be offering two sessions on Autism Spectrum Disorder, one geared towards early childhood educators and one geared toward agency staff working with families with young children. Autism 101 provides childcare professionals with a basic understanding of autism, it’s impact on the family, their role in the referral of children to early intervention and educational services, and community resources for providers and the families they serve. In Autism Tools and Strategies, early childhood educators will learn to utilize best practice, research based tools and successful strategies and interventions to support a child who is on the Autism Spectrum.
Barb Fabre is the Chief Executive Officer at Indigenous Visioning, LLC, in Ogema, MN. Ms. Fabre offers Consulting on the subjects of tribes, early childhood education, and community/program development. Ms. Fabre was also the Director of Child Care/Early Childhood Programs with the White Earth Tribal Council in White Earth, MN where she developed and implement Child Care/Early Childhood Programs. Ms. Fabre has an interest in Brain Development and how it effects young children and the early childhood classroom. Ms. Fabre will offer two sessions. One session will target early childhood educators and will discuss brain development, developmentally appropriate activities based on brain development, and what this all means for your classroom. The other session will target agency staff working with families with young children. This session will address topics such as educating families about brain development and the importance of high quality childcare programs.
Registration is available at the following link: Wisconsin Inter Tribal Child Care Association (WITCCA) Conference
Dates and Times: Thursday, October 3, 2019 (9:00am - 6:00pm) and Friday, October 4, 2019 (8:00am - 3:00pm).