Early Learning Ventures Webinars


Early Learning Ventures provides various child care provider and early childhood training and webinars every month. Some of our past topics include: child care assistance programs, child care safety, and much more.

TITLE: Solidifying our Villages: Addressing Opportunity Gaps and the Education Debt Through a Racial Equity Lens

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka

DESCRIPTION: In the words of our esteemed guest speaker, Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka:

Poverty, race, culture, religion, or zip code should not determine a child’s trajectory, opportunity, and eventual life success. Addressing the opportunity gaps and the education debt that leads to disparities through a racial equity lens must go beyond gap-gazing at third grade test scores and blaming children and families, and many times early educators. A sole focus on disparities without consideration of the root causes will continue to ensure the permanency of this gap. Our conversation will delve into how community partners can begin incorporating a racial equity lens to dismantle systemic barriers to opportunities. Discussion will focus on understanding and addressing inequities and biases in systems and programs with a goal towards equitable access, experiences, and outcomes. Participants will reflect on their roles in ensuring that NC children and their families are provided with equitable opportunities to meet their potential, especially during the early years. Participants will be called on to examine how they activate fairness and justice in their classrooms, schools, and programs, and most importantly, dismantle structural racism and ensure equitable learning opportunities.

Registrants will receive 1 hour of Professional Development credit, sent the following week.

DATE: Friday, July 30th 2021

TITLE: Meal Appeal with Cooking Matters

GUEST SPEAKER: Amber Troutman and Brigid Hunt

DESCRIPTION: Early childhood is an ideal time to instill an appreciation for consuming a variety of healthy foods. In this training, providers will take part in hands-on activities that will show them various ways to encourage acceptance of healthy foods among children in their care.

With the summer harvest period in full swing, we will also be discussing what is available in your local area produce wise.

We will be led by our guest speakers Brigid Hunt and Amber Troutman... and we'll be joined by a special guest from moderator Michael's backyard!

DATE: Friday, July 16th 2021

TITLE: ELV's Billing Module & New QuickBooks Integration

GUEST SPEAKER: Tristan Clerihew

DESCRIPTION: This will be a little different from our other webinar offerings! Not sure if you want to do billing? Come meet with ELV's own Tristan Clerihew and Michael Taylor as they walk through the basics of billing.

They will also share information about the new CORE-QuickBooks Online Integration!

DATE: Friday, June 25th 2021

TITLE: Active Supervision

GUEST SPEAKERS: Ty Johnson and Lora Stanfield-Rohlman

DESCRIPTION: Discuss the use of Active Supervision as a strategy to keep children safe; which is one of our top priorities when having children in our care. We will focus on realistic practices to embed in our daily actions when caring for children. These strategies can be supported by all adults who come into contact with children in early care programs in both centers and family child care homes on a daily basis for any period of time. The objective is to transform our mindset of supervision from a passive approach to an active skill.

If you attend this training, you’ll learn more about active supervision, including tips on how to use it more organically.

Registrants will receive 1 hour of Professional Development credit, sent the following week.

DATE: Friday, June 4th 2021

TITLE: The Truth About Ageism and Creating Intergenerational Connections in Early Childhood

GUEST SPEAKER: Lisa Armao of Boomers Leading Change

DESCRIPTIONJoin us as we listen to Lisa Armao of Boomers Leading Change discuss how her organization has impacted ECE centers around the metro area. Outside of the ECE bent, Lisa will also be talking about the dangers of ageism and about how much organizations stand to gain from intergenerational collaboration.

Registrants will receive 1 hour of Professional Development credit, sent the following week.

DATE: Friday, May 21st 2021

TITLE: Navigating the American Rescue Plan Act

GUEST SPEAKERS: Care for All Children (CFAC) and Small Business Majority (SBM)

DESCRIPTIONJoin Care for All Children (CFAC) and Small Business Majority (SBM) as an update is given on the current status of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Topics covered will include parent buying power and updates on PPP/EIDL loans.

DATE: Friday, April 16th 2021

TITLE: Using Coaching as a Professional Development Strategy to Impact Continuous Quality Improvement in Early Childhood


DESCRIPTIONIn this session we will differentiate professional development facilitation strategies typically used to impact the learning and effectiveness of staff, educators and providers. These strategies include teaching/training, consulting/TA, mentoring, coaching. We will examine how coaching specifically leverages the other professional development strategies to ensure the successful implementation of quality practices.

Additionally, we will define and differentiate transactional coaching and transformational coaching. Transformational coaching moves the focus of implementation of professional practices beyond merely creating goals and action plans, to fostering deeper reflection of how attitudes, motivation and habits impact professional practices and meaningful outcomes that ‘stick’ over time. The purpose of coaching is to help people examine what they are doing in light of their intentions and to foster practices that will help them ‘get better at getting better’ to create continuous quality improvements that will positively impact children and families.

DATE: Friday, March 19th 2021

TITLE: Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals: Menu Management on a Budget

GUEST SPEAKERS: Heather Aguilar and Amber Troutman

DESCRIPTIONIf you have never attended a Cooking Matters presentation before, you are in for a treat (no pun intended)!

In this training, providers will discuss menu planning and shopping strategies they can use to make the most of their food dollars.

DATE: Friday, March 5th 2021

TITLE: Coming Out of COVID

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Stacey R. Bromberg

DESCRIPTIONThis presentation is designed to offer education and support focused on the importance of meaning-making as a critical concept in transitioning out of COVID. We will address the use of narratives as an approach toward a new manner of being with ourselves, the systems in which we exist as caregivers, and the children and families we serve. This presentation will provide a deeper understanding of the impact of COVID on our communities through a lens of grief, collective trauma, compassion satisfaction, and the opportunity for posttraumatic growth. The cost of caring to those providing service to our youngest and most vulnerable populations will be highlighted, with an emphasis on specific strategies to support one another, lessons learned, and alignment with our purpose and mission forward.

DATE: Friday, February 19th 2021

TITLE: Building Equitable Outcomes in Early Education


DESCRIPTIONJoin us on Friday, January 22 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM with Kim Desmond in this timely conversation around equity within the early childhood education framework. While Kim currently works as the Director of the Mayor's Office of Social Equity and Innovation, her background lies in education and child care.

Kim will be leading us through a discussion of equity, equality, and intersectionality, focusing on how we can improve the spaces we inhabit daily.

DATE: January 22, 2021

TITLE: What's in the New Stimulus Package for Small Businesses? with Small Business Majority


DESCRIPTIONAfter months of waiting for much-needed relief, small businesses are finally getting renewed support from the federal government. On December 21, Congress passed a deal on both a spending bill and another round of COVID-19 stimulus relief. The overall package comprises $900 billion in virus relief funds, including $284.5 billion to reopen and strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for first-time and second-time borrowers.

Join Hunter Railey from the Small Business Majority to learn more about what's in the new relief package and ask questions about what this could mean for your child care business. Topics include:
- PPP reauthorization and important changes
- Advance grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
- SBA Debt Relief Program
- Additional policies and resources for small businesses

DATE: January 15, 2021

TITLE: How Early Childhood Programs are using and benefiting from Alliance CORE

GUEST SPEAKERS: Veronica A. Fernandez, PhD and Johayra Bouza, PhD

DESCRIPTIONThe QCRG Team will be presenting results from a survey conducted with Early Learning Venture’s Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs using Alliance CORE. Programs shared their opinions of how often, how useful, and how beneficial they found Alliance CORE. We also share results suggesting that the use of Alliance CORE is associated with higher quality teacher-child interactions in the classrooms

DATE: December 18, 2020

TITLE: Strengthening Business Practices: Financial Reports and Internal Controls

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Elsa Sackett and Alisha Mullins

1. Discuss financial reports and identify ways they can help you better manage program’s finances.
2. Identify what internal controls mean in a center-based child care setting and how they can strengthen the fiscal health of your program.
3. This will be most appropriate for center based providers or larger FCCH providers with staff or multiple locations, and I would recommend first watching the
Strengthening Business Practices: Budgets, Projections, and Planning webinar from June 2020 if attendees have not had a chance to do that yet.

DATE: December 4, 2020 

TITLE: 2021 Colorado Legislative Overview - Elections and Early Childhood Education

GUEST SPEAKER:  William Mutch

DESCRIPTION: We will be providing insights about Colorado's legislative elections and what to expect during the upcoming session of the Colorado General Assembly. The legislative landscape for Early Childhood Education will be the primary focus and please bring questions, as there will be time for Questions and Answers as part of this overview.

If you have specific questions you have already, please submit them in the appropriate location upon registration.

DATE: November 20, 2020

TITLE: Strengthening Business Practices: Staff Recruitment and Retention

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Elsa Sackett and Alisha Mullins

DESCRIPTION: Join two of ELV's Early Head Start team members in a training on staff recruitment and retention. Attendees should come out of this being able to:
• Understand best practices related to recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new employees.
• Have a framework for building an effective orientation plan for new employees.
• Be familiar with the components of a staff handbook.
• Identify strategies for providing feedback to employees.

DATE: November 6, 2020

TITLE: "Picking Up the Pieces" Dissemination with Child Care Aware of America

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Dionne Dobbins, Kristina Haynie, Matthew Henry

DESCRIPTION: Early Learning Ventures (ELV) is delighted to invite three leading members of Child Care Aware of America's data team to discuss their recently published fall report, "Picking up the Pieces - Building a Better Child Care System Post Covid 19."

Matthew Henry, Dionne Dobbins, and Kristina Haynie will be discussing the formation of the report along with its key takeaways. In preparation, you can view the report here: https://www.childcareaware.org/picking-up-the-piece

DATE: October 30, 2020

TITLE: Ethics in Action

GUEST SPEAKER:  Stephanie Bivins

DESCRIPTION: Ethics in Action is a training provided to ECE teachers and our pilot site staff members. Key topics include reflections of a teacher's impact, the NAEYC Ethical Code of Conduct, ethical responsibilities, core values, and applying ethics. Through the training, participants practice applying ethics in child, family, and co-worker scenarios with guided coaching and reflection.

DATE: October 9, 2020 

TITLE: An Introduction to the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework 

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Krisshetta Thobhani and Colleen Roahrig

DESCRIPTION: "An Introduction to the Protective Factors" is a Resource for Action that guides those who work with children and families. The curriculum builds understanding of the importance and power of partnering with parents, caregivers, and professionals that serve children and families to promote positive outcomes for them and their children. Taught by Early Learning Ventures' child care partnership specialists.

DATE: September 18, 2020

TITLE: FAQs on Virtual Visits with Licensing 

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Teresa Ribble, Tanya Estrada-Trujillo, and Deborah Gray

DESCRIPTION: Join Licensing team members from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to learn more about how licensing is performing virtual licensing visits in the wake of the pandemic. Topics will include: - How specialists are currently performing visits - How the process differs slightly for providers utilizing CORE - Challenges and benefits to this new system - The exceptions that still require an in-person licensing visit

DATE: September 11, 2020 

TITLE: Moving Past Paper: An Introduction to Child Care Management Systems

GUEST SPEAKER:  Michael Taylor

DESCRIPTION: Early Learning Ventures (ELV) is delighted to share this collaborative webinar on child care technologies - and specifically child care management systems. Learn about the ELV software, Alliance CORE as well as several other softwares and brands to use in day-to-day child development situations and opportunities. 

DATE: August 21, 2020

TITLE: Marketing Your Program: Strengthening Business Practices

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Elsa Sackett and Alisha Mullins

DESCRIPTION: Join two of Early Learning Ventures' (ELV) Early Head Start team members in a training on marketing concepts and how they apply to the early childhood education field. Expect to learn about internal vs. external marketing, features vs. benefits, and more!

DATE: July 24th, 2020

TITLE: Marketing Your Program: Websites & Online Presence 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Tim Fitzpatrick

DESCRIPTION: Join marketing guru and friend of Early Learning Ventures, Tim Fitzpatrick of Rialto Marketing, as he explains the importance of having a website and introduces us to several low-cost options that are available for everyone. While the information would be useful for anyone who owns a business, we will be focusing on child care providers. This webinar is for anyone who has interest in having a website or who has a website already and would like to see if it aligns with Tim's best practices.

DATE: July 17th, 2020 

TITLE: Strengthening Business Practices: Budgets, Projections, and Planning 

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Elsa Sackett and Alisha Mullins

DESCRIPTION: We'll be kicking off this series with "Strengthening Business Practices: Budgets, Projections, and Planning," a one hour Professional Development training with guest speakers Elsa Sackett, Leadership Development Manager at ELV and Alisha Mullins, ECE Coach at Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC). You'll learn more about making the budgeting process work for you, as well as how to budget for decision-making throughout the year. We'll also look at how to project revenue and costs and share some online tools you can use in your own context.

DATE: June 19th, 2020 

TITLE: COVID-19: CDPHE Guidance for Child Care Providers

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Therese Pilonetti and Amy Gammel

DESCRIPTION: For our last webinar with licensing guest speakers, we fielded questions beforehand from our provider network. But this is an odd time, and some of the current guidance on questions asked (masks, water play, ratios, etc.) comes not from licensing, but from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

DATE: June 5th, 2020 

TITLE: COVID-19: Licensing Guidance for Child Care Providers

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Carin Rosa, Tanya Estrada-Trujillo, and Deborah Gray

DESCRIPTION: As more child care programs either reopen or plan for more parents needing care, we felt it important to invite licensing to talk to the Early Learning Ventures network. Three team members of Colorado State Licensing: Carin Rosa, Tanya Estrada-Trujillo, and Deborah Gray. Carin, Tanya, and Deborah will be talking with you about current and updated guidelines to help you stay in compliance.

DATE: May 22nd, 2020

TITLE: COVID-19: Self-Care and Mindfulness for Child Care Providers


DESCRIPTION: While most of our previous and future webinars will focus on the business and administrative side of child care, we here at Early Learning Ventures (ELV) felt it necessary to host a webinar focused on the well-being of our providers. Dr. Ella A. Yung, Clinical Psychologist from Balanced Awakening P.C. Ella will be talking with us about the value of self-care and how we can manage the stress of the times.

DATE: May 15th, 2020

TITLE: COVID-19: CACFP and WIC for Child Care Providers

GUEST SPEAKERS: Lisa Debits, Chrissy Nichols, and Erin Kendrick of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

DESCRIPTION: As the situation in Colorado moves towards tentative reopening of certain industries, more child care businesses are serving a select number of children. We here at Early Learning Ventures (ELV) felt it necessary to host our state partners who can speak on new and upcoming changes to better prepare our network. Three team members of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment – Lisa Debits, Chrissy Nichols, and Erin Kendrick – will discuss the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Topics they will be covering include how CACFP and WIC have changed during coronavirus and what providers need to know about CACFP and WIC as they plan to open up in the coming weeks and months.

DATE: May 8th, 2020

TITLE: COVID-19: Unemployment Insurance and Workers’ Compensation

GUEST SPEAKERS: Laura J. Hazen and Susan Klopman of H&K Law, LLC along with Gregory Cairns of Cairns

DESCRIPTION: As Colorado takes steps to reopen its doors, child care facilities are facing difficult questions, depending on how they have weathered the storm thus far – how and when to reopen and with whom? Employees who are currently receiving unemployment benefits may not want to return. Families may ask questions about safety and providers may have concerns about liability. This presentation will outline what we know today about the unemployment benefits being offered in the pandemic, and about how workers compensation coverage is likely to support providers with employee claims. Early Learning Ventures will be moderating, and we are very thankful for the expertise of our guest speakers. We will be joined by Laura J. Hazen and Susan Klopman of H&K Law, LLC as well as Gregory Cairns of Cairns & Associates, P.C.

DATE: May 1st, 2020

TITLE: Ask a Lender: COVID-19 Relief for the Self-Employed in Colorado

GUEST SPEAKERS: Hunter Railey with Small Business Majority and Mike O’Donnell with Colorado Lending Source

DATE: April 24, 2020 

TITLE: Families First Coronavirus Rights Act (FFCRA) and Child Care Providers

GUEST SPEAKERS: Laura J. Hazen and Susan Klopman with H&K Law, LLC

DESCRIPTION: Laura J. Hazen and Susan Klopman, attorneys at H&K Law, LLC, have generously donated their time to discuss the Families First Coronavirus Rights Act (FFCRA) and its relation to child care providers. Specifically, two provisions in the FFCRA will be addressed – the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA) – with the key topic for both concerning whether providers can apply and be granted the exemptions. Please note that this presentation is applicable to child care providers with 1+ employees, and thus will be less impactful for sole proprietors.

DATE: April 17, 2020 

TITLE: COVID-19: Federal Resources for Child Care Providers

GUEST SPEAKER: Hunter Railey with Small Business Majority

DATE: April 3, 2020 

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