The ASK Conference will be held as scheduled! We plan to hold the conference as scheduled on Saturday, February 21. We continue to monitor the weather and conditions and will post any change in the conference status to the CCSA website, Facebook and Twitter page. Please check back with us regularly for any changes in the status. If necessary we will use the snow makeup date, March 14 to make up the conference. We are pleased that we have had such a great response for this conference. We strongly encourage participants to carpool to the conference due to parking limitations.
Welcome from CCSA's President:
Dear Early Care and School Age Education Professionals,
On behalf of Child Care Services Association, I invite you to join hundreds of early childhood professionals from across North Carolina at the 42nd annual Advancing Skills and Knowledge (A.S.K.) Conference. This is an outstanding opportunity for educators to be inspired and informed about effective teaching and developmentally appropriate practice. Sessions familiarize early childhood educators with: the application of recent research on child language and literary development; working with children with special needs; and evidence-based practice focused on early reading and cognitive development to promote school readiness and improved learning outcomes of young children, to name a few.
Topics were selected with deliberate intention to meet the professional development needs of early care and education teachers and program directors. We believe that you will benefit from the expertise of fellow teachers, directors, higher education faculty, quality improvement specialists and other credentialed experts. The conference exhibit area will connect you with resources you can use each day in the classroom. We are excited to support your work with children and families!
Who Should Attend?
Those in attendance include teachers, directors and administrators from early education and school age programs across North Carolina representing: child care; Early Head Start; Head Start; NC Pre-K; Smart Start; half day preschool; special education; health and human service agency providers and child advocates.
All registrations ($70 per person) must be received on or before February 6, 2015. An early bird registration is available ($55 per person) until December 12, 2014. All registrations will receive a confirmation e-mail if received by the deadline.
A group discount is available for groups of 10 or more registering and paying together ($45 per person) by January 30, 2015. To receive the group rate, mail your check with a minimum of 10 registration forms or call CCSA at 919-403-6950 to pay over the phone by credit card.
All registrations will receive a confirmation e-mail if received by the deadline. Folders with general information and schedules for the day may be picked up at the check-in table beginning at 7:30a.m.
All registrations will receive a confirmation e-mail if received by the deadline.
Program Changes and Refunds
Refunds of registration fees will not be made. CCSA reserves the right to make changes in workshops and speakers, or to cancel workshops if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail. In the event of inclement weather, a snow make-up date for the conference has been set for March 14, 2015. All registrations will transfer to the snow date in the event of a weather cancellation.
Check-in will take place in the 2nd floor lobby of East Chapel Hill High School. During the conference if you have a problem or need additional information, you may go to the help desk. The desk will be open on Saturday from 7:30a.m. – 2:30p.m.
A box lunch is available at the conference by purchase in advance. It is a box lunch featuring your choice of a Roasted Turkey Wrap made with roasted turkey breast, with guacamole, roma tomatoes and organic field greens in an organic wheat wrap or a Spinach Veggie Wrap, made with Organic wheat wrap filled with organic spinach, fresh-made guacamole and pico, mushrooms and asiago. Sorry, but no changes or special orders are allowed with sandwiches.
You may choose to leave campus to have lunch in one of the many great Chapel Hill restaurants (we’ll provide suggestions and directions). It is important to note that if you do not order a box lunch when you register, then you will have no option but to bring your lunch or leave campus. Although there are restaurants in the vicinity, they are not within walking distance.
The box lunches may be picked up in the 1st floor cafeteria from 12:00 – 1:30p.m. Participants may stay and eat lunch in the school or take it elsewhere to enjoy. For those interested in attending the keynote speaker session, it begins at 12:30 in the auditorium. Note that no food is allowed within the auditorium.
Schedule of the Day
We encourage all participants to arrive on time. Late entrances are disruptive to the presenters and other participants. As was true last year, there are several parking lots to use, and traffic monitors will be available early Saturday morning to help you.
There are three 1.5 hour sessions in the conference as well as a limited seating one-hour keynote address. In addition to the 1.5 hour workshops, there are 5-hour Continuing Education Unit (CEU) earning sessions.
If you wish to attend the keynote, you must pre-register. You will have only a 30-minute break before the keynote begins so order a box lunch with your registration or bring your lunch to the conference.
There are five in-depth CEU workshops for which you will receive .5 Continuing Education Units and a special certificate for participating. If you enroll in a CEU course there will be an extra conference fee of $8.
We will again have an exhibit area with vendors for you to visit. Everyone who attends the conference will have a chance to win a collection of children’s books and toys. You will receive a raffle ticket in your conference packet when you arrive. To be entered in the raffle, you will just need to fill out your ticket and drop it in one of the many raffle boxes on tables in the exhibit area.
Endorsement of Presenters and Vendors
We are proud of the diversity that will be exhibited by the presenters and vendors at this conference. However, we do not assume responsibility for the information, opinions, products or services shared by the presenters and vendors. Please share your concerns directly with the presenter or vendor or take the time to complete the evaluation form provided. We also encourage participants to offer presenters and vendors compliments!
Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Workshops will be in classrooms throughout the high school, so you will have a little walking to do.