2023 Educare Learning Network Meeting
May 2-4, 2023 New Orleans, LA
With the return to an in-person event, we are thrilled to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Educare Learning Network with live peer connection and collaboration in New Orleans!
The Educare Learning Network Meeting provides a forum in which Network members share, problem-solve and receive technical assistance and support regarding issues of program and policy development, implementation and continuous improvement of the Educare model. The Network Meeting also provides an opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of our work. As a platform for policy and systems change, the Network Meeting offers an opportunity to define, discuss and address critical issues facing the early childhood field and identify partnerships that best leverage state and local investments for children in disinvested communities.
Our annual Network Meeting is a collaborative learning event that brings together representatives from each Educare school, parents/caregivers, researchers, public- and private-sector partners and other key contributors in the early childhood field. Each meeting includes:
- A plenary session which features research, program and policy experts from the early childhood and related fields as our keynote speaker
- Concurrent sessions (including data dialogues) led by Network members and partners that focus on relevant issues or core features of the Educare model
- Sessions for work groups and committees to convene
Historically, in-person Network Meetings are hosted yearly with the meeting location rotating between Educare schools.
- Boards of directors, executive directors & school directors
- Family support staff & supervisors
- Funders & philanthropists
- Local evaluation partners (LEPs) and national evaluation partners (NEPs)
- Mentor teachers, coaches, curriculum & instruction managers, education coordinators
- Program administrators
- Teaching staff & all other Educare staff
- Invited guests
For questions about the meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Educare Learning Network Meeting is informed by the work of the Steering Committee, comprised of members of the Network and contributing partners, who work collaboratively with ELN backbone staff at Start Early to design an engaging and inclusive annual meeting that is representative of the diverse needs of the Network. Membership from all roles within the Network, including parents, is encouraged.
Steering Committee membership runs from the fall to late spring, with responsibilities including:
- Guiding the direction of the theme/content
- Speaker selection and session development
- Elevating innovations in research, practice and policy to the broader Educare Learning Network
- Informing planning by leveraging and utilizing learning group and work group participation
- Engaging in monthly planning meetings
- Promoting the Call for Proposal process and reviewing session proposals
- Serving as a liaison with Educare schools to inform content and logistics planning
- Serving as a Network Meeting ambassador for first-time attendees and parents/caregivers
- Moderating or introducing sessions
We would like to thank the following individuals who volunteered to be part of the committee this year:
- Karla Bohl, School Director, Educare Lincoln
- Nikki Burnett, Executive Director, Educare Springfield
- Gisele Crawford, Research Specialist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Airica Hill, Teacher Aide, Educare Chicago
- Rhonda Kaiser, School Director, Educare Central Maine
- Jane Pirnat, Mentor Teacher Supervisor, Educare Omaha at Indian Hill
- Kelli Roehr, School Director, Educare Kansas City
- Cheryse Singleton-Nobles, Parent, Educare Chicago
- Jamie Steel, Compliance Associate, Tulsa Educare
- LaDonna Stevens, Mentor Coach, Tulsa Educare at Celia Clinton
- Ealasha Vaughner, Policy & Advocacy Manager, Clayton Early Learning/Educare Denver
For questions, please email email@example.com.
The schedule at-a-glance will be available this fall with the launch of registration.
Based on our experience with the annual virtual meeting, industry best practices, and the needs of the Network, we have elected to livestream the plenary session as a virtual engagement opportunity. The livestream will be available via YouTube and accessible to the public.
The call for proposals process offers an opportunity for Network members to present at our in-person meeting to create a collective and engaging experience for all attendees.
The call for proposals will open this fall.
New Attendance Travel & Accommodations Policy for Educare Schools
Expense-Paid Travel: The Network will pay for travel (airfare or ground in the form of post-event reimbursement) and lodging (3 nights, May 1-4) for three staff members per Educare school to attend the meeting. Beyond the three-person allotment per school, complimentary travel and lodging will be extended to the following groups:
- Steering Committee — Educare school staff and parents/careivers active on the committee will receive expense-paid travel and lodging with a limit of one committee member per school.
- Learnshop Speakers — Expense-paid travel and lodging will be provided for accepted sessions. Further guidance will be issued along with the call for proposals in the coming months.
Pay On Your Own: Educare schools have the option to send up to three staff members at their own expense. The group rate at the New Orleans Marriott is $229 per night plus tax. Attendees in this category must book and pay for rooms directly with the hotel using the link below.
PLEASE NOTE: All attendees must indicate their payment method when registering for the meeting. As a result, it will be necessary for schools to coordinate the payment method for each staff member before registering.
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
The Educare Learning Network will reserve rooms on behalf of all Educare staff designated as expense-paid travelers. Confirmation emails will come directly from the hotel.
Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to date of arrival by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be advised that cancellation of individual reservations made up to 72 hours prior to arrival will be accepted and the deposit refunded for those rooms for the full night’s stay. Failure to cancel reservation will result in a no-show fee billed to the Educare Learning Network.
For attendees covering their own stay, reservations will need to be made online or by calling the hotel at (504) 581-1000 to request a room in the Educare Learning Network room block. The deadline to book at the Marriott is Monday, April 3, 2023.
Air Travel Policy
The Network will reimburse Educare staff designated as expense-paid travelers for airfare expenses. Airfare arrangements must be completed at least 60 days prior to the travel date. All flights must be booked in economy class. Please keep all receipts on file for reimbursement after the event concludes. Airfares greater than $500 must be approved before purchase by contacting email@example.com.
NOTE: The Network will not cover the cost of baggage fees or incidental expenses when flying and will not cover additional ground transportation expenses.
Ground Travel Policy
For participants driving to New Orleans, there will be a mileage reimbursement of $0.62 per mile, up to $500. For participants traveling by train, fares greater than $500 must be approved before purchase by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taxi and ride share fares to/from the New Orleans Airport to/from the Marriott cost about $40-$50, depending on the time of day.
For a full list of ground transportation options from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), visit their website.
New Orleans Marriott Parking
Valet parking is available at the Marriott; please contact the hotel at (504) 581-1000 for more information about parking.
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