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2024 ECE Leaders Summit

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning invites you to join us for the 2024 ECE Leaders Summit!

Event dates: Tuesday, April 23, 5:30–7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033

 

Registration has closed for this event and walk-ins will not be permitted. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

 

 

Rooted in Community, Connected in Purpose

This year we’ll explore how being “rooted in community” can help us achieve the shared purpose that connects us all—helping children thrive in school and life.

This event is designed for a variety of professionals working to support young children and families, including ECE program leaders and teachers, K-12 leaders, elementary education teachers, college/university educators, social workers, nonprofit leaders, and more.

Through influential keynote speakers, discussions, and interactive workshops, you’ll learn about critical topics impacting our work including deep dives into play-based learning and collaborative approaches to building strong communities of colleagues, partners, and families for the benefit of children. Your participation may also count toward continuing education credit certification needs.

You may choose to attend both the evening reception and full-day event, or just one. However, space is limited, and registration is required.

 

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Key topics

Play-based learning

Research shows that play-based learning is critically important for developing young minds. We’ll discuss the importance of play-based learning for children’s social emotional and cognitive development, and collaboratively identify opportunities to fully integrate play-based learning approaches into different early childhood settings.

Community collaboration

We know partnerships are essential in empowering children to reach their full potential and helping families to thrive. We’ll discuss how to break down silos in early childhood education to increase collaboration and meet community needs.

 

Presenters were excellent, and it was a nice way to network with others. I was able to meet some ECE professionals in the next county and have conversations about what was happening in our organizations.
– 2023 Attendee

It allowed for smaller group discussion amongst the educators. I was able to gain knowledge from people who work in other parts of the country and take pieces of their program back to add to my current program.
– 2023 Attendee

Attendee experience

Tuesday, April 23 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24 | 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Breakout sessions
(10 a.m.)

Attendees will be assigned to interactive workshops with peers based on their professional discipline. Each session will be led by expert facilitators and provide opportunities for knowledge- and skill-building, collaboration, and networking.

  • Elevating play-based learning through multiple levels of an ECE system
    for multi-site or state-wide ECE leaders, school district leaders, nonprofit leaders, and college/university educators
  • Implementing play-based and project-based learning in classrooms and advocating for play
    for single-site ECE or elementary school leaders and teachers
  • Integrating play-based learning with home and family engagement
    for social workers, child and family services professionals, and nonprofit leaders
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Breakout sessions
(1:30 p.m.)

In the afternoon, attendees will have a choice among several opportunities for further knowledge-building, discussion, and networking in small group sessions featuring local partners and facilitators. Sessions include:

  • Small-group roundtable discussions: Facilitated discussions to deepen the conversation via new connections and new ideas around play-based learning and community collaboration.
  • Interactive poster session: Community organizations serving the Central PA region, alongside local and national research partners, will share insights and resources for ECE leaders and engage with attendees. Presentations will include research and evaluation projects underway from CHS, to share learnings in progress.
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Event location details

Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033

Staying overnight? Accommodations are available, at the attendee’s expense, at Hershey Lodge, in Hershey, PA. You may click the link below to reserve your room online, or if you prefer to speak to a Reservation Agent, you may call the reservation office at 855-729-3108, and ask for the room block for Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning.

Reservations must be made prior to Monday, March 25, 2024, and there are a limited number of rooms available. After this date, room prices may increase and/or rooms may not be available.

General FAQs

Why is Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning hosting this event?

CHS is dedicated to creating high-quality learning communities that nurture, educate, and empower children and families in social and financial need. By bringing together leaders in child and family advocacy who share the same purpose, we hope to inspire each other and continue building communities that help young learners throughout Pennsylvania thrive.

Who is the event intended for?

The event is intended for leaders and professionals working with young children and families in a variety of settings. This includes educators, site leaders, principals, district leaders, social workers, community partners, nonprofit leaders, and more.

Is there a fee to attend the event?

No, there is no registration fee. The event is cost-free for registered attendees. Attendees are only responsible for their overnight accommodations if needed.

What are the health protocols for this event?

Wearing a mask is optional. However, we ask that attendees who are ill or awaiting a COVID-19 test result not attend the event as a courtesy.

What if I need to cancel my registration for the event?

Please reach out to [email protected] and a member of our team will help.

Can I attend only one day of the event?

Yes. If your schedule does not allow you to attend both days, you are welcome to attend either Tuesday night’s reception or Wednesday only.

Additional questions?

Please reach out to [email protected] with questions, and a member of our team will connect with you.

Accommodations

What parking arrangements are available at the venue?

Parking is available on-site. You can go to the venue website for more information.

Credits

Am I required to bring specific documentation to obtain the continuing education credits?

If you require Act 48, you will need to sign in with your PA PPID#. Once the event is over, we will mail you a certificate within two weeks that you can take back to your organization to report your Act 48 hours to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. We are unable to report hours on behalf of our attendees. If your organization will not report your hours for you, you will be unable to obtain Act 48 hours from our event. Act 48 and CEUs are not offered for Tuesday night.

CHS will also provide social workers with Social Work CEUs at no cost. Attendees will be notified once the credits are approved through PA School Social Work Association.

Are there additional forms or paperwork that must be completed once the sessions are over to obtain the continuing education credits in line with my certification?

If you require Act 48, you will need to sign in with your PA PPID#, along with the number of hours of training you attended during the event. This must be done before you leave the event. You must be able to provide a current email address. We will then mail you a certificate within two weeks that you can take back to your organization to report your Act 48 hours to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. We are unable to report hours on behalf of our attendees. Act 48 and CEUs are not offered for Tuesday night.

CHS intends to also provide social workers with Social Work CEUs and will do so at no cost. Attendees will be notified once the credits are approved through PA School Social Work Association.

 

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Our approach

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Our Leaders

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Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning are subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School and will be staffed and operated independently of the Milton Hershey School core model.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.