Early Childhood Today: Achieving Standards That Support All Children

STAR NET Region VI and the School of Education will hold their 6th annual conference at the Orland Park campus. This conference is for parents, caregivers and professionals who shape the lives of children ages birth to 8 years old. Workshops will address six different themes, including social/emotional, speech and language, accommodations, early literacy, health and wellness and best practices.

Kathey Chvostal-Schmidt, M.A., will be this year's plenary speaker addressing "Nobody Told Me About the Parents..." She is a child development specialist who works with at-risk families with infants and toddlers in an ISBE-funded Prevention Initiative program at the SPEED Early Learning Center in Chicago Heights.

In early childhood preparation classes, we are taught several strategies to enhance the learning for our young students ages birth to five. We are given standards to mark their achievement and we write goals and objectives to ensure the students are doing their best. The one area which we do not get much assistance is in the area of working with the parents of the children we serve. How do you make those parent-teacher conferences and family consultations less stressful? How do we build the bridge between home and school that creates a successful educational experience for the student/teacher and child/family?

Building the bridge between home and school starts in early intervention. Service providers work with parents at the very beginning of the road to establish a healthy working and trusting relationship with the family. Often the relationship that has been built in the early years of a child's education lends itself to how the parents and school personnel will interact in the future. Establishing a positive early relationship is only one vital step to a good working relationship with families.

There are simple strategies that any teacher and service provider can use to work with parents that can create that working relationship with parents. We will examine these strategies and how you can use them to communicate with the families in your classrooms and on your caseloads.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (sign-in 8-8:30 a.m.)
Location: Saint Xavier University
Orland Park Campus
18230 Orland Parkway
Orland Park, IL 60467


$35 (includes continental breakfast, lunch, instruction and workshop materials). There will be no refunds of fee given.


Pre-registration is required and seats are limited. Registrations will be accepted based on a first-come, first served basis. There will be no on site or phone registration allowed. When using a purchase order, please fax a copy of the purchase order along with a completed registration form for each participant to 708-802-6202. Registration must be received by Friday, March 8, 2013. For additional information, contact STAR NET at 708-342-5370.

Illinois STAR NET is an approved provider for CPDUs through the Illinois State Board of Education and continuing education for speech-language pathologists, social workers, occupational therapists and physical therapists through the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Note: Childcare is not available at the conference. Parents of children with disabilities up to 5 years old can apply for a family fellowship for a reimbursement stipend through STAR NET. Please click on Workshop Forms and then Family Professional Fellowship Application to apply.

This year, we will be streaming the keynote address into additional rooms in order to provide comfort for all attendees.

Co-sponsored by STAR NET Region VI and Saint Xavier University, in collaboration with SSAEYC, SPEED Cooperative, Good Shepherd Center, Child and Family Connection 12, and the Early Intervention Training Program.