Many Presidents and leaders from all around California traveled to Fresno, California this weekend for the 2011 Leadership Summit Conference. The weekend was filled with great motivating speakers who reminded the Child Care providers that they need to be united, so they can work together as a team. This teamwork will improve Child Care, change the laws, and help parents get the support that is needed.
The weekend proved to be a challenging weekend as they listened to many topics and speakers.
One speaker, Sharon Coleman, encouraged them to work together and dedicate themselves to the welfare of children. She spoke on the need to respect and help each other, and call on each other for any special needs.
Marva Lyons was there to inform the providers and Association presidents of the public policy updates. She encouraged everyone to stay informed, pick an issue that is important to them, make a plan and change the world.
Belinda Bush was there to remind the association presidents to evaluate themselves, and remember that leadership is not a title but an interactive process. They need to be knowledgeable in the business to coach, teach and inspire.
They also learned by other professionals that they all needed to be good listeners, have a vision, be in touch with the members, and be a mentor to both parents and other providers.
The providers were reminded that just as the children need a pat on the back so do the providers who spend countless hours loving and teaching, with no recognition. These conferences recognize providers who do a good job.
Three men were given an award for their dedication to children. It was mentioned in a room full of woman that it is nice to have men step forward and be role models for children, especially the single moms who want their children to have a good male role model.
The providers learned how to advertise their associations and how to run them more efficiently. Child Care Associations are available to Licensed Child Care Providers, where they are mentored and trained on how to work with children, as well as advertise and run their businesses.
This Summit weekend of association presidents proved to be a very beneficial weekend to all. They met new people and old friends and were able to share and strengthen one another. The providers were encouraged to move forward in their roles, and to continue the teaching they are doing with the children. They were reminded from Marva that “they are making a difference.” As the providers left for home they said, “This conference was certainly the best one ever.”
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