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Events & Presentations

Our team members are frequently asked to present at research and practice conferences and convenings. Here is where you can next hear us speak or participate in one of our interactive learning sessions.
 
Here’s what’s happening at the Early Childhood Investment Corporation:
 
 

2016 National QRIS Meeting – Establishing an Ecosystem for High-Quality Early Learning
Location:   New Orleans, LA
Date(s):  July 13, 2016
Presentation:  “Creating a Successful Formula for Incorporating School-Age Programs in Quality Improvement Systems”
ECIC Team Member:  Jordan-Blough-Orr

2016 Smart Start Conference
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Dates:  May 2-5, 2016
Presentation:  “Framework for Authentic Parent Leadership and Voice”
ECIC Team Members:  Jordan-Blough-Orr and Synthia Britton

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation 2016 National Network Meeting of Statewide Afterschool Networks
Location:  Detroit, MI
Date:  April 19, 2016
Presentation:  “Quality Systems for Early Childhood and School-Age Programs: Full Speed Ahead”
ECIC Team Member:   Jordan Blough-Orr

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Grand Rapids, MI
Date:  April 1, 2016
Presentation:  “Race to the Top with Great Start to Quality”
ECIC Team Members:   Kelly Kreider and Kelly Christman

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Grand Rapids, MI
Dates:  April 2, 2016
Presentation:  “Leading in 0 to 3”
ECIC Team Members:   Synthia Britton and Michelle Golus

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Grand Rapids, MI
Date:  April 2, 2016
Presentation:  “Providers Guide to Great Start to Quality Validation Process”
ECIC Team Members:   Heather Evans and Michelle Stevens

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Grand Rapids, MI
Date:  April 2, 2016
Presentation:  “Providers Guide to Great Start to Quality Assessment Process”
ECIC Team Member:   Heather Evans
HighScope Team Member: Jill Claxton

Power to Thrive Summit on Alternatives to Preschool and Early Care Expulsions
Location:  Lansing, MI
Date:  February 25, 2016
Presentation:  “Family Choice, Child Care Quality, and Preschool Expulsion”
ECIC Team Member:  Dr. Marijata C. Daniel-Echols

BUILD Local Leaders Peer Learning Network
Location:  Webinar
Date:  December 16, 2015
Presentation:  “Making Family Input, Engagement and Leadership a Priority”
ECIC Team Member:  Joan M. Blough, MSW

BUILD State Leaders Peer Learning Network
Location:  Webinar
Date:  December 17, 2015
Presentation:  “Making Family Input, Engagement and Leadership a Priority”
ECIC Team Member:  Joan M. Blough, MSW

34th Annual Michigan Statewide Conference for Child Abuse and Neglect:  Prevention, Assessment and Treatment
Location:  The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth
Date:  November 2, 2015
Presentation:  “Supporting Parent Engagement and Leadership”
ECIC Team Member:  Bryn Fortune 

4th Annual Conference for Early Childhood Research and Evaluation
Location:  Ypsilanti
Date:  October 16, 2015
Presentation:  "Michigan Great Start to Quality:  Observing Programs in Diverse Settings as a Component of Continuous Quality Improvement"
ECIC Team Members:  Sheri Butters and Heather Evans 

Deep Dive Conference on Early Learning in Indiana
Location:  Fishers, IN
Date:  October 8, 2015
Presentation: “Navigating the Shifting Landscape of Early Childhood”
ECIC Team Member:  Joan M. Blough

BUILD Initiative:  Building Bridges to Connect State and Community Early Childhood Efforts
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: September 17, 2015
Presentation:  "Making Family Input, Engagement and Leadership a Priority in the Development of a Local Systems Approach"
ECIC Team Member:  Joan M. Blough

BUILD Initiative and QRIS Learning Network’s “Let’s Talk” Series
Location: Webinar
Date: August 18, 2015
Presentation:  "It’s More than Just a Star: Using QRIS Data to Drive Program Improvement"
ECIC Team Member:  Sheri Butters

2015 Michigan Community Action Summer Conference
Location: Bellaire, MI
Date: July 29, 2015
Presentation:  "Overview of the Early Childhood System in Michigan"
ECIC Team Members:  Sheri Butters and Holly Wingard

2015 Michigan Community Action Summer Conference
Location:  Bellaire, MI
Date:  July 29, 2015
Presentation:  "Strengthening Families Protective Factors"
ECIC Team Member:  Holly Wingard

2015 QRIS National Meeting
Location:  National Harbor, MD
Date:  July 16, 2015
Presentation:  "Assessment and Data as Components of Continuous Quality Improvement"
ECIC Team Member:  Sheri Butters

Every Kid Matters: The Case for Early Childhood Investment
Location:  WWJ News Radio 950 - Detroit, MI
Date:  June 24, 2015; 7-8 p.m. air time
Presentation:  “Defining, Measuring, and Accessing Quality Child Care Programs”
ECIC Team Member: Marijata Daniel-Echols

Early Childhood: Shifting Mindsets Summit
Location:  Mt. Pleasant, MI
Dates:  June 3-5, 2015
Presentation:  “Strengthening Families Approach to Building Protective Factors”
ECIC Team Member:  Holly Wingard

BUILD’s Pre-Conference at the National Smart Start Conference
Location:  Greensboro, NC
Date:  May 4, 2015
Presentation:  "QRIS: A Driver for System Reform"
ECIC Team Member:  Kelly Kreider

Michigan Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Conference
Location: Mt. Pleasant, MI
Date:  May 1, 2015
Presentation:  “Is There a Hole in my Bucket? Understanding Authentic Parent Engagement & Key Drivers to Success”
ECIC Team Members: Bryn Fortune and Holly Wingard

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Grand Rapids, MI
Date: April 24, 2015
Presentation:  “Is There a Hole in my Bucket? Understanding Authentic Parent Engagement & Key Drivers to Success”
ECIC Team Members: Bryn Fortune and Holly Wingard

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Grand Rapids, MI
Date: April 24, 2015
Presentation:  “Great Start to Quality:  What are We Learning about Program Quality?”
ECIC Team Members: Sheri Butters and Kelly Kreider

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Grand Rapids
Date: April 24, 2015
Presentation:  “Great Start to Quality – A Shared Commitment to Quality Improvement”
ECIC Team Members:  Sheri Butters and Kelly Kreider

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Grand Rapids, MI
Date: April 24, 2015
Presentation:  “Great Start to Quality:  Exploring a School Age Design of Michigan’s QRIS”
ECIC Team Members: Jordan Blough-Orr and Sheri Butters

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Grand Rapids, MI
Date: April 23, 2015
Presentation:  “Race to the Top with Great Start to Quality”
ECIC Team Members: Kelly Kreider and Sheri Butters

Michigan Head Start Association 24th Annual Early Childhood Training Conference
Location:  Ann Arbor, MI
Date: March 5, 2015
Presentation:  Co-Presenter - “Head Start & Great Start to Quality: A Commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement”
ECIC Team Member: Sheri Butters

Michigan Head Start Association 24th Annual Early Childhood Training Conference 
Location:  Ann Arbor, MI
Date: March 5, 2015
Presentation:  “Is There a Hole in my Bucket? Understanding Authentic Parent Engagement & Key Drivers to Success”
ECIC Team Member: Bryn Fortune

Michigan Collaborative Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Dearborn, MI
Date: January 22, 2015
Presentation:  “Is There a Hole in My Bucket?  Understanding Authentic Parent Engagement and Key Drivers to Success”
ECIC Team Members: Holly Wingard 

Michigan Collaborative Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Dearborn, MI
Date: January 22, 2015
Presentation:  “Great Start to Quality: Start to Finish”
ECIC Team Members: Sheri Butters

Michigan Collaborative Early Childhood Conference
Location:  Dearborn, MI
Date: January 22, 2015
Presentation:  “Great Start to Quality and GSRP: A Shared Commitment to Quality”
ECIC Team Members: Sheri Butters

National Black Child Development Institute 44th Annual Conference
Location:  Detroit, MI
Date: October 14, 2014
Presentation: Member of Guest Panel Discussion “Realties and Myths that HighScope is NOT for Our Kids”
ECIC Team Member: Marijata Daniel-Echols

National Black Child Development Institute 44th Annual Conference
Location:  Detroit, MI
Date: October 14, 2014
Presentation: Community Scholarships – Pathways to Accessing High Quality
ECIC Team Member(s):  Marissa Zamudio

Council of Michigan Foundations’ 42nd Annual Conference: Growing the Impact of Michigan Philanthropy
Location: Traverse City, MI
Date: October 13, 2014
Presentation: Member of Guest Panel Discussion "Young Men of Color & Early Education: Room for Philanthropic Impact” 
ECIC Team Member: Marijata Daniel-Echols

National Black Child Development Institute 44th Annual Conference
Location:  Detroit, MI
Date: October 11, 2014
Presentation: Member of Guest Panel Discussion “Evelyn K. Moore Early Childhood Leadership Institute”
ECIC Team Member: Marijata Daniel-Echols 

HighScope Educational Research Foundation’s 3rd Annual Conference for Early Childhood Research and Evaluation
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Date: October 10, 2014
Presentation:  Using Data to Guide Quality Improvement Within the Context of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems 
ECIC Team Members: Sheri Butters and Karen Olsen

HighScope Educational Research Foundation’s 3rd Annual Conference for Early Childhood Research and Evaluation
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Date: October 10, 2014
Presentation: Member of Guest Panel Discussion “Measuring Program Quality:  Translating Research into Policy and Practice”
ECIC Team Member: Marijata Daniel-Echols 

Ingham Change Initiative - Education Subcommittee Meeting
Location: Lansing, MI
Date: August 18, 2014
Presentation Role: Presenter, “Racial Equity and Children in Ingham County: Current Policies and Data”        
ECIC Team Members: Jacqui Broughton 

2014 QRIS National Meeting 
Location: Denver, CO
Date: July 23, 2014
Presentation: Workshop Presenter, “Using Data to Strengthen QRIS”
ECIC Team Member(s): Sheri Butters

2014 National Smart Start Conference
Location: Greensboro, NC
Date: May 6, 2014
Presentation Role: Workshop Presenter; “Building and Supporting Parent Leadership in Systems Development”
ECIC Team Members: Holly Wingard

Smart Start, National Conference 2014
Location:  Greensboro, NC
Date:  May 5, 2014
Presentation:  Co-presenter; Developing Leaders of System Change
ECIC Team Member:  Joan Blough

First Children’s Finance – Michigan’s Community Breakfast
Location: Detroit, MI
Date: April 22, 2014
Presentation: Member of Guest Panel Discussion “Perspectives on the early care and education environment in our communities, future directions, and collective impact”
ECIC Team Member: Marijata Daniel-Echols

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Date: April 4, 2014
Presentation: Presenters, “Great Start to Quality: Improvement Planning and Resources”
ECIC Team Member(s): Kelly Kreider & Karen Olsen

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Date: April 3, 2014
Presentation: Presenters, “Great Start to Quality 101: From Start to Finish”
ECIC Team Member(s): Jenine Gatewood & Kelly Kreider

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Administrator Institute
Location: Clinton Township, MI
Date: March 4, 2014
Presentation: Presenters, “Great Start to Quality-From the Administrator’s Perspective”
ECIC Team Member(s): Jenine Gatewood, Kelly Kreider, Karen Olsen, & Alicia Williams 

Office of Foundation Liaison’s Early Childhood Education Funders Information Session
Location: Webinar
Date: February 25, 2014
Presentation: Featured Presenter “The Early Childhood Investment Corporation: New Leadership, Renewed Commitment”
ECIC Team Member: Marijata Daniel-Echols 

Michigan Association of United Ways’ Legislative Day
Location: Lansing, MI
Date: February 11, 2014
Presentation: Featured Speaker “The Early Childhood Investment Corporation: New Leadership, Renewed Commitment”
ECIC Team Member: Marijata Daniel-Echols 

National Women’s Law Center’s National and State Child Care Advocates 26th Annual Meeting
Location: Baltimore, MD
Date: January 6, 2014
Presentation: Member of Guest Panel Discussion “Progress on Moving Pre-K Agenda in States and Cities”
ECIC Team Member: Marijata Daniel-Echols 

BUILD Initiative, National Meeting 2014
Location:  Phoenix, AZ
Date:  October 29, 2013
Presentations: Panel Member, Sharing Our Successes
ECIC Team Member:  Joan Blough, MSW 

NMCD Early Care and Education Conference
Location: Traverse City, MI
Date: October 12, 2013
Presentation Role: Workshop Presenter; “Being and Effective Voice for our Youngest Learners”
ECIC Team Members: Holly Wingard 

Michigan Home Visiting Conference, 2013
Location:  Dearborn, MI
Date:  August 6, 2013
Presentation:  Workshop Presenter, “Engaging and Supporting Parent Involvement”
ECIC Team Member:  Bryn Fortune 

Michigan Home Visiting Conference, 2013
Location: Dearborn, MI
Date:  August 5, 2013
Presentation:  Trainer-day long intensive workshop, “Local Leadership Group Parent Representatives for MIECHV”
ECIC Team Member:  Bryn Fortune 

Smart Beginnings Leader Institute
Location:  Charlottesville, VA
Date:  July 30, 2013
Presentation:  Keynote Speaker and Trainer, Lessons Learned on the Journey Toward an Equitable and Effective Early Childhood System
ECIC Team Member:  Joan Blough, MSW 

Council of Michigan Foundations, Early Matters Affinity Group
Location:  Lansing, MI
Date:  July 23, 2013
Presentation: Keynote Speaker, Creating an Equitable and Effective Early Childhood System in Michigan:  Great Start at Year Seven
ECIC Team Member:  Joan Blough, MSW 

Inter-Tribal Council – Honoring our Children Inter-Tribal Summit
Location: Traverse City, MI
Date: June 13, 2013
Presentation Role: Speaker/Presenter; “Early Childhood Systems – Increasing Advocacy and Awareness”
ECIC Team Members: Holly Wingard 

US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Expert Panel Convening
Location:  Washington, DC
Date:  June 11, 2013
Presentation:  Panel Member, Expert Panel, Developing a spectrum of evidence to identify promising and effective policy, system, and environmental (PSE) strategies.
ECIC Team Member(s):  Joan Blough, MSW

ECIC 2013 Great Start Conference
Location: East Lansing, MI
Date:  May 31, 2013
Presentation:  Workshop Presenter, “Authentic Parent Leadership and Voice”
ECIC Team Member:  Bryn Fortune 

ECIC 2013 Great Start Conference
Location: Lansing, MI, Kellogg Center
Date: May 31, 2013
Presentation: Co-presenter for workshop titled “Parents Partnering for Change: Curriculum overview & Dialogue”
ECIC Team Member(s): Michele Chenier & Stephanie Wagner 

ECIC 2013 Great Start Conference
Location: Lansing, MI, Kellogg Center
Date: May 30, 2013
Presentation: Co-presenter for workshop titled “Setting the stage: Creating the culture of welcoming tables”
ECIC Team Member(s): Michele Chenier & Rachel Mellema  

ECIC 2013 Great Start Conference
Location: Lansing, MI, Kellogg Center
Date:  May 30, 2013
Presentation: Co-presenter for workshop titled “How to give voice: Broad constituencies matter”
ECIC Team Member(s): Michele Chenier & Stephanie Wagner 

ECIC 2013 Great Start Conference
Location:  Lansing, MI
Date:  May 30, 2013
Presentations: Co-Presenter, Workshop, Intentional Systems Change
ECIC Team Member:  Joan Blough, MSW 

Eastern UP/C.O.P. Business Summit
Location: Mackinaw City, MI
Date: May 30, 2013
Presentation Role: Speaker/Presenter; “Why Early Childhood Matters”
ECIC Team Members: Holly Wingard 

BUILD Initiative, National Webinar on Evaluation of Local Systems Efforts
Location:  Webinar
Date:  May 14, 2013
Presentation:   Panel Member, Creating an Equitable and Effective Early Childhood System in Michigan:  Great Start at Year Seven
ECIC Team Member:  Joan Blough, MSW 

2013 National Smart Start Conference
Location:  Greensboro, NC
Date:  May 1, 2013
Presentation:  Workshop Co-Presenters, “Approaches and Strategies for Creating Authentic Parent Leadership and Voice”
ECIC Team Members:  Holly Wingard and Bryn Fortune 

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) Early Childhood Conference
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Date: April 4, 2013
Presentation: Presenter, “Strengthening Families-The Basics”
ECIC Team Member(s): Kelly Kreider 

BUILD Initiative, BUILD State Leads
Location:  Webinar
Date:  March 27, 2013
Presentation:  Co-Presenter, Michigan Great Start:  2012 Evaluation Findings
ECIC Team Member:  Joan Blough, MSW