James “Jim” Spurlino is President and owner of Spurlino Materials, a construction materials company with concrete plants in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, as well as a national division operating mobile plants throughout the United States. Recent projects include supplying concrete for the Indianapolis Colts’ new stadium and the Bristol Motor Speedway. The company was founded in 2000 and has grown to 10 plants and 150 employees in the time since.
Jim has been active in the promotion of early childhood issues for more than a decade. He served on the Board of Trustees of Every Child Succeeds, a Cincinnati-based home visitation program serving first-time, at-risk mothers in the greater Cincinnati area, and on the Board of Trustees of Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY). He is also a member of the ReadyNation Advisory Board and CEO Task Force on Early Childhood.
Dr. Tony GiaQuinta, a pediatrician at Parkview Health and President of the Indiana Chapter of American Academy Pediatrics, will speak about the impact of quality early childhood experiences on a child’s development and how that lays the foundation for future success in the workforce.
- Keith Gillenwater, President & CEO, Grow Wabash County
- Dena Jacquay, Chief Community & Human Resource Officer, Parkview Health
- Dawn Rosemond, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
- Karyn Tomkinson Ed.D., Executive Director Early Childhood Development, Ambassador Enterprises
- Olivia Warner, President, Indiana Stamp Company
What are the Nuts & Bolts of Early Childhood Education?
Nicole Norvell, Director, Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning
Take the first steps towards investing in early childhood education by understanding the basics. In Indiana, approximately two-thirds or 330,000 young children need child care while their parents are working. This session will cover what the state considers “quality” early childhood education, the different early childhood education program types and regulations, and the cost of early childhood education.
What is Sick Child Care?
John Niederman, President and Elizabeth Hire, Director, Pathfinder Services
In Indiana, over 60 percent of our children have working parents. Based on an Indiana University study, employees are absent approximately 13 days/ year due to child care related disruptions, including a sick child. To support those working families – our employees – it’s vital that we’re providing accessible, affordable options for their sick children. This session will highlight how one sick child care program is structured in Huntington County and how your company or community might consider implementing a sick child care program.
How can Employers Support this Issue?
Susan Boyd, Vice President of Human Resources, Rea Magnet Wire
As an employer, how do you get involved? How can you start supporting your working families? This session will have three different employers share how their company is working to address the needs of their workforce and the community. They will talk about offering family-friendly policies, forming partnerships with early childhood education programs, offering Dependent Care Assistance Plans and setting up a tuition scholarship program.
How can Shared Services be a Solution to Support Early Childhood Education?
Sharon Easterling, Principal, Opportunities Exchange
Operating an early childhood education can be a different business model to “break even”. An emerging solution to make running the early childhood education program more efficiently and effectively is shared services. This session will cover what encompasses shared services, and how can they benefit early childhood education programs. In this session, participants will learn about the shared services model, examples of shared services and how a company or community could implement this option.
With this year’s event taking place in northeast Indiana – Fort Wayne – we understand that it may be unrealistic to travel for the day to engage in this important conversation about early childhood education and workforce development. That’s why we’re debuting a live stream option at select communities across the state! Do you want more information about the event near you? Contact us here.