2019 Materials

Congratulations to the 2019 Indiana Early Learning Champion Winners!

Congratulations to the 2019 Indiana Early Learning Champion Award winners Julie Garber with the Community Foundation Of Wabash County and ArcelorMittal.

What's next?

This year’s Summit was a great opportunity to gather information and make important connections as we continue working together to meet the needs of our current and future workforce. Now it’s time to take action. With these 3 simple steps, you can start addressing your employees’ needs – today and tomorrow.

Keynote Speaker

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.

Brain Science Presentation

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.

Business Impact Panel

  • 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 and Indiana Signworks

Business Impact Break Out Sessions

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, Pathfinder Services; Elizabeth Hire, Director, Pathfinder Services; Heather Borton, Heath Services Coordinator, 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; Dena Jacquay, Chief Community & Human Resource Officer, Parkview Health; Jamie Bell, Human Resources Director, Therma-Tru Door

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.

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