If you have not attended, you may get an idea of the outstanding program we have to offer every year by reviewing our agenda below.

Preparing Our Children for the Future

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Ten Oaks Ballroom
5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029-1029
7:00 am to 4:30 pm

What Does the Future Hold for Early Childhood and Providers Working in the Field?

The Maryland State Child Care Association (MSCCA) is hosting an exciting day of MSDE-approved, quality training, networking and advocacy for members and non-members to take a more in-depth look at the early childhood landscape in critical areas of state and national issues. Learn more about how changes will impact children, families and you and/or your program/business.

The Maryland Family Network (MFN) has designed a needs assessment survey to assist with training and professional development opportunities and they would like all attendees to complete the survey. Your name will be entered to win a $25.00 Target gift certificate in appreciation for taking a few minutes to complete the survey. You can bring your completed survey with you to the Symposium (MFN will be collecting) or email it to and we will share your survey with MFN. Please be sure to include your staff’s feedback. MCCRN Training Interest Survey F18

Leadership Symposium Schedule

7:00 am – 7:45 am: Early Bird Special with Exhibitors The first attendees who visit with Exhibitors receive a ticket for prize drawings

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast and time to Connect with Exhibitors

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Engaging in Public Policy and Advocacy: Keys to Change in Early Childhood
Isaac Meyer, Government Relations Consultant, Alexander and Cleaver and MSCCA Legislative Task Force

8:30 am – 10:00 am:  MSDE Presentation on Regulation, Quality Initiatives and Policies
Jennifer Nizer, Director of the Office of Child Care, MSDE; MSDE Branch Chiefs from Licensing, Credentialing and EXCELS; John Lamb, Deputy Chief of the Office of Child Care Subsidy, MSDE

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Connect with Exhibitors

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Changes in Child Care Subsidy, Tiered Reimbursement and Overview of ABC’s for Businesses
Rene Williams, MSDE

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Buffet Lunch and Raffle Drawings

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Child Care Report from the Federal Level: How is the Child Care and Development Fund Implemented Across the Country?
Liz Kelley, Bizzell Group

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Communication, Family Engagement and the Consumer Education Initiative
Chris Swanson, Ed. D., Senior Quality Director Early Child Care & Education, Johns Hopkins CTE

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Innovations in Excellence in Education, Kirwan Commission Report and Legislative Changes: How Do They Impact Early Childhood?
Clinton Macsherry, Director of Public Policy, Maryland Family Network and Invited Legislative and Agency Panel with Senator Nancy King, Delegate Adrienne Jones, Councilman Rice, Steven Hicks, MSDE

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Closing Keynote Plenary – What If Everybody Understood Child Development?
Rae Pica, National Author and Keynote

Attendees will receive certificates onsite for 6.5 Core of Knowledge training hours and 2 Professional Activity Units for attending a Statewide Conference/Symposium.

Registration Fees

MSCCA’s 2018 Leadership Mini Conference/Symposium registration fee includes all sessions, breakfast, a buffet lunch and 6.5 Core of Knowledge training hours and 2 Professional Activity Units for attending a Statewide Conference/Symposium.  Attendees who register online receive a 10% discount.

 Exhibitor registration includes carpet, a standard six-foot draped exhibit table, two chairs, and two complimentary exhibit staff participants. Additional exhibitor staff registrants will be charged $50 per person for their attendance. The exhibitor registration deadline is 10/2/2018.

Registration Type Regular Fee Online Discount Fee
MSCCA Member* $99.00 $89.10
MSCCA Member (after 9/29/2018) $125.00 $112.50
Non-Member $129.00 $116.10
Non-Member (after 9/29/2018) $140.00 $126.00
Exhibitor (includes two registrations) $225.00 Not Applicable
Exhibitor Business Member** $202.50 Not Applicable

* MSCCA Members receive a 25% discount on MSCCA conference fees.  Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership or email to request a membership form.

** MSCCA Business Members receive a 10% discount on conference exhibit fees in addition to other benefits.  Click here to learn more about the benefits of business membership or email to request a business membership form.

MSDE Training Voucher:  If you are selecting the MSDE Training Voucher as your payment method, please note that the deadline to submit your form is Saturday, August 11th.  The MSDE Training and Credentialing department responsible for reviewing your training voucher request will add the “assigned approval number” to your voucher.  For those who register online, it is recommended that you attach a printed copy of your confirmation email to the completed Training Voucher form.  If you registering using the “paper” registration form, you can attach a copy of the form to the Training Voucher.

MSDE Training Voucher Reimbursement Instructions: Your application for post-conference training reimbursement must be submitted within 180 days following MSCCA’s 2018 Leadership Mini Conference/Symposium on Thursday, October 11th. Eligible applicants must hold a current Maryland Child Care Credential of Level Two or higher.

Exhibitors:  Partners and businesses that serve the early childhood education industry are invited to sponsor a table in the exhibit area and network with attendees during meals and designated agenda times.  Event exhibitors and sponsors will receive prominent mention in the conference program, signage at the event, and will be introduced to the membership with a pre-function announcement. If you’re not able to join us onsite, please consider your support as a sponsor!

Registering online as an exhibitor is preferred.

Leadership Symposium Speakers

Angeline Bishop-Oshoko

Branch Chief, Office of Child Care – Credentialing Branch

Angeline Bishop-Oshoko is currently Branch Chief, Office of Child Care – Credentialing Branch. Ms. Bishop-Oshoko was previously the Operations chief. Prior to MSDE, she was the Family and Partnership Manager at the Howard County Head Start Program. She managed the TANF program at the Duchess County DSS for over 10 years.

Steven Hicks

Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Early Childhood Development, Maryland State Child Care Association

Steven Hicks serves as Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Early Childhood Development at the Maryland State Department of Education. Immediately prior to his appointment, he was Executive Director of the non-profit Ready at Five in Maryland. Previous to working in Maryland, he served as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education following 20 years as a preschool, kindergarten and early elementary school teacher.

A frequent speaker across the country and internationally, he has contributed to numerous publications, including a national preschool curriculum and an on-line mentor program. Steven is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood and holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Adrienne A. Jones


Delegate Jones has been a member of House of Delegates since October 21, 1997, representing District 10. In addition to being Speaker Pro Tem, she is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and its public safety & administration subcommittee. She also provides leadership through the Legislative Policy, Spending Affordability, Rules and Executive Nominations and Legislative Ethics committees. In addition, Delegate Jones is a member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.

Liz Kelley

Subject Matter Expert and Content Specialist, Communications Management Center

Liz currently holds the title of Subject Matter Expert and Content Specialist in the Communications Management Center for the Bizzell Group. She previously worked for the Maryland State Department of Education as Acting Assistant State Superintendent, and was Director of the Office of Child Care from June 2007 to December 2017. Liz earned a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Hood College, Frederick, MD.

Nancy King


Senator Nancy King has been involved in local civic organizations since 1981. In 1994, King was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education representing District 1 and quickly rose through the leadership ranks, and served for two years as President. Mrs. King continued to serve on the School Board until 2002, until she was elected to Maryland’s House of Delegates representing District 39.

As a member of the House of Delegates, King served on the Ways and Means Committee where, in 2006, she became the Chair of the Education sub-committee. In August of 2007, King was elected by the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of Senator P.J. Hogan. Subsequently, Governor Martin O’Malley approved the appointment and she was sworn in as Senator for District 39 on September 6, 2007. She subsequently won the general election and continues to serve District 39 in the Maryland Senate.

Nancy is an active leader in the Senate and has been recognized by several organizations for her service including: State Legislator of the Year by the National Biotechnology Industry Organization; Technology Advocate of the Year by the Tech Council of Maryland; the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Charles W. Willis award; the Dental Association’s Legislator of the Year award and the Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick Leadership Award in Early Care & Education. Additionally, in March of 2017 she was given the Senate of Maryland’s First Citizen award for outstanding public service. Senator King serves on the Budget and Taxation Committee and the Captial subcommittee, and is the Chair of the Education, Business, & Administration sub-committee. King is also the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth & Families and the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Gaming Oversight.

John Lamb

Deputy Chief of the Office of Child Care Subsidy

John Lamb is the Deputy Chief of the Office of Child Care Subsidy. During his 30-year state career, John has been an advocate for children in need of quality child care and for promoting stability in a child’s early childhood development. In addition to John’s current position, he has worked directly with foster care children as the Assistant Director for a non-profit group home for 11 years, focusing on education and independency by 21. John is very passionate about helping children to become successful and about educating parents on other programs that may help stabilize the family and move them beyond the income limits of the Child Care Subsidy Program. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and spending time with Peggy, his wife of 35 years.

Clinton Macsherry

Director of Public Policy, Maryland Family Network

Clinton Macsherry is the Director of Public Policy at Maryland Family Network, the state’s foremost advocacy organization for young children, for their families and care providers, and for early childhood education. Mr. Macsherry leads Maryland Family Network’s advocacy efforts and orchestrates government relations at the state, federal, and local levels. Budgetary and policy areas in this portfolio include home visiting, early intervention for children with special needs, child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, pre-kindergarten, and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He also works closely with and on behalf of Maryland’s networks of Family Support Centers and Child Care Resource Centers.

Isaac Meyer

Government Relations Consultant, Alexander & Cleaver

Isaac Meyer is a seasoned government relations consultant with ten years of experience working with nonprofits and corporations to meet their advocacy and public policy goals. Prior to rejoining Alexander & Cleaver, Isaac was principal at INM Consulting, a management consulting firm focused on helping nonprofit organizations maximize their government relations operations.

Isaac has also served as Government Relations Manager for Service Corporation International (SCI) after successfully representing their interests in Maryland as a member of the Alexander & Cleaver team. Additionally, Isaac played an instrumental role in establishing SCI’s Political Action Committee strategy, deploying approximately $200,000 per year based on organizational priorities.

Isaac recently graduated from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business with an MBA in June 2018.

Jennifer Nizer, M.Ed.

Director, Office of Child Care, MSDE

Jenn has spent the better part of two decades being an advocate for child care programs, teachers, children and families. She has her Master’s in Education.

Rae Pica

Rae has been an education consultant since 1980 and is the most-published author in the fields of children’s physical activity and active learning. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 19 books, including the textbook Experiences in Movement and Music (now in its 5th edition) and, most recently, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children’s Lives.

Additionally, Rae blogs for Huffington Post, is a former columnist for Young Children, and is cofounder of BAM Radio Network (, the world’s largest online education radio network, where she hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more.

Dr. Chris Swanson

Senior Director of Quality Early Care & Education, Johns Hopkins University School of Education

Dr. Chris Swanson leads a team focused on improving outcomes for young children and their families at the Johns Hopkins School of Education. His team provides the first tier of rating and improvement coaching through the Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating and Improvement System, and they are partners with MSDE in the newly launched Maryland Families Engage online resource hub.

Swanson is a social entrepreneur, believing that sustainable public policy can be achieved through promoting wide-scale adoption of promising practices, and that early education is dollar for dollar the best investment for long-term societal benefit. He’s a former principal, teacher, and autism and cognitive delay specialist.

Lou Valenti

Branch Chief for Licensing, Office of Child Care, Maryland State Department of Education

Lou is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He spent 11 years working in the Baltimore City Department of Social Services foster care unit. In 1989, he began working at the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Child Care, Division of Early Childhood. Lou has worked as a Licensing Specialist, Licensing Supervisor, and Regional Manager. In December, 2017, Lou was named the Branch Chief for Licensing. He is a lifelong resident of Baltimore.

Rene' D Williams

Chief of Child Subsidy, Maryland’s CCDF Lead Agency, MSDE

Rene’ D. Williams, M.Ed., is the Chief of Child Subsidy for Maryland’s CCDF Lead Agency, the Maryland State Department of Education. Rene’ considers the Child Care Subsidy Voucher as “A Child’s First Scholarship” on their path to self-sufficiency and to becoming a life-long learner and contributor. Two decades of her work has focused on the management and implementation of State and/or County Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Programs and the provision of support services to those committed to advancing equal access to high quality, affordable, early care and education. Because she believes a solid educational foundation breaks generational-poverty and is the cornerstone for building a stronger nation, her primary interest is identifying child care subsidy barriers within four (4) key areas that impact continuity of care: Parents, Providers, Payment and Policy.