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.

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
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 and MSDE Branch Chiefs from Licensing, Credentialing, Subsidy and EXCELS

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, 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 King, Delegate 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.


Attendees save 10% when you register for the symposium online.

There are three conference registration Payment Methods:  Credit Card, Check and MSDC Training Voucher.

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.

MSCCA Referral Coupon: We want to reward you with a gift card and a chance to win a free registration to the MSCCA Conference by the Sea 2019.  All you have to do is invite a first time guest who attends the MSCCA Fall Leadership Symposium.  Learn more on the Referral Coupon Form.

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.

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.

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.

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.