“The Business of Child Care”

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Maryland State Child Care Association is hosting an exciting day of quality training (pending final approval from MSDE) focused on Business practices and how to view many aspects of childcare as they relate to business. MSCCA also offers networking and advocacy related to your businesses and your families. Members and non-members are welcome to join MSCCA as we take a more in-depth look at the Business of Child Care/ Early Education in your program.

The Increase Calculator demonstrated at the Leadership Symposium is now being piloted by several programs.  After testing, these early childhood programs will provide data and input for updates (by Friday, October 18th).  Once those changes have been implemented, the tool will be published by MSCCA and The Child Care Company.

MSDE Links from Steven Hicks Presentation

PDG B-5 Findings and Reports

Paley Rothman Presentation

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ivory Toldson

President and CEO - QEM Network, Professor - Howard University, Editor in Chief of The Journal of Negro Education

Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D. is the president and CEO of Quality Education for Minorities, a professor of Counseling Psychology at Howard University, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Negro Education, and executive editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Research, published by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. He is a bestselling author of No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People. Dr. Toldson was previously appointed by President Barack Obama to be the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In this position, he worked with the U.S. Secretary of Education to devise national strategies to sustain and expand federal support to HBCUs. Dr. Toldson was dubbed a leader “who could conceivably navigate the path to the White House” by the Washington Post one of “30 leaders in the fight for Black men,” by Newsweek Magazine, and the “Problem Solver” by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.

Dr. Toldson has also been featured on MSNBC, C-SPAN2, NPR News and numerous national and local radio stations. In print, his research has been featured in The Washington Post, CNN.com, The New York Times, The National Journal, Essence Magazine, BET.com, The Grio, and Ebony Magazine. Dr. Toldson was named in The Root 100, an annual ranking of the most influential African-American leaders. He was awarded the: Equity Champion Award from the New York City Department of Education; Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State Black Alumni Association; an LSU Legend by the LSU Black Alumni Chapter; and one of the Top 25 Forensic Psychology Professors from ForensicsColleges.com.

Since 2016, as QEM president, Dr. Toldson has served as principal investigator of 8 National Science Foundation awards, totaling more than $3.2 million, to support capacity building efforts for STEM programs at Minority Serving Institutions.

Leadership Symposium Session Speakers

Sarah Elfreth

Senator, Maryland State Senate

Elected in 2018 to represent Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County, Senator Sarah Elfreth is the youngest woman ever elected to the Maryland Senate. Growing up, Sarah learned the values of hard work and public service from her union-member parents and with the benefit of an excellent public school education. Expanding opportunity and access for all – from our natural resources, to quality education, and economic opportunities – are at the center her public service and have been a consistent theme throughout her work.

As Senator, Sarah serves on the Budget & Taxation Committee, as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area, and as one of two senators representing Maryland on the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission. In her first legislative session, Sarah worked with colleagues across the aisle to pass eight of the nine bills she sponsored – on issues ranging from increasing oversight and transparency of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, strengthening reporting of environmental violations, establishing State funds to address the backlog of untested rape kits and provide legal fees for Title IX proceedings, and to build a consensus-based, stakeholder-led, and science-driven fisheries management plan for oysters.

James Hammerschmidt

Co-President, Paley Rothman

Jim Hammerschmidt is Co-President of the firm, Chair of the Employment Law group, and a member of its Litigation and Appellate Practice groups. His practice includes a range of commercial, corporate, and employment counseling and litigation, but his primary task is listening. The first thing Jim does when meeting with a client is ask, “What is your goal?” In doing this, Jim is able to determine the client’s expectations and whether we will be able to meet them. Only then can he really set about meeting his clients’ business needs. Jim has extensive experience representing and counseling clients on employment law issues.

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 as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is also serves on the Board of NAEYC in capacity of Secretary.

Ariana Kelly

Delegate, Maryland House of Delegates

Ariana Kelly is a lifelong advocate for Montgomery County. She has a proven track record in Annapolis and Washington on issues that matter to Montgomery County, including health care, the environment, and education. In 2010, Ariana Kelly was elected to Maryland’s House of Delegates representing the 16th District, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac.

A Deputy Majority Whip, Ariana Kelly serves on the legislature’s Health and Government Operations Committee, and Chairs the Health Occupations and Long Term Care Subcommittee and the Montgomery County Delegation Economic Development Committee. She also Chairs the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families and the Task Force to Establish Paid Family Leave. She is President of the Women Legislators of Maryland, the caucus of 60 diverse women State Senators and Delegates serving in Maryland’s General Assembly.

In the legislature, Ariana Kelly was the lead sponsor for Maryland’s Contraceptive Equity Act, as well as legislation requiring parental leave and investing in child care. She has been a supporter of important issues including Maryland’s fracking ban, marriage equality, and paid sick leave.

Clinton Macsherry

Director of Public Policy at 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.

In 2005, Mr. Macsherry spearheaded the legislative initiative to consolidate early childhood programs within the Maryland State Department of Education, a landmark restructuring of child care and early education governance that served as a model for other states and helped propel Maryland to the top of a national education ranking.  In the midst of chronic fiscal stress and budget challenges, he repeatedly won funding restorations for programs facing budget cuts and lobbied successfully for the expansion of public pre-K.  In 2011, he received the Sandra J. Skolnik Public Policy Leadership Award from the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (now known as Child Care Aware).

Mr. Macsherry joined Maryland Family Network in 2000, after serving as Chief of Staff to a Maryland State Senator and as a Legislative Aide to the President of the Baltimore City Council.  He had a previous career in journalism and publishing.

Isaac Meyer

Managing Partner, Compass Government Relations Partners

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. Isaac is currently a Partner at Compass Government Relations Partners in Annapolis Maryland. Prior to that, he worked with Alexander & Cleaver; was a principal at INM Consulting, a management consulting firm focused on helping nonprofit organizations maximize their government relations operations; and served as Government Relations Manager for Service Corporation International (SCI) after successfully representing their interests. Isaac regularly worked with clients to create their public policy agenda and secure state operating and capital budget funding.

Isaac is a graduate of Towson University in Maryland where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While at Towson University, he created the student legislative advocacy program on behalf of the Student Government Association. During his two-year term as Director of Legislative Affairs, Isaac cultivated relationships with champions in higher education and drafted the first student-written legislative agenda in the State of Maryland. Isaac graduated from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business with an MBA in June 2018.

Jennifer Nizer, M.Ed.

Director of the Office of Child Care, MSDE

Jenn Nizer has her Master’s in Education from Towson University. She has spent the better part of two decades being an advocate for child care programs, teachers, children and families. She has been a Director for Johns Hopkins Bayview Child Development Center and adjunct faculty for CCBC colleges in Maryland. Jenn served as President of the Maryland State Child Care Association (MSCCA) for almost 7 years. She worked as a curriculum specialist in Florida and recently moved back to her home state to accept the position of Director of the Office of Child Care at the Maryland State Department of Education. Jenn’s Dad was a Maryland teacher and she is excited to be back in a leadership role in Maryland to make a difference for children and providers/teachers.

Cristen Rose

Principal, Paley Rothman

Cristen Rose’s practice encompasses a wide variety of counseling, commercial and business litigation, including significant experience in contractual disputes, regulatory compliance, mass torts, class actions, product liability defense, and environmental litigation. As a member of the firm’s Regulatory Law & Litigation practice group, she devotes a significant portion of her practice to counseling clients that operate businesses within highly regulated environments. She prides herself on working with her clients to understand their businesses and business goals and, when issues arise, to identify the most cost-effective means of resolving them. She advises and defends clients on regulatory, contractual and licensing issues, and in governmental investigations and enforcement proceedings. She also has considerable experience with state and federal litigation involving product liability, false advertising and unfair trade practice claims. Her knowledge of both commercial litigation and regulatory compliance has been manifested in articles published and seminars presented in both the United States and Asia.

Dr. Syretha Storey

Director, NASA Goddard Child Development Center

Dr. Storey has been in the field of early childhood education for more than 30 years. In this time, she has been a Teacher, Child Care Center Director, and Trainer and Family Child Care Director. She also has significant experience as a post-secondary educator. Through her company, The Child Care Company, Dr. Story brings her knowledge and expertise to early childhood programs throughout the state as an MSDE approved trainer. Dr. Storey is currently the Director of NASA Goddard Child Development Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She manages an online Directors group as a way to facilitate partnerships between center-based child care programs in the state of Maryland. Dr. Storey is also the President of the PG County Chapter of The Maryland State Child Care Association (PGMSCCA) and Secretary for MSCCA.

Jessica Summers

Principal, Paley Rothman

Jessica Summers is a Principal in the firm’s Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Retirement Plans, Litigation and Government Relations practice groups. Jessica works with companies and organizations on a wide range of matters, including establishing and implementing effective employment policies, drafting employment agreements, maintaining employee benefit plans, addressing corporate planning issues and monitoring and advising clients on legislative and regulatory developments of import to them.

Jody Waltrup


Jody Waltrup, CPA, is a tax manager and has over 20 years of extensive public and private industry accounting experience.

Mrs. Waltrup provides a full range of accounting and tax services for individuals, C Corporations, S Corporations, partnerships, and nonprofits. She is an member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA).

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