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N.D. Out-of-School-Time & Early Childhood Summit

N.D. Out-of-School-Time & Early Childhood Summit

Out-of-school-time & Early Childhood Summit

About The Event

The ND Afterschool Network is again joining efforts with Child Care Aware of North Dakota to host the ND Out-of-School Time & Early Childhood Summit July 29-30, 2024 in Fargo, ND!

The Summit will provide two days of in-person learning and connecting, with keynotes and breakout tracks for afterschool, summer learning, and early childhood providers working with youth from birth through age 18.

Questions? Contact kristin.knorr@k12.nd.us

Registration Now Open!


July 29, 2024
8:00 – 8:30am Registration & Breakfast
8:30 – 4:30pm Keynote, Lunch & Breakout Session

July 30, 2024
8:00 – 8:30am Breakfast, Exhibitors & Registration
8:30 – 4:30pm Keynote, Lunch & Breakout Sessions


Registration Costs

$75 for Day 1 or Day 2

$125 for Both Days

DAY 1 - July 29, 2024

Day 1 – July 29, 2024

9:00 – 4:30pm

Owning Your Influence


As a leader in out-of-school time work in North Dakota, you matter (maybe more than you realize!). During this full-day session we will explore your circle of influence and what it means to be a self-aware leader so that you can maximize your impact. You will reconnect with your WHY and examine your  values.

We will discover those factors that bring out your best and explore those moments when your best is missing. We will learn about the importance of self-compassion in work that can sometimes be emotional, hard, and overwhelming.

Finally, you will walk away with specific tools and strategies you can use to up your leadership game both when things are going well and when things feel hard.

Session for: All participants. The morning will be a full session together and the afternoon will have 2 sessions, one for  providers working with children ages 0 – 5 and one for providers working with youth ages 5-18. 


Session Presenters:

Amy Brady, The Flourish Lab

Amy is the creator of The Flourish Lab approach. With over 20 years working with youth and youth organizations, Amy knows the importance of supporting adults first so that we can bring our best to the youth we serve.


Eric Golden, The Flourish Lab

Eric is the Lead Facilitator for The Flourish Lab. As a father of three daughters and many years working with youth, Eric brings powerful storytelling and vulnerability to everything he does.

DAY 2 - July 30, 2024

Day 2 – July 30, 2024

Disrupting Implicit Bias in Youth-Serving Programs: Jennifer Curry, Change Impact

This keynote will cover the neuroscience of implicit bias and help the audience recognize our own identities and bias. We will learn how to disrupt bias, ensure our hiring practices are inclusive, and cover meaningful relationships with youth and families and de-biased behavior management.

Jen Curry, Ed.D. founded Change Impact in 2017, which has since trained 40,000 youth-serving professionals, raised over $200 million in grants, and developed Change Up Learning to support anytime, anywhere training. Jen is an adjunct professor of Youth Studies, a member of the 21st CCLC National Technical Assistance Advisory Group, and NYU’s 2023 Distinguished Young Alumni Awardee.


Breakout Session # 1 (Attendees can select to attend one of four breakout options.)

Being an Effective Director: Erica Bullis, Child Care Aware of ND 

Unleash your true potential as an early childhood program leader with this transformative session. With so many demands and so little time, being a program leader is difficult. In this session we will look at various research, backed with real life experiences and take a deep look into leadership and what we can do to limit these demands. We will look at how to shift from simply playing a role to embody a mindset that empowers both yourself and those around you. Explore the essential skills and competencies that define true leadership, and learn how to cultivate them within your organization. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your leadership game and make a lasting impact on your early care and education program.

Session for home, center, and afterschool program providers. 


Sharing Power with Youth and Families: Jennifer Curry, Change Impact

What is power and where does it show up in our work? From youth voice to sharing power with young people, this session will cover mindsets that facilitate power-sharing and cover authentic ways for parents and caregivers to step into their power.

Session for providers working with ages 5 – 18. 


Health and Safety for All Ages: Considerations When Working with Birth – 12: Sarah Myers, Child Care Aware of ND

This session will discuss recommended procedures for handwashing, diapering, and sanitation. It will discuss active supervision and how to implement for ages 0 – 12 in multiple settings, including home, center, and school-based. The session will also identify common safety hazards.

Session for providers working with ages 0- 12. 


…more to come!


Breakout Session # 2 (Attendees can select to attend one of four breakout options.)

Communication and Conflict Resolution: Jennifer Curry, Change Impact

This session will cover how relational trust and healthy working relationships can identify and de-escalate conflict. We will practice restorative communication strategies and plan for action.

Session for providers working with ages 0 – 18. 


Understanding Infants: Jordon Wolf, Child Care Aware of ND

By the end of this training, participants will be aware of common developmental delays found in infants, understand how the areas of development are all connected, and leave with fun and easy play ideas that also pair as interventions to help babies learn and grow. Participants will engage in collaborating with other early educators on their personal and shared experiences concerning infants. All information regarding development, data, and best practices are based off of the most current research. Participants will be given a copy of the ND early learning guidelines to keep. along with other helpful hand outs.

Session for home and center providers working with infants. 



Sensory FUN Play Lab: Heather Chatham

Come discover, explore, and play in an engaging and interactive Sensory Play Lab designed to bring your five senses to life and spark intentional sensory creativity in your classrooms. Learners will foster an importance of incorporating a variety of sensory experiences through meaningful play and leave with a toolbox of sensory ideas to engage all learners.

Session for home and center providers working with infants, toddlers, and school-age youth.  


Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development: Lindsey Burkhardt, Prevent Child Abuse ND

Participants will gain information and skills to understand healthy sexual development in children at different developmental stages and to identify concerning sexual behaviors. This session will learn healthy ways to respond to normal as well as concerning sexual behaviors in children, to answer children’s questions, and to give children positive messages.

Session for home, center, and afterschool providers working with infants, toddlers, school-age, middle, and high-school youth. 

Breakout Session # 3 (Attendees can select to attend one of four breakout options.)

Rethinking Behavior Management: A trauma-informed approach: Katie Ecklund and Courtney Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension; Department of Youth Development

Data shows nearly 14% of youth in North Dakota have experienced 2 or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). We recognize that the ACE study doesn’t capture all experiences of trauma, and that most youth programs have participants who are impacted at a higher rate than reported. How do we program in a way that meets the needs of all young people, including those who are impacted by trauma? This session will provide an overview of what trauma is in the context of youth development, and explore how trauma impacts youth in afterschool programs. Participants will learn about the differences between behaviors and trauma responses, and how to navigate both situations effectively. Finally, participants will engage in hands-on learning to build skills and strategies that support the social and emotional wellbeing of all youth in their programs.

Session for providers working with ages 5 – 18. 



Building Strong Kids: A Guide to the Circle of Courage in Afterschool: Dawn Marie Johnson

Explore the transformative power of the Circle of Courage framework in afterschool programs. Learn about the four essential needs of children and practical ways to integrate these principles into your program.

Session for home and center providers and afterschool programs working with youth ages 5 – 18. 


Science of Reading for Early Childhood Educators: Heather Chatham

Early childhood educators play an impactful role in developing an early reading brain. Learn just what the science of reading talk means for early learning and how that looks in the classroom environment. Learners will develop and expand their understanding of the 5 components of early literacy and the science of reading and will strategize how these can be intentionally developed at all ages and stages of early childhood.

Session for home and center providers working with infants and toddlers. 


Building a Healthy Brain: Faith Rieger and Katie Reiners, Child Care Aware of ND

There is no time in life when the brain develops more rapidly than during the first five years. The quality of a child’s experiences – positive or negative – help shape how their brain develops. Every time you interact with a child, you’re doing something major – shaping a growing mind. You are a brain builder! Join us to learn about what children need to build healthy brains and to identify simple brain-building strategies that you can use in your program.

Session for home, center, and afterschool providers working with infants, toddlers, and school-age youth. 


Breakout Session # 4 (Attendees can select to attend one of the following breakout options.)

Check-ins, Icebreakers, Transitions, and Reflections: Katie Ecklund and Courtney Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension; Department of Youth Development

Are you looking for easy ways to elevate your programming for greater impact? Incorporating check-ins, icebreakers, transitions, and reflections only takes a few minutes and can help young people create spaces of safety and belonging, regulate emotions, and integrate learning. In this session, we will explore how check-ins, icebreakers, transitions, and reflections add value to afterschool and out-of-school time programs. Participants will actively engage in activities, gain confidence in facilitating, and leave with hands-on ideas that they can incorporate into their own practice.

Session for providers working with ages 5 – 18. 


STEM: Utilize the 10 Engineering Mindset Practices in After-School Programming: Katie Oster, NESC and Cortney Shuley

This session will give an overview of the 10 engineering mindset practices as defined by Million Girls Moonshot and Engineering is Elementary. The session will offer strategies for incorporating these practices in a wide variety of STEM projects for students of all ages in after-school programming. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with project kits and ideas during the session. Audience members will have an opportunity to enter a drawing for a variety of STEM kits & resources!

Session for afterschool programs working with youth ages 5 – 18. 


Bright & Early North Dakota

Community Options



ND Council on the Arts


Two by Two Character Development


USpireND – Inclusion Support


More coming soon!


Holiday Inn Fargo

3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND


Mention to reserve room: ND Out-of-School Time & Early Childhood Summit


Summit is approved for 7.5 hours Growing Futures credit per day (up to 15 hours total if both days attended).


Summit is approved for one graduate credit (15 hours) through Valley City State University if both days attended.