It’s almost time! Time to attend the Pamper the Provider™ Conference where you will discover new resources to support you in managing your child care business. Learn creative ideas to enhance your child care program. Feel rejuvenated and empowered by new enlightening workshops and gentle pampering.

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Keynote Emily Plank

Climbing Up the Slide: How Honoring A Child’s Innate Desires Nurtures Their Mind, Body, and Spirit - Have you ever wondered why children have the insatiable urge to climb up the slide? Why a two-year-old says "NO!" to everything? Why infants are drawn to games of peek-a-boo? Come for an inspirational and practical look at the cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development of young children. Discover the why behind many typical childhood behaviors, and learn the secrets to supporting these behaviors in early care settings. Emily will captivate you with humor and stories that will forever change the way you look at a slide . CC2 CDA 3

About Emily
Over the past decade, Emily has worked as a family child care provider, mentor, and adult educator. She is active in the early childhood professional circle, working with local and statewide chapters of the Association for the Education of Young Children.

Emily designs and leads thoughtful, compelling and interactive keynote and workshop presentations. Her specialties include respectful guidance and discipline, play-based educations and outdoor learning. She holds a degree from Pepperdine University in Liberal Arts with an Elementary Education Teaching Credential, with coursework in early childhood development. Emily lives in California with her husband and three spirited young children. Learn more about Emily at:

“I’ve come to realize that the single biggest predictor of my ability to be present and mindful for the children in my care is whether or not I feel empowered over my life. Empowered people are free to empower others.”

- Emily Plank

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Conference Workshops

Session I - 10:30 - 12:30 PM

Tax Changes: How to Avoid Mistakes on Your Tax Returns - Presented by Tom Copeland
This workshop will cover the new tax law changes that will affect your 2013 tax return. We will discuss the new IRS Safe Harbor Rule that will allow providers to claim house expenses without keeping receipts. This new ruling will not benefit all providers, so we will discuss whether you should take advantage of the rule or not. We will also discuss recent US Tax Court cases involving the Time-Space Percentage. Lastly, we will cover how to make sure you are claiming all the deductions you are entitled to. CC7 CDA 5

How To Avoid Power Struggles and Win Cooperation From Your Child - Presented by Joyce Flynn
We will explore positive and practical tools, which encourage cooperation and self-discipline in children through effective communication. We will also examine the usage of natural and logical consequences and problem-solving that helps avoid those power struggles.

365 Preschool Ideas and Activities - Presented by Lori Ann Hameister
In this training, Lori shares year-round theme-based developmentally appropriate ideas, activities and projects to enhance the learning process in your child care setting. Participants will also learn ways to expand their preschool themes and make the school to home connection with their themes. A variety of tips and techniques will be provided to help child care providers implement these ideas. Many examples of the projects will be shared so don't forget to bring your camera!

Crawl a Mile in My Socks: Perfecting the Art of Child-Centered Care from Birth to Age 5 - Presented by Emily Plank
Perspective taking allows educators to view behaviors authentically: tantrums as cries for help, silliness as a voice for playful energy, “NO!” as a necessarily developmental milestone on the road to independence. This class will explore indicators of child-centered programs and offer practical suggestions to make early care more child-focused.

DeClutter and DeStress Your Way to SuccessPresented by Hollee Saville
If you’ve ever watched a "hoarding" show and thought, “Amateurs,” or you simply want to be more organized, then this is the training for you! You’ll learn simple and specific solutions to de-clutter and organize your childcare and concepts that you can apply to every room in your home so you’ll have more time to enjoy life and the kids in it! Warning: May instill a strong desire to rush home and organize everything.

More Than Mud Pies: A Nutrition Curriculum for Preschool Children - Presented by the National Food Service Management Institute
This training shows how to utilize the More Than Mud Pies nutrition curriculum to teach preschoolers about food and the importance of good nutrition. The curriculum includes 54 lessons organized around the seasons that encourage positive ideas and participation in food and nutrition activities. Simple lesson outlines list objectives, advance preparation, classroom activities, supplies, books, songs, recipes, and ways to involve families.

Circle of Friends: Circle Songs, Games and Dances - Presented by Colleen Hannafin
Let’s “Ring-around-the Rosie” and “Rumble To the Bottom” with our “Circle Of Friends”. Music and movement songs presented in a circle setting, adaptable for individual, partner and group spaces. Materials presented include: Simple math (geometric shapes, number recognition, addition) and letter recognition. Traditional songs and gross motor movement, world songs and dances.

What Goes On In That Little Brain - Presented by Phyllis Porter
For the past few years, we have been constantly bombarded with one new study after another as well as the many interpretations of each. Many have jumped onto this bandwagon and are offering new "gadgets" or "educational systems" to make our babies the smartest ones yet. How do we decide which is important and which is just a gimmick?

Unlocking Autism: Key Strategies and Resources - Presented by Jennifer Diederich
What exactly is Autism? Is a child displaying signs or symptoms of it? How do I help a child with Autism be successful? In March of 2012 the CDC released that 1:88 children will be diagnosed with Autism, yet so many myths and questions remain. This workshop is for people who want more information on what Autism is, early detection signs and resources available. This workshop will help providers and parents with strategies and techniques to help their child achieve a higher level of success in individual and group settings.
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Session II - 1:45 - 3:45 PM

Feed Yourself First: Saving Money for Retirement - Presented by Tom Copeland
This workshop will help you find ways to reduce your spending so you have more money to save for your retirement. We will look at how you can establish financial goals and reduce your debts. We will also identify the basic rules of retirement planning and how you can choose the right IRA investment. CC7 CDA 5

Six Steps to Responsibility - Presented by Joyce Flynn
This class presents a practical model for teaching responsibility by setting up an environment of firmness with dignity and respect for both the parent/ adult and the child. We will discuss limits, consequences, and problem solving skills.

Let's Learn to Be Friends - An Anti-Bullying Approach - Presented by Lori Ann Hameister
During this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the different types of bully and teasing behaviors they may encounter in the early childhood setting and the impact these behaviors have. We will learn ways to use a variety of activities, the childcare environment as well as family involvement to develop empathy in children and create a climate of mutual respect so that all children in your child care setting feel safe, comfortable, and welcome.

Rich Routines: Using Research about the Developing Child to Guide Our Interactions - Presented by Emily Plank
Days spent caring for infants and toddlers are filled with repetition – diaper changes, bottle feedings, and napping. What happens when we begin to view these times as more than merely routine? We will explore infant/toddler brain development and discover that the ways we engage babies during routines fosters self-confidence, a sense of worth, and capability.

Building Blocks to Childcare Success - Presented by Hollee Saville
Learn tips and strategies for providers about the importance of play, creating a healthy and happy environment, being organized, where to shop, lesson planning, marketing, and other tidbits that experienced providers wish they had known from the beginning. With these basic foundations, you'll be eager and ready to build up your childcare!

Cooperative Games for All Ages - Presented by Edward Rajkowski
Participants will learn that elimination games aren't necessary. Spontaneity, sharing, and participation are where it’s at. Through a variety of games using parachutes, game reversal, and rhythms you will learn how this can be accomplished. This is an exciting session on ways to gets kids moving. Be prepared to join in the fun.

Caring for Food Allergic Children in an Early Childhood Care Environment - Presented by Kristin Beltaos
This training provides guidance on how to handle daily care, manage safety and promote inclusiveness of food allergic children. You’ll learn about food allergies and intolerances, the identification, treatment and medication management of allergic reactions. Create a parent/care provider partnership based on mutual responsibility and respect that ensures the safety of all allergic children.

More Than Mud Pies: A Nutrition Curriculum for Preschool Children - Presented by the National Food Service Management Institute
This training shows how to utilize the More Than Mud Pies nutrition curriculum to teach preschoolers about food and the importance of good nutrition. The curriculum includes 54 lessons organized around the seasons that encourage positive ideas and participation in food and nutrition activities. Simple lesson outlines list objectives, advance preparation, classroom activities, supplies, books, songs, recipes, and ways to involve families.

Tickle Fingers, Tickle Toes, Bouncy, Bouncy Away We Go! - Presented by Colleen Hannafin
Nurture musical development at a young age with music and movement songs and activities for infants up to 2 years of age. Enjoy music in a wide variety of formats throughout the day; easy to learn: Lullabies, finger and toe plays, tickles, bounces, peek-a-boos and movement activities will be presented.

Sessions with the symbol are co-sponsored by Child Care Aware West Central.

Conference Schedule

Below is our conference schedule this year. The conference will still include: 6 hours of training, an energizing keynote, quality speakers, delicious hot lunch, shopping with many vendors and pampering opportunities!

Friday night, September 27th
5:30-8:30 p.m. Conference Registration/Check In
6:00-8:30 p.m. Haircuts
5:30-8:30 p.m. Vendor Shopping
Register or check in on Friday evening and take advantage of the smaller crowds. Most of our vendors set up on Friday night and are happy to have you stop by.
Saturday, September 28th
7:00-8:00 a.m. Conference Registration/Check In Continental Breakfast, Vendor Shopping
8:00-10:00 a.m. Keynote: Emily Plank
10:00-10:30 a.m. Break, Vendor Shopping, Pampering Activities
10:30-12:30 p.m. Session I Workshops
12:30-1:45 p.m. Lunch, Vendor Shopping, Pampering Activities
1:45-3:45 p.m. Session II Workshops
Vendors have been invited to stay open until the end of the day.

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scholarship2013 Pamper the Provider™ Scholarship

Congratulations to Laura Hamilton Gomez of Oakdale and Peggy Ruiz of Cottage Grove, our 2013 Pamper the Provider Conference Scholarship winners! The Scholarship includes conference registration, one night lodging (Friday or Saturday night) at the conference hotel and $75.00 towards meal/transportation expenses. Watch for their article on their Pamper experience in upcoming issues of Providers Voice. Thank you to all who applied.

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Pampering For You

Mini Spa Retreat

FREE! Got Stress? De-stress with Aihu - Essentials for Healing by Barb Novak, Aihu. Experience therapeutic lemongrass essential oil/salt glow hand treatment and therapeutic massage gel to relax tight shoulders and neck muscles letting the peppermint relax you.

Foot Massage

FREE! Enjoy a gentle foot massage using essential oils by AromaTouchTM technique which improves well-being by reducing physical and emotional stressors. Provided by Tammy Sperr, doTERRA consultant. Sign up for appointment times.

Mini Facial

FREE! Enjoy a “mini-facial” provided by Cathy Lundgren, Arbonne International Consultant using Arbonne’s exclusive anti-aging skin care products.

Foot Spa

FREE! Stop by Daisy Blue Naturals with Carol Theisen to soften and refresh those tired, overworked feet.

Mini Makeover

FREE! Enjoy a mini make-over that allows you to try new colors and learn application techniques for the woman-on-the-go. Provided by Carla Gerads, Independent Mary Kay beauty consultant.

Nail Polish

Avon consultant, Lori Lange, invites you to try various NailWear nail enamels. Paint your nails, use a glittery topcoat, or add some sparkle to your manicure!

Neck and Shoulder Massage

Relax with a neck or shoulder massage to relieve stress and tension. This valuable boost will surely energize you. First come, first served, no appointment necessary. Take a long or short break, $1 per minute. Friday and Saturday.


$10 Fee. Get that haircut you have been putting off! Schedule that haircut you’ve been putting off! You can make a Saturday appointment on Friday evening or Saturday morning.

NEW! MeHandi Art (Henna)
This delightfully beautiful temporary body art is applied by an experienced professional artist using henna and other natural ingredients provided by Jill Johnson. an experienced professional artist using henna and other natural ingredients. Several basic $10 designs available, including calligraphy and ornation. For more elaborate designs, private sessions will be available. Sign up early for appointments. Friday and Saturday.

NEW! Fall Fashion Show

Come early to Saturday’s breakfast and grab a good seat in Glenn Carlson Hall for a delightful fashion show. Our special guests from Chico’s of St. Cloud will highlight their lovely fall fashions. Special thanks to our volunteer runway models who are all child care providers.


Check out the raffle at the conference! You can buy tickets for oodles of wonderful gift baskets, framed prints and other fun items for only $1.00 each. Must be present to win.

Special thanks to just a few of the following people and companies who have contributed:

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Check out our Vendors - Providers Choice does not endorse or recommend any products, processes or services.



Busy Buddies



Oleanna Books

PurseShop (formerly I've Got Purseanality)

Mary Kay



North Side Music

St. Cloud Fire Equipment

St. Cloud Fire Equipment will offer on-site fire extinguisher servicing for a small fee. Bring extinguishers labeled with your name and phone number.
Extinguishers inspections $5.00
Recharging of 5 lb. ABC extinguisher $30.00
Recharging of 10 lb. ABC extinguisher $35.00
New extinguishers will be available for purchase at a discount for conference attendees. New 5 lb. ABC extinguisher $50.00 per unit, new 10 lb. ABC extinguisher $75.00 per unit.

Bruski Bib

CJ's Puzzle & Crafts

Carol's Affordable Curriculum

Conference Menu
Continental Breakfast
Freshly Baked Pumpkin, Apple & Cranberry Bread
Mini Whole Wheat Bagels
Cascading Fresh Fruit
Assorted Yogurts
Apple, Grape and Orange Juice
Coffee, Herbal Tea & Lemon Ice Water

Hot Lunch
Oven Roasted Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Seasoned Yukon Gold Potatoes
Green Beans with Julienne Red Bell Peppers
Mixed Greens Salad: Dried Apricots, Candied Pecans, Red Bell Peppers, side of White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls
Delicious Double Chocolate Bread Pudding with Homemade Caramel Sauce
Coffee, Iced Tea, Milk & Lemon Ice Water

The conference brochure will be mailed and available at the end of July.

  • Registration will open tentatively August 1st.
  • The last day to register is Friday, September 20th.
  • Walk in registrations are welcome at the conference.
Hotel Information and Directions

If you're planning to make a night of it or a weekend of it, call the hotel by the 8/20/13 and request the Pamper the Provider reduced room rate. Remember expenses related to obtaining required training are tax deductible business expenses.

Directions: Click here for directions to the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center (formerly St. Cloud Civic Center) and hotels.

St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center
10 Fourth Avenue S. St. Cloud 56301

Best Western Kelly Inn - connected to the Convention Center by a indoor walkway
100 4th Ave South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 253-0606

Grandstay Residential Suite- 2 blocks from Convention Center
213 6th Ave South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 251-5400

Le St-Germain Suite Hotel - connected to the Convention Center by a skyway
404 W. St. Germain
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 654-1661

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites - located at the intersection of Hwy 15 & Hwy 23
75 S. 37th Ave
Saint Cloud, MN 56301


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of this conference?
Registration is $80.00 through September 20th and includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch. After September 20th, registration is $90.00 and is done directly at the conference.

How many hours of training is this conference?
Six hours of training will be available. Some county licensors will only approve credit for child development classes for first year care givers. If you are unsure where your licensor will credit a particular class offered at this conference, we suggest you clarify this issue with your licenser prior to registering.

If I am not a child care provider or not on the food program, can I still attend?
Yes, we welcome anyone who has an interest in children. Children, however are not allowed at this conference, except for breast feeding infants.

More questions? Give us a call at 952-345-8117 or toll free at 877-656-3773.

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