On May 11, the Child Care Resource and Referral of Multnomah County (CCR&R-MC), in partnership with Early Learning Multnomah , held the first annual Slavic early learning conference. Multnomah County has 162 Russian speaking early educators (with additional large Slavic communities elsewhere in the state) and this conference was intended as an opportunity to offer new Set Two trainings in response to community need and the desire of many of these providers to advance their step on the Oregon Registry.
Held at the Sunrise Center, a Community Development Corporation site in the Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham, Oregon, the event kicked off with welcoming remarks from the CCR&R director, CCR&R culturally specific staff, and an Office of Child Care Russian speaking licensingspecialist. Class offerings for attendees included: “Guiding Children’s Behavior through Observation and Assessment”; “Preventing Bullying in a Child Care”; “Making Friends through Music, Arts, and Crafts”; and “Caring for Children with ADHD in a Daycare.” Overall, 69 providers attended the conference, receiving up to 6 hours of Set Two training.
Conference attendees enjoyed the event and expressed a desire to attend another Slavic conference next year. As one put it, “You should offer a conference again! It was fun and I learned a lot! Are you offering any next year?” Other attendees praised the value of the classes offered, “The trainings were so informative and I will take a lot of ideas home that I learned today to implement into my program.”
The Early Learning Division would like to congratulate the Child Care Resource and Referral of Multnomah County and Early Learning Multnomah for their great working hosting this conference and for their successful outreach to early educators in Oregon’s Slavic community. We look forward to being at next year’s conference!