May 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wilson Chapel
Wilson Chapel
234 Herrick Rd, Newton, MA 02459
Lauren Lukason
617-266-0953 x107




The 2018 Child Care Conference

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Wilson Chapel
234 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459


Registration is required for this event.


Leading with Principle: Why the Child Care Workforce Matters

There is an incontrovertible body of evidence that the period between birth and five years is critical for emotional and cognitive learning and development. Yet, a huge gap exists between what we know children need and what we do for them.
“How do we do the right thing for all children?” The public wants quality, but tolerates poverty wages and limited professional opportunities for the two million early childhood education workforce.

Dr. Valora Washington understands the complexity of professionalizing early childhood education. As the field confronts issues such as government policy, teacher qualifications, and public expectations, Dr. Washington will show how the four guiding principles of Respect, Competence, Strengths, and Equity must be applied to these important issues.


Registration is required for this event.



Valora Washington, PhD (Presenter) is the CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, the nation’s largest credentialing organization for early educators. Dr. Washington has co-created several institutions, such as Michigan’s Children, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and The CAYL Institute. She has chaired and served on the Massachusetts Governor’s School Readiness Commission; Voices for America’s Children; NAEYC; and, the National Head Start Association. Her advocacy includes contributing to over 50 publications. Dr. Washington holds honorary degrees from Bennett College and Meadville Lombard Theological School. She has received awards from the Barr Foundation, Urban College, Boston AEYC; NAEYC Black Caucus; Cambridge Resource and Referral Agency; Center for Adoption Research, University of Massachusetts; National Association of Black Social Workers, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and Working Mother magazine. She was educated at Indiana and Michigan State Universities.


Registration is required for this event.



Washington, V. & Gadson, B. (2017). Guiding Principles for the New Early Childhood Professional. New York: Teachers College Press.

Washington, V., Gadson, B., & Amel, K.L. (2015). The New Early Childhood Professional: A step-by-step guide to overcoming Goliath. New York: Teachers College Press.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine. (2015 June). Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Reports/2015/Birth-To-Eight.aspx

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/24984.




This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends.
Your gift to BPSI helps us continue offering educational programming.  
To support BPSI, please visit www.bpsi.org.


The target audience for this program is child care workers, early childhood educators and students, parents, and mental health clinicians at all levels of training.


FEE: $55 Early Bird (use code: EB2018CCC); $65 Regular (after 04/27/2018)

Scholarships available upon request.


Continuing Education
Early Childhood Education Credits: Certificates of attendance for four (4) hours for the professional development portfolios of early childhood educators will be awarded at the conclusion of the program.

Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels and event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.