WSTC Virtual Head Start/ECEAP Directors' Retreat

Mon, August 03 2020, 9:00 AM - Mon, August 31 2020, 3:00 PM [PST]

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Mon, August 03 2020, 9:00 AM - Mon, August 31 2020, 3:00 PM [PST]

It's our annual Directors' Retreat, now in your own home or office!  Over the course of the week you'll have an opportunity to hear from some outstanding speakers, representatives from DCYF and Office of Head Start, policymakers and more. 

We set up our agenda with current events at top of mind - how do Head Start, ECEAP and Early Head Start programs meet the many challenges of COVID-19 for our families and staff?  How do we address the real issues of racial inequity and bias in our communities?  How can we influence policymakers and agency decisionmaking to support our important work with the families most affected by current events?

This year's Directors' Retreat will have two sessions per day (9-11am, 1-3pm), every day for the week.  We will also record everything except the Regional Office if you need to miss a session or two, and those sessions will be available for a month.  We've put together a great agenda based on your feedback:

Monday 9-11:30AM

Introductions, Icebreaker, and Panel presentation on racial equity and bias. 

We have an amazing panel! 

  • Vickie Ybarra, Director, Office of Innovation, Alignment, and Accountability
  • Deborah Northern, Seattle Public Schools Equity & Engagement Manager
  • Erin Jones
  • Erin Okuno, Executive Director Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
Monday 1-3PM Racial Equity/Anti-Bias Conversation - guided large and small group conversations around how Head Start/ECEAP can better serve families and children of color, how we can improve our own programs and approaches, how we can help change the world for the better.
Tuesday 9-11AM

State Agency Leaders - Updates from DCYF ECEAP, Licensing and Childcare.

All your questions answered!  DCYF Panelists include:

  • Kelli Bohanon, DCYF Director of Early Learning Programs
  • Karin Ganz, Pre-K ECEAPAdministrator
  • Jason Ramyke, Child Care Subsidy Administrator
  • Jennifer Helseth, Health Systems Analyst
  • Judy Bunkelman, Licensing Monitor & Risk Management Coordinator
Tuesday 1-3PM

State Policymaker Panel and Discussion.  State Policymakers and our lobbyist Melissa Johnson will update us on the current situation and what to expect in 2021.  Discussion on what challenges programs are facing and what additional supports are needed from the legislature and state agencies as we continue struggling with COVID-related program changes.

Panelists include:

  • Senator Claire Wilson, Assistant Majority Whip, Vice-Chair Early Learning and K-12 Committee
  • Senator Christine Rolfes, Chair, Ways and Means Committee
  • Senator Andy Billig, Senator Majority Leader
  • Representative Tana Senn, Chair, Human Services and Early Learning Committee
  • Rayanna Evans, Office of Financial Management Budget Analyst


Wednesday 9-11AM

Dr. Lauren Ashbaugh - Supporting Staff to Thrive in their Work During a Pandemic

Dr. Ashbaugh is a licensed clinical and school psychologist who is passionate about sustainable, evidence-based practices that promote resilience in staff as well as students. She worked with Auburn Riverside High School to develop a sustainable, effective model of staff self-care and support.  She is currently working the Tacoma Public Schools. She believes strongly in the promotion of research-based practices and data-driven decision making.  She provides training and consultation while also seeing individuals in her private practice. 

This session will have STARS credit attached, and is also available as a stand-alone training if you would like additional staff to attend.  Registration for additional staff available at

Wednesday 1-3PM

Outdoor Preschool - Going Beyond Playgrounds

Aliza Yair, program specialist for the Outdoor Preschool Pilot Program at DCYF and directors of three outdoor preschool programs will share experiences about different models of operating outdoor preschool and how Head Start and ECEAP can adapt their practices and lessons learned to our own expansion of outdoor activities and curriculum with COVID-19.

Thursday 9-11am

Jeff Utecht, Re-Imagining Preschool

Jeff Utecht, an internationally acclaimed educator and author, will provide a framework for shifting your early learning program from center-based to distance learning.  Jeff provided professional development for over 5,000 teachers in Washington in “moving schools online”.  His intentionally designed structure supports high-quality distance learning for the teacher, the child and the parent and is appropriate for Head Start and ECEAP as well as K-12.  Our programs are likely to be offering remote services to many famlies 0-5 through the 2020-21 school year due to COVID, and developing an effective framework and approach to make it engaging and work for both staff and families will be critical.

This session will have STARS credit attached, and is also available as a stand-alone training if you would like additional staff to attend.  Registration for additional staff available at


Thursday 1-3PM

Director Discussion Time

Let's not reinvent the wheel!  This is an opportunity to learn from each other and identify issues that need to be addressed.  Topics will include Reopening, Remote Learning, Facilities, and more. 

Friday 9-11AM

Office of Head Start Updates

With special guest Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Director of the Office of Head Start.  Joining her will be Kathy Schuknecht, Regional Program Manager, Office of Head Start, and Cathy Garland, Administrator, Head Start Collaboration Office.

Friday 1-3PM

Federal Policy Panel and Discussion

A panel of feceral policymakers and advocates will update us on what's happening in DC that affects Head Start, childcare, and our families in general.  Panelists include Katie Hamm, VP of Early Childhood Policy at the Center for American Progress, Tommy Sheridan from the National Head Start Association, and we have invited Senator Patty Murray. 



Please thank our sponsors for this event!


















Katy Warren


Deputy Director


Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP/Washington State Training Consortium


425.453.1227 (office)


206.291.2021 (cell)






Katy Warren

Our first Virtual Directors' Retreat! Join your colleagues for great training, discussion, and updates. 20 hours of content!

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Jeff Utecht
Educator, Keynoter, Consultant, Author

Jeff began his career in the Elementary Classroom in Washington State. In 2001, he was the recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Grant, the Technology Leadership Program. This started his journey into the world of connecting students and using the world as his curriculum. From 2002 – 2012 Jeff taught at International Schools moving from a classroom teacher into technology roles and administrative positions. He have authored books, worked as a consultant for technology startups, and continues to speak at schools and educational events around the globe. He was invited by the Prince of Bahrain to participate in conversations to reimagine teaching and learning in that country. In 2018, he was invited to the Global Knowledge Summit in Dubai to be part of global conversations about the future of education in the Knowledge Economy. Today, Jeff makes his home in Seattle, WA having worked with and supported over 20 1:1 deployments both within the US and Internationally. As you can tell, Jeff bring a very global perspective to his trainings and conversations. His passion is working long-term with schools and districts in changing the teaching and learning culture to help prepare students for their future not our past.

About Jeff

Educator, Keynoter, Consultant, Author
Dr. Lauren Ashbaugh
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Pacific Northwest Psychology & Consulting

Dr. Lauren Ashbaugh is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in downtown Tacoma, Washington. She is a therapist, consultant, and trainer who provides evidence-based outpatient psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in resilience, trauma, anxiety, depression, and risk, and teaches within these areas of expertise in educational settings. She is strength-based and collaborative in her approach. She strives to be culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, and empowering. Lauren received her undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a student-athlete on the women's basketball team. She played professionally overseas for a year before returning to the United States to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia.

About Dr. Lauren

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Pacific Northwest Psychology & Consulting