Early Childhood Education Summit 2018 June 25, 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
1600 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI




Monica Duncan, Director of Early Childhood Services, IFF

Learning Spaces: Three Stories of Growth

Top 5 Essentials for Early Childhood Education
Ellicia Qualls, Founder & Executive Director,
Urban Sprouts Early Childhood Development Center
Ms. Qualls has more than 15 years of experience in the early childhood education field and is committed to realizing her vision of social justice through early education. Her center provides the only mixed-income Reggio Emilia model for early education in Missouri and recently expanded to accommodate 135 students — almost double the previous number, with more than twice as many subsidized seats available. Ms. Qualls is known for her community outreach, having spearheaded a Youth In Need program, organized a Reggio Emilia provider conference, and developed a charter to launch the National Black Child Development Institute chapter in St. Louis.

IFF’s Work in Detroit and Across Michigan
Joe Neri, CEO, IFF


Book Discussion: “The Burden: African Americans
and the Enduring Impact of Slavery”
Author Rochelle Riley will share what inspired the book’s development and lead a discussion on the importance of equity in community approaches.

Pie for Providers: Organize Your Way to More Time and Money
Pie for Providers is an app that supports child care businesses by streamlining paperwork and deadlines. CEO and Co-Founder Chelsea Sprayregen will lead a discussion on how creating good practices can help save time, increase focus, and improve financial management.

Managing Strategic Growth: Key Considerations for ECE Facility Development
Managing day-to-day operations and juggling long-term growth plans can be challenging, especially when it relates to facilities. This panel discussion brings together providers and designers to explore key considerations and lessons learned related to working with partners; funding the project; designing the space to meet program requirements; adapting to change; and managing development projects.

  • Facilitator: Ja’Net DeFell, Lead Developer – Michigan, IFF
  • Roxanne Campbell, Executive Director, United Children and Family Head Start
  • Heidrun Hoppe, President, Heidrun Hoppe Associates
  • Ellicia Qualls, Founder and Executive Director, Urban Sprouts Child Development Center
  • Jarrod Roth, Regional Manager – Michigan, Lakeshore Learning

12:15 – 1:15 PM LUNCH


Top 10 Considerations for Developing Comprehensive, Equitable Systems for Detroit’s Young Children and Families
Ms. Riley is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, where she has been a leading voice for children, education, competent government, and race since 2000. She has won numerous national, state, and local honors for her reporting, including the 2017 Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists for her outstanding efforts to make newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. She was part of the reporting team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local news, and she was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016. She recently authored a new book: “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery,” which she discussed at the summit today.


Call to Action: Working Collectively

  • Regina Bell, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Yazeed Moore, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Registration is now closed. We have reached our venue capacity. We hope to see you next year!

Special Thanks