Top 10 reasons YOU should attend this year’s conference
- Meet your local union leadership
- Plan events and activities in YOUR region with YOUR regional leadership – build a relationship with other providers from your region
- Meet other child care providers in the field of Licensed Family Child Care
- Because you are a leader or want to become a leader
- Because you want to be more involved (you already know how or want to figure out what the options are)
- You want a FUN weekend get-away with like-minded adults (with NO children) that is 100% tax-deductible
- Because you want to be the FIRST to know what is going on and what is coming
- You want the tools and resources to get more involved on a committee, stakeholder groups, the ELC, in rule making or other activities, legislative activity, and advocacy work
- You want to understand “the child care system” in a deeper more meaningful way to be more successful professionally as well as empowering yourself to better advocate for yourself within “the system”
- You REALLY need those 12 hours of continuing education
Oregon Child Care Providers Together AFSCME Local 132
A Vision. A Voice. Leading the Way in Early Care and Education
11th Annual Child Care Conference, February 15th-17th, 2019
For our 11th Annual Conference this year, we are mixing it up – trying something a little different.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Autumn or Anneliese.
What is Menucha? Menucha is the original property of the first Governor of Oregon. Wright Hall was the original Governor’s “Summer Mansion.” You will notice on the registration materials that participants who stay thru lunch on Sunday will get a “behind the scenes” tour of the Hall including the “prohibition bar,” a hidden wet bar in the family room, staff quarters, and the spyhole in the Governor’s bedroom. Menucha now serves as a retreat and conference center on the top of the Gorge. A weekend at Menucha is truly magical. The local leadership held their retreat at Menucha last December and want to share their experience with you.
Why Menucha? Menucha offers us 3 separate conference spaces plus excellent dining services for up to 3 meals a day and lodging opportunities on-sight as well as staff who can do all the clean-up and on-site services for us.
Where is Menucha? Menucha is in Corbett, OR – a short drive east on I-84 from Portland (about 20 minutes). Once you register for the conference, you will receive driving directions and a map to Corbett.
Where can I get more information on Menucha? Check it out here: https://menucha.org/guest-information
Lodging Opportunities? Members of CCPT can stay in the accommodations at Menucha at no cost (the local is already renting the buildings and the local will cover the cost of your lodging). If you are not a member, you will need to pick up the extra cost of the lodging ($50). Of course, you can also drive back and forth or stay in a hotel in Portland (at your own expense). Or better yet, sign up and become a member before the conference – it only takes a few minutes by phone with Anneliese or Aimee O. We have 53 beds available total – reserve right away.
What is the Lodging? Rooms will be assigned first come, first assigned basis. We have rooms that are on the same level as the meeting space and others that will require using stairs. When you register for lodging, we will contact you and discuss the options with you. Some rooms hold a single person, some hold 2 people and some up to 6 people. If you are coming with a friend(s) or your spouse is attending, we encourage you to register early in order to get the accommodations you desire. Bedding and towels will be provided by Menucha but you will want to bring your own toiletries, hair dryers etc. There are multiple bathrooms and showers in each of the buildings – a few rooms have their own bathroom. There are also commons areas with couches, chairs etc in each building. Beverages and snacks will be available ‘round the clock in each building. You will find that the accommodations are relaxing, peaceful and quiet. There are many benefits to “rooming” with others during your stay – you may make a new connection with someone.
What are the meals like? All meals are served family style. They are prepared by the chef and kitchen staff. There are lots of veggies, fresh baked breads/rolls, sides and always a meat-based entrée. When you register for the conference, we will contact you to get your allergies and/or preferences (like vegan) – if you have a special dietary need, please let us know at that time.
How should I dress? Please come dressed as you are most comfortable. Temperature can vary. You may be walking outside from your accommodations to either meals and/or lodging. Dressing in layers will be most helpful. If the weather is nice, the grounds are quite expansive with walking trails to some of the historical parts of the property. There is also a nice lookout over the Gorge with just a short walk. If you are sharing a room, plan your PJs accordingly.
What if I have to cancel? Conference registrations are non-refundable after January 20th. If you cancel and “paid” by voucher, we will cash your registration deposit fee of $150 (check) and you forfeit that amount to cover the building rental and conference costs that CCPT must still cover. If you did not pay by voucher, you will receive you will receive back $60 ($210-$150). Lodging is not refundable.
Can I bring along “someone.?” Pets are not allowed on site. Service animals are permitted but you must have their paperwork submitted ahead of time to Menucha and approved by Menucha. Service animals are not pets. Every person “on grounds” is counted as “attending” by Menucha. We have a limit in the number of total participants and so spouses, children and friends can’t attend unless they are paid participants. Spouses, children and friends are welcome to stay with you in a nearby hotel; however, if they will be on the grounds, they must be registered as attending the conference.
How many hours of training will we receive? If you fully participate and stick to the schedule of activities, you should have 12 hours of set 2 training for the full weekend. Your training certificate will accurately reflect the hours you attend.
What if I can’t make it Friday or Sunday? The conference is one price no matter how many hours you participate. The lodging fee is $25/per night (it helps cover the cost of your meals, linens and room). The conference fee is separate from the lodging fee. The local is funding the full price of all of the meals so please let us know (when you register) if you won’t be eating one or more meals. We only get charged for the number of people eating each meal but must submit our meal counts ahead of time – please help us spend wisely and not waste funds on meals not eaten.
Why do I need to send in a “Conference Deposit Fee?” In years past, we have charged a deposit fee to cover our fixed costs (building rental, trainer costs, materials, etc.). We learned the hard way (early on) that some folks will decide (for whatever reason) to not show up to the conference when it is “totally free” not realizing that we still have to pay the full costs of the conference. The vouchers for the OFCC Scholarship can only be paid for those who attend the conference (or at least a majority of it). The Conference Deposit Fee ensures that we can cover those costs (and be responsible about spending our members’ money – your dues). It helps keep everyone responsible for their part.
Did we answer your questions? If you still have questions, please call Autumn (503-990-3273) or Anneliese (503-508-2287) and we will do our best to answer your questions.