How Child Care Programs Can Prevent Flareups from Becoming Lawsuits

Licensing professionals are not only expected to be experts on state regulations, you are often asked questions with legal ramifications. You may be asked, for example:

  • Should teachers be allowed to have personal cell phones in the classroom?
  • How can I get or give substantive recommendations on job applicants, when most employers will only state if the applicant worked there and his or her dates of employment?
  • What should I do if a custodial parent shows up intoxicated and demands to take his or her child?
  • Can I forbid teachers from "friending" parents on Facebook?
  • How should a center respond if their reputation is attacked on the Internet?
  • Under what circumstances should I contact my licensor when I have an unhappy parent who is making excessive complaints about our program?
  • How can I maintain a professional relationship with my licensor?

Led by Holly Elissa Bruno and Tom Copeland, the two attorneys who authored Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs (Teachers College Press, 2012), this Webinar will allow you to dialogue about issues that may be hot button topics for you.


Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, author, attorney and acclaimed keynote speaker hosts online radio program: Heart to Heart Conversations on Leadership: Your Guide to Making a Difference on  Holly Elissa served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Maine and Assistant Dean at the University of Maine School of Law. While working as Associate Professor and Dean of Faculty at the University of Maine-Augusta, Holly Elissa was selected "Outstanding Professor".  An alumna of Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management, she teaches leadership courses for The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Wheelock College.  Holly Elissa’s books include What You Need to Lead an Early Childhood Program: Emotional Intelligence in Practice (NAEYC, 2012) and Preventing Legal Flare-ups in Early Childhood Programs (Columbia University’s Teachers College Press, November 2012).

Tom Copeland is a leading expert on the business of child care. He’s been a trainer, author, and child care advocate since 1981, helping hundreds of thousands of providers be more successful as a business. Tom worked for 28 years for Resources for Child Caring (RCC), a non-profit Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is now an independent consultant conducting workshops and webinars for the child care field. His blog is the leading source of information about the business side of child care.

While this speaker has been carefully chosen by NARA to present relevant information to our members, the views and opinions expressed in this webinar, unless expressly stated otherwise, are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of NARA.

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