Save the Date: 10th Annual Summer Sizzler Provider Training Conference

May 16, 2013


To be placed on the waiting list, please contact Cecelia Carriere,


ChildCareGroup is happy to announce the 10th Annual Summer Sizzler Provider Training Conference, which covers the latest hot topics in early childhood education.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Registration & Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Sessions: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites at Rodeo Center
1700 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75149
Click here for directions


We’re Going Green! Registration will be available online only

Early-Bird Registration: $45
June 3 – June 21
Regular Registration: $55
June 21 – July 26 (or until full)

Includes breakfast, lunch and 7 clock hours of training.
Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Photo - Marcia Tate - 2011-Preferred_for emailMarcia L. Tate, Ed. D. is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia.  During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development director.  She received the 2001 Distinguished Staff Developer Award for the State of Georgia and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.  Marcia received her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College; Master’s degree from the University of Michigan; specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University; and her doctorate in education from Clark Atlanta University.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught over 350,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world.  She is the author of the following five best-sellers: (1) Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain, (2) Sit & Get Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain – (Second Edition), (3) Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies That Engage the Brain; and (4) Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques for Managing a Brain-compatible Classroom; and (5) Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites – 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain; and her latest books, Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain, Preparing Children for Success in School and Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power, and Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain.  Participants in her workshops refer to them as the best ones they have ever experienced since Marcia uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.


This conference is made possible by:

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The Summer Sizzler…Sizzlin’ Once Again!

August 29, 2012

The 2012 Summer Sizzler was a huge success!

Nearly 450 early childhood professionals attended the 9th Annual Summer Sizzler Training Conference on Saturday, August 25, 2012.  

The sellout event provided a fantastic opportunity for early childhood professionals to earn state mandated training hours

Topics ranged from science in the classroom to recognizing signs of abuse and neglect. Four track options were available for participants to choose from: Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Administrative, and General/All Ages.

Keynote speaker, Allan Johnson, kept listeners laughing with his hilarious anecdotes and conveyed the impact teachers had on him as a young child. He offered advice for caregivers dealing with at-risk children and reminders that the smallest bit of encouragement can propel students into a successful future. During the session, listeners were out of their chairs dancing and interacting. There was never a dull moment!

We were able to offer this conference at an affordable rate to attendees thanks to the support of our sponsors. Without their continued support, many child care professionals could not afford to attend this training. In addition, we were thrilled that John Hooser, from The M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation, was able to join us for the day!

(Mehr Cox, CCG Vice President of Marketing and Community Outreach, John Hooser, The M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation, and Tori Mannes, CCG President and CEO)


To view event photos, click here.
For more information on our ongoing training, click here.

Summer Sizzler: Online Registration Open!

July 11, 2012

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Summer Sizzler Provider Conference, brought to you by ChildCareGroup. Providers who attend all sessions will acquire 7 training hours. Click “Register Now” below and reserve your spot today! For detailed conference information, click HERE.

Saturday, August 25, 2012
World Trade Center
2050 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Registration & Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Sessions: 8:30 am – 4:15 p.m. 

Early Bird Registration: $40 *SAVE $5* (online only)
Regular Registration: $45
(includes breakfast, lunch and 7 training hours)



Early bird registration is available online only Wednesday, July 11, through Friday, July 27, 2012. After July 27, regular registrations will be accepted via: mail, online or may be dropped off at ChildCareGroup’s main office. Please note: payment must be received at time of registration, and we are not able to accept payments in cash.

Questions? Please contact Cecelia Carriere, or 214-905-3543.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors: