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Early Childhood Institute

February 4, 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton at Sea World, Orlando

Ignite Joy!

Join FCIS for an event specifically designed for early childhood educators (PK-Grade 3) and administrators.  Hear from a dynamic keynote speaker and attend breakout sessions to learn cutting-edge ideas! 
You don't want to miss this opportunity.  

Heidi Tringali, MS, OTR/L

Heidi Tringali
About Heidi:
Heidi Tringali is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, writer, speaker, and the mother of two adult children. Heidi holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Special Education and Psychology from Hastings College and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. She has practiced as an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years. 
Heidi founded Tringali Occupational Therapy Services (T.O.T.S) in 2006 in response to an identified need for Occupational Therapy services in independent schools in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. T.O.T.S has expanded and now provides support and services to independent schools and preschools throughout the country. She provides training and education to faculty and families on topics related to classroom success and maximizing student performance. Heidi consults throughout the country on curriculum development and school-wide programming. Heidi serves as an Expert Witness\Consultant for legal cases related to pediatric Occupational Therapy. 
Heidi is currently licensed in Maine, North Carolina, and South Carolina. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), where she serves as a Media Expert. Heidi holds a national certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). 


Keynote:  The Joy of Learning

We often link joyful learning to concepts like intrinsic motivation, excitement, environmental influences, or student-led learning. Heidi looks beyond these traditional ideas and introduces learning readiness as the foundational source of joyful learning. When a child is ready to learn, learning can truly be joyful…and even more powerfully, teaching can be joyful. Learning readiness is different from school readiness. A child is ready to learn when they are cognitively organized, physically calm, and socially connected. Heidi will help you recognize learning readiness in your students, or lack thereof. She will explain the neurology behind learning readiness and she will provide you with easy-to-implement strategies to ready your students for learning. And as a bonus, Heidi will provide tips on how to discuss learning readiness with parents.


DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World is located at:
10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

Registration Cost:
$225 (Members) | $325 (Non-Members)
(includes breakfast and sessions)

Hotel Room: $139 (applicable taxes)
Participants are expected to make their own hotel reservations. Registration fee does not include the price of the guest room.  To make a reservation, use this weblink:  FCIS DoubleTree Reservation or call the hotel at 407-352-1100, and ask for the FCIS group rate.
Parking:  $5.00 discounted self parking | complimentary for overnight guests 
Registration and Hotel Deadline:  Extended until January 20, 2023
To receive the FCIS group rate at the resort, reservations must be made on or before this date.


Cancellation & Refunds: All hotel cancellations must be made directly through the hotel and in accordance with hotel policy. Workshop refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to There is a $50 per person processing fee through January 6, 2023, with no refunds after this date.

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