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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Summer Institute?
The summer institute goal is to provide professional development courses that focus on supporting equitable cross-sector work that allows networking and joint learning for early childhood providers.
Who should attend?
Early childhood providers including early childhood educators, child care providers, home visitors and early intervention working with children, ages birth to third grade, and their families.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the Summer Institute. Since many courses have waiting lists, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend. In order to continue to offer these courses free of charge, we must fill every seat. Thank you for your consideration.
What are the other logistics?

We suggest you arrive at least 15-20 minutes early to find parking and go through the registration line. If you are parking in the OSU lot please be sure to get a parking pass. There is a fee. However, free parking is available on the street all around campus. You may want to bring snacks, water and course materials such as pens, pencils and notebook paper. We are not providing snacks this year.

We hope to continue to offer this event free of charge so we ask your help in keeping the facility clean. Please remember that the school is donating this facility, food, and staff time to help us with the event. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Mandy Stanley at the conference or email her at

Is lunch provided?
Lunch is provided for free. If you have dietary concerns, please bring items that fit with your needs. Because we do not charge a cost for the institute or food, we are unable to supply alternative meals or snacks.
How do I obtain western oregon university Continuing Education Units?
  1. Please ask your instructor for the CRN and course name/number
  2. Once you have this information, download the registration form.
  3. Complete and email the form as an attachment (preferred) at  or via fax at 503.838.8228. 
  4. Once they receive it you will receive a google form through email this will contain your account information, how to access it, and how to make a payment.
  5. Please let your instructor know that you are signing up for credit include the type of credit (graduate or undergraduate).  Your instructor will then submit your grade to ODE who will submit it to WOU.

*There is a registration fee of $60 per credit for all Credit Overlay courses.


    How are the days structured?

    Courses run as two-day or three-day course option to a four-day course option.

    How do I request accommodations for a disability or need?

    In advance of College events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola at 541.383.7775.

    For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact Disability Services at 541.383.7583.

    Please also contact Mandy Stanley at  

    How do I get a certificate of attendance?
    To receive a Certificate of Attendance, attendees must:

    • Attend the entire event (or adjustments will be made to their time by the instructor)
    • Sign-in everyday for attendance records
    • Complete an evaluation for feedback
    • Upon course completion, your instructor will award certificates of attendance. All certificates
      will have Oregon Registry Online credit. For questions about certificates and continuing
      education credits, contact Mandy Stanley at
    Can I get a copy of the slides or other materials?
    Some courses may supply copies of the slides or other materials. Please ask your instructor.
    Who should I address questions or concerns with at the Summer Institute?
    Please come to the registration table and ask to speak with Mandy Stanley or email Mandy at
    How do I provide feedback to help with future Summer Institutes?
    Please make sure to give specific feedback about what you like and what you would like to see at the summer institute. If there are areas of improvement please make sure you add your specific suggestions to the evaluation form. Your feedback helps us learn and grow.
    How do I get more information about next year’s Summer Institute?

    We will see you in Southern Oregon for the 2021 Summer Institute! Watch for save the date information in the fall or contact your sponsoring organizations (Early Learning Division, Oregon Health Authority, Office of Student Services, Oregon Department of Education).