Conference training sessions are Missouri clock-hour-approved professional development hours for early childhood educators. The conference also is open to all community members interested in learning more about early childhood education’s key role in building a promising future for our community.
Here’s a sneak peek at the day’s schedule:
Doors open: 8 a.m.
Sign-in and continental breakfast: 8 – 9 a.m.
Breakout session 1: 9-11 a.m.
Breakout session 2: 11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Breakout session 3A: 2:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout session 3B: 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Happy hour, networking, and celebration to follow
Session 1: 9-11 a.m.
|Creating a Healthy School-Home Connection, for Everyone’s Sake
|Bolanle Amboise/Falomi Fitzgreald with U & I Rise
|Self-Care and Resiliency
|LaDonna Ellis with Gateway Early Childhood Alliance
|Family Data Leadership
|Amanda Linski with Missouri Parents Act
|Connecting the Educational Dots- How quality preschool experiences impact success in kindergarten and beyond
|Jacquelyn Randel with The Leadership School
|Behaviors are a Message
|Britt Velasquez- Kelly Hantak with United 4 Children
Session 2: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
|PBS’s Promise to the Pipeline
|Gina Watkins with Nine PBS
|Creating Positive Learning Experiences for Children and Families
|Tamura Binion with Missouri Easterseals
|The Importance of Nutrition
|Ann Cunningham with United 4 Children
|Getting A Grasp On Fine Motor Skills
|Tina Closson/ Alisa Walker with St Louis ARC-Belle Center
Lunch + Keynote Address: 12:30-2 p.m.
Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Our keynote address will begin at 2 p.m. with Dr. Jonathan Spikes. Learn more about our keynote speaker here.
Session 3A: 2:15-3:45 p.m.
|Tools that Challenge the School to Prison Pipeline
|Nakatia Clay with Missouri Parents Act
|Science- Full of Surprises
|Becky Strickfaden with United 4 Children
|Storytime Magic: Engaging Young Minds Through Books & Play
|Shelia Olivari with Ready Readers
Session 3B: 2:15-4:15 p.m.
|Movin and Groovin
|Adrienne Humphries with United 4 Children
|Marcia Hayse-Harris with Beyond Housing