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.

Session Title Presenter
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.

Session Title Presenter
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.

Session Title Presenter
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.

Session Title Presenter
Movin and Groovin Adrienne Humphries with United 4 Children
Reflective Thinking Marcia Hayse-Harris with Beyond Housing