Early Childhood Care Conference 2019

Friday, October 26

5:30 p.m. - Registration

6:00-9:00 p.m. - Mini-sessions

The evening will consist of 3 one hour mini-sessions. Each session will be “hands on” sharing of best practices in early childhood education. Topics include: Simply Science, Yoga, Early Literacy, Social Emotional, S.M.A.R.T., Sensory Table ideas, Hands on Math, and challenging behaviors. You will leave with concrete strategies that you can implement in your program immediately.

Saturday, October 27

7:00 a.m. - Registration

7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Conference

Includes light breakfast, lunch and lots of conference freebies! Keynote: Jackie Kops – Pocket of Preschool

LOCATION:  Owatonna High School, 333 E School St, Owatonna, MN 55060

WHO:  Child care providers from SMIF's 20-county region

COST:  $25 for Friday night session | $35 for Saturday conference (includes breakfast, lunch and lots of free resources)

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS  Up to 9 credits available (3 credits on Friday, 6 credits on Saturday) -  please have your Develop ID number handy when you RSVP


A strong workforce of the future starts with quality child care for our youngest generation. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation's 4th Annual Early Childhood Care Conference makes sure our region's child care providers are getting the tools they need to provide quality care. Attendees will also have the opportunity to earn Parent Aware and licensing credit as well as meet 40+ early childhood organizations at our Exhibitor Hall.

Last year more than 350 early childhood professionals gathered from throughout the region to learn best practices, receive continuing education and network.

"Excellent presentation, materials, examples, and the take homes were great! FABULOUS!" - 2018 attendee

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