Early Childhood Care Conference 2019

Saturday, October 26

7:00 a.m. - Registration

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

Includes light breakfast, lunch and lots of conference freebies!

Keynote: "Re-Energize the Classroom Learning Environment" - Jackie Kops | Pocket of Preschool

In this keynote, Jackie will share how you can intentionally set up your classroom centers and environment to be purposeful, interactive, and integrate all learning domains. Get students learning, interacting with each other, and problem solving even when the teacher is not by their side. Learn how to use standards and observations to guide your classroom environment. Jackie is an enthusiastic preschool teacher with over fourteen years of classroom teaching experience in both full day and half day settings. In addition to teaching, she is the author behind Pocket of Preschool and loves to share her passion with other educators.

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

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

COST: $35 - includes breakfast, lunch and lots of free resources!

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS  Up to 6 credits available -  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 5th 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 400 early childhood professionals gathered from throughout the region to learn best practices, receive continuing education and network.

"It's such a great conference. So many good presenters with great content. I love getting to be surrounded by a bunch of people excited about helping little children grow!"

- 2018 attendee

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