Early Childhood Care Conference 2018

SPECIAL PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION:  FRIDAY, October 26, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

CONFERENCE: SATURDAY, October 27, 2018 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

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

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

COST:  $10 for Friday night session | $25 for Saturday conference - includes breakfast, lunch and lots of free resources!

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS  Up to 8 credits available (2 credits on Friday, 6 credits on Saturday) -  please have your Develop ID number handy when you RSVP

Watch this page for registration details  l  See last year's program

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. 

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!" - 2017 attendee

Katy Smith

NEW in 2018 - we will be holding a pre-conference session on Friday, October 26! 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Katy Smith will present "It's Play Time: The Essential Role of Play in Early Childhood and Beyond."  The whole world seems to be shining a spotlight on early childhood settings looking for proof that the investment has been a good one. Practitioners are wondering about the role of play and how to articulate how important it is to children. This course will give you a narrative steeped in research to share with colleagues,parents, and policy makers as you advocate for play.





Dr. Dipesh Navsaria

This year the full-day conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician, who will share his message about the impact of screen time in young children. Dr. Navsaria blends the roles of physician, occasional children's librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate.

Breakout sessions on topics ranging from STEM to school readiness will follow.  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.

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