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Conference Schedule

The Butterfly Effect

the scientific phenomenon by which small changes create big impact

Friday, September 20th

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Preconference Session
Childcare Quality System Presentation

6:00 - 7:00 pm BBQ Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 pm Presentation

Saturday, September 21st

Attendees have the opportunity to attend each breakout session on Saturday, as well as the keynote presentation.

8:00 - 8:50 am Registration
9:00 - 10:15 am Welcome / Keynote Speakers
10:30 - 11:45 am Session 1
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:45 - 2:00 pm Session 2
2:15 - 3:30 pm Session 3
3:40 - 4:00 pm Wrap Up



Friday, September 20th


What to Expect when You're Expecting a Certified Quality Rating: The Upcoming Child Care Quality System 


Metamorphosis: Tools for Transformation to Avoid Burnout

Bethany Forest

Stress is something everyone deals with and it can affect our body and mind in several different ways; left unchecked it can cause a host of health problems. This session will cover what stress is: what it looks like in the body, how it affects our minds, and what to do about it. Bethany will discuss several areas where small steps can be taken to make big changes in a stressful life. We will learn to improve our body's reaction to a stress filled environment, promoting healthier sleep, movement, and mindfulness all with fun demonstrations and practical applications for everyday living.

Saturday, September 21st


Power to the Profession

Katie Ricord / Jared Lisonbee



Caterpillar - The Process of Guided Play

Carolyn Ellsworth Susan Knott

This presentation will look at how early childhood professionals can facilitate guided play to extend children’s learning and support the Early Childhood Core Standards.

Chrysalis - Encouraging Family Engagement

Janet Wahlquist / Vanessa Lowe

This presentation will look at how early childhood professionals can cultivate positive, welcoming relationships with families; building connections that benefit families, children, teacher and early childhood programs alike.

The Emerging Butterfly - Achieving Quality

Connie Wang / Joyce Hastings

This presentation will look at how early childhood professionals can achieve quality through learning environments, relationships, coaching, inclusion, and collaboration.