The Association for the Education of Young Children would like to extend a big thank you to all the people that made this year's Early Childhood Conference a success.
The theme of "Teaching Harmony: Understanding and Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development" was explored through keynotes and workshops March 12-13th, attended by over 200 educators from Gustavus, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Haines, Wrangell, Yakutat and Ketchikan. In addition, over 75 Juneau parents attended the free evening workshop on Conscious Discipline, and learned new tools on "How to Leave the House without Losing Your Mind."
The conference provides an opportunity for educators that work in many different early learning settings to come together to share ideas, learn new concepts and curriculum ideas in order to engage young children in learning. Participants included Head Start teachers, family child care providers, K-3 teachers, RALLY staff, school district pre-k programs, faith based child care, and child care center programs.
We would like to especially thank the following supporters: The Department of Health and Social Services, thread, Best Beginnings, United Way, Juneau School District, and Tlingit and Haida Child Care Assistance for funding support, to the Imagination Station of Juneau for door prizes and to our 26 presenters who generously shared their time and talents: Dr. Sonja Koukel from Cooperative Extension, MJ Grande from the Juneau Public Library, Shelia Wray of AEYC, Ric Iannolino and members of the FASD Diagnostic Team, Abbe Hensley of Best Beginnings, Paul Sugar from the Dept of Education and Early Development, Joy Lyon of AEYC, Judie Klemmetson and Laura Minne from Child Care Licensing, Lisa Arehart from Tlingit and Haida Head Start, Peggy Floro Petersburg REACH Infant Learning, Jennifer Thompson and Chris Thomas of Juneau School District, Rod Crist from Juneau School District, Amber King of AEYC Child Care Food Program, Kathleen Rhea from Juneau Youth Services, Kristen Romanoff from Dept of Fish and Wildlife, Rick Bellagh and Beth Weigel from Discovery Southeast, Gina Palmer from AEYC Ketchikan, Joyanne Bloom from SERRC, Genevieve Casey from the Communities In Schools JUMPP project, Carol Prentice from Head Start TA and featured speaker Amy Speidel of Conscious Discipline.
See you all next year!
Emily A. Coate
Association for the Education of Young Children