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 conference a success. The theme of "Creativity: Using Resources at Hand and from the Land" was explored through keynotes and workshops March 19 to 21, attended by more than 160 educators from Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Haines, Wrangell, Yakutat and Ketchikan.
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.
Some of the highlights included learning the theory behind supporting different intelligence strengths in young children, and then experiencing hands-on curriculum ideas such as building giant sculptures out of recycled materials. AEYC now has the sculptures on display at their office in the Juneau Empire building.
We would like to especially thank the following groups: SEARHC for sponsoring the Color Me Healthy curriculum, supplies, travel support, and the high nutrition lunch. Thanks to Best Beginnings and the Department of Health and Social Services for funding support, and to all the presenters who generously shared their time and talents: Dr. Pam Schiller, Amy Steel, Bethany Moore, Susan Hennon, Stephanie Haseltine, Genevieve McLaughlin, MK MacNaughton, Sam Adams, Dr. Sonja Koukel, MJ Grande, Veronica Plumb, Margie Hamburger, Linda Newman, Melissa Pickle, Saralyn Tabachnick, Dayna Focht, Elizabeth Knecht and Heather Ollenburg.
See you all next year!
Special projects coordinator, AEYC