Early Childhood Education Conference

February 1, 2020
Grand Island Campus

Registration Closed

Conference Schedule

7:15 - 8:15 a.m. Check‐in: Located inside the main entrance.
Vendors will be in the hallways and refreshments in the 500 wing.
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sessions: Two registration options.

Lunch: Boxed lunches include choice of sandwich on hoagie bun, chips, fruit, dessert and drink

General Conference Information

The conference is held at Central Community College, 3134 W Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska. Check-in will be located inside the main entrance. Entrances are available from the north and south parking lots. All sessions are approved for licensing in-service requirements (all day = 6 hours). Every effort is made to provide programs as listed. On occasion some presenters cancel and cannot be replaced. We apologize for any inconvenience this may create. Emergency phone number available the day of the conference is (308) 398-7447. Out of consideration for all participants, no children are allowed at the conference. Please dress in layers. Room temperatures may vary, and as personal preferences differ, it may be difficult to keep everyone comfortable in a large group.


Option 1: Three 2-hour Sessions

Choose one session from each time block.

8:30—10:30 a.m. (A, B, or C ) 
11 a.m.—1:45 p.m. (A, D, or E)
2—4 p.m. (B, D, F, or G)

A: Cultivating Regulated Children

Strategies, Interventions and Relational Insights
Jody Trejo

The session will give providers an understanding of how they can engage with children who have experienced stress and trauma in a manner that supports their regulation. Learn short term and long term strategies that support calming child functioning and when to use behavior modification. Understand how to correct through connection and understand how neural functioning ties into functioning. Limit 60

B: Planting Seeds of Successful Nutrition

Rachel Rowe

Learn how The Farm to Early Childhood movement encourages using fresh, local foods in your meal programs. Discover ways to promote the development of healthy eating patterns in children. Limit 30

C: Power to Protect

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Jo Braun

This session will provide information about child abuse and neglect, how to make a report, ways to strengthen families and how to prevent abuse in your child care programs. Limit 30

D: play safe! be safe!®

Taryn Wolfe

This is an engaging and entertaining look into the preschool child's mind and their perception of fire. You will learn what fire play is, why children are so fascinated by fire, what parents can do, and how to teach young children about fire safety. play safe! be safe!®kits will be given to attendees of this session. Limit 30

E: Never Shake a Baby and the ABCs of Safe Sleep

Jo Braun

How do you prevent childhood injuries that can cause trauma, life-changing disabilities, brain damage and even death? Learn the results of when a baby is shaken or slammed, the definition of SUID, SIDS and develop prevention strategies. Limit 30

F: Step up to Quality/T.E.A.C.H.

Lauri Cimino and Julie Walford

You can have a life-long impact on young children and their families through quality childhood programs. Learn how you can make a positive change to a child’s path and discuss tools to help you complete a professional early childhood degree. You will discover how the more you learn, the more the children in your care will learn, too. Limit 30

G: Tax Information for the Home Provider

Susan Tonniges

Want to make sure you are taking full advantage of the special and business deductions available to you? In this session you will learn which receipts and records to keep, how to deduct travel expenses, when to file a Form 1099, discuss employing family members, maximizing your time/space ratio and indirect expenses. Limit 30

Option 2: ELG All Day Session

8:30 a.m.—4 p.m.
Choose one session for the entire day. (includes breaks and lunch). Sessions meet the DHHS requirement for the Early Learning Guideline Training. Limited seating.

Session 1: Creative Arts

Barb Seier

Creative Arts promotes the growth of individuality, self-confidence, self-esteem and imagination. This encourages expression of the child’s personal and cultural uniqueness. Limit 30

Session 2: Social/Emotional

Jacki Zeckser

Learn to foster social and emotional development in children. By learning to appropriately express and manage their feelings, children will learn to get along with others. Limit 30

Session 3: Mathematics

Patti Mahrt-Roberts

Young children develop number and mathematical concepts through meaningful and active learning experiences that are broader in scope than numerals and counting. Limit 30

Session 4: Language/Literacy

Paula Southworth

This domain addresses Listening and Understanding; Speaking and Communicating; Phonological Awareness and Concepts; and Early Writing and Alphabet Knowledge. Limit 30

Session 5: Approaches to Learning

Amy Vinton

Participants will learn different approaches to learning as a basis for making new experiences and concepts meaningful. Limit 30

Cancellations: No refund after January 24, 2020. Refunds will be given if the event is canceled by the College. No alternate conference date is scheduled. For more information about the conference please call 308-398-7447 or toll‐free at 1‐877‐222‐0780, ext. 7447.


  • Collective Goods 
  • Usborne Books & More
  • NE Assoc. for the Education of Young Children
  • Family Service CCEP
  • CR Toys
  • Garcia Farms
  • Plexus
  • Central Community College
  • Natural Food Products
  • Central District Health Department/WIC

Sponsored by: Central Community College‐Grand Island in collaboration with

  • Early Learning Connection ESU 10
  • Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
  • Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Family Service Childcare Food Program ‐Lincoln
  • University of Nebraska‐Lincoln in Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties

For questions regarding online registration, please call 308‐398‐7447 or 308‐398‐7442.