Early Childhood Education Conference

February 5, 2022
Central Community College
3134 W Highway 34, Grand Island NE

Registration for this conference is full.

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 Heath/Science wing
8:30 a.m.—4 p.m. Sessions: you have the option to select 3 sessions from 4 available topics

Lunch: a boxed lunch is provided with choice of roast beef, chicken or grilled veggie sandwich. Lunch also includes chips, cookie, 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. A lactation room is available on campus if needed.

Please dress in layers. Room temperatures my vary, and as personal preferences differ, it may be very difficult to keep everyone comfortable in a large group.

NOTE: CCC will observe local health-directed measures at all campuses and centers regarding Covid-19. Masks are not required but highly recommended. Subject to change per health directives.


Choose one session from each time block.

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

A: Life Changing Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

Heather Fox, Director of Communications and Outreach at Dimensions Educational Research Foundation Early Childhood

This class will highlight the life-changing benefits for children who make connections with the natural world as a part of their daily learning. Ideas will be presented from the Nature Explore national initiative (a collaborative project with the Arbor Day Foundation and many other organizations) that provides research-based ideas for educators, families and designers. Nature Explore classrooms are designed to make nature an integral part of outdoor spaces where children spend the majority of their time, such as in early childhood programs, elementary schools and parks. Examples of children’s increased skill development and decreased behavioral issues will be highlighted.

B: Brain-Wise Strategies to Impact Children in a Meaningful Way

Jordan McCoy, Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Early Childhood Coach

This training will provide participants with an understanding on social and emotional development and provide concrete strategies to use with children. Participants will be trained on self-regulation tools, strategies to emotionally connect with children, how to utilize problem solving skills to support social development, and empathy skills. Participants will reflect on their own struggles and how this gets in the way of meeting children's emotional needs. Participants will learn ways to help themselves regulate in the classroom.

C: Finding Strength in the Struggle

Riley Smith, Licensed and Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

This presentation is aimed to assist in understanding ways to counteract preconditions to trauma and ways to prioritize self-care. With gratitude being a vital part, we will discuss the importance of establishing a gratitude routine and complete exercises that will be meaningful to the individual process. This presentation will allow participants to take tools back to their team to help build consistency and commitment to developing self-care strategies allowing for longevity in their field.

D: Rockers & Walkers & Toddlers, Oh My!

Mindy Young, Education Consultant, FYI Inc. Endorsements in Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Elementary Counseling and Guidance

The importance of providing a solid foundation for infants and toddler is evidenced by an abundance of research. And, we know infants and these “tiny teenagers” need developmentally appropriate activities, materials, schedules and an environment conducive to safely learn and explore to thrive. This session will focus on Infant and Toddler care and activities. We will look at Ages and Stages information within the developmental domains.

Cancellations: No refund after January 28, 2022. Refunds will be given if the event is cancelled 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.


These and other exhibitors will be available the day of the conference.

  • Central Community College
  • Learning Connections
  • NeAEYC-T.E.A.C.H.& WAGE$
  • Usborne Books

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
  • Step up to Quality
  • UNL in Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties

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