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October 25, 2016

Join Us for the Early Years '16 Conference in Boise, Idaho

Our biennial conference provides members of Idaho's early childhood learning communities access to current research, evaluative techniques, and best practices that benefit children birth to age eight. This event attracts the highest caliber of presenters whose expertise covers key and emerging issues related to strengthening and supporting families within unique and diverse populations.

The Early Years Conference promotes networking and strengthening of early childhood partnerships, programs and systems building initiatives at community, regional and state levels as well as the benefits of early intervention services to best support Idaho's children and families.

Registration is now open!

Visit our Program Schedule to view workshops, then register.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, November 15  Wednesday, November 16 
7:30-8:30  Registration/Breakfast  7:30-8:30  Registration/Breakfast 
8:30-9:00  Welcome/Announcements  8:30-8:45  Welcome/Announcements 
9:00-10:15  Keynote: Stacie G. Goffin
Reforming Early Childhood
Education as a Field of Practice
8:45-10:00 Keynote: Dr. Dipesh Navsaria
Books Build Better Brains: How Promoting
Literacy is Key to Early Brain and
Child Development
10:15-10:30  Break/Visit Vendors  10:00-10:15  Break/Visit Vendors 
10:30-12:00  Workshop A  10:15-11:45  Workshop D 
12:00-12:15  Break/Visit Vendors  11:45-12:00  Break/Visit Vendors 
12:15-1:30  Lunch:
An Idaho Resource Roadmap
12:00-1:15  Lunch:
Health Panel Discussion
1:30-1:45  Break/Visit Vendors  1:15-1:30   Break/Visit Vendors 
1:45-3:15  Workshop B  1:30-2:30  Workshop E 
3:15-3:30  Break/Visit Vendors  2:30-2:45   Break/Visit Vendors 
3:30-5:00  Workshop C  2:45-3:15  State of Idaho's Young Children Panel
Evening Dinner on Your Own  3:15-4:15  Capnote: Leslie Patricelli
Board Books: Things to Chew On
 7:00-8:00 PM JUMP Tour (Optional)  4:15-4:30  Conference Wrap-up 

Conference Goals and Tracks

Early Years Goals:

  • To promote networking and strengthen early childhood partnerships, programs and systems building initiatives at community, regional and state levels;
  • To promote the benefits of early prevention and intervention, and enhance the quality of early childhood education services in Idaho;
  • To strengthen and support families and the unique and diverse populations within Idaho communities.

Early Years Tracks:

Workshop topics address one of five conference tracks and explore “what’s new and what’s working” to help children ages birth to eight and families.

  • Building Family Strengths:Identifies and supports the unique and specialized needs of children and their families.
  • Health/Safety and Well-Being: Emphasizes the importance of supporting and nurturing young children, including safety issues, child abuse and neglect, prevention, and intervention.
  • Early Care and Learning: Focuses on early child development, research, and educational practices that enable infants and young children to reach their maximum potential.
  • Program/Professional Development: Highlights program models and best-practices to enhance professional work with young children and families.
  • Infant/Early Child Mental Health: Centers on the social and emotional development of children from birth through age five and their families, including key issues, relationships, risks, and best-practice interventions.

Pre- and Post-Conference Events

Pre- and post-conference events offered by early childhood advocacy affiliates the week of the conference, provide an opportunity to offer more in-depth training than can be achieved in the shorter 60-90 minute conference workshops. If you are planning to offer training designed for the early childhood learning community, we invite you to contact us about listing your event on this page. If you are seeking additional training opportunities, we invite you to check back for updates.

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Wednesday Morning Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria joins the Early Years '16 lineup of nationally recognized experts presenting keynote addesses. Dr. Navsaria will address the conference Wednesday, November 16, in the morning keynote. During his impactful address he will address the importance of the first years of a child's life as key for lifelong mental and physical health as well as learning potential.

Early Childhood Policy Video Series
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Author and advocate Stacie Goffin will join Teri Talan for year two of Policy Matters, a video chat series focusing on early childhood policy. Check theMcCormick Center website in mid-July for their first chat, a discussion on "What does 'professionalizing' the field mean and why are we talking about it?"


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