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29th Annual Excellence in Early Childhood Conference

February 16 - February 17

| Free – $40

29th Annual Excellence in Early Childhood Conference

February 16th and 17th, 2018

Chadron State College

Student Center, 1000 Main Street

Chadron, NE 69337

United We Stand for Children!

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Friday Pre-Session

Early Learning Guidelines: Social Emotional* | 11:00am to 5:00pm with lunch | Limit 30 – Location: Burkhiser 208a

Presented by: Sarah Ochoa, Community Bridges Coordinator CAPWN

Social Emotional development is the foundation of learning.  Children who do not have their social emotional needs met have difficulty learning in any environment.

Price: $15 with conference fee, $25 as stand alone training

*NE Licensing Requirement


Early Learning Guidelines: Math* | 11:00am to 5:00pm with lunch | Limit 30 – Location: CSC Student Center – Bordeux Room

Presented by: Pam Uhl, ESU 13 Early Childhood Special Educator

Are you someone who hates math?  You would be surprised at all the things you can do with math in early childhood settings.

Price: $15 with conference fee, $25 as a stand alone training

*NE Licensing Requirement


Safe with You Series | 1:00pm-5:00pm | Location: CSC Student Center – Lakota Room

Presented by: Jennifer Baumann, Owner of Little Angel Child Care

This series includes Preventing Head Trauma, Safe Sleep, and Power to Protect.  These trainings are specific to Nebraska and meet licensing requirements for Child Care programs.  Note that this is GOOD information for anyone caring for children.


Introduction to the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS) | 1:00pm to 5:00pm | Limit 30 – Location: CSC Student Center – Ponderosa

Presented by: Cindy Jennet NDE Anchor, ERS

Participants will learn some of the important concepts in the scale and the scoring process, and will understand how using the scale can impact the quality of early childhood programs.

To register, follow this link: http://ecrecords.education.ne.gov/Training/110669


Go NAP SACC for Family Home providers in Nebraska | 11:00am to 5:00pm with lunch | Limit 30 – Location: Miller Hall Rm 309

Presented by: Dawn Terrell, ESU 13 Sixpence Sprouting Success

Go Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) is designed to promote health eating and physical activity for the children in your care.  It looks at your health related policies, practices, and the overall environment of your child care through a self-assessment.  Based on the assessment, you can decide which areas you want to improve upon. This course will focus on 5 key elements of Go NAP SACC as well as the 5 main health areas: breastfeeding & infant feeding, child nutrition, infant & child physical activity, outdoor play & learning, and screen time.  It is designed for providers that care for children the ages of birth to 5 years old.  For more information and how Go NAP SACC fits in with Step Up to Quality, go to: http://negonapsacc.unl.edu

Special Offer!!

$5 book for all conference participants that retails for $13! Check box for the special offer upon registration. 

Saturday All Day Keynote | 8:30am-3:30pm

Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of “TimberNook” – an award-winning nature-based program that has gained international popularity.  She holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy and an undergraduate degree in kinesiology (the study of movement) with a concentration in health fitness.  Angela’s book, Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children (New Harbinger Press, 2016) discusses the effects of restricted movement and lack of outdoor playtime on overall sensory and motor development in children.  

Angela keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world.  Awarded a “Hometown Hero” by Glamour magazine for her innovative work with TimberNook, Hanscom has also been a frequent contributor to The Washington Post’s “Answer Sheet” column, and was featured on the NPR education blogs, Times of India, Children & Nature Network, Jerusalem Post, Huffington Post, DIY Network Blog, Johnson and Johnson TEDx, and MindShift.

Angela’s topics for the day:

The Decline of Play Outdoors – and the Rise of Sensory Issues

Unveiling the Therapeutic Potential of Outdoor Play

Free Play: How to Inspire Kids to Play Independently


Continental Breakfast & Lunch will be served!

For registration, online payment is offered through the ticket portal below, or mail your check to:

Panhandle Partnership, attn. Training Academy/Excellence

1517 Broadway, Ste 106

Scottsbluff, NE 69361

If mailing your check, please click here and include this form with the mailing. (checks for FCCERS must be mailed to NDE address on website)

For questions regarding registration, please contact Tyler Irvine at the Panhandle Partnership: 308-765-3136

1 hour of college credit is available through Chadron State College.  More information is on-line at www.csc.edu/ecc

Early Bird registration is $35.00 through Monday, February 5th, 2018

After which the fee will be $40.00 – NO mail in registrations after February 5th, 2018

Refunds will be given up to 72 hours prior to the conference.  Anyone not attending or canceling after that 72 hours will be charged the full conference rate.  Any exceptions will be determined by the conference committee.


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February 16
February 17
Free – $40
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Tyler Irvine
(308) 765-3136


Chadron State College
1000 Main Street
Chadron , NE 69337
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