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30th Annual Excellence in Early Childhood Conference

February 15 - February 16

| Free – $40.00

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Friday Pre-Sessions

Early Learning Guidelines: Language & Literacy   11:00-5:00

Limit: 30 Participants

Location: Burkhiser 208

Cost: $15.00 with Conference Attendance

$25.00 without Conference Attendance

Lunch Provided

Presenter: Dr. Kim Madsen/CSC

Language and Literacy are key elements to adult communication. This foundation is developed in early childhood and is a necessary component for success in life.  NE Licensing Requirement

Early Learning Guidelines: Approaches to Learning  11:00-5:00

Limit: 30 Participants

Location: Student Center – Bordeaux

Cost: $15.00 with Conference Attendance

$25.00 without Conference Attendance

Lunch Provided

Presenter: Jennifer Baumann/Owner—Little Angel Child Care

Children learn to navigate their world through experiences and interactions. Allowing early learners to problem solve and investigate their surroundings develops an understanding of the world and their place in it. NE Licensing Requirement

Safe With You 1:00-5:00

Location: Student Center – Ponderosa

Cost: $20.00

Presenter: Brittain Trave/Early Development Network Coordinator

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.

Positive Behavior Supports and Positive Behavior in Schools-PBiS  1:00 to 4:00

Location: Student Center – Ballroom

Cost:  FREE

Presenters: Dr. Lori Entzminger, Dr. John Buttiglieri/Asst Professors CSC

Explore important aspects of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support system for students. Learn how to use the information in working with individual students, small groups, and whole class settings.

Friday Night at the Movies:

“No Small Matters”

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Join us for a showing of the movie followed by a Panel Discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity-you will be glad you attended!

Made possible by the Buffet Early Childhood Institute

Coordinated by: Cama Charlet

Saturday’s Keynote Speaker:

8:30 – 3:30

Heather is an experienced speaker whose warm, engaging style connects with audiences.  Her presentations touch on timely topics for parents and teachers – risk, safety and toy weapons; big feelings and conflict mediation; homework and recess; screens and the changing nature of childhood; and most of all, the unfettered glory of play.


Based on her renegade parenting books – It’s OK NOT to Share (Tarcher/ Penguin, 2012) and   It’s OK to Go UP the Slide (Tarcher/ Penguin 2016) – Heather’s presentations lead audiences to confront deeply meaningful questions about parenting and learning in today’s world.  Parents magazine called her first book “brilliant” and named it one of the Best Parenting Books of 2012Salon.com called it “an insightful, sensible and compassionate book full of downright revolutionary ideas.”


Heather’s Topics:  

Standing Up for Children’s Rights in a High-Pressure World

How can we meet young kids’ needs in a world where kindergarten is the “new first grade?” 

In this inspiring keynote, Heather examines myths about early academics and explains the 2 main skills children 6 and under need to master.  With a mix of storytelling and research, she shares her dynamic list of “Children’s Rights” and explores how we can realign our expectations to truly meet kids’ needs.

Offering the Right Risks

When it comes to raising kids, it’s always Safety First.  Or is it?  Childhood is also a time of risk.  Learn the 4 key areas (physical, creative, social and emotional) kids need to experience risk – and how we undermine it.  This program examines present-day adult fears and looks at social rejection, conflict, structured time, outdoor play, and tips to balance risk and safety for our children. 

What’s On Your Walls?

Maybe you’ve followed the example of most early childhood programs in the country and have behavior charts, calendars and weather charts on your walls. Think again. Heather tackles “the big three” and explains why these classroom standbys don’t give children the skills and experiences they need. Discover an alternate style for better behavior and a more engaged class.

Special Offer!!

$5 book for all conference participants that retails for $13!

Check box for the special offer upon registration.

It’s OK Not to Share questions standard parenting adages and offers renegade rules for raising young kids (ages 2-6). Rules like:

  • Kids don’t have to say ‘Sorry’
  • Bombs, guns and bad guys allowed
  • Let your kid swear
  • ‘I hate you’ is nothing personal
  • Boys can wear tutus
  • Only punch your friends

Discover concrete skills to help your child prevent bullying, express big feelings appropriately, channel active energy, and much more.

It’s OK Not to Share covers sharing, wild emotions, benefits of rough-and-tumble play, creativity, power and power conflicts,

conflict mediation and topics like first friendships and social rejection among peers. It’s the lifeline you’ve been waiting for.

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 Jessica Lecher at the Panhandle Partnership: 308-633-3818

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 4th, 2019

After which the fee will be $40.00 – NO mail in registrations after February 4th, 2019

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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Jessica Lecher


Chadron State College Student Center Ballroom
1000 Main Street
Chadron, Nebraska 69337
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