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Western Nebraska Early Childhood Conference

October 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - October 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm MDT

| $10.00 – $35.00

Join us for our annual conference for early childhood providers to learn how to implement more through music and play!

Friday, October 18th Afternoon Sessions | Please Register For These Below

Safe With You—Trainer:  Brittain Trave | $20 | 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Do you know how to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and prevent accidental suffocation? Do you know the safest way to put a baby to sleep? Do you have a safe sleep policy? If you answered NO to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. The one-hour workshop was developed by the Early Childhood Training Center and meets the requirements of Nebraska State Statute 43-2606.

Everyone is at risk of shaking a baby. When a baby is shaken, the shaking can cause brain damage, life changing disabilities, and even death. This is one childhood injury that is preventable. This one-hour workshop was developed by the Early Childhood Training Center and meets the requirements of Nebraska State Statute 43-2606.

Child abuse and neglect unfortunately happens in Nebraska. Child care providers need to know about child abuse and neglect, how to make a report, ways to strengthen families, and how to prevent child abuse in their own child care programs. This two-hour workshop was developed by the Early Childhood Training Center and meets the requirements of Nebraska State Statute 43-2606.

ELG: Health and Physical –Trainer:  Sam Fisher | $25 | 11:00 – 5:00 | Lunch Provided

This workshop provides information to support young children’s learning in the domain of health and physical development:

* To Discover the Developmental Sequence of Children’s Learning in the Domains of Health and Physical

  • To Examine the Differences between Gross (Large) and Fine (Small Motor Development.
  • To Discover Strategies to Support both Gross and Fine Motor Development
  • To Discover Ways to Promote Independent Practices for Health/Safety
  • To Examine how the Environment Supports Health and Physical Development
  • To Explore Ways to Promote Independent Practices for Personal Care and Nutrition.

ELG: Creative Arts—Trainer: Pam Uhl | $25 | 11:00 – 5:00 PM | Lunch Provided

This workshop provides information to support young children’s learning in the domain of creative arts:

  • To Explore Creativity in Early Childhood
  • To Examine Development Related to Creative Arts
  • To Explore Music and Visual Arts In Early Childhood
  • To Discover Ways Children Express Themselves Through Creative Arts
  • To Explore Movement and Dramatic Play in Creative Arts
  • To Examine the Role of Materials and the Environment in Creative Arts

Sign In: Saturday, October 19th 7:00 – 8:00 AM 

Saturday Morning Keynote – Anne Meeker:


Fostering Motor and Sensory Development through Music and Play

Anne will show you how to embed fun motor activity within your daily routines, utilizing music and play-filled activity. Learn the importance of motor and sensory experiences for self-regulation, social relationships, language, strength, coordination and overall health. Explore simple opportunities for large and fine motor development, as well as motor imitation with objects. Learn how music can maximize positive motor outcomes for all children, including those who are atypically developing.

Saturday Morning Sessions & Speakers:


Math & Music: Math….Music-are they connected? How? Can music help with learning mathematics? Can math be found in music? Are infants, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary students able to connect math and music?

Come and find out! From notes to rhythm and fractions, the Fibonacci Sequence, sounds and their connections to weight and vibrations- music and math are intricately intertwined. Let’s explore and find ways to enhance both math and music for our early learners.

Nora Robinson has worked in home day care, day care center, private preschool and public school settings. She has a background of early childhood and a love of mathematics! Nora is currently the Panhandle Early Learning Connections Coordinator with ESU 13.
Signing with the Young Child: Signing with the Young Child focuses on basic signs commonly used in daycares, preschools and classrooms. Each participant will leave this class with handouts to display in their centers, a list of references for future use, and a firm understanding on how to sign the vocabulary presented.

Sara Peterson earned a BA in Elementary and Deaf Education from Augustana College in 2001. She completed her Masters in Deaf Education from Idaho State University in 2004. She has been employed with ESU #13 since 2003. Sara is based out of the Central Office in Scottsbluff and assists with student services and staff trainings throughout the panhandle. Sara is also a coordinator for Central Western Nebraska Partnership (CWNP) Regional Program for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She organizes activities in the Nebraska Panhandle and across the state to gather Deaf and Hard of Hearing students together for educational activities and socialization throughout the school year.

Heather Esterdahl is a Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing for ESU #13 in Scottsbluff, NE. She supports districts all over the panhandle by providing direct student services, consultative services with teams and sign language support for teachers and families. Heather completed a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Chadron State College in 1999 and earned her Master’s in Deaf Education at the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2005. She has sixteen years teaching experience, fourteen of that in Deaf Education.

GROOVE: Yoga in the form of dance! No choreography. No right or left. You can’t get it wrong. Simple moves that we do together, but YOUR own unique way!

Holly Wade, MEd. is a Holistic Health and Life Coach who helps mid-lifers who have successful careers, but that success has cost them in terms of health and the life they had envisioned. Holly has 25 years of experience in the Fitness & Wellness Industry and practical experience through her own personal struggle with anxiety, depression, and Crohn’s Disease. She knows first-hand the toll that stress takes on a person’s life. Her passion is to help others reconnect with the wisdom of their own bodies so that they are empowered to make choices to support quality living.

Holly weaves in her expertise in nutrition, fitness, stress management, and essential oils to help people create a lifestyle to support their bodies and create the vibrancy they desire in their lives.
Holly is also a Master Trainer for The World GROOVE Movement. She loves salsa dancing, getting outdoors, and her morning coffee. She’s a regular contributor to We Are Beautiful Magazine and Kai Magazine.
She can be found at www.hollywadewellness.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Preschool – Pyramid: An overview of what the Pyramid Framework is, implementation, research and benefits that support the model.  Sunny Edwards currently lives in Torrington, WY and currently teaches early childhood for Morrill Public Schools. She has been in the education field for the last several years specializing in Early Childhood.  While teaching in Crawford she had the opportunity to take part in the Nebraska Department of Education Pyramid Project Initiative. Her time implementing the Pyramid framework was amazing and opened a door with NDE for her to coach the Pyramid Project as well as NPBIS in the panhandle region.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. They enjoy fishing, camping, hiking, and horseback riding. They spend much of their free time enjoying their family ranch helping out.
Bringing Reading Alive for Children 2-5: This session focuses on why and how to read to young children.  Methods for engaging children in stories through the use of props and activities will be demonstrated.  The program will also include selection criteria for books appropriate for children aged two to five.  This will be a high-energy, action-packed session with handouts and giveaways for attendees Deb Carlson has been the Children’s Librarian and Supervisor of Public Services at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library for over 35 years.  She received her BA degree with a major in elementary education and minors in library science and English. She is a frequent presenter throughout the Panhandle and state on topics related to youth services, programming, children’s literature and marketing. Throughout her library career, Deb has received numerous awards and honors, and has served on many local and state boards and councils.
Indoor Environments & Play: Children learn through play, setting up that play takes planning and intentionality. This intentional planning covers from how your space is arranged to the materials you provide. Come share and learn new tips and tricks to set the stage for what learning you want to take place. Dawn Terrell started her early childhood experience completing an internship that led her to pursuit a bachelor’s degree and eventually a master’s degree in early childhood.  Through the years she has worked in a day care center, taught preschool for nine years, and for the last three years she has been working as a coach/mentor with Sixpence Sprouting Success. She has experience with the preschool and infant/toddler environmental evaluation tools as well as training in the social-emotional pyramid and the corresponding evaluation tools for preschool and infant/toddler.

Special Lunch Presentations by Rhythm Works and Sprouts Violin!!


Movement & Music: The Cure for So Much!: Structured movement and music activities can help develop healthy social emotional learning, higher future literacy skills, increase math comprehension, and overall well being.  It is an essential practice in developing the whole child.  The goal of this session is to give information on these topics, plus introduce some hands-on activities and resources to use with your young learners Scott Harvey currently teaches K-5 general music at Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Scottsbluff, NE.  Scott recently completed his Master’s Degree in School Counseling and always looks for a way to mix social and emotional learning with music activities.  Through his 14 year career in music education he has taught all levels K-12.  He lives in rural Scotts Bluff County on his family’s farm with his wife, Alyssa, and children, Elsie and Daniel
From Lullaby’s to Swaying with the music; connections to development for infants an toddlers: Music and movement activities to do with infants and toddlers and how they connect to their development. Cindy Molina is a Step Up to Quality Coach, Independent consultant and trainer for Early Childhood who has worked in the Early Childhood Industry for over 20 years. Cindy has an AA in Early Childhood from WNCC and a Bachelors degree in Family Consumer Science Child Development from Chadron State. She loves children, watching them learn and grow, and working with providers to help them grow in knowledge and understanding of child development and quality of care. She is married and has 2 sons, and 3 grandchildren.
Everyday Yoga for Everyday Living:

Who doesn’t have a busy life?! You keep saying, “I need to take better care of myself”, but others’ needs keep squeezing out your own, leaving you feeling empty, dry, and beyond exhausted.
When people think of yoga, they think of pretzel-y poses and Instagram perfection.
The TRUE wisdom of yoga isn’t quite that complex. It’s honestly about tuning IN to YOU. It might take a few minutes of breathwork. It might be a few simple poses to recollect yourself. It might be a full hour on your mat.
In this session, you’ll get to give  yourself the gift of your own presence on a yoga mat. Beginner level poses with no pressure to do them a certain. Just your breath. Your body. And your awareness.
Holly Wade – Bio Above
Mindfulness: An introduction to mindfulness and Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators (CHIME) Program.  CHIME provides education and guidance on how to incorporate mindfulness and reflective practice into your daily routine, teaching and caregiving. Engaging in mindfulness and reflective practice has many benefits for health and well-being of both providers and young children — including reduced stress, improved emotion management, better sleep quality, increased focus and attention, and enhanced relationships. Jackie Guzman is a graduate of the University of NE-Lincoln with a BS degree, Elementary Education and Lesley Masters of Education degree from Lesley College. She is currently an Extension Educator and Unit Leader for Scotts Bluff and Morrill Counties at Nebraska Extension. As member of the Learning Child Interest Group they develop and implement early childhood programming across the state. She implements early child programming for providers, educators and families of young children in the Panhandle Extension District
Rhythm Works: A clinical hip hop dance program for people of all ages with individual
learning challenges, disabilities and a wide variety of diagnoses. The program is specifically
designed to use music, purposeful movement and defined patterns to fully integrate the body, mind and spirit. Emerging research is proving what we knew all along, that movement is not only good for our emotional, mental and physical health, it is also a key part in helping the brain function at its best! Rhythm Works was created with this knowledge in mind.
To a student, it’s simply a fun dance class that gives them an opportunity to be involved in the
learning process, and be a part of the group. To the teacher, it’s much more than that.
Rhythm Works is based on 150 dance steps that are classified into 31 categories/goals.
Depending on the students specific developmental goals he/she is working on, I can choose
steps that match that goal to create a custom dance program.
Carrie Williams is a the owner of Freedom Dance, an outreach dance program. She teaches ages 2-Adult, senior citizens and special needs. She has been dancing since 1975 and teaching since 1983. She has a teaching certificate in Ballet and Jazz from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Teaching Certificate from National Dance Institute, and has studied one on one with a former Joffery Ballet Student. She also holds a Medication Aide License, Nurses Aid License, and CPR. She is currently studying integrative dance for sensory disorder, down syndrome, and autism.
Outdoor Environments & Play: Children learn through play, setting up that play takes planning and intentionality. This intentional planning covers from how your outdoor space is arranged to the materials you provide. Come share and learn new tips and tricks to set the stage for what learning you want to take place in the great outdoors. Dawn Terrell – Bio Above

Saturday Afternoon Keynote – Anne Meeker:


Songs and Strategies to Support Young Children with Challenging Behaviors

Discover how to blend intervention and prevention to help children who exhibit challenging behaviors, while guiding all children toward positive self-esteem and school success. Anne will describe ways music- and play-based strategies can support the work of teachers desiring to implement the Teaching Pyramid model and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Learn how to build supportive relationships with all children as you teach the social and emotional skills children need to learn and grow.

Dance to the Beat of your own Drum & Sign Up Today for this awesome conference!


Are you interested in becoming a vendor? 

  1. Pay the non-refundable table reservation fee of $10 below (we provide you with a standard 6’ table; if you would like more space than that you need to contact Renee Miller and pay an additional $10.00).
  2. Each exhibitor or vendor is required to donate a door prize that will be awarded to a conference participant (does not need to be large or extravagant).
  3. If you wish to have lunch with us, please purchase a vendor lunch ticket for $10 below.

Vaccinations will be offered again this year! Please let us know when you register if you plan on getting vaccinated. Cash or Check will be accepted day of event to the vendor and please bring insurance card.

Registration extended to Friday October 11th!!


October 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am
October 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
$10.00 – $35.00
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Jessica Lecher


Harms Advanced Technology Center-WNCC
2620 College Park Road
Scottsbluff, NE 69361 United States
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