The York County Early Childhood Coalition is so excited to announce that our 2023 Early Care & Education spring conference this year will be held at the Sanford Regional Technical Center in Sanford, Maine on Saturday, April 29, 2023. We want to know your WHY? What fuels your passion? How did you follow your passion to where you are today? Please join us as we explore the motivation behind our amazing professional community. We would like to open our doors to presenters who would like to inspire and encourage each other as well as the up and coming professionals in our early childhood community.
As a facilitator of a breakout session, presenters will begin each session with a brief story about how s/he became a part of the ECE community then will share information to engage adult and student learners in a professional topic that relates to the care and education of young children, supporting families, and/or policy and advocacy. The breakout sessions will provide time for sharing information and discussion and hands-on participation is encouraged. ECE professionals will leave the breakout session with ideas, skills, and resources that they will be able to use in their classrooms or programs. We will be offering a variety of breakout sessions each for 1.5 hours. Never been a presenter before? No worries! This is a great opportunity to share a topic you are excited and passionate about!
Below are lists of some of the possible topics to explore.
Early Childhood topics typically include:
- Growth & Development
- Curriculum (Art, Blocks, Dramatic Play, Literacy, Math, Music & Movement, Science)
- Diversity & Multiculturalism
- Inclusion & Special Education
- Trauma & Mental Health
- Health, Safety, and Nutrition
- Family Relationships
- Professional Development & Mentoring
- Program Types (family child care, multi-age, center based, public, Montessori, Waldorf, faith-based, etc.)
We would like to expand our topics to include:
- Brain Development
- Therapy (speech and language, occupational, physical)
- Career pathways
- Available Community Resources
- Bookkeeping, insurance, budgeting
- And MORE!
Please consider sharing your expertise and enthusiasm, your WHY, to inspire others in the field of Early Care & Education! Please complete and submit your proposal by Monday, November 28, 2022.