Early Childhood Education Conference

41st Annual | Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, 2019
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Early Experiences:
Nurturing Young Minds and Ourselves

Join us as we explore how to nurture the young minds of those we work with and understand the significance of our work. 

Debra Lawrence, Ph.D, Keynote Speaker

Debra L. Lawrence has over 35-years experience in the field of early care and education. She has presented workshops and seminars at the international, national, state and local levels.  Her service to the profession includes leadership positions involving a four-year term on the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s governing board and continuing to serve the organization through the Board Alumni committee. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Debra served as President of the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children and Co-Chair of the Governor’s School Readiness Commission.

Debra is a trauma informed certified trainer, she reviews higher education teacher certification programs through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is a certified play coach. She was the Director of the Southeast Regional Key located in Philadelphia which is the hub of operations for Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Keystone STARS.

Currently, Debra is the secretary of the IPA/USA Board and serves as a faculty member in teacher preparation programs at Delaware County Community College. She is the author of "How Public Investment Contributes to High Quality Early Childhood Programs: Lessons from Pennsylvania" and is a contributing author to Learning from Head Start.

Her research interests include curriculum and environments that strengthen the dispositions of learning, play as the foundation of all curriculum, and creating stable and supportive environments that foster children’s ability to reach their potential.

Keynote: So What Do You Do for a Living?  
Friday, 9:00 am, Memorial Student Center, Great Hall

Debra Lawrence, Ph.D 

What do you say when someone asks you where you work? Do you hesitate to share the details of your day? Was it just about snacks and story time? Explore the value of our chosen profession, identify ways to convey the significance of our work, and validate the critical role we play in children’s development.
Friday Keynote, Session 1, Memorial Student Center, Great Hall

Working with Children Who Challenge Us
Friday Afternoon, Sessions 3 and 4, Memorial Student Center, Great Hall

Debra Lawrence, Ph.D

Children come into our programs with a vast array of experiences. Understanding the function of behaviors that challenge us and recognizing the forms that these behaviors manifest can assist in determining the best strategy to teach replacement behaviors. This session helps participants identify the cause of challenging behaviors, provides several strategies for working with these behaviors, and teaches preventive instead of reactive measures, so all children are successful.
Friday Session 3 and 4, Memorial Student Center, Great Hall

Lost Opportunities: How Teaching Interferes with Learning 
Saturday Morning, Sessions 1 and 2, Memorial Student Center, Great Hall

Debra Lawrence, Ph.D

The purpose of early childhood education is to provide opportunities for children to acquire the dispositions of learning required for all aspects of success. This session brings to light the unintended consequences of teaching and provides strategies for increasing learning in your classroom.
Saturday Session 1 and 2, Memorial Student Center, Great Hall

2019 Registration Rates

General Participation Rates

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Early Bird General Rate to April 1, 2019



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Group Rates

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Student Rates

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Early bird rates are valid until 12:00 midnight on Sunday, April 7th~    
Group rates are for 3 or more participants from the same organization~    
Student rates are for full-time students attending any higher education institute ~    
The 2019 Early Childhood Education Conference has been approved for .5 CEU's (continuing education units) per day of the conference.    
The 2019 Early Childhood Education Conference is listed with the MN Center for Professional Development and The Registry.    

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellation notices must be received in writing (email is acceptable). A full refund will be granted through April 1, 2019. Cancellations on or after April 2 and through April 14, 2019 will be granted less a $30.00 processing fee. No refunds will be made on or April 15th. Substitutions may be made any time prior to the start of the program.


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