Family & Consumer Sciences Education & WI DPI Child Care Conference

Friday, September 27, 2024
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Save the date - Friday, September 27, 2024
8:15 AM -3:00 PM

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Memorial Student Center
Menomonie, Wisconsin

The UW-Stout Family and Consumer Sciences Program and the Wisconsin DPI are happy to host the 2024 Family and Consumer Sciences Education and WI DPI Child Care Conference. The conference is planned as an in-person event, and further details and updates about the structure of the conference will be posted as soon as finalized.

We hope this collaboration between UW-Stout and WI DPI will allow maximum participation for FCSE educators across the region. Attendance at the annual Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Child Care Conference is required for Family & Consumer Sciences educators teaching programs in Assistant Child Care Teacher [ACCT], Infant and Toddler [IT], and Child Care Teacher [CCT] skills certificate programs. Certain sessions and activities may be required if you are participating because you teach within the programs listed.

During this conference participants will be able to choose from multiple sessions on exciting new information in the field, as well as sessions presented by classroom practitioners with curriculum ideas to use in your classroom. We intend to provide the ability to explore exhibits with the latest educational resources and materials.

Special Invitation for High School students to visit UW-Stout:
Invite your high school students interested in careers in Family and Consumer Sciences Education to attend the conference and learn more about the field and educational opportunities here at Stout.

Christine PetersonKeynote Presentation - The Power of One: Kids and Trauma and How We Can Help! 

Dr. Christine Peterson, Professor, School Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Stout

As kids come to school with more mental health needs than ever and at earlier ages, the research suggests that modest but strategic efforts on the part of educators and other school providers can go a long way toward fostering a sense of well-being for our learners. Dr. Peterson will elaborate on the state of mental health in today's youth by the numbers, and share real-world, day-one strategies to set kids up for everyday success - in school, at home, and in life.
Keynote Address
Memorial Student Center - Great Hall
8:30-9:15 a.m.



Registration is closed for 2023!
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2023 Concurrent and Roundtable Sessions

Presentation Descriptions
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2023 Call for Presentations is Closed

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2023 Registration Fees
REGISTRATION RATES - Early Rates end September 15 
CCC or FCSE -  General Attendee -  Early Bird Rate$95.00
CCC or FCSE -  General Attendee -  Regular Rate$110.00
CCC or FCSE - University Student Attendee -  Regular Bird Rate$20.00
CCC or FCSE - High School Student Attendee -  Regular Rate$10.00
High School attendees will have an opportunity to tour the campus and meet with admissions staff  



Room blocks have been set up at the following Menomonie hotels:

Cobblestone Inn & Suites
149 Main Street East
Menomonie, WI 54751

Best Western PLUS
320 Oak Avenue
Menomonie, WI 54751

  • The room block is listed under Famly and Consumer Sciences at both hotels.
  • Attendees must provide their tax-exempt numbers to secure rooms without taxes.
  • The cut-off date is August 30, 2023
Exhibitor Information

We anticipate attendance at approximately 150 to 200 family and consumer sciences educators. Each year our attendees continue to ask for more exhibitors! They love to see the dynamic and innovative products and services you and your company provide. We hope to enhance the attendee experience and provide you the opportunity to network with practitioners in the family and consumer sciences field areas. Please plan to join us!

Registration must be received by September 1, to ensure inclusion in any printed items distributed to attendees.

Exhibitor - Full Fee, No Door Prize Donation$100.00
Exhibitor - Partial Fee, Door Prize Donation Value $50+*$50.00
Exhibitor - No Fee, Door Prize Donation Value $100+*$0.00
Door Prize Donation Only, No Exhibit Booth*$0.00

Exhibit Area Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Booth Setup: 6:00-7:30 a.m.

Booth Teardown: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

UW-Stout will supply as a part of the exhibitor fee:

  • Skirted 6’ x 30” tables and chairs
  • Access to Electrical outlet, if requested
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Exhibitor name badge
  • Parking permit
  • Lunch is included
  • Logo on the event website and program brochure

Can’t Make it in Person?

You can still participate! You may send samples and promotional materials for distribution at the event. You are welcome to donate items for door prizes for the conference attendees. Prize donors will be listed in the printed program and on our website.

Please contact us with any questions at, via phone at 715.232.2793, or via postal mail at:

Continuing Education and Conferences
University of Wisconsin-Stout
221 10th Avenue East, Suite 140
Menomonie, WI 54751

Conference Schedule At-a-Glance
 Schedule subject to change
7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.Registration Desk and Exhibit Area Open
7:30-8:15 a.m.Morning Refreshments and Networking
8:15-8:30 a.m.Welcome and Conference Overview
8:30-9:15 a.m.Opening Keynote Session
9:30-10:45 a.m.Concurrent Session Block A
10:50-11:45 a.m.Concurrent Session Block B
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.Lunch (included in registration fee)
1:00-2:05 p.m.Concurrent Session Block C
2:10-3:15 p.m.Concurrent Session Block D
3:15-3:45 p.m.Door Prize Pickup/CEU Distribution (Pre-Ordered Hardcopies Only)