University of Nebraska Extension launches its first ever early childhood two-day online conference for parents, early childhood providers and professionals. The Building Bridges for The Learning Child (TLC) Online Conference takes place September 29th-September 30th, 2017. A Nebraska Extension Family Living Grant was awarded to help fund the conference. Registration is $25.00 but free to the first 200 registrants.
The purpose of the conference is to bring together a group of experts from the University of Nebraska and around the United States to speak on “hot topics for the 0-8 year old child”. Research-based information will be provided highlighting the theme, Closing the Gaps in Children’s Learning and Development Through Education, Collaboration, and Advocacy. Some of these topics include transforming the workforce for young children, mindfulness approaches to address the gap in indigenous children's learning and development, maximizing opportunities for early childhood learners in a multilingual school setting, and learning strategies to help strong-willed children. National experts such as Janet Lansbury, an author of two bestselling books, Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting and No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame and Dr. Ross Thompson, an internationally-recognized authority on the development of young children, parent-child relationships, and the applications of developmental science to public policy problems will be presenters at this conference.
The online conference builds from the “Fit and Healthy Kids” web-based evening sessions led by Extension Educators, LaDonna Werth, Cami Wells, and Lisa Poppe. These sessions are offered to early childhood professionals in Nebraska and consist of one-hour expert presentations. So far these evening online sessions have been well attended and received with 96% of participants feeling that they learned something and planned to implement a new strategy or skill. One participant stated, “Very good information. I love these web sessions, they are very informative and I like that I can do them at home. Thank you!!” Due to these positive responses, it is expected that that the two-day Building Bridges for TLC Online Conference will be well attended and meet the needs of our Nebraskan community members.
“We hope this conference will provide an opportunity for people to learn from a diverse group of experts and connect Extension’s “The Learning Child Interest Group” with communities both inside and outside of Nebraska,” says Dr. Holly Hatton-Bowers, Assistant Professor and Early Childhood Extension Specialist, “Our team is offering an online conference that is affordable, accessible and aims to be valuable and fun.”
You can register for the Building Bridges for TLC Online Conference at go.unl.edu/2GC9.