Western Nebraska Early Childhood Conference

The 2018 Western Nebraska Early Childhood Conference will be held October 6, 2018 at the Harms Advanced Technology Center-WNCC. This year's theme is "Wellness".
Morning keynote speaker Jill Junck will present Junck Lemonade. Jill  will share her story of her family’s life altering crisis when her first-born son, Chase, was shaken while at daycare.  She will talk about the day their life was forever changed, their road through Chase’s rehabilitation, coping through a few of their other family’s obstacles, and their faith and perseverance.  She will make you laugh, smile, and cry with her story of life giving them lemons.

 Afternoon keynote speaker Holly Hatton-Bowers will present Caring for the Caregiver:  Promoting Wellbeing with Mindfulness. The wellbeing of early childhood educators is increasingly recognized as being importantly connected to high quality education and care. Practicing mindfulness provides one way of promoting wellbeing. Mindfulness offers strategies for maintaining health, personal well-being, developing healthy self-regulation, and providing more responsive care to children. The session objective:

  • Learn the definition of mindfulness
  • Understand how practices in mindfulness support wellbeing and stress management
  • Describe how mindfulness for ECE professionals relates to more responsive caregiving and teaching.

Breakout session topics will include: Temperament Traits, The Outdoor Classroom, Never Shake a Baby-Preventing Abusive Head Trauma, Playing Yoga with Young Children, Nutrition, How to encourage children to join in, Expert Panel to discuss the difference/connection between Sixpence, Rooted in Relationships, Step Up to Quality, Healthy Families America, etc.

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2018 Conference Registration

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