Early Childhood Professional Development Conference

Kansas City’s Premier Early Education Professional Development Conference


Early Care and Education Professional Development Conference

October 7, 2023

The Family Conservancy’s annual Early Childhood Fall Symposium is Kansas City’s premier early education professional development conference. This event offers 5 clock-hours of approved training in Kansas and Missouri.


2023 Schedule

Check-in / Breakfast: 8:30 — 9 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote: 9 – 10:15 a.m.

A.M. Sessions: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (see session options below)

Lunch: 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

P.M. Sessions: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (see session options below)

Morning Sessions

A.M. 1: The Rest of the Story: Learning Factories Run on Experiences and Interactions Beth Reeder
A.M. 2: Let Them Lead: The Case for Risky Play Meg Fuehne
A.M. 3: Leadership Has Style: What is Yours? Nancy Heathman and Vicky Flucke
A.M. 4: The Best Circle Time Ever! Jenna Bodensteiner
A.M. 5: Data Isn’t a Dirty Word Jennifer Traffis and Crystal Henry
A.M. 6: The Journey from Junk to Joy Connie Ferro, Ramyia Silvers, and Jill Solomon

Afternoon Sessions

P.M. 1: Keeping the Safe Place Safe Emma Bart-Plange and Amy Herring
P.M. 2: Press Pause: Leaders Finding the Why in Their ECE Programs Nancy Heathman and Brandy Peterson
P.M. 3: Master Chef: ECE Cook Off Laura Begnoche
P.M. 4: 1, 2, 3....Numbers for You and Me! Kelly Schiltz and Stacia Banks
P.M. 5: Play Your Way to Prepared Byra Nicodemus-Norman
P.M. 6: Rethinking How We Look at Disruptive Behaviors in Children TFC Mental Health Team