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 Registration Open for February Early Years Conference

The region's premier professional development experience for early care professionals will return next year with the theme Reclaiming the Child: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education.

The 16th annual Early Years Conference is scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23, 2019 at Marina Village.Early-bird pricing for registration is available through Dec. 30. Potential presenters can submit proposals through Nov. 30. There will be three strands: one for teachers, one for coaches, and one for leaders and administrators.

The Early Years conference is presented by the San Diego County Office of Education's (SDCOE) Early Education Programs and Services department, with support from First 5 San Diego and California Preschool Instructional Network. Organizers welcome education professionals serving children from infancy through transitional kindergarten in center-based, school district, and family-child-care settings.

This conference aims to provide a two-day professional learning event that inspires and equips attendees to consider all aspects of equity. This includes supporting children and families from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, supporting dual language development, ensuring there is support for mental-health and trauma-informed care, and providing instruction that is culturally competent to ensure children have access to high-quality daily learning opportunities.

"Equity includes recognizing the importance of inclusion and working with children with special needs, as well as children who have challenging behaviors. This provides an equitable start for our youngest learners," SDCOE Director of Early Education Tara Ryan said.