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 Advancing Equity in Early Education at February Conference

Registration is open now for the region's premier professional development experience for early care and education professionals.

The 16th annual Early Years Conference is scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23, 2019 at Marina Village in San Diego.

There will be three strands: one for teachers, one for coaches, and one for leaders and administrators. All strands will feature the overarching theme Reclaiming the Child: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education.

Sessions will include a variety of topics relevant to educators and child care providers working with children from birth to 5 years old, including:

  • Supporting children with challenging behaviors or special needs
  • Being culturally responsive
  • Working with families
  • Using data to coach
  • Developing a growth mindset
  • Addressing sensory issues
  • Supporting dual language learners
  • Strengthening work culture
  • Using trauma-informed practices

View the full list of sessions.

There will also be sessions in Spanish. Several popular presenters from previous conferences will be returning.

"This conference will inspire and equip attendees to consider all aspects of equity," SDCOE Director of Early Education Tara Ryan said. "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, as well as providing instruction that is culturally competent to ensure children have access to high quality education."

Each participant can receive six professional development hours for one day and 12 hours if they attend the entire conference.

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.

The cost for the conference is $100 for a one-day ticket and $175 for both days.

"We look forward to offering new and cutting-edge early childhood education workshops," Ryan said.