Please join us for our 26th annual NE KS Early Childhood Processional Mini Conference, Saturday March 4th, 2017 from 8:30am to 3:00pm, at Plymouth Congregational Church, at 925 Vermont St, in Lawrence KS.

Attending all sessions, you can earn 5 hours of KDHE credit toward licensure.  The general theme of sessions is trauma and mental health, and we’ve done our best to offer a couple of classes specific to the concerns of child care administrators.


Fees are as follows:

$30 Early Bird Group Discount — $30 each participant for a group of 6 or more, by Feb. 17th

$35 Early Bird Discount — $35 each participant, by Feb 17th

$40 Not-So-Early Discount — $40 each participant, by Feb 24th

$45 Regular Registration — $45 each participant, after Feb 24th, including at the door


To register to attend the Mini Conference, please fill out the Individual Registration Form or the Center Registration Form and return it with payment to the address listed.


Here’s a course overview and timeline:

Registration begins at 8:00 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  8:30 am — 10:00 am

Caregiver’s Role: Early Childhood Trauma

Marcia Weseman, Ed. D, Trauma Smart Trainer at Crittendon Children’s Center
All childcare providers and caregivers confront behaviors that may be a consequence of early
childhood trauma.  The caregiver’s day-to-day interaction with children who have experienced early trauma will impact the child’s ability to heal and build resilience to mitigate the negative consequences of early trauma.  Trauma informed environments create healthy learning environments for all children. Learn all about it in this training!

KDHE Approved 1.5 hours
Content Area: VI — Interactions with Children  — Level 3

SESSION I:  10:15 am — 11:45 am

A: Praise vs Encouragement

Erica Ritter, Director of Campus Child Care Center at KCKCC
Attendees will learn and discuss why encouragement is more effective than praise in improving
children’s self-esteem, as well as learn how to implement a supportive climate in the classroom.

KDHE Approved 1.5 hours
Content Area: VI — Interactions with Children — Level 2

B: Introduction to Strengthening Families and the Five Protective Factors

Amy Gottschamer, Director and Owner of Googols of Learning CDC
This training will give an overview of the five protective factors and how, from a caregiver’s role,  to foster those factors for young children and their families.

KDHE Approved 1.5 hours
Content Area: IV — Families and Communities — Level 2

C: Emotions: Helping Children Identify and Express How They Feel

Amberlee Johns, LMFT, DCCDA Family Resource Team
The identification and expression of emotions is a learned skill.  Participants in this training will develop strategies for teaching children about emotions and constructive methods of emotionalexpression.

KDHE Approved 1.5 hours
Content Area: V— Interactions with Children — Level 3

D: Engaging Parents, Building Positive Relationships

Tracie Morris, Family Services Coordinator, CCC Head Start Lawrence
This course will provide information and strategies for childcare providers to engage and build positive relationships with families in the care home or facility.

KDHE Approved 1.5 hours
Content Area:  IV — Families and Communities — Level 2

*Lunch Break!     11:45 am — 1:00 pm*

Visit downtown Lawrence!  Or, if you bring your lunch, a space for eating will be provided.

Come back early and browse our Scholastic Book Fair!  The raffle drawing will be held at 12:45.

SESSION II: 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

A: Bridging Differences and Maximizing Success

Barbara Clark Evans, Director of KCKCC Intercultural Center
Behaviors impact the success of children and coworkers in a child care setting.  In this course, learn how perception of differences is often bias, how biases affect behavior, and how to create action plans and learn skills to bridge differences and conflicts.

KDHE Approved 2 hours
Content Area:  VIII — Professional Development and Leadership — Level 1

B: You Can Serve It, But They Won’t Eat It
*REPEAT CLASS previously offered to CACFP participants

Lisa Zwiener, DCCDA CACFP Claims Specialist and Home Visitor
A picky eater can be really frustrating.  Learn in this course how to respond to a picky eater in a positive way, learn phrases that help not hinder, and how to create an eating environment that encourages healthy eating.

KSDE Approved 2 hours

C: Taking Care of the Caregiver

Deb Danielson, ChildCare Aware of Kansas
This class covers the topics of stress reduction, management and prevention techniques. How to build a support team to utilize during times of stress will also be addressed.

KDHE Approved 2 hours
Content Area:  VIII— Professional Development and Leadership — Level 2

D: What Does Race Have To Do With It?  Building Culturally Relevant Classrooms   
*REPEAT CLASS previously offered at the 2016 Mini-Conference

Marie Taylor, Early Childhood Team Leader, USD 497, and Cara McNorton, 5th Grade Teacher, USD 497
Let’s learn how to become self-aware of how race affects teaching in early childhood and brainstorm specific ways to change classrooms so that all children can see themselves in that space.

KDHE Approved 2 hours
Content Area:  II — Learning Environment and Curriculum — Level 1

3:00pm  — End of Sessions

You can download a pdf and print these course listings here: Mini Conf 2017 Detailed Description


With questions, call our office at 785 842-9679 and ask to speak with Lane, or, by email