Early Childhood Fall Symposium

Kansas City’s Premier Early Education Professional Development Conference

Early Childhood Professional Development Conference

The 2020 VIRTUAL Early Childhood Fall Symposium

Monday, October 12 through Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Family Conservancy’s annual Early Childhood Fall Symposium is Kansas City’s premier early education professional development conference. This year’s event will be held virtually with throughout the week of October 12.


Keynote & Breakout Session Descriptions



Monday, October 12 Click the session titles to learn more.
Wow! That was cool, but what does it mean? Janet Rinehart
Beyond the Building: Engagement and Education Carol Ayres
Tuesday, October 13 Click the session titles to learn more.
Leading with Joy and Courage Nancy Heathman
Using Sesame Street in Communities to Manage Uncertainty and Provide Comfort Stacy Hamilton and Meg Fuehne
Wednesday, October 14 Click the session titles to learn more.
Storytelling, Games, and Movement during Large Group Time Shari Williams
Race and Resilience: Building Positive Character Development in Children of Color Jessie Turner
Thursday, October 15 Click the session titles to learn more.
Leadership with a Dialogue not a Monologue Nancy Heathman
Blending Movement, Technology, and Brain Science Holly Hanover


The Science Behind Outdoor Play

Janet Rinehart

Saturday, October 17, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Science is fun, and so is the outdoors! We will discuss exploring science in the outdoors from a child development perspective with ideas from early childhood professionals. In addition, we will discuss the importance of integrating outdoor play with science.

Janet Rinehart

Rinehart has 25 years of experience in the field of education. She has taught preschool, elementary school, and college. Currently, Janet serves as Director of Project Construct, Missouri’s Preschool Program Learning Communities Project and Missouri Early Learning Standards Training. She has presented to numerous state-wide and national conferences.

Rinhart began her “science” career 20 years ago when she was asked to become a fifth grade science specialist.