Early Childhood Fall Symposium

Kansas City’s Premier Early Education Professional Development Conference

Early Childhood Professional Development Conference

October 2 – 9, 2021

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 from October 2 through 9.


Let’s Talk About Equity and Mental Health
Saturday, October 9
Presenter: Amittia Parker

This keynote address will discuss mental health and equity, with a focus on early childhood professionals’ wellness. Many early childhood professionals are impacted by mental health disparities such as unmet needs, issues of access, and poorer outcomes. Therefore, wellness efforts must consider equity and ways to provide access and opportunity for those serving young children. Lastly, attention will be directed towards, creating systems of support to meet the needs of staff, and in particular Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color, and child care staff from other marginalized identities.

Session Schedule

Monday - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Leading on Purpose: Courageous Leadership
Monday - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bringing your “A” game: the importance of attachment and attunement in the development of infants and toddlers
Tuesday - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Look for the Helpers: Building a Professional Community
Tuesday - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Our Family System Keeps the Score of Trauma: Effects of Trauma on Social-Emotional Development
Wednesday - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ready, Set, Interact! Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through Play
Wednesday - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Leading with Purpose: Importance of Perspective
Thursday - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cradling Literacy: Effective Teaching Strategies for Supporting Social-Emotional Literacy
Thursday - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Self Care and Self Regulation: Managing Your Emotions in the Moment