Early Childhood Fall Symposium

Kansas City’s Premier Early Education Professional Development Conference

Early Childhood Professional Development Conference

October 7, 2023

The Family Conservancy’s annual Early Childhood Fall Symposium is Kansas City’s premier early education professional development conference.


2021 Schedule

Check-in / Breakfast: 8:30 — 9 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote: 9 – 10:15 a.m.

A.M. Sessions: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (see session options below)

Lunch: 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

P.M. Sessions: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (see session options below)

2021 Keynote Speaker

Amy Nelson

As the oldest of 5 girls, Amy was the high needs child. When she started working with young children, Amy realized her quirky personality was a gift. She is fluent in two languages – adult and child. Amy uses this fluency to translate, educate and advocate for kids like her. She is passionate about motivating and inspiring caregivers to attune to and respond to their preschooler’s underlying needs – rather than focus on symptoms of misbehavior.

2021 Sessions

A.M. Sessions (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

A.M. 1 The Proof is in the Play! Meeting Early Learning Standards through Guided Play
A.M. 2 Supporting Resilience in Trying Times: Strategies and Resources
A.M. 3 Bringing the World Alive for Young Learners: Sensorimotor Experiences and Responsive Communication
A.M. 4 The "Kaleidoscope" of Early Childhood Leadership
A.M. 5 Resurrecting Your Daily Schedule

P.M. Sessions (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.)

P.M. 1 Art Tools Go Green
P.M. 2 Wait, Watch, and Wonder: We Can All Learn More
P.M. 3 Green Beans and Ice Cream - A Perspective on Staff Growth and Motivation
P.M. 4 Fixer Upper: From Playground to Outdoor Learning Environment
P.M. 5 Managing Mayhem