October 18-20, 2018
Anaconda, Montana

****Montana Association for the Education of Young Children and Montana Head Start Association partner together to bring the 2018 MT Early Childhood Conference.


Fairmont Hot Springs
1500 Fairmont Road
Anaconda, Montana
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Conference Highlights

Pre-Conference Sessions (choose one):

1. mtaeyc Pre-Conference Session: Bringing Joy Back to Teaching presented by Jocelyn Manzanarez

With so much focus on academics in early childhood, teachers are finding themselves forced to teach young children in ways they know are not developmentally appropriate. This often leads to teacher burn out because the fun factor has been eliminated for everyone. Join Jocelyn as she shares how fun and learning can still go hand it hand by integrating music and movement into the day.

2. Head Start Pre-Conference Session: Early Childhood Mental Health presented by Neal Horen

Keynote: Minds and Hearts Together, Inseparable Tools for Learning

Ellen Booth Church
There are so many ways we can encourage children to use their minds and hearts together daily. Come explore great ideas you can take right back to your classroom. This interactive keynote will have you thinking, feeling and problem solving with joy and humor!

Breakout Sessions Include:

Friday, October 19th 8-10 a.m.

From Chaos to Calm: 7 Circle Time Management Strategies that Work presented by Jocelyn Manzanarez
Become an Advocate for Your Business, Children & Families presented by Kelly Rosenleaf
Farm to Early Childhood Education presented by Demetrius Fassas
Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals presented by Sandy Cade
Using Developmentally Appropriate Toys to Stimulate Brain Development presented by Ellen Booth Church
Dealing with Difficult People presented by DeAnn Jones
Director’s Guide to Providing Teacher Consistency Within Your Program presented by Sharon DiBrito
I am Moving, I am Learning presented by Shannon Bender & Samantha Mangold

Friday, October 19th 1:15-3:15 p.m.

Adverse Childhood Experiences presented by Terri Amberg & Kim Polich
Bend but Don’t Break: Building Resilient Teachers presented by Rachel Supalla
Are We Who We Are Because of What We Have Learned or What We’ve Been Given? presented by Ann Klaas
A Penny for Your (Hidden) Thoughts presented by Robin Lynn Treptow
Tools & Technology for Preschoolers presented by Anna-Margaret Goldman & Shawna Hanson
A Case for Child Care (advocacy) presented by Charrisse Jennings
Mixed Age vs. Single Aged Classrooms presented by Claire Yenish & Dana Hultgren
Terrific Transitions presented by Ellen Booth Church

Friday, October 19th 3:30-5:30 p.m.

What’s Happening Montana presented by Patty Butler (MT Early Childhood Services Bureau Chief)

Saturday, October 20th 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Creating Asthma Friendly Child Care Programs presented by BJ Biskupiak
Baby Steps Up the Pyramid: Understanding Pyramid Model Implementation for Infants and Toddlers presented by Sara Silva
Creating a Preschool Environment that Supports Language & Pre-Literacy Skills of Children with Communication Delays presented by Daylinda Radley & Krista Nolen
Achieving Accreditation for your Program; Yes You Can! presented by Kristin Dahl Horejsi, Sharon DiBrito & DeAnn Jones
Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom presented by Teri Barclay
Well Being for All presented by Linda Crayne

Saturday, October 20th 10:15-12:15

All About the Early Childhood Project & the Practitioner Registry presented by Tiffany Krushensky
Foundations of Special Education & Early Childhood Development presented by Jamie Standaert
STEM & Nutrition presented by Tammy Christofferson
Math Sagas presented by Dana Lozier
2 more…TBD

Special Events

Early Childhood Montana Talks

We invite all Montanans to join in the conversation! Come and listen to 2 dynamic speakers at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening, on the topic of thriving children, successful professionals, and a healthy society! Leave inspired, invigorated, and ready to move the early childhood field forward! Hour d’veours will be served throughout the evening (included in ticket price), and a cash bar will be available.
Presenters: Julie Bullard, Neal Horen

mtaeyc or Head Start Luncheon

Through registration choose to attend the mtaeyc luncheon or Head Start luncheon to hear updates about the organizations.

Early Childhood Environments Bus Tour

  • Explore high quality early childhood environments.
  • Gain new ideas for your own classrooms and programs.
  • Discover a variety of early childhood environment philosophies.


Fairmont Hot Springs
Room Block: Early Childhood Conference
Room block closes October 1st
(800) 332-3272 or online at www.fairmontmontana.com
Group: 21569

Clarion Inn Copper King
4655 Harrison Avenue
Butte, MT 59701
Room Block: Early Childhood Conference
Room Block Closes October 1st
(406) 565‑5001

See you there!