Early Childhood Conference March 9th at PC

Peninsula College's Early Childhood Education Program and the Olympic Peninsula Association for the Education of Young Children (OPAEYC) will host their 19th Annual Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, March 9, at Peninsula College in Port Angeles.

Registration will be in the college’s Pirate Union Building starting at 8:15 am. The keynote address will be given at 9:00 am in the Little Theater by Christine Roberts of Nurturing Pathways, Inc. The title of her presentation is “Move to Learn, Play to Grow: Why Early Childhood Needs to Be a Moving Experience.”

Roberts is the founder of Nurturing Pathways®, a creative dance program that provides comprehensive development for babies and children through four years of age. Her work has been endorsed by Seattle-based pediatrician Dr. Naomi Katz, biologist and educator Dr. Carla Hannaford, and Vaughnetta J. Barton, Executive Director of the Foundation for Early Learning.        

Other conference highlights include eight different workshops, STARS-approved training, clock hours, and a vendor area, which will be open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Pirate Union Building (PUB).

The vendors may be visited by community members who are interested in shopping for and buying educational merchandise. Individuals do not need to be registered for the conference to visit the vendor showcase.

The workshops will be led by local and state child-care experts and are designed specifically for professional educators and other early childhood workers from throughout the Peninsula as well as parents and people who work with young children and their families.              

Cost for the entire one-day conference is $45 for OPAEYC or Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC) members, and $40 for students who are taking a minimum of six credits. The nonmember registration fee is $65. Individuals may also elect to attend only the morning or afternoon session for a reduced fee. 

Community members who wish to register for the conference or who would like more information should contact Crisie Browne, Peninsula College Early Childhood Education Program Assistant, at (360) 417-6494 or opaeyc@gmail.com.