UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference

"We teach them...They teach us"

For an exhilarating experience full of experts, knowledge and fun join us April 6-7, 2018 for UW-Whitewater's Early Childhood Conference. Our conference is a great opportunity for professional development and is great for networking with other professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Presented by the College of Education and Professional Studies in conjunction with Continuing Education Services.

Dear Early Childhood Educators:

How can it be that it is time to invite you to Whitewater already? It seems like we were just here singing along with Okee Dokee Brothers, laughing with Bob Kann and being inspired by so many amazing speakers last year. Each year I wonder if we will be able to meet the caliber of presenters from the previous year and I believe that we have done so this year. We have a number of people who have been with us for many years but I am also excited to introduce you to many new presenters who bring their unique experiences and expertise to their presentations.

The theme this year is We teach them...They teach us.

Thank you for your continued work on behalf of young children and their families. Children matter, families matter, you matter and certainly the words we use matter and are important. Please join us in April as we continue to learn so that we can best meet the needs of the children and families we serve.

Robin Fox
Conference Coordinator

Robin Fox

Robin Fox
Conference Coordinator

Date: April 6 - 7, 2018

Register OnlineOpens In December

Day Fee: $100

Attending Both Days Fee: $180

Fees Include

Friday workshops include lunch, instruction and insurance. Saturday fee includes instruction and insurance.


Early cancellations will receive a full refund minus 6% cancellation fee if the cancellation and issued tickets are returned 7 days prior to the event. NO REFUNDS will be given for no shows.  All cancellation requests must be submitted to cesevents@uww.edu; provide registrant's name and event session. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

Early Childhood program will be available here soon.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking permits are required to park on campus.   More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

Greg and Steve

Children's Concert

Friday, April 6
10:00 a.m. 
Tickets: $8.00




Family Concert

Friday, April 6 
7:00 p.m. 
Tickets: $5.00

The duo has received Parents' Choice Awards and the Director's Choice Award from Early Childhood News. Gemini has also received the NAPPA Honors Award and Children's Music Web. Their video "Fancy That" was voted one of the Top 10 Children's Videos by the American Library Association & Random House

Gemini will perform original, sparkling songs about the everyday experiences of childhood and growing up! San and Laz combine their voices with wonderful musicianship on nearly a dozen instruments. Sing-alongs, hand motion tunes, folk tales, and music from around the world will be shared. Special guest appearances by students from LINCS Elementary School.


Location: Young Auditorium 
Center of the Arts, UW-Whitewater

Purchase Concert TicketsOpens In December

Seating: Seating is guaranteed only with your payment (purchase order, check or credit card).  We regret that we cannot provide refunds after March 15, 2018, or provide refunds for unused seats. There is no assigned seating for the family concert. Please let us know if there are any special needs. Seats for the children's concert will be assigned according to the date and time payment is received.

Information Needed When Registering For Tickets:

  • Group name, contact name/address, phone number
  • Total number of seats needed, including chaperones
  • Payment method (purchase order, check or credit card)
  • Special needs

Friday Full Day Workshop (8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. - includes lunch)

Diane Craft

Sandy Queen

The Development of Young Scholars: A Science-Based Apporach to Positive Lifestyle Development and its Connection to Personal Leadership

Learning is innate. A goal in education therefore, is to help students become age appropriate scholars.  Health enables and facilitates scholarship because good and/or bad health have expected positive or negative associations with academic performance.This session looks at the development of self-regulation in children and how this influences their academic performance and lifestyle development.  Helping children develop the early skills of focus, self regulation and personal and interpersonal observation of managing thoughts and feelings in goal directed actions can have a lifelong effect in their ability to learn, perform and live. 

Learning Experiences, Strategies and Curriculum

Jyanti Tambee

We repeat what we don't repair- healing from the trauam in our lives

Our world is changing, and we see children dealing with trauma more often than we ever did before. Trauma takes a toll on children, and on educators. Teachers and early childhood professionals face the inevitable consequence of compassion fatigue, or what is referred to as secondary trauma. This workshop will help educators who are in compassion fatigue and will provide ways to combat the stress while also recognizing the effect of trauma in early childhood. 

Child Development

Saturday Session One (8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.)

Saturday Session Two (9:45 A.M. - 10:45 P.M.)

Saturday Session Three (11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.)

Saturday Session Four (1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.)

If you give teachers a day at UW-Whitewater, they are probably going to learn some things!

Receive Credit for the Conference:

If you are interested in receiving credit for attending the conference, please contact Carrie Lencho (lenchoc@uww.edu). You can receive one credit (undergraduate or graduate) for attending both Friday and Saturday with additional written work after the conference. Please note that you will need to register for the conference in addition to paying tuition for the credit.

Click here to view syllabus.

Early Childhood Education Program Reunion

In conjunction with the annual Early Childhood Conference on our campus, all UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Education dual license program graduates, current students (both the on-campus program and ECE4U), past and present faculty and staff are encouraged to come reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Date: TBA

Time: 5:00 - 7:30 P.M.

Location: University Center 259

Cost is only $TBA, which covers the cost for hot and cold appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.

2018 Call For Proposal


To serve the needs of young children by providing educational opportunities and resources to adults who work with them.


Presenters will offer 1 or 2 hour presentations on Friday and/or Saturday (one topic may be presented twice).


Proposals must be received by September 15, 2017. Acceptance/denial letters will be sent out by October 15, 2017.


2018 Call For ProposalClosed 9/15/17