UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference

More details will be available in November.

Questions? Contact Kristen Linzmeier at ecc@uww.edu or 262-472-5814

2018 Letter (2019 TBA)

Dear Early Childhood Educators,

40 years! It is hard to believe the conference is celebrating this milestone. A number of you have been in attendance for quite a few of the past 40 Early Childhood Conferences here at Whitewater. I have been involved with the conference for close to 30 years and I am amazed each year by the presenters, the staff and the participants who I am lucky enough to spend time with for a few days in April. It is with both excitement and a bit of sadness that I share this will be my last conference as the coordinator. I am not leaving UW-Whitewater but will offer the opportunity of coordinating the conference to someone else so there are several years I can work with the new coordinator. And one of the things I am most excited about is the opportunity to present at the conference (I hope someone signs up for my workshops next year).

This year, like all of the other years, we have an incredible line up of presenters and artists at the conference. For those of you who have attended in the past there will be a couple of logistical changes. We will be almost exclusively in Hyland Hall as there is another conference that will be in the University Center. Another change is that there will be variety in the presentations but not as many will be repeated as we have done in previous years because of space.

There are three options for the full day workshops on Friday, Greg and Steve will be rocking the children’s concert on Friday morning and presenting on Saturday, Todd Parr will be signing purchases books and presenting on Saturday, there will be student volunteers to guide participants and as always the amazing Continuing Education staff will be on hand to offer their excellent customer service. I encourage you to register as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on this amazing conference and the celebration of 40 years of supporting early childhood educators.

I look forward to seeing you in April and honoring you and all early childhood educators by offering amazing professional development opportunities at this year’s conference.

Robin Fox
Conference Coordinator

Robin Fox

Robin Fox
Conference Coordinator

Date: April 12 - 13, 2019


Register OnlineOnline Registration Closed

Registrations accepted online until noon 4/10/19. We do accept walk up registrations.

Early Bird Fees (Register by January 31, 2019)

Day Fee: $100 T-Shirts: $15.83
Attending Both Days Fee: $180 Conference Bag: $15.83
Friday Full Day Workshop Additional Fee: $40 - $65                                            Attending - Conference Videos on USB flash drive: $5.28 - $8.44 Each 
Friday parking pass: $5 Concert ticket with registry: $15.00 ($5 - $8 without registry)
Saturday Lunch: $12.00 Handouts on USB flash drive: $10.55

Standard Price Fees (Registered between February 1 and March 15, 2019):

Day Fee: $100 T-Shirts: $15.83
Attending Both Days Fee: $180 Conference Bag: $15.83
Friday Full Day Workshop Additional Fee: $40 - $65                                            Attending - Conference Videos on USB flash drive: $5.28 - $8.44 Each 
Friday parking pass: $5 Concert ticket with registry: $15.00 ($5 - $8 without registry)
Saturday Lunch: $12.00 Handouts on USB flash drive: $10.55

Late Fees (Register on or after March 16, 2019)

Day Fee: $100 T-Shirts: $15.83
Attending Both Days Fee: $180 Conference Bag: $15.83
Friday Full Day Workshop Additional Fee: $40 - $65                                            Attending - Conference Videos on USB flash drive: $5.28 - $8.44 Each 
Friday parking pass: $5 Concert ticket with registry: $15.00 ($5 - $8 without registry)
Saturday Lunch: $12.00 Handouts on USB flash drive: $10.55

Fee Includes

  • Day Fee includes instruction for one conference day.
  • Attending both days fee includes instruction for both conference days.
  • Full Day Workshop will includes admission to one full day session workshop on Friday and lunch.   
  • Friday parking pass includes one parking pass to park your car in campus lots on Friday.  Campus parking is free on weekends; no parking pass required on Saturday.  More details below under Travel section.
  • Saturday Lunch will be a choice of turkey, roast beef or vegetarian sandwich served on Ciabatta bread with chips, cookie, whole fruit and water or a Greek chicken salad with granola bar and water.
  • T-shirts fee includes one t-shirt.  Pick up t-shirt from headquarters during the conference.
  • Conference bag fee includes one bag.   Pick up bag from headquarters during the conference.
  • Video fee includes your selected video choices on a USB flash drive.  They will be mailed to you after the conference in June.
  • Concert ticket with registry fee includes one ticket to Greg and Steve or Gemini concert and one registry certificate.
  • Handouts on USB flash drive includes one USB flash drive with all conference handouts.  Pick up your handouts drive from headquarters during the conference.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at cesevents@uww.edu prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event session in order to receive a refund, less 20% administrative fee. Cancellation request received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

Parking permits are non-refundable.  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 once all conference materials mailed are returned.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.

The Early Childhood program is available for download today!  The program with include all available sessions, descriptions and times.  *The schedule is subject to change.

Download ECC Schedule Here

Note: The handouts will be available after March 15, 2018.  Registrants will receive the handouts link in thier confirmation email. 

Due to space limitations on campus this year we will not have a vendor exhibit.

Young Athletes Program: Review Video

Driving Directions

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


Parking permits are required to park a vehicle on campus Friday, but not on Saturday.  Campus parking is free on weekends. Permit for vehicles may be purchased for $5 during the registration process. All parking permits will be mailed along with session materials. Parking permits are not eligible for re-issue. Parking available in lot 7 and 9. Registrants who opt not to purchase a parking permit in advance or forget their pass must stop by the Visitors Center.  More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.  Bus parking is complimentary at the Community Outreach Center next to Wal-Mart.


Baymont Inn & Suites
1355 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190
Starting Rate: $113.05/night based on double occupancy
Deadline: March 12, 2019

Super 8 Whitewater
917 E. Milwaukee St.
Whitewater, WI 
(262) 472-0400
King/Double: $113.05/night based on double occupancy
Deadline: March 12, 2019

University Guest Housing - Goodhue Hall
(262) 472-4200
Rates available online.


Todd Parr

Todd Parr

Todd Parr grew up in a small town in Wyoming. He began his career in children’s publishing in 1998, and is now the award-winning author and illustrator of more than 40 children’s books. Empathy is at the core of Todd’s stories; they are about acceptance, differences, and promoting empowerment for kids in a simple, fun way.

Through his books, Todd has partnered with Target, Reach Out and Read, People Magazine, and several other organizations to promote reading. He has created merchandise for Macy’s, developed his own children’s clothing line, and had work displayed in the windows of FAO Schwarz. In Japan, “Todd Parr Shops” within Toys “R” Us were launched at all 101 stores. And in November 2005, ToddWorld, a children’s preschool show, premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids. The show has since been nominated for an Emmy Award and has won several other awards, including the iParenting Media Award and the 2005 Humanitas Award. ToddWorld has aired in almost every country around the world.

Todd loves pit bulls and macaroni and cheese, and he lives in San Francisco, California.


Book Ordering

Todd Parr will be signing pre-ordered books upon request in your registration!   Limited books will be available for purchase at the conference, but book signing is not guaranteed.  Books will be available for pick up at conference headquarters; personalized pre-ordered books will be available for pickup on Saturday.  Todd will be in the Atrium of Hyland Hall at 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. for signing of books purchased at the conference.  You may order your books using link below, if not attending the conference.  Those attending the conference must make their purchase through the conference registration.  Books are not refundable.

Book pre-orders accepted until noon 3/30/18.  Select books will be available for purchase at the conference.

Information Needed When Registering For Books:

  • Name, address, phone number
  • Total number of books needed
  • Payment method (purchase order, check or credit card)
  • Special needs
  • Optional: Personalized message in autographed book

Greg and Steve

Greg and Steve

Children's Concert

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

Greg & Steve's music says "Let's Move!" With high energy, participatory songs for children, Grammy nominated Greg & Steve have been entertaining kids, teachers, parents and grandparents alike for over 30 years! Their singable lyrics and catchy melodies set to contemporary beats (blues, country, rock & roll, and reggae) provide a fun way to encourage movement and teach physical education. Greg & Steve’s music also reinforces basic concepts, friendship, cooperation, social-emotional development, cognitive & motor development; addresses multicultural/diversity issues and environmental concerns; and helps acquire language and encourage reading. Greg & Steve make learning fun!





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 TicketsOnline Registration Closed

Concert ticket purchase accepted online until noon 4/5/18. We do accept walk up orders.

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.

Parking permits are required for each vehicle parked on campus during the 10 a.m. Greg and Steve concert, they are not required for 7 p.m. Gemini concert.  Parking passes are non-refundable. Bus parking is complimentary at Community Outreach Center next to Wal-Mart.  You may order your parking pass with concert tickets.

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

Diane Craft, Professor of Physical Education

State University of New York, Cortland

Vincent Nunes, Young Children's Singer/Songwriter

Move, Move, Move! Lively Music and Fun Physical Activities for Active Young Children

This fun and music-filled workshop focuses on songs and physical activities designed to get young children up and moving. Sing along with Vincent as he shares songs from his brand new CD titled Move, Move, Move! These songs are expressly written to promote joyful movement among young children. Play along with Dr. Craft as she shares a plethora of practical, inclusive, and developmentally appropriate physical activities. These activities work in small spaces, use only inexpensive equipment, and can be enjoyed by toddlers and preschoolers of varying abilities playing together. Sing songs, view videos, and play together to gain greater insight into why movement is important for children’s bodies and brains.

Learning Experiences, Strategies and Curriculum

Sandy Queen, Director

Life Works
Columbia, Maryland

Puppets for Play Performance and Power!

This hands on session will provide the opportunity for participants to create a puppets using a variety of materials. The objective is to experience the creative process and use the creations in fun and education scenarios and to explore their usefulness and power within the classroom on all levels: physical, mental, social, emotional and intellectual. Additional $25 fee added to registration for enrollment.

Additional $25 fee added to registration for enrollment.

Learning Experiences, Strategies and Curriculum

Your True Colors

When you meet someone new, you want to be liked! You want to like that person! So, you show up in your "happy space" which is cordial, friendly, and open. However, when you wake up in the morning and you are really YOU, what is your natural way of dealing with others? This session is a wonderful way to get to know yourselves and others. Learn how we relate, how we communicate, how we deal with those around us, and how they deal with US! Come spend a revealing time with Sandy and leave feeling orange, green, gold, or blue!


Shelley Gonzales

West Valley College, California

Jayanti Tambe

De Anza College, California
San Jose, California

We Repeat What We Don't Repair- Healing from the Trauma 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

Greg Scelsa and Steve Millang, Educational Presenter, Performer

Greg and Steve Productions
Acton, California

Everybody Get Up and Dance with Greg and Steve

This participatory presentation will contain music that supplements the early childhood curriculum in the following areas: social/emotional (co-operations, friendship, self-concept, and diversity); physical development (gross motor development, eye hand coordination, motor-cognitive development, group and individual movement, and physical education); language (alphabet, language acquisition, listen and response, and supportive early literacy); math (numbers, counting, pattern, and shapes); social studies (diversity, geography, and ecology) to name a few. You will learn music that has been proven to be effective with children including special education classes.

Learning Experiences, Strategies and Curriculum

Todd Parr, Author, Illustrator

San Francisco, California

Celebrate Who You Are!

During this session award-winning author Todd Parr talks about being an author/illustrator, his dogs , how he makes a book and his current projects. His focus is on making a difference and helping out in the community. Session highlights include a book reading, drawing demo and question and answer.



Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Take a break between conference sessions and walk a story! The Storywalk begins at Hyland Hall and ends at the Children’s Center in the Roseman building. This walk is self-guided. Pick up a Storywalk guide in Hyland Hall and gather a few friends to read the book Thunder Boy Jr., one of the books featured in Young Auditorium’s 2018 Big Read program, and learn more about how to create your own Storywalk. An optional book-related activity will be available at the conclusion of the walk in the UW-Whitewater Children’s Center during their open house hours – 12-1pm on Sat. April 7.

In light of the recent news regarding Sherman Alexie, please read our position statement.

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 to download syllabus.

2019 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, 2018. Acceptance/denial letters will be sent out by October 15, 2018.


2019 Call For ProposalClosed