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UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference

More details will be available in December.

This year, like all of the other years, we have an incredible line up of presenters at the conference. For those of you who have attended in the past there will be a couple of program changes. We will have a Pre-Conference on Friday that will include a Full Day Workshop with Robin Fox and the Conference will be held on Saturday with a Keynote presentation by Anne Terrell with sessions to follow.


  • Pre-Conference: Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Conference: Saturday, April 13, 2019


Register OnlineOpens Soon!

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

Pre-Conference will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 and Conference will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Early Bird Attending Fees (Register by January 31, 2019)

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: $75
  • Conference: $100
  • Attending Both Pre-Conference and Conference: $150

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

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: $100
  • Conference: $115
  • Attending Both Pre-Conference and Conference: $200
Late Price Attending Fees (Register on or after March 16, 2019):
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: $115
  • Conference: $125
  • Attending Both Pre-Conference and Conference: $225

Friday Parking Pass: $5

Boxed Lunch: $TBA

Long Sleeve T-Shirt: $TBA

Video Fee: $20+ each

  • Session TBA

Handouts on USB flash drive: $TBA

Fee Includes
  • New to 2019: Your badge will have include the sessions you registered for printed on it with your name.  No paper tickets will be used.
  • Pre-conference will be held on Friday.  Fee will include a Tier 3 Registry, full day workshop (8:30 - 3:30 with an hour lunch break), presented by Robin Fox.
  • Conference will be held on Saturday.  Kenote presentation will include a Registry Certificate followed by your choice of one hour sessions with various presenters.
  • Fee for both days includes Friday Per-Conference and Saturday, Conference Keynote with sessions.   
  • 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.
  • Box Lunch will be a choice of turkey, roast beef, vegetarian sandwich (served on Ciabatta bread with chips, cookie, whole fruit and water) or a Greek chicken salad (served with granola bar and water). 
  • T-shirts fee includes one long sleved t-shirt.  Pick up t-shirt from headquarters during the conference.
  • Video fee includes your selected video choices on a USB flash drive and a registry certificate.  They will be mailed to you after the conference in June.
  • Handouts on USB flash drive includes one USB flash drive with all conference handouts.  Pick up your handouts drive from headquarters during the conference.


We strongly encourage participants to purchase a box lunch.   Although there are restaurants in the University Center, there is limited space and lines could be long. The box lunches will be served in University Center room TBD from 11:45-1:00p.m. Participants may stay and eat the lunch in University Center or take it elsewhere to enjoy.

2018 Early Childhood T-Shirt and Bag (2019 TBA)

ECC T-Shirt         ECC Tote


Registrants may transfer attendance to another person.  Submit transfer requests to by April 1, 2019.

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 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.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; 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.

Conference Headquarters

During the conference if you have a problem or need additional information, you may go to the Conference Headquarters in Winther on Friday Pre-Conference and in University Center on Saturday Conference. Headquarters will be open from 7:30a.m-10:00a.m. on Friday and from 7:30a.m.-5:00p.m. on Saturday.  You may also call 262-472-3165 if you have any questions.

Check In

Check in will take place at the Conference Headquarters (Friday in Winther and Saturday in the University Center). Pick up your name badge and printed confirmation report from conference headquarters. Tickets are no longer being used as admission to sessions, instead  show door monitor your name badge with session details printed on it. If you would like to make change sessions you registered for you may do so at the conference headquarters.

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. Parking available in lot 7 and 9.  Registrants who purchased a parking permit in advance will need to stop by the Visitors Center and provide thier name to the attendant.  Those who didn't purchase a pass during registration will need to purchase one from the Visitors Center.  More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.  


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.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.

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 - Available Soon

Note: The handouts will be available after March 15, 2019.  Registrants will receive the handouts link in their confirmation email. 

Program Changes

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater reserves the right to make changes in workshops and speakers, or to cancel workshops if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail.

Endorsement of Presenters

We are proud of the diversity that will be exhibited by the presenters at this conference. However, we do not assume responsibility for the information, opinions, products or services shared by the presenters. Please share your concerns directly with the presenter or take the time to complete the evaluation form which will be sent electronically following the conference. We also encourage participants to offer presenters compliments when pleased with the content of a presentation.


Barbara Joosse  

Barbara Joose

Barbara Joosse, a lifelong Wisconsin resident, has spent her adult lifetime writing for the people she loves best—children. Her books have been translated into 30 languages. Last year, she celebrated a very special anniversary—the publication of her 50th book for children, “Lulu & Rocky in MILWAUKEE,” the first in a new series, “Our City Adventures.” Her books include “Mama, Do You Love Me?” “Papa, Do You Love Me?” “I Love You the Purplest” “Lovabye Dragon” and “Better Together: A Book of Family.” Best known for her lyrical style and metaphorical content, Barbara strives to write books that help children grow from the inside out. Barbara’s books have launched her into surprising adventures, which include co-writing lyrics for a Nashville kindie-rock band, The Happy Racers, and creating a musical, “Lovabye Dragon,” first performed at First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee, based on her Dragon and Girl books. Barbara lives in Port Washington, Wisconsin, with her husband, bronze sculptor, CT Whitehouse, in a home they call “The Crow’s Nest”. She has three children and three grandchildren, one of whom believes she might be a Changeling—a troll on the inside and a girl on the outside.

Anne Terrell

Anne Terrell

Anne Terrell is a well-respected early childhood education leader with over 40 years of professional experience in the field. She has served in early childhood leadership positions from the classroom to the boardroom and is currently adjunct faculty as Concordia University.  Ann is author of the recent publication “Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education”. 

Book Ordering

Authors 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.  Authors will be in the University Center at TBA for signing of books purchased at the conference.  You can  make your purchase through the conference registration.  Books are non-refundable.

Book pre-orders accepted until noon TBA.  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)
  • Optional: Personalized message in autographed book

David Stokes

David Stokes

Interactive Experence for Children and Adults

Friday, April 12, 2019; 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

The Animal Dude

Come share frogs, turtles, snakes and more in an engaging fun way. Using live animals, songs, puppets, toys and 3-dimensional objects we will have fun exploring the wonder of animals. This will be a primary experience, with an opportunity to touch and see and hear.

David Stokes has been creating exciting learning situations since 1974. He has presented at UW-Whitewater since 1986. David loves to share his humorous approach to nature study, animals, plants, and the earth.

Performance RegistrationOpens Soon!

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

Information Needed When Registering For Group:

  • Name, address, phone number of the person incharge of submitting payment and distribution information to group
  • Total number of tickets needed
  • Payment method (purchase order, check or credit card)

Pre-Conference Workshop: Friday, April 12, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Robin Fox

Robin Fox

“I Don’t Remember Learning That”: A Day to Reflect, Practice and Build Relationships with Other Early Childhood Providers as We Take on Some of the Big Topics

As many of you know, Robin Fox was the coordinator of the UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference for many years. In her role as coordinator she had the opportunity to bring in some amazing early childhood presenters and performers but what she didn’t have was time to talk to the participants about their work and the world of early childhood education. Now that Robin is not coordinating the conference she wants the chance to give back to the conference and an opportunity to talk with the participants. This full day, Tier 3 Registry workshop is offered on Friday, April 12, 2019.

In this workshop we will tackle some of the pressing topics in early childhood education through information sharing, hands on activities, scenario work and developing individual professional development plans. Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • Having difficult conversations with children, family members and other adults
  • The importance of having policies that protect caregivers
  • Developing inclusive spaces for all families and staff
  • Taking care of yourselves while taking care of others

Robin started her career as a Teacher and Director in Head Start then moved to Whitewater to teach at the UW-Whitewater Children’s Center before becoming the Director of the Center. After directing for seven years she started teaching full time in the College of Education and Professional Studies and helped to develop the Early Childhood Program. She has been a department chair, associate dean and is now the interim associate dean for the College. Robin presents nationally on topics in early childhood education and is the current Board of Directors’ President for the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association.

Conference Workshop: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Anne Terrell

Anne Terrell

Keynote Presentation: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Anne Terrell is a well-respected early childhood education leader with over 40 years of professional experience in the field. She has served in early childhood leadership positions from the classroom to the boardroom and is currently adjunct faculty as Concordia University. Ann is author of the recent publication “Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education”. During the keynote Ann will share some of the lessons learned on her leadership journey to becoming an award winning, effective, and inspiring leader.

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 ( 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 - Available Soon!

Vendors are returning to the conference this year on Saturday.  Check back to see who will be attending.

2020 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 hour presentations on Saturday (one topic may be presented twice).


Proposals must be received by September 15, 2019. Acceptance/denial letters will be sent out by October 15, 2019.


2020 Call For ProposalOpens in April