UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference

"Celebrate Who You Are!"

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, 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 6 - 7, 2018

Register OnlineOpens Soon!

Day Fee: $100

Attending Both Days Fee: $180

Full Day Workshop Fee: $40

Saturday Lunch: $11.50 

Fees Include

Friday workshops include lunch and instruction. Saturday fee includes instruction.  Full Day Workshop will includes addmission to one full day session workshop on Friday and lunch.  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.


Early cancellations will receive a full refund minus $10 cancellation fee per day if the cancellation and issued conference materials are returned 7 days prior to the event.  NO REFUNDS will be given for no shows.  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.

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

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

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 on Friday. Permits 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.


Baymont Inn & Suites
1355 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190
Rate: $103.55/night
Deadline: March 5, 2018

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

Greg and SteveGreg and Steve


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!

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 Soon!

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, Professor of Physical Education

State University of New York, Cortland

Vincent Numes, Young Children's Singer/Songwriter

State University of New York, Cortland

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

Jyanti Tambee

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

Friday Evening Workshop (6:30 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.)

Sandy Queen, Director

Life Works
Columbia, Maryland

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!


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.

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