Continuing Education

UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference

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Dear Early Childhood Educators,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 42nd annual UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference! The theme of this year’s conference is Live, Laugh, Learn and we hope you will join us for the amazing professional development opportunities at this year’s conference.

As you check out the conference website you will notice a remarkable line up of speakers and topics, along with some exciting changes that we hope add to this conference experience. On Friday, there will be two options for full day workshops and a variety of half-day sessions. Saturday’s conference will offer a day full of one-hour sessions featuring a variety of speakers and artists.

We are thrilled to announce that we will kick-off the conference on Saturday with a Keynote Session by award winning and best selling author, Holly Elissa Bruno. During the keynote Holly Elissa’s uplifting remarks will inspire us to step back, acknowledge our contributions and take better care of ourselves. Keep your eyes out for her newest book, Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You: Translating Trauma’s Harsh Legacy Into Healing, which will be available February 2020 through Exchange Press.

That’s just a sneak peak of some of the awesome things happening this year. We will also have vendors and a silent auction. Please check our website for updates along with our Facebook page ( UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference). Register as soon as possible to take advantage of early bird pricing and reduced rates. This year we are also excited to offer a discount for groups of 5 or more.

So, grab a friend and join early childhood educators from near and far to Live, Laugh, and Learn together!

Warm Regards,

Kristen Linzmeier

Kristen Linzmeier, Conference Coordinator


  • Friday, April 3, 2020 | 8:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.



Register Online closed

Registrations accepted online until noon 4/1/20.  We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.  Walk-up registration details available here after online registration closes.

Early Bird Fees (Register by February 24, 2020)

  • Day Fee: $100
  • Attending Both Days Fee: $175

Standard Price Fees (Register between February 25 and March 25, 2020):

  • Day Fee: $110
  • Attending Both Days Fee: $200
Late Price Fees (Register on or after March 26, 2020):
  • Day Fee: $115
  • Attending Both Days Fee: $210

Group Discount:  

Receive $10 off each registration when five (5) or more register to attend this event from the same organization. Make sure to check "Group Discount" in the registration if you believe you qualify.  Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay. You will be charged $10 if less than five (5) do not attend this event from your school.

Friday Parking Pass: $6 Critiquing & Evaluating Materials: $15
Friday Lunch: $13.25 Saturday Lunch: $12.25
Handouts on USB Flash Drive: $10.55 Book - Hi, It's Me! I have ADHD: $10.55

Fee Includes

  • Your badge will include the sessions you registered for printed on it with your name.  No paper tickets will be used.
  • Day fee on Friday will include your choice of two half day or a full day session.
  • Day fee on Saturday will include a Keynote presentation (includes a Registry Certificate) with your choice of one hour sessions with various presenters and access to Vendor booths.
  • Fee for both days includes Friday and Saturday sessions, Vendors on Saturday and 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 Before You Arrive section.
  • Friday lunch will be featuring Fiesta Buffet - Chicken fajitas served with flour tortillas or taco shells, mexi beans, cilantro rice, tortilla chips, and full condiment bar of pico de gallo, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce and sour cream.  Includes cinnamon churros, lemonade and water.
  • Saturday boxed sandwich lunch  - Your choice of turkey, ham, or vegetarian on rustic ciabatta bread with chips, cookie, whole fruit and 12 oz. water or boxed salad lunch – Greek chicken salad served with a granola bar and 12 oz. Water
  • Critiquing and Evaluating Early Childhood Materials fee includes a Registry Certificate.  This fee is only assessed if you choose to attend before the conference starts or at lunch time on Saturday.  No fee is charged if you take as a session.
  • Handouts on USB flash drive includes one USB flash drive with all conference handouts.  Pick up your handouts drive from headquarters during the conference.
  • Book fee will include a copy of Katelyn Mabry paperback book "Hi, It's Me! I have ADHD.  Pick up your book at headquarters.


We strongly encourage participants to pre-purchase a lunch in their registration and will be given a meal ticket in their badges.   Although there are restaurants in the University Center, there is limited space and lines could be long.  The lunches will be served in University Center outside UC 259 on Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30p.m. and outside the Hamilton Room on Saturday from 12:00-1:00p.m.  Participants may stay and eat the lunch in University Center or take it elsewhere to enjoy.  No sales available at the door.


Registrants may transfer attendance to another person.  NO REFUNDS will be given.  Submit transfer requests to by April 1, 2020; provide your name and the name of the person attending in your place.  No transfers will be accepted after April 1, 2020.

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.

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

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Conference Headquarters

During the conference if you have a problem or need additional information, you may go to the Conference Headquarters in the University Center on either day of the Conference.  Headquarters will be open from 7:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. on Friday and from 7:00a.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.  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 to any sessions 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.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifiactions from us or my end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.


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 $6 during the registration process.  Parking is available in lot 7 and 9.  Registrants who purchased a parking permit in advance will need to stop by the Visitors Center and provide their name to the attendant.  Those who didn't purchase a pass during registration will need to purchase one from the Visitor Center.  More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.  


Hamilton House
328 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190

Baymont Inn & Suites
1355 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190
Deadline: March 2, 2020

Super 8 Whitewater
917 E. Milwaukee St.
Whitewater, WI 
(262) 472-0400

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.

By 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.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.

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

Download ECC Schedule Today!

You may download a planning guide to help register your group.  This form is to be a guide for your administrative assistant to use while registering online.  We will not accept a copy as a registration.  Download a planning guide here.

Note: The handouts will be available after March 15, 2020.  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.

Wisconsin Members

We will now be digitally scanning your Registry Membership Card as you enter each session.

Don't forget to bring your card or download the Registry App to have a digital copy! 

Click on this link for more details:


Illinois Members

You will be able to collect a Registry Label as you enter each session.  A "Certificate of Participation" will be available at Conference Headquarter to keep all of your labels organized. 

Please remember to submit your "Certificate of Participation" to Conference Headquarters" before you leave to receive Registry Credit.

Come and create with us!  No experience necessary!  More details available by clicking here.

Paint Night 

We are excited to offer a variety full-day (6 hour) and half-day sessions (3 hour) on Friday, April 3. The conference fee for Friday includes the option to attend one full-day workshop or two half-day sessions. See please see Conference Program for details.

Full Day Workshops: 8:30am-3:30pm (Lunch: 11:30-12:30)

Celebration of Children’s Art and Literature in the Classroom
Presenter: Terrie Schmoldt
What’s better than reading a great book? How about reading a great book and then PAINTING? In this session, explore books by favorite authors, and PAINT many different ways. Bring a paint shirt and a friend! Come join the fun as we paint, play and learn!

LGBTQ* 101 for Early Childhood Educators: Is he a Girl? Working with Children who are Gender Creative
Presenter: Robin Fox and Erica Schepp
This two-part workshop will start with defining terminology, cover data and research related to parents and children who are LGBTQ* and their experiences in schools, and include exercises to better understand the lived experiences of individuals who are LGBTQ*. The afternoon session will allow participants to do a deep dive into gender identity with specific attention to young children who are gender creative.

Half Day Workshops: 8:30am-11:30am

  • Free-up Time for Fun!  Linda Armas
  • Enchanting, Healing, and Nourishing our Children through the Magic of Puppetry Laura Cassidy and Dawn Imes
  • Children and Older Adults Together: Sharing and Learning How Inter-Generational Programs Work in our Communities Simone Devore
  • Achieving your Educational and Professional Development Goals with Support of the T.E.A.C.H Scholarship Program Nar Doumbya and Olga Neira
  • LGBTQ* 101 for Early Childhood Educators Robin Fox and Erica Schepp
  • Taming the temperament: Those Terrible Two’s Cheryl Hovey
  • All Things Executive Function and ADHD! Katelyn Mabry
  • Embedding Early Language and Literacy Interventions Throughout the Preschool Day for Children with Special Needs Naomi Rahn

Half Day Workshops: 12:30am-3:30pm

  • Arts Integration:  A Sensory Approach to the Study of Life Science Systems through Drama, Creative Movement, and Storytelling Edie Baran
  • Is He a Girl? Working with Children Who are Gender Creative Robin Fox and Erica Schepp
  • The Chill Pill Prescription-For Managing Challenging Behavior Scott Liebler
  • I’m Singing! I’m Dancing! I’m Learning! Carole Stephens
  • The Frog Chorus/Sounds in Nature with Live Frogs David Stokes
  • Early Childhood Education is “No Small Matter”! Ann Terrell
  • Tools for Having Courageous Conversations: A guide for Collaborating with Families and Professionals Nakia Wiley

Download ECC Schedule Today!

The Saturday Conference will begin with a keynote presentation for all participants from 8:30-9:30 am followed by five one-hour sessions. Please see Conference Program for Session and Presenter Information.

Keynote: Hats Off to You: Everyday Miracle Workers in Children’s Lives

Holly Elissa Bruno MA, JD

Holly Elissa Bruno

Do you give yourself credit for the difference you are making? Or, do you keep up the hard work without taking a quiet moment to appreciate the good that you do? We educators are so expert at putting everyone else’s needs first that we rarely have time left over for ourselves. Let’s instead step back to acknowledge our contributions, take better care of ourselves, and reclaim the joy that is rightfully ours. After all, each time you change the life of a child, you are changing the world.

Featured Author

Katelyn Mabry

Katelyn Mabry

"Hi, It's Me! I have ADHD" is a children's book that invites you into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of a child living with ADHD. This book has vibrant illustrations that really bring the story to life. The author educates,  Book empowers, and encourages readers to see the strengths beneath the diagnosis through the text and the tips included at the end of the book. There are also printable coloring pages at the end of the book that can be used for centers or a child's journal. This book is valuable not only for children with ADHD, but also for educators, peers, social workers, or other professionals working with children.

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

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

Maximize your exhibiting experience and get an overview of the rapidly advancing field of Early Childhood.  Make personal contact with potential customers.  Identify the major needs and concerns of your target market.  This will be an excellent opportunity to learn how changes may affect how Early Childhood programs operate and what products and services they will need.  Exhibit will be held in the Old Main Ballroom, University Center Room 275.

Click here for more details on how to be a Vendor

Looking to sponsor a session or make a donation to the 2020 UW-Whitewater EC Conference? There are many different sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact us if you are interested in being a sponsor.

UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference Sponsorship Information

ECC Gold Level Sponsor $10,000 and above

  • Use of logo on conference t-shirts
  • Use of logo on printed save the date cards
  • Individualized Thank You on social media
  • Use of logo in email and promotional materials
  • Logo on sign in registration area
  • Logo on conference website
  • Booth space in exhibit hall (Three 30”x6’ tables)
  • Sponsorship acknowledgment and thank you on welcome slide in opening and closing events
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement on social media

  ECC Silver Level Sponsor $2,500 – $9,999

  • Individualized Thank You on social media
  • Use of logo in email and promotional materials
  • Logo on sign in registration area
  • Logo on conference website
  • Booth space in exhibit hall (Two 30”x6’ tables)
  • Sponsorship acknowledgment and thank you on welcome slide in opening and closing events
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement on social media

  ECC Bronze Level Sponsor $500 – $2,499

  • Logo on sign in registration area
  • Logo on conference website
  • Booth space in exhibit hall (30”x6’ table)
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement on social media

ECC Friend:  In-Kind Donation or Other gift

  • In-kind donations
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement on social media


Please make gifts and sponsorships payable to:

UW-Whitewater Foundation Inc.

Fund #1254: Early Childhood Conference


UW-Whitewater Foundation’s EIN number is 39-6081189. 

Mail checks to
UW-Whitewater Foundation Attention:  ECC - Gail Sauter
800 W Main St
Whitewater, WI 53190

For additional conference-specific questions, vendor application and information please contact the UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference Coordinator:

Kristen Linzmeier, Ph.D

UW-W Early Childhood Conference Conference Coordinator

Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education

Winther 4040

800 W. Main Street

Whitewater, WI. 53190


Thank you to the 2020 UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference Sponsors!

ECC Sponsors