Continuing Education

UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference

Save the date: April 3 - 4, 2020. More details available in December.

Call for 2020 proposals now open.  Please click here to submit a proposal.

2019 Letter - Dear Early Childhood Educators,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 41st annual UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference!  I have been involved in the conference for several years and like so many early childhood educators, I feel like this is a special time for us to gather, share, and grow together.  This year, I am excited to serve in the role of coordinator and am beyond grateful to Robin Fox and the other coordinators who served before me to make this conference what it is today.

As you check out the conference website you will notice an amazing line up of speakers and topics, along with some exciting changes that we hope add to this conference experience.  On Friday, there will be a full-day tier three registry workshop presented by Dr. Robin Fox. David Stokes will be featured on Friday and Saturday, including sessions for both children and adults.  Gemini will also be returning and sharing their musical gifts throughout the conference.  And if that isn’t enough, Barbara Joosse, author of over 50 children’s books, will be signing books and presenting on Saturday.

We are also excited to announce that we will kick-off the conference on Saturday with Keynote Speaker Ann Terrell, 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.  That’s just a sneak peak of some of the AMAZING presenters who will be with us 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).  Thank you for all that you do for children and families and for “Leading the Way”!  I can’t wait to see you in April and I’m honored to be a part of this amazing conference.

Warm Regards,

Kristen Linzmeier

Kristen Linzmeier, Conference Coordinator


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



Register Online Opens in January!

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.

Pre-Conference will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020 and Conference will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Early Bird Fees (Register by February 20, 2020)

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: 2019 - $75; 2020 TBA
  • Conference: 2019 - $100; 2020 TBA
  • Attending Both Pre-Conference and Conference: 2019 - $150; 2020 TBA

Standard Price Fees (Register between February 21 and March 23, 2020):

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: 2019 - $100; 2020 TBA
  • Conference: 2019 - $115; 2020 TBA
  • Attending Both Pre-Conference and Conference: 2019 - $200; 2020 TBA
Late Price Fees (Register on or after March 24, 2020):
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: 2019 - $115; 2020 TBA
  • Conference: 2019 - $125; 2020 TBA
  • Attending Both Pre-Conference and Conference: 2019 - $225; 2020 TBA
Friday Parking Pass: $5 Friday/Saturday Boxed Lunch: 2019 - $12; 2020 TBA
T-Shirt: 2019 - $18.46 -$20.57; 2020 TBA Critiquing & Evaluating Materials: 2019 - $15; 2020 TBA
Handouts on USB Flash Drive: 2019 -$10.55; 2020 TBA Books: 2019 - $7.33 - $26.32; 2020 TBA

Fee Includes
  • Your badge will 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 your choice of two half day or a full day session.
  • Conference will be held on Saturday.  Fee 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 Pre-Conference and Saturday, 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 and Saturday lunch will be a box lunch featuring (2019) a roast beef, turkey or vegetarian sandwich served on Ciabatta bread with chips, cookies, whole fruit and water, or a Greek chicken salad served with granola bar and water (2020 TBA). We strongly encourage participants to purchase a box lunch. Although there are restaurants in the University Center, there is limited space and lines may be long. The box lunches will be served outside the Hamilton Room in the University Center.  Pre-purchased meal ticket will be in your badge; no sales will be at the door.
  • 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.
  • (2019)T-shirts fee includes one long sleeve t-shirt (2020 TBA).  Pick up t-shirt from headquarters during the conference.
  • Handouts on USB flash drive includes one USB flash drive with all conference handouts.  Pick up your handouts drive from headquarters during the conference.


Pre-Conference Lunch: Included in price.  More details soon.

Conference Lunch: We strongly encourage participants to pre-purchase a box lunch in thier 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 box lunches will be served in University Center outside the Hamilton Room from 11:45-1:00p.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 Winther on Friday Pre-Conference and in University Center on Saturday Conference.  Headquarters will be open from 7:30 a.m-10:00a.m. on Friday in Winther and from 7:00a.m.-5:00p.m. on Saturday in the University Center.  You may also call 262-472-3165 if you have any questions.

Check In

Check in will take place at the Conference Headquarters (Friday TBA 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 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 $5 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
Use promo code "EVENT" to get 15% discount on all guest rooms, early arrival of noon, and an early breakfast of 7:00 a.m.  Two-night minimum stay.  Available Thursday to Sunday nights.  Book direct online here or call 262-473-1900.

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

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

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.

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 in December.  The program will include all available sessions, descriptions and times.  *The schedule is subject to change.

ECC Schedule Available Here in January

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 (available in January).

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.

Author informtion available soon!

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 outside the Hamilton Room for signing of books purchased at the conference while supplies last.  You can  make your purchase through the conference registration.  Books are non-refundable.  TBA is be signing after the Keynote at 9:30 a.m.; TBA will be signing after her 11:00 a.m. presentation and during the lunch hour.

Purchase Books Opens in January!

Book pre-orders accepted until noon 4/1/20.  Select books will be available for purchase at the conference.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Friday, April 3, 2020 

Full Day Session (8:30 - 3:30 p.m.)

Presenters informtion available soon!

Half Day Sessions

8:30 - 11:30 p.m.

Presenters informtion available soon!

12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Presenters informtion available soon!

Conference Workshop: Saturday, April 4, 2020


Five - one hour sessions

Presenters informtion available soon!

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.