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March 9-10th, 2018 | St. Paul RiverCentre

Join your friends and colleagues at this premier conference for early childhood and afterschool professionals, as we Create Connections and Cultivate Communities.

Our theme is multi-faceted, much like the work we do. MnAEYC-MnSACA is committed to keeping equity at the center, and we can and should work together to create connections and cultivate community, so we can tackle this ever changing landscape together for the betterment of children and families and for the health of the fields.

Our organization was created to build a community between the early childhood and school-age care fields. This collaboration is unique across the country and will serve us well now more than ever with increasing partnerships in new programs like voluntary pre-k, in new requirements around quality rating and improvement systems and professional development, and in what it means to be in these professions.

Our annual state conference is your annual opportunity to connect, lead and engage alongside colleagues from many sectors of early childhood and afterschool work in Minnesota. This year we have an excellent selection of workshops to choose from that reflect our dedication to supporting professionals and enhancing the quality of programs for children, youth, and their families. We encourage you to be open; to be vulnerable; to ask questions; to challenge your own assumptions; to bring your stories.

On Friday, we welcome Dr. Artika Tyner, Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, University of St. Thomas. As a passionate educator, author, and advocate for justice, Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. Her keynote address will provide participants with the motivation and inspiration needed to advance social change. Drawing upon her scholarly research and professional experience, Dr. Tyner offers practical guidance for attendees to embrace their unique leadership qualities, foster their leadership development, and make a difference in the world.

 On Saturday we welcome Sasha Aslanian, veteran journalist and creator of the Young Reporters project for MPR News. She will play clips of what happened when she gave microphones to young people and invited them to tell stories that mattered to them. This keynote will examine why such intimate stories move us so profoundly and help us appreciate our common humanity. 

In addition to these keynote sessions, we’ve filled each day with more than 70 timely, educational, and thought-provoking workshops designed just for you. We’ve listened to your feedback for more networking opportunities and new this year are Table Talk Sessions, where you can engage informally with your fellow colleagues on a topic of interest. 

You are guaranteed to leave with a number of new ideas you can implement in your program immediately, plus an expanded circle of peers and insights to help you grow professionally now and into the future.

We look forward to seeing each of you at the RiverCentre!

Kathleen O’Donnell, Executive Director, MnAEYC-MnSACA 



Conference Highlights

  • Choose from more than 70 workshops. Each workshop is designed to develop your skills, provide you with new tools and information, and make connections to the experiences you’ve had.
  • Attend two inspiring keynote sessions. On Friday, we welcome Dr. Artika Tyner, Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, University of St. Thomas. As a passionate educator, author, and advocate for justice, Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. Her keynote address will provide participants with the motivation and inspiration needed to advance social change. 
  •  On Saturday we welcome Sasha Aslanian, veteran journalist and creator of the Young Reporters project for MPR News. She will play clips of what happened when she gave microphones to young people and invited them to tell stories that mattered to them. This keynote will examine why such intimate stories move us so profoundly and help us appreciate our common humanity. 
  • Network with your peers and share what you’ve learned and make new connections for future collaboration.
  • Earn up to 14.5 in-service hours.
  • Connect with community resources and vendors who provide products and services ideally suited to early childhood and school-age care professionals.


Conference Fees

Entrance to the conference will not be permitted until payment is received. For more information on payment deadlines, visit our payment policy page here

Late Registration (after February 9) will include a $35 late fee. 

 

Member Rates

Nonmember Rates

 Student Rates
 Full Conference (both days) $195 $250 $175
After Dec. 1 $230  $285  $205
 Friday Only  $135 $170 $100
 After Dec. 1 $150  $185 $120
Saturday Only  $135  $170 $100
After Dec. 1 $150 $185  $120


Early Bird rates are available until December 1.

Regular Registration Rates are available until February 9. Registrations processed after February 9 will be charged a $35 late fee.

Breakfast, lunch, and a snack are included in the conference fee. 

Due to PCI Compliance, please do NOT provide any credit card information via email. Pay by registering online, phone, or fax only.


 

WAYS TO SAVE!

Join MnAEYC and/or MnSACA Today
As a member of MnAEYC and/or MnSACA, you receive a discount on registration to all of our professional development offerings, including the Annual State Conference. Visit our website today to see all the great benefits you can expect and join other professionals in the field who are already members. www.mnaeyc-mnsaca.org/membership

Already a Member?
The best deal you can get as a member is to attend both days of the conference and register before the early bird deadline on December 1, 2017.

Come as a Group 
If you register 8 or more people, you get an additional $10 off each participant’s fee. You’ll need to register using this form. Deadline to register as a group is Friday, December 29.

>>>Register Now!



Scholarships are Available

Scholarships are being offered to allow individuals to attend the 2018 MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference on March 9-10, 2018. These scholarships provide individuals in the fields of early childhood and school-age care a professional development opportunity where they will learn and network and grow in their profession. 

Convince Your Boss

We want you to join us in St. Paul, but we know that the cost of attending and traveling to a conference can be prohibitive. We also know that attending MnAEYC-MnSACA’s Annual State Conference is one of the best ways to stay-up-to-date on the latest policy, research, and best practices that will enable you to best serve children and youth, their families, and their communities.

We encourage you to ask your supervisor to assist with the cost of attending. Please feel free to use the this letter template to help you have this important conversation of supporting your continuous professional growth and development. 

>>>More information on Scholarships and Application Form



Please join us by Sponsoring and Exhibiting at our Annual State Conference

Deadline to register as an exhibitor or sponsor is Friday, December 15.

We are proud to offer a premier conference for professionals working with children and youth. It brings together nearly 1,000 leaders from across Minnesota providing care and education in a variety of early childhood and afterschool settings. 

This conference is the foremost place to network with new and existing buyers, unveil new merchandise and services, and showcase your top sellers. The MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference will offer you the optimal sales opportunity for summer programs, as well as to fill the year-round needs of professionals who work with early childhood and school-age children.

We also have a number of sponsorship opportunities that offer a beneficial collaboration for companies and organizations seeking a more encompassing alliance with MnAEYC-MnSACA and its members.

 

Sponsorship & Visibility

Exhibitor & Advertiser Opportunities

 Year-round Annual Sponsorship

 


 

Keynote Speakers

On Friday, we welcome Dr. Artika Tyner, Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, University of St. Thomas. As a passionate educator, author, and advocate for justice, Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. Her keynote address will provide participants with the motivation and inspiration needed to advance social change. Drawing upon her scholarly research and professional experience, Dr. Tyner offers practical guidance for attendees to embrace their unique leadership qualities, foster their leadership development, and make a difference in the world.

On Saturday we welcome Sasha Aslanian, veteran journalist and creator of the Young Reporters project for MPR News. She will play clips of what happened when she gave microphones to young people and invited them to tell stories that mattered to them. This keynote will examine why such intimate stories move us so profoundly and help us appreciate our common humanity. 


>>>More information on Keynote Sessions and Speaker Bios



Annual Awards Nominations

Each year at the MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference individuals and organizations are recognized for their contributions to early care and education and school-age care fields.

This recognition is an important way for our professional organizations to highlight the important work of individuals and organizations and to encourage involvement by all of our members.

We look forward to hearing from you about the work of individuals or organizations in our field who you consider worthy of recognition.

>>>More information on Awards and Nomination Form

 

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