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Thank You for a Wonderful Conference!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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There were many memorable moments from the 2020 MnAEYC-MnSACA Winter Leadership Institute and Annual State Conference. View a full album of photos from the event here, and check out some of our favorite highlights below.

Inaugural Winter Leadership Institute

A winter version of our popular Summer Leadership Institute has been a vision of ours for several years. We were pleased the weather cooperated this year and we welcomed 90 current and aspiring early childhood and afterschool leaders attended our first ever Winter Leadership Institute as a pre-event to Annual State Conference.

Congratulations to Award Recipients


One of our favorite things to do all year is present our annual awards at conference. This year we celebrated 5 professionals in early childhood and afterschool, including our newest Emerging Leader Award. Congratulations to the following:


Sheng Xiong - MnAEYC-MnSACA Emerging Leader Award
Cindy Croft - MnAEYC Distinguished Service Award
Monika Helmen - MnSACA Award of Excellence
Cory Woosley - MnAEYC Evelyn House Award
Marty Elmquist - MnSACA Yvonne Schneider Award


Learn more about the awards and recipients by clicking the recipient names above, and please join us in congratulating these outstanding individuals on Facebook!


Lieutenant Governor, Peggy Flanagan, Surprises Attendees


We were thrilled to have Lt. Governor, Peggy Flanagan, join us during lunch on Friday to talk about her personal commitment to the field, as well as that of the current administration. She said, "I stand here as someone who is here because of folks who work in early childhood and who have a tremendous passion for the work that they do everyday. Early on in our administration, we made it very clear that when it comes to policymaking and leadership at the state level that children and families must come first." We appreciate her strong advocacy for children, families and the workforce.


Booth Bingo Winners


Thank you to everyone who participated in our Sponsor Booth Bingo. We are pleased to announce that 2 winners were chosen to receive a complimentary registration to the 2021 Annual State Conference! Congratulations to Chezronda Floyd from Nativity Early Learning, and Emma Krajna from Red Wing Kids Junction.


Mingle with MnAEYC-MnSACA


We had a wonderful time at our Mingle with MnAEYC-MnSACA event Friday evening at The Liffey in St. Paul. We met new people, had great conversations, enjoyed appetizers, and gave away two memberships!

2019 Recap Video


On Saturday we held our annual meeting, and were able to share all of the work we accomplished as an organization last year thanks to your participation and support. Check out the video on our Facebook page. We look forward to a wonderful 2020!


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