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It‘s Back: Early Learning Conference Helps Teachers Excel

Training to Help Teachers Create Robust Early Learning Structures

Early Learning: At the Heart of It All

Dr. Carla Bryant and Dr. Annie White will be the keynote speakers at this year’s Early Learning Institute. The conference for early learning and care professionals will take place June 16 and 17 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West.

Children are born ready to learn. It’s estimated that 90% of a child’s brain development occurs in the first five years of life, and their experiences from birth through kindergarten set the foundation for future development. Quality training for early learning and care professionals is important because it supports teachers as they provide positive interactions, create developmentally appropriate learning activities, and provide rich learning environments that help stimulate healthy brain growth.

After a hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is announcing the return of its annual Early Learning Institute this June. The in-person conference offers high-quality professional learning for both new and experienced early learning educators.

Titled “Early Learning: At the Heart of it All,” the conference will be held on Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. Participants will receive a certificate verifying six hours of professional learning for each day they attend.

Conference Details

Keynote speakers will be:

  • Friday: Dr. Carla Bryant
    Executive Director for the Center for District and Educational Innovation in Early Education
  • Saturday: Dr. Annie White
    Assistant Professor at CSU Channel Islands and President of the Board of Directors of SALSA (Supporting the Advancement of Learning Stories in America)

Breakout sessions will address these topics and more:

  • Teaching Children After the Pandemic
  • Leading with Heart and Hussle
  • Equity at the Heart of Flexible Learning Environments
  • Math Development Through Routines and Play
  • Inclusive Approaches With an Equity Lens
  • Joyful Literacy
  • Beyond Behavior Management
  • Building Language and Literacy in Infants and Toddlers
  • Sing, Read, and Play with Early Math
  • The Art of Collaboration
  • Building Parental Resilience
  • Environment As a Teacher
  • Creative Expression

Who Should Attend

The conference is open to child care teachers; family child care home providers; TK, Pre-K, and kindergarten teachers; Family Friend and Neighbor (FFN) providers; expanded learning staff; administrators; higher-education professors; college students; and others who support the learning and development of young children.

Conference Registration

Educators may attend one or both days of the conference. The cost is $25 per day (includes parking, buffet breakfast, and lunch). Participants will also receive two delightful children’s books.

Registration costs may be paid by debit, credit, check, or purchase order. For additional information or assistance with registration, email