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2024 Conference—Early Learning: At the Heart of it All

Panel Highlights Importance of Diverse Voices Through Children's Books

SCOE Early Learning: At the Heart of It All

Registration is open for the annual SCOE Early Learning conference—“Early Learning: At the Heart of It All.” A conference highlight will be a keynote panel of children’s book authors with diverse voices, aligned with the Sacramento County READS literacy initiative.

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 in providing positive interactions, creating developmentally appropriate learning activities, and providing rich learning environments that help stimulate healthy brain growth.

Recognizing the important need for educator training, the Early Learning Department at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is announcing that registration is open for its annual conference—“Early Learning: At the Heart of It All.” The event is scheduled for April 20, 2024.

The conference will offer valuable insights and resources for educators and providers working with children aged 0–5, including Expanded Learning staff. More than 30 sessions will be offered, covering a range of topics, including:

  • Early Literacy
  • Creating High-Quality Environments
  • Playful Learning Strategies
  • Tools for Multilingual Learners
  • Supporting the Workforce
  • Inclusive Practices

Aligned with the Sacramento County READS literacy initiative, a conference highlight will be a keynote panel of children’s book authors with diverse voices. Panel members will share their personal journeys to becoming published authors and talk about the inspiration behind their stories. The discussion will be moderated by Leticia Ordaz, an Emmy-winning news anchor, author, and publisher.

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; college students; and all who support the learning and development of young children.

Details and Registration

The conference will be held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West on April 20, 2024 (8 a.m. to 4 pm.). The cost is $25, which includes breakfast, lunch, parking, and two children’s books. Attendees will also receive the NAEYC book “Serious Fun: How Guided Play Extends Children’s Learning.”

For additional information or assistance with registration, email earlylearning@scoe.net.