Promoting Early Childhood 2021

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 4/10/2021 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 4/10/2021 12:01 AM
Agency: Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction
Agency Contact: Sherry Kimball
Location: DPI
125 S Webster St, Rm 349
Madison, WI 53704
Facility: GEF 3
4/14/2021 08:45 AM - 03:00 PM Virtual Conference
4/15/2021 08:45 AM - 03:00 PM Virtual Conference

Promoting Early Childhood (PEC) 2021 Virtual Conference **

Relationships, Resilience, Intentionality, and Celebration.   

This school year has presented changes and challenges that we could have never predicted or prepared for, but we are persevering! PEC 2021 will celebrate the lessons learned and adaptations created and implemented to support our youngest learners and their families. These changes will make the world of education a better and more equitable space. The conference will focus on what brought us to the education field - inspiring children, having a front-row seat to watch all students grow, supporting families, and empowering our colleagues. Together, we will explore what early education might look like as we move forward. The future is bright for our students! Let's keep our eyes on the light!

PEC is an early childhood collaborative event sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in partnership with the Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (WECCP).


Who Should Attend? Early childhood leaders from schools, child care, Head Start, home visiting, environmental education and other related programs and services such as: principals, 4K coordinators, special education directors, program support teachers, school board members, child care directors, Head Start directors and coordinators, professional development trainers, community teams, Early Childhood faculty at two- and four-year colleges.

Virtual Conference Platform: Zoom

Conference connection information (links) and instructions will be emailed to registered participants on April 12, 2021. NOTE:  PEC participants' email addresses MUST be included in the registration to receive connection information. 

**Virtual Sessions will be recorded and available for registered participants until May 1, 2021.

Registry Credits: Registry Credits will be avalialbe only for participation during the LIVE event. 

Keynote Presenters:

April 14, 2021: Dana Winters, Ph.D. 

Dana Winters, Ph.D., is the faculty and academic director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, and the co-creator of the Simple Interactions approach to support children, families, and their helpers. She frequently delivers keynote presentations and workshops across states and countries to describe and affirm the essential, relational practices of professionals who serve children, youth, and their families. She has led numerous federal, state, and foundation grants in early childhood education, family engagement, and statewide training and technical assistance. In addition, she studies and advances the legacy of Fred Rogers by directing the Center’s partnerships with educators and communities. Dr. Winters received her Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

April 15, 2021: Amanda Morgan

Amanda Morgan is passionate about bridging the gap between what we know and what we do. Amanda Morgan writes, speaks, and trains on the topic of intentional, whole child development and is the creator of the website, Not Just Cute. For over a decade, she has been sharing resources and presentations that promote conversations in educational communities, so that together, we can improve the quality of early education while also respecting and protecting childhood. Amanda Morgan holds a BA in both elementary and early childhood education and an MS in family and human development. Her past experience includes teaching in public, private, and migrant school settings as well as teaching preschoolers, grade-schoolers, college students, teachers, and parents. In her free time, she can usually be found exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four boys, or procuring copious amounts of chocolate.  

Sample Schedule: 

9:00-11:00     Welcome & Keynote

11:00-11:15   Break

11:15-12:30   Session 

12:30 -1:45    Lunch

1:45-3:00      Session

Breakout Session Topics:

Implemeting a Play-Based Approach Developmentally Appropriate Pracitce
Leadership and Collaboration  Relationship Building (Children and Adults)
Intentional Educational Planning  Equity and Anti-Bias Curriculum 
Family Engagement  And More...

DPI Contact:

  • For questions about the conference, registration and/or needed virtual conference accommodations - contact Sherry W. Kimball,, 608-267-9625

Registration and Payment: Registration Closes on April 10, 2021 (12:01 AM)

Conference Fee: $30.00

Payment Methods: 

  • Possible payment methods are (1) credit card at the time of registration (preferred) and (2) check made out to DPI mailed to the DPI business office (requested to be sent shortly after registering). If you require an invoice before sending a check, please email to request one. Alternatively, you can provide instructions in a notes box during registration or payment.
  • If an attempt to pay with credit card isn't successful for any reason, you may need help from us to "reset" your payment to allow you to try again. 
  • The person registering needs to have a myQuickReg (MQR) account here, at the Wisconsin DPI version of MQR. If you already have used MQR for CESA events but not for DPI events, you do need to create an additional account here. This can be confusing, because the sites look identical but are distinct, with separate calendars and user accounts.

Mailing address for check payment:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Attn: Accounts Receivable

PO Box 7841

Madison, WI 53707-7841