The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is focused on delivering quality training and coaching to the more than 350 child care providers across our network. This is particularly important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the development of a child’s brain blossoms and grows at a very rapid rate in the early years of life. Research shows more than 85 percent of a child’s brain develops during the first five years. This is one of the leading reasons that we host our annual early learning conference in northern Pasco County each year in October.
Our conference began in 2008 with about 100 teachers and parents. I am proud to share that this year, as we celebrate our 11th anniversary, we expect more than 800 teachers and parents to participate in the conference, which takes place at Bishop McLaughlin High School on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
So, why is it critically important for us to plan and deliver such a great event for so many educators and parents? We focus our sessions on high quality, high impact topics and provide our participants with tools to help children learn and grow. This year we’re Navigating the Cs of Early Learning with highly engaging and in-demand sessions for our participants. The Cs focus on: Communication, Cooperation, Confrontation, Character, Curriculum, Challenging Behaviors and Compliance. We have dozens of experts and many presenters who have become favorites among participants over the years. We also have a keynote each year and this year, we’re honored to have Kevin Carnes, President of Lakeshore Learning Materials.
The conference also provides unique opportunities for teachers to network and share best practices with one another. Our vendor exhibit hall affords participants the opportunity to meet and greet throughout the day with our partners.
Our primary focus continues to be preparing and supporting our early childhood educators so they can make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families. We believe that teachers and parents deserve the best training we can offer so children benefit and develop a love for learning in their early years. We hope you’ll join us for what’s expected to be an awesome event!