43rd Annual Early Childhood Conference

Friday, August 2, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.                      

Kurt Schwengel

Kurt Schwengel

Conference Theme: Technology in the Early Childhood  
Classroom: One BYTE at a Time

Registration Details

Registration to be available online beginning May 1, 2019. 
Mail-in registration will also be available.                                                                                  

Special Guest: Kurt Schwengel

Kurt Schwengel has been teaching Kindergarten in Santa Monica, CA since 1995, and is also a national presenter for a variety of topics ranging from technology to creative teaching. He is an “NBC Crystal Apple” winner, eHow education expert, Google Certified Teacher and SMUSD “Teacher of the Year”. His TED Talk “Occupy Kindergarten” has reached thousands of teachers across the country.

Schwengel will lead the session, “The Classroom of the Future” in which he will explore the topic of what your classroom and students will look and act like five, 10 and 20 years down the road. Join Schwengel on a journey that will peer into the future of primary education. 

Stef Wade

Stef Wade

Guest Children’s Author: Stef Wade

Stef Wade used to write about cardboard boxes, but thinks writing books is far more exciting.

Wade is the author of A Place for Pluto, a 2018 Barnes & Noble story time pick, 2019 TXLA 2×2 Reading List Book, 2019 UK Summer Reading Challenge book, and a 2019 LITA Golden Duck Notable Picture Book. 

Her newest picture book, Lance Cottonwood is Afraid to Fall, releases from Capstone in 2020.

Workshop Highlights

Workshops will cover all areas of early childhood learning including:

  • STEM
  • Music
  • Technology
  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Spiritual Growth

Other Information

  • This is a Gateways to Opportunity Registry Verified Conference
  • PDHs are available
  • Vendor tables on site
  • Lunch selections will be provided on the registration form


$110 per person ($135 per person if registered after July 9, 2019) 
Special full-time CUC student rate: $25 per person ($35 per person if registered after July 9, 2019)
NEW THIS YEAR! Special full-time non-CUC student rate: $40 per person ($50 per person if registered after July 9, 2019)

Interested in Presenting?

Please download a Presentation Proposal form and follow the submission instructions listed on the form. The 2019 EC Conference committee is especially interested in topics that cover the current trends in literacy, math, science, art and music, as well as developmentally appropriate technology and interactive multimedia tools that enhance your specific content area.

Presentation Proposal Form


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