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Register now for annual Early Childhood Conference


Registration is now open for the Hawaii Island Early Childhood Conference, scheduled for Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Dr. Susan B. Neuman, a professor with the University of Michigan and a researcher on projects that work to change the odds for children, is the conference’s keynote speaker. Her presentation, entitled “Changing the Odds for Children at Risk – Lessons from Successful Programs,” will mirror the conference theme of “Building on Strengths: A Paradigm Shift to Support Success for All Keiki.”

The conference is open to all professionals in the early childhood education arena, as well as anyone who works with young children and parents.

Conference workshops include: Kamalama: A Values Based parenting program, Creating Supportive Environments Panel, Developing Communication Skills Naturally: Research to Practice, Beyond Discipline: Teaching Life Skills in Early Education Classrooms, Music for All (Orff Schulwerk Experience) and WIRED! Using Digital Photography for Assessment.

Cost to attend the conference:
* $35 for the Friday evening, April 8, session with Neuman (includes light buffet)
* $45 for the 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, workshops (includes continental breakfast and buffet luncheon)

A special conference room rate is being offered by the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. To download a registration form visit:

For more information on the conference, contact Angela Thomas at 887-1228 or email Thomas at or Gail Judd at

This fourth annual conference is being sponsored by Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families, an initiative created by individuals and organizations committed to helping all keiki on Hawaii Island to be healthy, happy and to thrive by supporting families, strengthening practitioners and engaging communities.

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