Workshops & Presenters

Kristin Peterson - Keynote

Advocating for play, speaker, podcaster and founding director of Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool 

I'm not getting them ready for Kindergarten

Let's challenge society's favorite phrase, "ready for kindergarten". Children deserve childhood and when we rush from one stage and are always pushing through to the next, we miss the stage the children are currently in. Learn to embrace childhood in the age the child is in NOW. Get them ready for kindergarten by not getting them ready for kindergarten.


Robyn Kelton   

M.A., is a Quality Training Specialist for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership                      

Put it in Writing: Creating and Improving Family Handbooks

A number of the challenges family child care providers face can be mitigated or eliminated by having clear policies in writing. An effective family handbook can set expectations, clarify relationships, reduce frustration, and help bridge communication between providers and families, but writing and organizing effective policies for a handbook can be challenging. Using the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) as a guide, this session will help providers create a more efficient and effective family handbook.


Beth Reeder 

Make a Difference Train and Consultation/Wichita Collegiate School - 3 & 4 year old teacher

From Yuck to Yum

Persons attending will gain the benefits of kids cooking and food experiences in the classroom. The participants will gain helpful knowledge of things that they can do in their classroom, center set up, recipes etc…Please note that there will not be any encouragement or knowledge of the use of  hot plates or any heating device and unsafe utensils (sharp knives/cutting utensils) will not be part of this training, only the safest use of basic or encouraging students to experiment with food with adult supervision.


Amy Nelson

Emotional Milestones - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist

Im the Boss Applesauce – 3 Steps for setting Limits

This workshop will provide you with a simple and effective 3-step process for setting limits with preschool students. No more reasoning, explaining, lecturing, or bribing! Say goodbye to power struggles and hello to a systematic and developmentally appropriate approach that will help you enforce limits and boundaries while still maintaining a positive relationship with the children in your classroom


Kiara Ohle

LCSW, LSCSW, Registered Play Therapist and Certified Yoga Instructor

Adults can Play! 

Research in neurobiology has shown the benefits of being in a play-state. Often play is associated with child development, however, this neurobiology applies to developmental milestones of all ages. When we reach within ourselves, our support systems, and our communities we find an innate ability to move towards healing. When this innate ability is coupled with play, a powerful force is unlocked making room for wonder, creativity, learning and joy.  In this workshop participants will learn about adult play styles, and find creative ways to connect and play with children to facilitate learning. 


Beth Reeder

Make a Difference Train and Consultation/Wichita Collegiate School - 3 & 4 year old teacher

Big Body Play – Why are they doing this?

So many early childhood professionals must balance Big Body Play and Safety. Why do they NEED to do set ups and allow Big Body play? How can we encourage Big Body Play in a safe way? We will discuss the advantages to Big Body Play in an Early Childhood setting.  Setting up a plan with rules.


Julia Bardsley

Family Child Care Provider - Consultant

Proving the Power of Play to Parents  

The benefits of play-based learning have been well researched and documented by professionals who study the development of children in the early childhood years. Child care providers are in a unique position to take that evidence and translate it into palatable information for parents so that they may better understand how their child develops and how the provider is assisting in that development by providing the opportunity for play experiences. In this workshop, participants will develop an understanding of how play benefits the development of children, and they will explore avenues of communicating those benefits to the families of the children in their care.

2020 Annual Conference