Symposium

A signature event of the Collaboration, each February our annual Symposium provides an arena for more than 300 educators, caregivers, parents, and anyone who works with young children to gain knowledge, perspective and practical skills in promoting positive learning experiences. Designed to be interactive and to promote networking amongst attendees, the Symposium includes a keynote address by a noted authority on the Symposium's theme and offers a wide range of workshops. Participants will walk away with many hands-on activities and ideas to use immediately with the children in your classes and homes.

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The Collaboration for Early Childhood's

Annual Symposium

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Symposium 2017

Here and Now: Respecting Childhood

14th Annual Symposium
Workshops, schedule and more are here.

7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Julian Middle School
416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park
The Collaboration for Early Childhood is delighted to present its 14th annual Symposium, an annual conference for parents, educators, caregivers, and anyone who works with young children to gain knowledge, perspective, practical skills, and tools.

The keynote speaker is Luis Hernandez, an Early Childhood Education Specialist with Western Kentucky University.

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WorkItOut

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities: Navigating the Tough Stuff

13th Annual Symposium
February 27, 2016

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View Holly Elissa Bruno's inspiring keynote speech.
The Collaboration for Early Childhood is delighted to present its 13th annual Symposium. This gathering provides an opportunity for parents, educators, caregivers and anyone who works with young children to gain knowledge, perspective, practical skills and tools for supporting all young children.
KidsDancing

The Dance of Diversity: Meeting the Unique Needs of Every Child

12th Annual Symposium
February 21, 2015

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Read Wednesday Journal article.
Diversity is much more than a discussion of race and ethnicity. It includes everything from special needs, learning styles, family structures and so much more.

PLAY is FUNdamental: Empowering Young Children Through Active Exploration

11th Annual Symposium
February 22, 2014

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Realizing that play is not always about the end product, activities focused on the process of play and on getting all involved in play: parents, teachers, caregivers, providers and children.
Teacher3Kids

Community: Building Relationships in Early Childhood

10th Annual Symposium
February 23, 2013

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Nurturing all types of relationships (among staff, among children, among families and more) is an important step in building a foundation for success of young children and their families.

Wild About Wellness: Growing Healthy Children in Mind, Body and Spirit

9th Annual Symposium
February 25, 2012

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This theme underscores the importance of building our children's capacity to learn how to live and grow mentally, physically, and emotionally as they incorporate a spirit of wellness by making wise choices with food, physical and mental fitness, and lifestyles.

We Can Work It Out: Promoting Social-Emotional Competence in Young Children

8th Annual Symposium
February 26, 2011

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The ability to develop positive relationships with others, identify, express and manage emotions, and develop a positive self-concept, enables children to learn and experience success in school and in life.