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Annual Early Childhood Conference

Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning & Development

  • two guys working with materials

    Exploring different approaches to working with materials

    Pre-Conference Session: REGGIO - Connecting Ideas and Building Relationships through Materials in Preschool

  • creative hands on

    Getting creative during hands-on session

    Pre-Conference Session: REGGIO - Connecting Ideas and Building Relationships through Materials in Preschool

  • bus tour departure

    All aboard! Bus tour prepares to depart.

    Bus Tour to Reggio-Inspired ETSU Child Care Program

  • exhibitor spaces

    Opportunities abound for making connections.

    Non-Profit exhibitors at Fireside Foyer

  • building structures with pipe cleaners

    Teamwork helps with problem solving.

    Session: Building Strong Brains: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • learning through song

    Using creativity in the classroom.

    Session: Investigating the Exciting World of Young Creative Thinkers: Inspiring, Nurturing, and Valuing the Process

  • marty silvers

    Ranger Marty Silvers on observing nature.

    Session: Nature Nearby

  • hands on learning

    Science prompts language exploration.

    Session: Science and Language: A Natural Fit

  • Learning by doing

    Developing language and literacy by studying mealworms.

    Session: Science and Language: A Natural Fit

  • Cheryl Turner

    Cheryl Turner discusses the principles of self-regulation.

    Session: Power of Self-Regulation: Helping Children Manage Emotions, Impulses and Behavior

  • Jennifer Daniels

    Jennifer Daniels demonstrates music for literacy development.

    Session: Songwriting IS Writing/Literacy Skills Workshop

  • Dean Aloia

    Dean Aloia addressing conference attendees.

    Influential Voices in Early Childhood Education

  • conference volunteers

    Volunteers staff registration tables.

    Community and the power of its impact

  • Lise Fox session

    Dr. Lise Fox discusses social emotional development.

    Professionals who touch the lives of children

  • Jennifer Daniels

    Jennifer Daniels presents a popular session.

    Session: Songwriting IS Writing/Literacy Skills Workshop

  • Doctoral students examine research poster.

    Research and Innovation improve understanding


ETSU Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning would like to thank all of the attendees, exhibitors, and the presenters who participated in the 57th Annual Early Childhood Conference at Meadowview Conference Center.

We hope to see you again in July 12-14, 2018!!!


“It was interactive, fun, and engaging! I learned a LOT!”

“I learned that there is no limit to materials children can use.”

“Real life video examples were very useful and helpful to our discussions!”

“I loved the positive influence games have in the classroom. For a long time I thought having children wait turns was not positive for young children. Thank You!!!”

“I enjoyed having more space for sessions!”

“This conference is a great resource for new ideas and current research. It is a great way to recharge my energy for teaching!”

“Excellent! Loved it EACH DAY!”

“I liked that the exhibitors were all in one location!”

“Good variety of products for sale!”

“Lunch was smooth and delicious!”

“Facilities were beautiful and exceptional!”

“Self-Check Registration was SUPERB!!! Easy, Fast, Smooth!!!

“My first conference, and I LOVED it!”

“Gained lots of information! A+!!!”

“I met SO many people! Great networking conference!”

“Every aspect of the conference was well executed.”

“Knowledge is power!!!”

“This is my favorite conference to attend. This year was exceptional. Can’t wait to see what is offered next year – Date is already on my calendar!!!”

“I was given the opportunity to attend. I am so happy I signed up!!! I really enjoyed the sessions.” 


Handouts are available on the Presenter's Page.


Brady Rymer photo




Let's Get This Party Started with Songs from Brady Rymer!

Friday Opening
8:30 - 9:15



Meadowview Marriott Conference Resort & Conference Center
1901 Meadowview Parkway
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

Visit Meadowview Website



Special Highlights

Friday Bus Tour: For a small fee, have an educational ride in a new, luxurious motor coach Friday morning to two Reggio-inspired ETSU child care programs tours, and be back in time for complimentary lunch and afternoon sessions. Numbers are limited! Please register here.

Research Poster Session: Beginning this year, we have a research poster session presented by faculty and graduate students at the East Tennessee State University.

Exhibitors: We have a variety of exhibitors in the Exhibitor Hall with music, books, classroom materials, early childhood themed clothing, and technology for all early childhood classrooms.

Scholastic Bookfair: Back again this year! Participants in previous years had very positive comments about the selection of books and appreciated the opportunity shop the wide variety of titles, authors, and age groups. 


For additional information contact: 


Sonia Yoshizawa, Conference Coordinator
ETSU Center of Excellence in
Early Childhood Learning and Development



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