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Promoting Early Childhood (PEC) 2021

Virtual Conference & WDEC Above and Beyond Awards

April 14 & 15, 2021

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WDEC Above and Beyond Awards



Registration is OPEN!

PEC 2021

Conference Focus:

Relationships, Resilience, Intentionality and Celebration


This school year has presented changes and challenges that we could have never predicted or prepared for, but we are persevering! PEC 2021 will celebrate the lessons learned and adaptations created and implemented to support our youngest learners and their families. These changes will make the world of education a better and more equitable space. The conference will focus on what brought us to the education field - inspiring children, having a front-row seat to watch all students grow, supporting families, and empowering our colleagues. Together, we will explore what early education might look like as we move forward. The future is bright for our students! Let's keep our eyes on the light!


Featured Speakers

Dana Winters, Ph.D

Dana Winters

Dana Winters, Ph. D., is the faculty and academic director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, and the co-creator of the Simple Interactions approach to support children, families, and their helpers. She frequently delivers keynote presentations and workshops across states and countries to describe and affirm the essential, relational practices of professionals who serve children, youth, and their families. She has led numerous federal, state, and foundation grants in early childhood education, family engagement, and statewide training and technical assistance. In addition, she studies and advances the legacy of Fred Rogers by directing the Center’s partnerships with educators and communities. Dr. Winters received her Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh.


Amanda Morgan


Amanda Morgan

Passionate about bridging the gap between what we know and what we do. Amanda Morgan writes, speaks, and trains on the topic of intentional, whole child development and is the creator of the website, Not Just Cute. For over a decade, she has been sharing resources and presentations that promote conversations in educational communities, so that together, we can improve the quality of early education while also respecting and protecting childhood. Amanda Morgan holds a BA in both elementary and early childhood education and an MS in family and human development. Her past experience includes teaching in public, private, and migrant school settings as well as teaching preschoolers, grade-schoolers, college students, teachers, and parents. In her free time, she can usually be found exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four boys, or procuring copious amounts of chocolate.

 Session Topics

Nature-Based Learning 
Implementing a Play-Based Approach
Leadership and Collaboration
Intentional Educational Planning
Family Engagement
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Relationship Building (Children and Adults)
Equity and Anti-Bias Curriculum

And more!

Sample Schedule

9:00-11:00 Welcome & Keynote
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:30 Session
12:30 -1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:00 Session
(Full Schedule will be posted after February 26)

Conference Registration Information:


Conference Dates: April 14 & 15, 2021 (Virtual Sessions will be recorded and available for registered participants until May 1, 2021.)
Cost: $30
Registration Closes: April 9, 2021 
Conference or Registration Questions: Contact Sherry W. Kimball, 608-267-9625


WI Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Excpetional Children (WDEC) Above and Beyond Award: Nomination Form 


Do you know an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Teacher, ECSE Team, or individual that goes above and beyond in the field of early childhood special education? If so, take five minutes to nominate that person or team for an WDEC Above and Beyond Award. Nominations will accepted through March 8th, 2021. Award winners will be celebrated at this year's Promoting Early Childhood (PEC) conference. Questions about WDEC and the Above and Beyond Awards can be directed to Jen Kalis, WDEC President. 


For questions about this information, contact Sherry Kimball (608) 267-9625