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Promoting Early Childhood (PEC) 2020

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March 3-5, 2020 

Green Bay, WI 



Call for Presenters for the 2020 Promoting Early Childhood Conference (PEC)!

Proposals are now being accepted for breakout sessions for Promoting Early Childhood (PEC) 2020. This year, our focus will continue to build upon leadership, equity, the comprehensive and vital role of play, and how play integrates into all areas of "requirements" for programs and systems.Sessions should be designed to be highly interactive and reflective, demonstrating learning tools or techniques which participants can immediately implement within the context of their professional roles. We are particularly interested in breakout sessions that focus on (but not limited to):

Authentic Assessment


Intentional Educational Planning

Family Engagement

Data Collection/Use

Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Relationship Building (Adults and Children)

Equity and Anti-Bias Curriculum

"Academics" in the Early Years

Implementing a Play-Based Approach


Deadline for proposal submission is November 13, 2019. Please note, this conference is in partnership with the WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI), proposals selling merchandise will not be accepted.

PEC 2019 

The 2019 Preserving Early Childhood Conference and Jolyn Beeman Memorial Lecture Series is an Early Childhood Collaborative Event sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The theme Developmentally Appropriate Learning: Play is the Way!, will examine the critical role that play has in supporting child outcomes, setting the foundation for success throughout the school years, and, the role and expertise that early childhood educators have in supporting and nurturing play.


Dr. Rachel White

Featuring Dr. Rachel White as Key Note Presenter on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. 

Dr. Rachel White is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. As director of the Hamilton Child Development Lab, her research focuses on the growth of cognitive and socioemotional skills from the preschool years through adolescence. She is particularly interested in the ways in which play and other imaginative strategies, like perspective taking, can help children build self-control, social understanding, and creativity. She received her Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She then completed further training as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. White’s work has appeared in prominent academic journals such as Child Development, Developmental Science, Emotion, and the Journal of Educational Psychology, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Parents Magazine, and Psychology Today. Dr. White has been an advisor to Sesame Workshop, PBS KIDS, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, and schools across the country.

Dr. White's presentation will touch upon the current state of play in our care and educational environments development, the body of evidence supporting play as the venue for educating all young children, and components for effectively implementing play across environments and systems.


 Conference Program





Pre-Conference All-Day Sessions

Play and Wonder in Nature: Agenda  

Julie Jarvis and Ruth Ann Lee, Wisconsin Green Schools Network

Spend the day exploring how outdoor play and nature-based learning enriches the whole child, as well as your teaching experience. Come dressed for the weather as we venture outdoors to explore ways to adapt lessons to incorporate play-based learning and strengthen our own connection to nature. Participants will become certified to use Growing Up Wild from Project Wild and Getting Little Feet Wet from Project Wet and receive activity guides as well as inspiration to take play-based learning outside!

*Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison, WI

Child-Initiated Learning: Exploration and Implementation: Agenda 

Presentation PowerPoint

Small Group Guidance

Restaurant Map  

Spend a day with colleagues learning more about the Reggio Emilia approach and child-led learning. Participants will learn from others using the Reggio Emilia approach and spend a portion of their day at The Wonder of Learning the Hundred Languages of Children. Participants will engage in shared learning opportunities (both in small and larger groups) and explore how child-initiated learning can be used in their educational environments. The afternoon will be facilitated by professionals utilizing and knowledgeable about child-initiated and play-based learning, including Dr. Rachel White.

For questions about the conference please contact Jennie Mauer at or 608-261-2137


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