The Arkansas Early Childhood Association held our 60th conference at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock October 12-15, 2022.

The conference offered preconference sessions on Wednesday, October 12 while offering regular sessions Thursday-Saturday. The conference also had special tracks for Leadership, Advocacy, Infant Mental Health and Family Child Care.

Our keynote speaker for Thursday, October 13th was Coy Bowles! He sent a special message to AECA below.

You can read more about Coy in his bio here and visit his website here.


Connecting to Your Calling
Coy took us on a journey to connect back to our calling! Utilizing information and experience gathered from his 15+ years as a touring musician and advocate for early education, literacy and teacher appreciation, Coy dove deep into why and what we do this all for. The keynote provided a unique perspective and solutions for staying connected to yourself, those around you, and your classroom.

Our keynote speaker for Friday, October 14th was Dr. Bridget Hamre!

Bridget is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Teachstone, developer of the CLASS tool.

You can find out more about Bridget here.

The Power of Interactions to Transform Lives

The last few years have demonstrated just how important interactions among teachers and children are to ensuring each child has the supports they need to thrive. Decades of research demonstrate the value of these interactions and educators across the country have proven how to use CLASS as a tool to continuously improve interactions by supporting each educator on their own learning journey. In this presentation Dr. Hamre shared new research on teacher-child interactions and provided practical strategies for making the most of each interaction in the classroom to enhance young children’s development and learning.

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