A message from AECA President, Gregg Cooper

I am excited to tell you about a new opportunity to connect with colleagues throughout the year!

This year AECA has re-imagined our traditional October face-to-face conference to bring you several one-day mini-conferences on Saturdays throughout the rest of 2020 and 2021. Like most aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has caused us to alter our typical ways of work. However, we know that connecting with our colleagues WHILE we gain new knowledge is the reason, we attend the conference. We know during our conference session how important it is to connect with other people, and although we cannot physically create that, we are hopeful that offering virtual sessions throughout the year gives you a silver lining of an opportunity to catch-up with your friends, make new ones and truly come together as a team of people dedicated to early childhood across the state of Arkansas.

A portion of our time during each event will be used to hear from our members to inform your association’s work now and in the future. We want to hear from you about the new ways we can adapt to support your essential work and professional growth. Other Saturday sessions will include great keynotes and celebrations of programs around Arkansas. We will offer these sessions free to all AECA members who have an active status. Members that register and attend these events live will receive PDR credit.

We are excited to announce that Ole Pete Key will kick off this series of events and we know that his message will inspire us during these uncertain times! Stay tuned to this page for more announcements. We look forward to you joining us in this endeavor! We are so excited, and we want to truly show that, “Teamwork makes the dream work” for the rest of 2020 and beyond! See you soon and stay safe.

Conference Information

In lieu of an in person conference this year, AECA will be sponsoring several one-day mini-conferences on Saturdays throughout the rest of 2020 and 2021. Since they are on Saturday, we hope this allows any member (teachers, directors, staff, consultants, trainers and faculty) to be able to join us. These events will be free of charge to all active AECA members.

Please visit our Membership site to:

· Update your profile with your current email address to get access to all the conference info

· Renew your membership

· Join the Association

You will need to renew or join PRIOR to registering for an event. Arkansas PDR credit will be offered to all active AECA members who register and participate during our live Saturday events.

October Event Information

When: Saturday, October 17 2020 10:00am - 12:30pm
Where: Live on Zoom (links will be shared following registration)
Who: Ole Pete Key
What: The Essentials of Hope

Essential: absolutely necessary, extremely important.
Hope: A feeling of expectation that something good is about to happen.

"It's essential that we help families maintain hope and peace amid the pandemic. Unfortunately, we cannot give our families peace and encouragement if we are not at ease and encouraged ourselves. The Essentials of Hope will provide you with the tools, tips, and techniques to help other people excel."

Ole Pete Key will be presenting "The Essentials of Hope" at our first conference event. His presentation will include a keynote as well as an opportunity for small group discussion online. You can find out more about Pete on his website here: http://www.olepetekeyinc.com/

Conference Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsoring this year's conference, please get in touch via email conference@arkansasearlychildhood.org

If you have any conference questions please email our Conference Chair Lindsey Wilkerson or Program Chair Paul Lazenby at conference@arkansasearlychildhood.org

Questions about conference? Get in touch!

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