USI welcomes early childhood educators


The 23rd Annual Early Childhood Education Conference will be held Saturday, October 26, on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana.

The Early Childhood Education Conference is a valuable resource for the region, providing cutting-edge professional development and personal growth opportunities to those who most influence the lives of children—parents, teachers, early childhood program administrators and owners, interventionists, and others involved in caring for and educating young children.

“The primary focus of the conference is on how we, the adults in the lives of young children, can make the most of the period between birth and age eight,” said Dr. Jane Meyer, USI associate professor of education. “The early years are the learning years, after all.”

This year’s conference features a keynote address by Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo, an educator who has worked extensively with special needs children and whose classroom was recognized as a Conscious Discipline model classroom. Developed by Dr. Becky Bailey, an international expert in child developmental psychology, Conscious Discipline is a method which aims to develop discipline within children, rather than subjecting them to it.

In addition to the address, 25 workshops facilitated by early childhood education experts and faculty from USI, Indiana University, Ivy Tech, and Henderson Community College will cover topics such as science for infant and toddlers and preschoolers, new children’s books, kindergarten readiness, early literacy, project work, and many others.

Registration and workshops will take place in the Education Center. The keynote address will be held in Forum I in the Wright Administration Building.

The conference is co-sponsored by the USI Teacher Education Department and the Evansville Area Early Childhood Association, a chapter of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children.

Online registration is available at Call Meyer at 812/465-7044 for more information.