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VIP Admission: $149

Regular Admission: $99

Presenter VIP: $50

Conference Basics

Susan Dotson will be our Keynote Presenter.

“Out of the Ashes” and “Outside Play Inside Your Budget”


The conference is being held at AmericInn at Chamberlain. Call the hotel at 605-234-0985. Mention Family Child Care Professionals to reserve your $120, 2 queen bed room with free breakfast. Online reservations will not give you this rate.

We will have an ice cream social Friday Night after our 7 PM session. We will serve lunch and an afternoon refreshment on Saturday.

VIP Admissions will receive a wonderful 5 PM Friday Evening Banquet, a $20 gift card to use at the vendor tables, $15 gift card for the Silent Auction, a free professional book of your choice and a ticket for a Gift Basket drawing.

8 hours of classroom training will be credited to those who attend the entire conference.

Presenter and Class Information

Susan Dotson - Keynote Speaker

Class Title: Out of the Ashes

What would you do if your life was changed without notice due to a tragedy? A journey out of the ashes.

Allegra Fink - 4/5s Preschool Teacher/OST Coordinator

Class Title: Interactive Fun

Fun activities for children that are adaptive from Preschool to school age that explore science in a fun way.

Kami Bartels - Training Specialist with Child and Family Resource Network

Class Title: Emotion Motion

Learn how to teach children to be more aware of their bodies' response to stress and ways to help them calm themselves down. Attendees will have an opportunity to make and take an emotional calming glitter bottle. Understanding how to help children self-regulate while building their resiliency and gaining an understanding of mindfulness practices.

Sarah Roberts - Early Childhood Extension Educator with Nebraska Extension

Class Title: Learning Through the Wonders of Nature

Are you a "nature nerd" or do you feel disconnected from the outdoors? Either way, there is always room to discover more about the wonders of nature. Join in to explore ways of using nature with children both in and out of the classroom. Discover ways to boost your own curiosity and sense of adventure in the great outdoors.

Janessa Bixel - Executive Director with SDAEYC

Class Title: Super Fun Motor Activities

Get inspired to keep busy with motor development activities. This class will explore ways to keep minds and bodies engaged and having fun. Dress comfortably, be prepared to be active, and come ready to sink yourselves into some hands-on fun!

Class Title: Child Development and Behaviors of Young Children

This session will address the importance of understanding child development and help you to gain an understanding of age-appropriate guidance and how to pick up on the behaviors and cues exhibited in young children.

Darbi Hunt - Birth to Five Project Manager with Black Hills Special Services Cooperative CFS Division

Class Title: Early Literacy Launch

Strong literacy skills are essential for children’s success in school and beyond. In this session you will learn evidence-based strategies that prepare children for literacy instruction and help launch them towards proficiency. We will discuss how to weave language and literacy into the day in ways that fit your setting and children’s needs and interests. Intended for providers working with children from birth to kindergarten entry.

Wonder Conference Schedule            
FRIDAY    September 29, 2023        
5:00–7:00    Vendor Set-Up        
6:30 PM    Registration        
7:00 PM    Panel Discussion and Ice Cream Social        
SATURDAY    September 30, 2023        
7:00    Registration        
7:30    FCCPSD Annual Meeting        
8:00–9:30    Out of the Ashes by Susan Dotson        
9:30–10:00    Vendor Break        
10:00–11:30    Super Fun Motor Activities or Emotion Motion        
11:30–12:00    Lunch        
12:00–12:30    Vendor Break        
12:30–2:00    Learning Through the Wonders of Nature or Early Literacy Launch        
2:00–2:30    Vendor Break and Refreshments        
2:30    Vendor Breakdown        
2:30–4:00    Interactive Fun or Child Development and the Behaviors of Young Children        
4:00–4:30    Silent Auction        
4:30–5:30    Outside Play Inside Your Budget by Susan Dotson

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