Building Strong Foundations for the Future
Barbara Kaiser - Expert and Author on Challenging Behaviors - three books for teachers: the bestselling Meeting the Challenge, Challenging Behavior in Young Children (now in its 3rd edition), and Challenging Behavior in Elementary and Middle School
Kevin Carnes - Lakeshore Learning, President of Educational Division - Advocate for Quality Early Childhood Education, Founding member of World Forum and Quality Early Education Foundation, Promotes the importance of Technology Use in Early Childhood Education Classrooms, Instrumental in the Outdoor Classroom movement.
Kim Ratz - Speaker, Trainer & Troubadour - an expert in Communication & Relationship Skills (Communication, Teamwork, Customer Service, and Leadership)
About our Conference
For 17 years the South Dakota Head Start Association and South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children have been partnering to bring professional development to South Dakota's early childhood education professionals. Our conference is held in April of each year and always features an array of nationally renowned keynote speakers, great workshops, networking opportunities and fun!
The South Dakota Head Start Association (SDHSA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting the work of Head Start programs and their partners through education, advocacy, training and networking for quality early childhood education and services to families. They strive to be a positive voice, powerful advocate and promoter of quality programs for children, families, and communities in South Dakota.
The South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children (SDAEYC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to creating a quality system for early childhood education through collaboration and partnerships, leadership and professional development. They serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children while fostering the growth, development, and collaboration of the professionals who care for, and educate, our young children.