What: Illinois AEYC Growing Futures 2016 Conference

When: September 22-24, 2016

Where: Prairie Capitol Convention Center, Springfield, IL

NOTE: We have been notified of a street closure on 7th & Washington the Friday (23rd) & Saturday (24th) of your event. Therefore the only entrance into the Parking Garage (at the Abraham Lincoln and PCCC will be thru the hotel entrance off of Adams. The exit will still be available on Washington St, just not the entrance.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN: On-line registration is open and early bird rates are in effect until July 31, 2016.  Register today @   http://growingfutures2016.eventbee.com

Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children Member Only Soirée

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Where: The Globe Tavern @ President Abraham Lincoln Hotel

Join your Illinois AEYC colleagues for fellowship and light refreshments. Appetizers and light beverages will be provided. Please bring proof of active membership. Personnel will be available to process new and renewal memberships.  Door prizes at 6:30!!

Conference Session Schedule 9-12-16.pdf

Prospectus- This includes the exhibit application, sponsorship application and advertisement application.

Session Handouts:


The Calm Preschool Classroom: Interactions, Relationships and Expectations- Thursday 3:00-415pm- Presenter Paula Burrs

Burris-Concepts to Teach Preschoolers.docx

Burris-What to say in the Art Center.docx

Burris-What to say in the Reading Center.docx

Burris- What to say in Dramatic Play.docx

Burris-The Calm Preschool Classroom.ppt


Make + Play= Learn Handout.docx- Friday 1:00-2:15pm- Presenter Joyce Hemphill

Thank you to the 2016 Exhibitors (click on their name to directly link to their website).

Illinois Early Learning Project

Gateways to Opportunity

ChildCare Careers

St. Louis District Dairy Council

Kaplan Early Learning Company

Smart Starters/Discovery Kids Puterbugs

Discount School Supply

Illinois StarNET

Teaching Strategies

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

St. Ambrose University Early Childhood Education

Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children

ExceleRate Illinois

Illinois Resource Center Early Childhood

Technology Center for Teaching and Learning

FrogStreet Press, Inc.

Harrison and Company

Cat's in the Cradle Books (Barefoot Books)

Childcraft-School Specialty

Kodo Kids

2016 Conference Sponsors

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