(Illinois AEYC Growing Futures Conference

October 13-15, 2022

IN PERSON at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Springfield, IL


Sessions at a Glance 8/26/22

Prospectus 9/20/22


Thursday Morning Keynote Session: Dan Gartrell

Beyond Discipline to Guidance

 Let’s face it, to “discipline a child” is to punish.  We all know we shouldn’t punish children, but when there are classroom conflicts, what do we do instead?  Guidance is leading children to solve their problems rather than punishing them for having problems they cannot solve.   Dr. Dan’s experience as a Head Start teacher and in-classroom coach over 40 years has resulted in many articles and six books on the topic of guidance in early childhood, and in over 300 speaking and training events. With anecdotes, friendly humor, and a video clip or two, Dr. Dan reinforces concepts, practices, and key vocabulary that guide the shift from conventional discipline to guidance.   Guidance makes the early learning community a more encouraging place for all, children and adults. Dan discusses the importance of guidance in assisting children to become healthy individuals and productive citizens—helping our world make it to the 22nd Century!

Thursday Featured Sessions- Dr. Antionette Taylor(2020 Keynote Presenter)

Thursday: Equity, Ethics, and Education …This IS A Movement

Who better to move the field of education towards a more equitable and ethical system of high-quality teaching and learning than the Early Childhood Education and Care Community? All children, educators, and families have the right to equitable opportunities that will help them achieve their full potential. This interactive and thought-provoking session will lead to practical, sustainable, and evidenced based solutions to advancing equity in Early Care and Education.

Thursday: MTSS, DAP and EBP… From Acronyms to Action

Developmentally Appropriate Practice is the hallmark of Early Care and Education. Evidenced Based Practices are the foundation of Early Care and Education both should be embedded in all throughout the early care learning environment. Multi-Tiered System of Supports is the framework that integrates Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Evidenced Based Practices. This interactive session will provide definitions, techniques, and strategies for participants to take back to their districts and programs that promote continuity of care and consistency of practices for all.

Friday Morning Exhibit Hall Opening Activity-
Carole Stephens

Saturday Children’s Champion Luncheon

Exhibitors (Thursday and Friday)
College of Education, Illinois State University
Discount School Supply
Early Childhood Professional Learning
ILT Education

Kaplan Early Learning Company

Lakeshore Learning Materials
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership (Leadership Connections)

Moore Well-Being

The Book Vine
Watch Me Grow and More

Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Illinois Division for Early Childhood
IDEC Sharing A Vision

University of Illinois Chicago & Urbana-Champaign
Illinois AEYC
Illinois Early Learning
Southwestern Illinois College
Gateways to Opportunity  
Dukes Designs & Creations

American College of Education
Northern Illinois University, School of Family and Consumer Sciences  
Roxy and Lola, LLC
Western Illinois University  
Pyramid Model Consortium
Macaroni Soup with Miss Carole  

Scholastic Education Solutions

Lodging Info: A block of rooms has been reserved until Monday, September 30, 2022 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center.  Attendees are responsible for making their own reservation by calling 1.217.529.7777. Be sure to mention you are attending the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children block or refer to the group code P9L to receive the special conference rate of:

$109+tax          2 Queen Beds 

$109+tax          King Bed

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state & local taxes in effect at the time of check in.


Conference refunds will not be given after October 1, 2022, any changes (include transferred) must be done by October 10, 2022.



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