The Iowa Early Learning Fall Institute brings together early childhood professionals from across the state for a unique professional development opportunity. We invite you to join us as we network, share, and learn together.
Workforce Behind the Workforce
Educators that work in early childhood are the “Workforce Behind the Workforce” making it possible for parents to work. Having ample quality care and education enables workers to work, stay at work, and to be more productive employees.

Early childhood educators are also creating the workforce of tomorrow. Quality learning opportunities for our youngest children have a long lasting impact. Children grow and learn best in a safe environment where they are protected, and nurtured with plenty of opportunities to play and explore.

Early childhood educators support the workforce of today AND they create the workforce of tomorrow.


Dates: October 4-5, 2019 | Pre-Institute Workshops: October 3

Location: Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center

Address: 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, Iowa 50009

Registration Booklet: Click HERE to access our full registration booklet for additional information


Group Check-In

If you would like to check-in as a group with others from your organization at the Fall Institute, please follow these steps:

1. Register all attendees online through Eventbrite first: https://iowaaeycfall.eventbrite.com

2. Click HERE to complete the Group Check-In form

3. Send the completed form to events@iowaaeyc.org by September 23, 2019

Cancellation Policy
If you must cancel, refunds can be made if cancellation notice is received by September 26, 2019 by 5:00 pm. After September 26, 2019 absolutely no refunds can be given and all registered attendees must pay registration fees.

¡Nuevas! New!

New this year we will be offering workshops presented in Spanish at the Iowa Early Learning Fall Institute. These sessions are for the participant that prefers to learn in Spanish. Click here to view a list of workshops that will be offered in Spanish at the 2019 Fall Institute.

Pre-Institute Workshops

Join us for one of the five pre-institute workshop sessions offered at the Early Learning Fall Institute on Thursday, October 3. Take a deeper dive into the topic of your choice for a full day of learning. Six hours of training credit will be available. Click each of the sessions below to learn more!

A) Business & Financial Fundamentals for Center-Based Child Care Programs
Sponsored by First Children’s Finance

B) Engaging All Learners in STEM Learning Experiences
Sponsored by University of Northern Iowa

C) Inspiring Professional Growth: Leadership Strategies to Guide, Motivate, and Engage Early Childhood Educators
Sponsored by United Way of Central Iowa

D) Introduction to Conscious Discipline
Sponsored by the Iowa Head Start Association

E) Trauma-Informed Care and Early Childhood-Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (EC-PBIS)
Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education

Hotel Reservations

Attendees can make hotel reservations at the Prairie Meadows Hotel and receive a discounted rate. Call (515) 957-3000 or book online and use the group code 10032019IAE. Group rates are valid until Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm.
Graduate Credit Option
For full-day Friday and Saturday Attendees
Northwestern College is offering one license renewal credit or one graduate credit to licensed teachers who attend the Fall Institute and complete required follow-up activities. Click here to read the requirements and to register.

Workshop Highlight Flyers

Over 70 workshops will be offered this year at the Early Learning Fall Institute! Our new flyers are designed to showcase just a few of the many workshops that pertain to you based on your job role. There are sessions at the Institute just for YOU! Click the links below to view some of the workshops being offered. Look for a full list of workshops coming soon.

Consultants, Trainers, and Instructors

Early Intervention

Directors, Principals, Program Administrators

Family Child Care Providers

Infant and Toddler Teachers

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Educators

Preschool Teachers




We thank the 14 early childhood organizations that are partnering with Iowa AEYC for this year's Institute and for their on-going efforts on behlaf of young children and their families.
Partners - Level One
Partners - Level Two
2019 Corporate Sponsors
Thank you to the 2019 Corporate Sponsors for their generous support of the Fall Institute. Corporate support provides resources to bring in high quality speakers, networking sessions, and special events to the 2019 Early Learning Fall Institute.
Keynote Speakers
Jason Kotecki - Friday, October 4
Curing Adultitis: Your Prescription for Less Stress and More Success
Adultitis is an epidemic that is coming hard after us every single day. It can infiltrate even the best working environments,  producing stress and instigating burnout. Left unchecked, Adultitis will eat your productivity, teamwork, and morale alive. Surrender need not be an option, however. In this lighthearted but hard-hitting program, Jason will arm your people with the fresh perspective they need to reclaim their passion and create a better harmony between work and home. He provides witty observations, humorous anecdotes, and real-world techniques that will entertain and inspire the audience to live a richer, more balanced life. They’ll learn easy, practical tips for bringing more fun and less stress to the job at hand, contributing to a work environment that’s more enjoyable and engaging for themselves AND those they serve. Adultitis may be a formidable foe, but Jason can help you annihilate it.
Click here to learn more about Jason Kotecki.
Dr. Jane Humphries and Kari Rains - Saturday, October 5
A Fighting Chance: Change Over Time and Care for Oneself
Children today are living and learning to function in many societal circumstances, some more complicated than others. Due to this, the ‘baggage’ these children carry typically is dumped in the middle of the early childhood classroom. Early childhood providers can either reel from this changing landscape of society and ignore the impacts on young children and their families or continue to seek out information, resources and activities that support their classrooms—and their own mental health. It is our belief and experience that early childhood professionals largely impact the trajectory of these children’s lives but they, too, must take care of themselves. It is the purpose of this presentation to assist participants with skills and supports that strengthen not only themselves but the relationships that they have when working with the young children and their families as they care for them each day.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Jane Humphries and Kari Rains.

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