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2019 Early Care and Education Fall Institute
October 4-5, 2019
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Early Care and Education Fall Institute
It Begins with Me


The Iowa Early Care and Education Fall Institute brings together early childhood professionals from across the state for a unique professional development opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with others. Thank you for joining us!


October 5-6, 2018
Pre-Institute Workshops: October 4, 2018


Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center
1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009
Registration Information
Click here to view the 2018 Registration Booklet


Click the links below to view all workshop sessions offered at the 2018 Fall Institute!
*All workshops subject to change


Workshop Highlight Flyers

Over 70 workshop sessions will be offered this year at the Early Care and Education Fall Institute! Our new flyers are designed to showcase just a few of the many specific 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, Instructors

Early Intervention and Special Needs 

Family Child Care Providers

Infant and Toddler Teachers, Caregivers, and Consultants

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Educators

Preschool Teachers

Principals, Program Administrators, Directors


Friday Keynote

Dr. Adolph Brown, III

The Whole Learner Deserves The Whole Educator

Dr. Adolph Brown, III is an American urban and rural school educator, author, research-scientist, businessman, and keynote speaker. He is a teacher at heart, and is admired around the world for his simple and direct “Real Talk,” and powerful, universal and timeless teachings. Dr. Brown is best known for inspiring all who hear him to learn, laugh and lead, while simultaneously reducing implicit bias at every turn. He credits much of his success to the luxury of humble beginnings of being reared by a single parent mother in the inner city housing projects and spending summers in farming country with his grandfather.
      As a Master Teacher, Dr. Brown shines in the classroom and in research. He is in the top 1% of world-class scholar teachers based on peer-reviews, nominations, teaching performance, teaching awards, published evaluations and ratings from American’s best schools, colleges and universities. He is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential thought leaders in America. Although he does not consider himself a motivational speaker, he was selected as one of the top motivational speakers in America. Dr. Adolph Brown is one of the world’s foremost attitude experts, personal development coaches and humorists.

Dr. Brown is the author of acclaimed books, including the international best seller, Two Backpacks. Other best sellers authored by Dr. Brown include Championship Habits and Real Talk. He is also the co-author with his third grade teacher of a children’s book, It’s Gonna Be A Great Day! for youth. His teachings have withstood the test of time with audiences all over the world and he is still extremely passionate and committed to helping others “Learn, Laugh & Lead’ in all walks of life while spreading “Love, Light and Insight” wherever he goes.

Saturday Keynote

Marie Masterson
Making Each Moment Count: Building Your Legacy of Influence

Marie L. Masterson, PhD, is Director of Quality Assessment at McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, where she oversees evaluation for Illinois’ quality rating and improvement system. Marie is an educational consultant to state departments of education, schools, childcare centers, and social service and parenting organizations. She is a national speaker, child behavior expert, researcher, and author of multiple books and articles that address behavior guidance, early care and education, parenting, and high-quality teaching. Marie conducts training on a variety of topics, including behavior guidance, raising responsible children, high-quality family child care practices, program leadership, media influences on children, resilience, and the social-emotional development of infants, toddlers, and young children. She advocates for strength-based practices that foster resilience, especially for children who have experienced trauma and stress. She is a former Fulbright Specialist, professor of early childhood education, and early childhood specialist for the Virginia Department of Education.


Pre-Institute Workshops - Thursday, October 4


A {R}evolutionary Approach to Inclusion - Click here to learn more!
Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education
Exploring the Big Ideas of Early Math - Click here to learn more!
Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education
Business and Financial Fundamentals for Child Care - Click here to learn more!
Sponsored by First Children's Finance
Every Child, Every Day: What is the Planned Language Approach? - Click here to learn more!
Sponsored by the Iowa Head Start Association
The Director’s Toolbox: A Management Series for Early Childhood Administrators, Session One - Click here to learn more!
Sponsored by United Way Women’s Leadership Connection

Cost for The Director's Toolbox: $125.00. This includes training materials for the series. Participants must be willing to commit to the entire series which will take place during FY19.


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.


We thank the 12 early childhood organizations who agreed to partner with Iowa AEYC for this year's Institute and for their on-going efforts on behalf of young children and their families.


Partners - Level One
Partners - Level Two
Thank you to our 2018 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 2018 Early Care and Education Fall Institute.

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