Join Iowa AEYC and our partners as we embrace and celebrate the early childhood education profession!
September 22-23, 2017  
Pre-Institute Workshops: September 21
Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center
1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009
Register before September 1st to receive the early bird discount!

Click the registration links below:

View Fall Institute program

(Note: The Fall Institute program is 68 pages and may take a few minutes to load.)


Workshop Sessions

Click the links below to view all workshop sessions offered at the 2017 Fall Institute!
*All workshops subject to change


Hotel Reservations

Attendees can make hotel reservations at the Prairie Meadows Hotel and receive a special discounted rate. Click the link below to book and use the room block code 09212017IAA. Or call 515-957-3000 to make a reservation over the phone. Group rates are valid until Monday, August 28 at 5:00 pm.

Workshop Highlight Flyers

Over 80 workshops 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 may pertain to you based on your job role.
Whether you are a family child care provider, teacher of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, primary grades, or children with special needs, a principal, center director, consultant or trainer…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 and Special Needs
Family Child Care Providers
Infant and Toddler Teachers, Caregivers, and Consultants
Kindergarten-2nd Grade Educators
Preschool Teachers
Program Administrators, Directors, and Principals
Saturday Keynote Speaker: Cate Heroman

Keynote Address 

Making and Tinkering
in Early Childhood: It’s Serious Play!‚Äč

Cate Heroman is passionate about helping young children become successful learner and socially competent. She is an early childhood consultant with 40 years in the field as a teacher, Louisiana state early childhood administrator, trainer, keynote speaker, corporate vice president and author. She has authored numerous early childhood publications including The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, Teaching Strategies GOLD®, Coaching to Fidelity, Building Your Baby's Brain, Helping Children Rebound, and more. She is especially interested in the maker education movement and is author NAEYC’s most recent publication called Making and Tinkering with STEM: Solving Design Challenges with Young Children. Cate previously served on the NAEYC Consulting Editor Panel and has been guest author for blogs on their website. She is currently volunteering as Board Education Chair and Vice Chair of Knock Knock Children’s Museum, an emerging museum for children birth to age eight in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Additional Featured Speakers:

Rhian Evans Allvin     Gigi Schweikert               Chip Donohue            

   Kimberly Robson         Ted Bovey                          Ron Roybal      


Pre-Institute Workshops - Thursday, September 21

The Power of Peers: Using peer-mediated strategies and embedded routines within routines to foster and support children’s social-emotional development.
Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education

Child Care Grant and Proposal Writing
Sponsored by First Children’s Finance

Shaping Healthy Children with Nature Explore and Farm to Early Care
Sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa AEYC Farm to Early Care Program

Winning Ways to Becoming a Better Supervisor
Sponsored by United Way of Central Iowa

Coming to Our Senses: Applying Sensory Processing Knowledge to Your Everyday Practice
Sponsored by Iowa Head Start Association


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