Conference Information

General Information

You are invited to join the nation’s top educational leaders and presenters in early childhood education at our 37th Annual Southern California Conference for Pre-K, TK, Kindergarten, and First Grade educators. This is an amazing professional learning experience for all early childhood educators, including both the experienced and the novice teacher. Nationally recognized presenters, such as Kim Adsit, Mary Amoson, Christina DeCarbo, Kristian and Michelle Klebofski, Katie Knight, Jackie Kops, Shannon McCartney, Cheryl Smith Turner, Hilary Statum, and more promise to bring you 2 days of motivating and exciting research-based, cutting-edge tips, tricks and strategies that you can implement in your classroom tomorrow!
 

Who Should Attend?

The Annual Conference is intended for Pre-K, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, Early Childhood, ESL, Bilingual, Head Start, Child Care Teachers and Administrators interested in the education of young children.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Get tips, tricks, and best practices from the nation’s top-notch educational leaders, presenters, and consultants.
  • Choose from over 70 content-rich sessions that focus on teaching the standards in all areas, including reading, writing, math, science, technology, and much more!
  • Learn strategies to teach with rigor, relevance, and relationships.
  • Discover ways to motivate, engage, and prompt students to learn and achieve.
  • Get the most current research-based and brain-based teaching methodologies.
  • Gather ideas to incorporate play, inquiry, critical thinking, collaboration, and foster all domains of development: physical, emotional, social, and intellectual.
  • Enjoy tons of fun and motivational ideas that will encourage you to return to the classroom with a multitude of ideas that you can implement immediately.  
  • Develop strategies to identify and differentiate instruction for your at-risk and struggling students.
  • Explore the exhibits for the most current teacher tools, manipulatives, professional books, children’s books, computer hardware and software, science products, music products, art supplies, literacy products, learning games, and more!
  • Leave the conference with a renewed sense of why you love teaching and working with children.

What is the Annual Conference?

Through lectures, workshops, discussions, demonstrations and exhibits, the conference aim is to present exemplary practices and materials to the early childhood education community while fostering a critical examination of a wide range of philosophical viewpoints. This conference is produced by the Southern California Kindergarten Conference, Inc.

The Annual Conference consists of a Pre-Conference Workshop and a multi-day conference with exhibitors.  Participants will enjoy tons of fun and motivation that will encourage you to return to the classroom with a multitude of ideas that you can implement immediately. Choose from over 70 sessions that focus on Common Core State Standards, Differentiated Instruction, Classroom Management, Music and Movement, Art, Assessment, ELD/Bilingual Education, Language Arts, Math, Science, Parent Education, Physical Education, Special Education/Inclusion, Technology, Social Studies, and Transitional Kindergarten. Shop in the exhibits for manipulatives, professional books, children’s books, computer hardware and software, science products, music products, art supplies, literacy products, learning games, and more! Stroll through the Children’s art exhibit to gather ideas for art in your classroom, including paintings, collages, drawings, prints, class quilts, and murals! Most importantly, you can expect to leave the conference with a renewed sense of why you love teaching and working with children.
 

When and Where is the Conference?

The 37th Annual Conference will be on January 26-27, 2024 at the Pasadena Convention Center - 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA. 91101.
 

Hotel and Travel Information

Come stay with us in Pasadena. Make your reservations with the hotel directly:
 
Hotel Dena Pasadena (formerly the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel) 
303 Cordova Street, Pasadena CA  91101 (626) 469-8100 or go here

 

Conference Attendance Certificate

Participants who attend the Pre-Conference Seminar on Friday, January 26th from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will receive a Continuing Professional Education certificate for 5 hours and 30 minutes.  Each Participant who attends the Annual Conference on Friday, January 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. will receive a certificate for 10 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit.
 

Host/Hostess

Each year, Hosts and Hostesses are needed to greet attendees, collect session tickets, assist with attendee seating, and offer help and assistance to presenters. Hosts and Hostesses will have their total conference registration refunded; however, they must be willing to work both days of the conference (January 26-27, 2024). Hosts and Hostesses will be selected on a first come, first-serve basis. As a Host and Hostess, every attempt will be made to assign you your first-choice session. However, if selected, your session schedule may be altered to fit the needs of the conference. Please do not volunteer if this will become a problem. Note: Participants requesting to be a host or hostess must submit registration payment which will be refunded after host or hostess has completed the assigned duties. Check the appropriate box on the registration form if you are interested in being a Host/Hostess.
 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, January 25, 2024

2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Early Registration
 

Friday, January 26, 2024
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.- Registration for Pre-Conference
8:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.- Pre-Conference Morning Session
11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.- Lunch on your Own
12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.- Pre-Conference Afternoon Session
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.- Exhibits/Children’s Art
2:00 p.m.- Registration for the 37th Annual Conference
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.- Host/Hostess Orientation
4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.- Workshop A
5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.- Break/Exhibits/Door Prizes announced
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.- Workshop B

Saturday, January 27, 2024
8:00 a.m.- Registration and Exhibits open
8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.- Workshop C
9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.- Break/Exhibits/Door Prizes announced
10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.- Workshop D
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.- Lunch on your own/Exhibits
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.- Workshop E
2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.- Break/Exhibits/Door Prizes announced
2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.- Workshop F
4:00 p.m.- Exhibits Close

 

Pre-Conference Format

The Pre-Conference is held on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with time for lunch. The Pre-Conference provides an intensive day-long learning experience especially tailored to each individual grade level. Attend the Pre-Conference Seminar as a stand-alone course or as a complement to the 37th Annual Conference.
 

Conference Format

The 37th Annual Conference is held on Friday, January 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will hear major speakers, visit exhibits, attend six workshop sessions, and have time for lunch (lunch is not provided).
 

Conference Attendance Certificate

Participants who attend the Pre-Conference Seminar on Friday, January 26th from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will receive a Continuing Professional Education certificate for 5 hours and 30 minutes.  Each Participant who attends the Annual Conference on Friday, January 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. will receive a certificate for 10 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit.

Confirmation Letters will be emailed.  Keep your confirmation as proof of registration.
 

Handouts

Each attendee will have exclusive online access to all of the handouts for every session at the conference—a great source of quality tools, resources, and lesson ideas for you and your classroom. Download your handouts prior to the conference onto the device (smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) that you'll be bringing to the conference. or print your handouts and bring them with you. Handouts will not be provided at the event.
 
Payment Policies
Registrations must be sent with a credit card, check or money order.  Purchase orders are not accepted. If you send a Purchase Order, we will save a spot for the attendee, however, the Purchase Order must be paid prior to the attendee’s attendance. No unpaid registrants will be allowed to attend the conference.
 

Refund Policies
NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If your registration is accepted but you are unable to attend, you may send a friend or colleague in your place. There are no refunds for no-shows.
NOTE: In the event the Conference is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, registration fees will be refunded, minus a $20 administrative fee.


 The Southern California Kindergarten Conference Payment and Refund Policies Can be found here.
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