Early childhood conference focuses on social-emotional learning

“Resilience & The Power of Relationships” is the theme of an early childhood conference that will be held in Juneau’s Centennial Hall Friday and Saturday. Registration is still open.

The annual event, sponsored by the Association for the Education of Young Children, Southeast Alaska, will focus on the social and emotional development of children primarily under the age of 8.

Guest speakers from out of town and Juneau will present on promoting peace in the classroom, childhood trauma, sexuality and safety in the classroom, autism, and the Adverse Childhood Experiences study.

About 200 people are expected to participate in the two-day conference. It’s geared toward early childhood educators, educators in the school district, social service providers, parents and others who work with young children.

“So many kids experience trauma, so this would be valuable for anyone who works with that population,” said AEYC’s Katey Blagden, who helped organize the conference.

Blagden said one of the conference goals is to pass on skills that allow children to thrive in challenging environments.

Other conference issues and topics include high-risk students, preschoolers, baby basics, foster care and self-care for caregivers.

The conference goes from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Registration cost varies. Find out more at www.aeyc-conference.org.

There will be a free presentation on the Adverse Childhood Experiences study at Centennial Hall from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday.

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