By Robannie Evans
Special to the Express
Winters Parent Nursery School is partnering with eight other regional parent participation preschools, members of the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (CCPPNS), to host the 73rd annual CCPPNS 2022 Early Childhood Convention on Saturday, March 5 at the Hotel Winters in Winters.
This hybrid event will be held both in-person and virtually to provide an opportunity for attendees from across the state to attend and engage with each other and the featured speakers. The theme for this year’s convention is Play to Grow: Engaging in Acts of Care. The convention committee felt that after the stresses and challenges of the past two years it was time to consider “care” of self and family.
“Both parents and educators have really been through an experience like never before. We wanted to make sure that we brought forth ideas and topics that were both relatable and of value to everyone attending,” said Crystal Apilado, convention chair.
The featured keynote speaker is Amanda Morgan, a writer, speaker and consultant on the topic of intentional, whole child development and creator of the blog, “Not Just Cute” (https://notjustcute.com/). Morgan holds a Bachelor’s degree in both elementary and early childhood education and a Masters degree in family and human development. Her past experience includes teaching in public, private, and migrant school settings as well as teaching preschoolers, grade-schoolers, college students, teachers, and parents.
Morgan’s talk will focus on intentional interactions with children both at home and in the classroom. Research has consistently shown that the key factor separating high-quality early education from the rest is the type of interactions in the classroom and at home. Morgan will discuss why this is true and outline the simple tools for unlocking powerful interactions with children.
Additionally, Morgan will also be featured at one of the breakout sessions on teaching with intention. This applies to educators and parents alike who are looking to provide fun and meaningful play experiences with the notion that simple, focused actions are more important than fancy toys and Pinterest projects.
The 2022 Convention agenda includes three breakout sessions, featuring guest speakers presenting on a variety of early childhood topics, vendor booths, and professional networking opportunities.
Tickets are now available for both the in-person and virtual attendee experience at bit.ly/2022ccppns. The Convention committee is offering special Early Bird Pricing now through Feb. 5. Attendees can use codes “earlyinperson” or “earlyvirtual” depending on which ticket they would like to purchase.
Two networking mixer events are planned for in-person attendees. The first is scheduled for Friday, March 4 at Green River Brewing & Taproom in Winters, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The second is a networking mixer on Saturday, March 5 at 5 p.m. (following the Convention event) at Winters Parent Nursery School. Tickets for both mixers are available on the Registration page.
Whether you are a teacher, director, parent or caregiver of young children, the CCPPNS 2022 Convention promises a wealth of valuable professional development and enrichment opportunities.
For more information, pricing, and registration, please visit https://ccppns.org/.