Largest Early Childhood Conference in SD!!

The SDAEYC/SDHSA Conferece is fast approaching.  With amazing keynote speakers, workshop presenters, exhibitors and more planned for this year’s conference, it is a can’t miss event!  Check out our conference program and visit our website to register. 

2011 SDAEYC/SDHSA Conference Program


It’s an ECE Stampeeeed!!

Usually when you visit Fargo, ND, the only stampede you’ll have to worry about is that of the NDSU Bison.  From Oct 13-15, however,  600+ Head Start parents, staff and administrators converged upon the city to learn, network and grow at the Region VIII Head Start Conference. 

Day one was filled with encouragement, music and education.  North Dakota’s entire congressional delegation joined the group for the opening presentation.  Senators Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad and Representative Earl Pomeroy took time out of their busy schedules to support the work of Region VIII, more specifically, North Dakota’s Head Start programs.  It was a very impressive sight to see.  Here is a little bit from Senator Dorgan.  I apologize for the poor quality.

Jana Stanfield

After a short break, we were entertained by the music and message of Jana Stanfield.  Jana is an award-winning recording artist, speaker, humorist and songwriter.  He music has been described as “Heavy MeNtal” or “psychotherapy you can dance to.”  She had the audience dancing, singing and smiling for much of her presentation, but she also shared many positive messages with us.  My favorite went along with her song, “I’m not lost, I’m exploring.”  If we see ourselves as explorers we won’t be expected to have all the answers.  Her recommendations:

  • Be open to learning new things. 
  • Let yourself have a beginners mind
  • Turn grief into growth

“We cannot do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good we can do.”
                                                                                                                    – Jana Stanfield –

Day 1 workshop information soon to come!!