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Building Communities

Where Children & Families Thrive

Join us September 29th & 30th in Sheridan, Wyoming for our fall symposium.   This year’s symposium will focus on closing the gap between what we know and what we do in early childhood so that every child can succeed.

Image this: The year is 2026 and another school year has begun.  Mrs. Spielman has introduced herself to her new students and they are getting to know one another.  47% of her class qualify for free or reduced lunch yet each child is a proficient or above reader and has arrived ready to learn.  As we imagine this scenario, what conditions and supports exist in the community to make this outcome possible?

The symposium will highlight what is working in our communities and why.  We’ll hear from practitioners who are making a difference and we’ll have plenty of time for you to develop your own knowledge and connections with others.  Registration fee is $55 and includes lunch on both days.  Professional development credit will be available.  

 Specifically, we’ll work to further the following goals:

     Increase awareness about the importance of early childhood and explore ways to develop family-friendly policies at work and in our community

    Provide an opportunity for parents, grandparents and childcare providers of infants and young children to enhance their knowledge and skills

•    Increase connections, relationships and supports to families with young children - especially those who are at risk of experiencing toxic stress

    Explore ways to increase economic opportunities for women— especially those who are single parents

    Develop strategies that will enhance the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies from pre-birth and beyond

Special thanks to the Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott Foundation, the Kibbe Foundation, the John P. Ellbogen Foundation, University of Wyoming and Wyoming Kids First for their help in making this event possible.