Dear Conference Registrants and Supporters,

We regret to inform you that the CocoKids Early Learning Conference scheduled for April 25, 2020 at Diablo Valley College (DVC) has been CANCELLED.

In accordance with the California Department of Public Health guidelines for events with 50 or more occupancy, DVC has cancelled all such events at the College through April as a preventative measure to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. Paid registration fees will be refunded in full.

We remain committed to the health and safety of our child care community. Stay safe and healthy.

26th Annual Early Learning Conference

April 25, 2020, Pleasant Hill

About the 26th Annual Early Learning Conference

This year’s theme is Moments with Purpose: The Beauty of Play.
Our workshops will focus on hands-on interactive activities of all kinds.

Keynote Speaker

Eric Nelson Co-Founder & Director of Consulting and Professional Development, Child Educational Center Founder, The Outdoor Classroom Project

Keynote Presentation:

Game Changer: The Transformational Power of Natural Outdoor Classrooms

This introduction to the Outdoor Classroom approach to early childhood education will focus on how it transforms the experience of children, teachers and programs overall.  The results are joyful learning, harmonious interactions and a relaxed and inspired teaching environment.

Children’s Lab School

Guided Tour

The tour at the lab school will include a display called “Playing With Science” focused on experiential activities.

The purpose of a lab school is to provide an enriched and supportive learning environment for children, parents and DVC students. The school is viewed as a community of learners in which children are seen as curious, competent and capable of constructing knowledge. The curriculum and environmental settings are designed to reflect the developmental needs and interests of each child and the unique cultures of the individuals within the school. The learning activities and materials that are offered are concrete, real and meaningful to the lives of children.

Clases en Español!

Registra ahora para un dia entera de clases en Espanol. 

Primer Sesión:
 El Juego Como Intervención para Comportamientos Dificiles

Segundo Sesión:
Amor Propio a Traves de Autorretratos

Tercer Sesión:
Una Introducción a las Modificaciones Curriculares

El presentacion de el orador prinicipal, Eric Nelson,  al comienzo de la conferencia tambein va ofrecer traducción simultánea al Español.

Our Presenters

Juan Huerta Villicana

Professor of Early Childhood Education

Diablo Valley College

Emily Hippert

Expressive Art Facilitator

Sarah Sun

Regional Coordinator

PITC, Partners for Quality, Center for Child & Family Studies, WestEd

Bernadette Pilar Zermeno

Program Coordinator



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