2023 Annual Childcare Conference
Join us for this no-cost, health & safety focus, in-person training opportunity!
The conference includes 6 hours of DHS (now HHS) credit, training materials, complimentary lunch, and early childhood professional appreciation gift bags!
7:30 am – Registration & continental breakfast
8 am – 10 am – Playground and Sun Safety
10 am – 12:30 pm – Choose from:
- PALS (Physical Activity Learning Skills) modules 1-2: PALS is an “out of the box” training designed to give early care providers a solid knowledge base of best practices for physical activity. PALS addresses physical activity for children from birth through age 5 years. The goal of PALS is to support practice and policy change in ECE programs. PALS combines content learning with facility-level self-assessments, policy development opportunities, resources, and material, to support practice change in ECE programs, leading to healthier, more active children. PALS increases access to daily physical activity in both indoor and outdoor settings. PALS provides activity ideas that have no or very little cost to ECE programs and does not require expensive equipment.
- Back to Sleep Tummy Time: This course is developed by the SIDS Foundation and presents research to understand SIDS and SUID. Risk factors, recommendations for safe sleep, provider’s role in providing a safe sleep environment, and guidance for the importance of tummy time when infants are awake.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch provided – Childcare discussion with community leaders
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Choose from:
- PALS (Physical Activity Learning Skills) modules 3-4: Play and learning in outdoor settings are an integral part of educating young children. Unfortunately each year approximately 200,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for playground-related injuries, and there has been a heightened risk of environmental exposure to children. UV exposure, sunburns, unsafe playground surface temperature, and burn injuries negatively impact a child’s health and well-being. This training developed by the National Program for Playground Safety(NPPS), will highlight playground supervision techniques and sun safety information so that Iowa childcare outdoor spaces can be utilized safely.
- Connected Care: Nurturing & Responsive Relationships Through Supportive Environments: Build school readiness and life skills by creating supportive routines and nurturing environments for children in your care. Early social-emotional development lays a foundation directly impacting school readiness behaviors. In this session, you will be actively engaged in discussion and activities on how building supportive relationships promote executive functioning skills such as self-regulation, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills in children from birth to 5 years old.
Registration is open now
The deadline is April 20th, 2023.
For more information or questions, contact:
- Tasha Beghtol (Director, DHLW Early Childhood Area) at
- Tami Holmes (Program Services Supervisor, CCR&R) at
This event is made available at no cost to early care & education providers in southeast Iowa thanks to local sponsors!
- Child Care Resource & Referral, Children First (Lee/Van Buren Early Childhood)
- DHLW Early Childhood (Des Moines/Henry/Louisa/Washington), Iowa, Jefferson, Keokuk Early Childhood
- Iowa Wesleyan University, Quad County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children