Annual Conference 

With all the changes taking place in our world today, things have to be done differently and that includes training and professional development. On Saturday, August 29, OKAEYC is planning a virtual format conference where participants can attend from their homes, offices, or child care facilities. Participants who register for the virtual option will receive access information via email.

*Note: CECPD training hours approved. 

Details regarding session topics and presenters will be shared soon. Be sure to register by Friday, August 14 to get the Early Bird rate and save 50% on your registration fee!!

Conference Schedule:

  • 7:30 am – 8:00 am – Registration
  • 8:15 am – 10:15 am – Session 1 – Bolstering Social-Emotional Education to Build Positive School Culture in Early Learning Settings presented by Dr. Lauren Starnes.

Social-emotional education is not something that is strictly teacher to the child; Rather social-emotional education must also be fostered and promoted amongst adult interactions and throughout all school activities to become a permeating element of a school’s culture.

Dr. Lauren Starnes. Dr. Starnes has a Doctorate in Child Development and a second Doctorate in Educational Leadership; 20 years of experience in the field of early childhood education

Registry number: 261795) 8:15am-10:15am

Target Audience – Preschool Directors, Preschool Teachers, and Staff who work with preschool-aged children

Age groups addressed – Infant, Toddler, Early Preschool, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten

  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Session 2 – Creating Trauma Responsive Environments in Early Childhood presented by Dr. Barbara Sorrels.

An increasing number of children in our culture are experiencing maltreatment and trauma. These unfortunate life experiences have the potential to thwart children from reaching their potential and to profoundly alter their trajectory of development. Neuroscience has given us insight into how we can create early childhood environments and relationships that bring restoration and healing. This workshop will focus on key ingredients and strategies for creating a trauma-responsive early care and education program.

Dr. Barbara Sorrels. Dr. Sorrels has a Doctorate in early education, certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and Education through the Bruce Perry Child Trauma Academy, certification in Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and certification as an expert witness in child development and trauma for Oklahoma courts.

Target Audience:  Child Care ProvidersAge groups addressed – Birth through age five

(Registry number: 261993)  10:30am-12:30pm

  • 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch On Your Own
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Session 3 – It’s as Easy As T.L.C. presented by Sean Buchanan

This session is designed to give solutions to educators as they try to reach young students (and their families) who may be apathetic in their outlook toward education or struggle with discipline issues. It features research-based strategies that will improve student behavior and make clear the role motivation plays in the early childhood education process!

Sean Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan is an author, elementary speaker, national keynote speaker, with 15 years of early childhood experience.

Target Audience – Administrators, Directors, and Teachers

Age groups addressed – Ages 3 – 10

(Registry number: 261813)  1:30pm-3:30pm

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