Monday, September 14, 2020
Register for the 2020 Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference
Hello Nebraska AEYC members!

I hope you will be able to join us at the Thriving Children, Families, and Communities virtual conference on September 14, 2020.
Register by September 4, 2020 to reserve your spot!

Best,
Tracy Gordon
Nebraska AEYC, Executive Director
Register now to join us Monday, September 14, for the third annual Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference. This year's exciting online format* of virtual learning, sharing, and planning will bring together community leaders from across Nebraska to focus on high-quality early childhood education and its connection to economic development and community vitality.

Date & Times
Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference ( virtual )
Monday, September 14, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Communities for Kids Convening ( virtual )
Monday, September 14, 2020
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Now, more than ever, the critical role high-quality early care and education plays in a community's ability to remain healthy is evident. This year's conference is in response to statewide calls for assistance and offers an opportunity to share success stories, learn from each other, and highlight action plans for implementing high-quality birth to Grade 3 care and education.

This virtual conference is designed for community leaders, including those in education, economic development, child care, business, government, health care, higher education, and philanthropy, who have an interest in learning more about high-quality early childhood education programs and services and their important role in economic development.

We are also excited to announce that Linda Smith , early childhood initiative director at the Bipartisan Policy Institute, will be the featured 2020 keynote speaker. From her start as an early childhood educator in Montana to her work as deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Smith offers relatable and practical information to connect early childhood and community vitality.

Representatives participating in the statewide Communities for Kids initiative are invited to meet in the afternoon to discuss successes and challenges and to connect and share strategies. The Nebraska Children and Families Foundation initiative is working with communities across Nebraska to advance their early childhood programming and services.

Visit the Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference webpage for conference details, presentation descriptions, and speaker biographies, which will be coming soon.
Registration closes Friday, September 4, 2020.
Conference Sponsors
Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
First Five Nebraska
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Nebraska Community Foundation
Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative
Nebraska Extension
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska

Conference Partners
Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties and Learning Community of Douglas and
Sarpy Counties Foundation
Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children (NeAEYC)
Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB)
Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC)
Nebraska Head Start Association
Nebraska Hospital Association
Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA)
Rural Futures Institute
*Please note: Previous messages announced that several watch sites across the state would be available, allowing community members to gather and attend the conference in person. Due to ongoing safety concerns during the COVID outbreak, this conference is being moved to a fully virtual format.