The 19th Annual Early Years Conference focus is Social Justice in Early Learning and Care.

Social justice in early childhood education is about ensuring that all children and families receive the educational and social opportunities responsive to their cultural identity. High quality programs put social justice teaching front and center by prioritizing anti-bias and culturally sensitive teaching.

Access and view your schedule by clicking the "Schedule" pull down menu located to the right of your profile picture (or head icon) and clicking "Simple".

On Friday and/or Saturday you will need to log in to your Sched profile and pull up your schedule to see your workshop titles. Click on the workshop to view description, presenter information, view documents and access the Zoom link. Zoom links for each workshop will appear below each workshop title 10 minutes before that workshop is scheduled to begin on each day of the conference. Simply click on the link below the title to enter the virtual workshop. (No links will be emailed to you, you must log into your Sched account to access all Zoom links.)

Some workshops will have documents affiliated with the training you are attending. These documents are available immediately for you if they are on your schedule. It is suggested that prior to the conference, you download to your computer and/or print any documents you are interested in so that you can easily access them during the conference.

Early Years 2022 Digital Event Program

Participants will receive 6 PD hours per day. Their hours will be added into the Workforce Registry between 1 to 4 weeks after the conference. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion – but will not be asked to upload this certificate to the Workforce Registry.

Please contact Kelly Slocum at kelly.slocum@sdcoe.net for conference support. Also, visit our Early Years webpage at Early Years > Home (sdcoe.net).

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Leslie Ponciano

Hope Education Research Solutions
President & Founder
I am the President and Founder of Hope Education Research Solutions where we collaborate with educational institutions and non-profits to help with professional development, program development, and program evaluation or efficacy research. I am also the Director of Research Opportunities for the California State University Office of the Chancellor where I mentor faculty from all academic disciplines across the 23 CSU campuses to apply for external funding to support their research, scholarship, and creative activity. My research and social justice interests focus on strengths-based approaches to predict positive outcomes for learners, particularly those who are disadvantaged. I am a parent of four children, three of whom are now adults, and have prior experience as a foster parent and foster care social worker. Amanda Edwards-Seiler and I are in the process of publishing our second children's book to support children's emotional development.