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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Lucia Garay

San Diego Office Of Education
Executive Director, Early Education
San Diego, California, USA
Lucia Garay is the executive director, early education programs and services at the San Diego County Office of Education where she integrates her nearly 30 years of experience in the early education and care and the early childhood Special Education fields into all of her work. Her collective experiences as an aide, teacher, site administrator and district administrator have provided a strong base for her work in support of all 0-5 program types in the county. She has been a strong leader in the county’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, engaging in numerous community and statewide collaborations. Ms. Garay’s work focuses on quality improvement in early education and care settings; increased inclusive opportunities through facilitation of interagency agreements and their implementation; and collaboratively maximizing resources to support the work force serving 0-5-year-olds. She also provides assistance with alignment and transition to K-12; and supports local program administrators in maximizing program funding, and understanding required accountability requirements, and aligning policies to facilitate child-focused program implementation through California’s very complex diverse early education and care system. She is a firm believer in collaboration and continuous improvement.