Early Education Conference — Broken Arrow, OK

February 29, 2020 8:30 AM–February 29, 2020 3:30 PM
Happy Hands Education Center, 8801 S. Garnett Rd., Broken Arrow, OK 74012

2020 Early Education Conference 

Designed with a Purpose

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV


Happy Hands Education Center
8801 S. Garnett Rd.
Broken Arrow, OK 74012


Conference Flyer

Conference Schedule

Keynote Speaker

Keynote - Designed for a Purpose: Personality, Communication, and Motivational Gifts

Discover your personality style and understand the style of others for developing and enhancing relationships with coworkers, parents, and students. Growth in our understanding of ourselves, impacts our relationships which in turn improves communication, reduces conflict, and increases our ability to connect with others.

Dr. Cindy Barnum serves ACSI Early Education as the Senior Coordinator in the eastern division. She has over 30 years of experience in education including teacher, administrator, board member, consultant, and missionary from early education through college-level in the United States and abroad. Cindy received her doctorate degree in Christian Education Leadership at Regent University with a dissertation focused on reaching the community through the early education ministry. Cindy and her husband, Kirk live in western NY and have four adult children and five grandchildren.


   7:45 AM Registration and Refreshments
   8:30 AM Welcome/Opening Keynote
 10:30 AM Break
 10:45 AM Second Keynote
 12:45 PM Lunch (provided)
   1:30 PM Closing Keynote


Member Non-member

Early Bird Rate
(through 2/8/20)

$47 $77
Standard/Walk-in Rate (after 2/8/20) $57 $87

Lunch Options (included in the registration fee)

*Please choose one at the time of registration

Option 1:

Turkey Bacon Wrap - Smoked turkey, bacon, sharp cheddar, tomatoes, lettuce, ranch in a wheat wrap, plus chips, a cookie, and a pickle.

Option 2:

Savannah chopped salad - mixed greens, grilled chicken, dried cranberries, Gorgonzola cheese, honey roasted almonds, tomatoes & cucumbers. Served with a tangy sherry shallot dressing.

Option 3: 

Black Angus Roast Beef on your choice of bread, with lettuce and tomatoes, plus chips, a cookie, and a pickle.

Option 4:

No lunch needed


You will receive 1 CEU (six clock hours) for your attendance at the conference. Be sure to submit an EE Conference CEU Claim Form following the event to start the claiming process.


Homewood Suites
4900 W Madison Pl.
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 392-7700  

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Tulsa Southeast/Crossroads Village
9150 S 102nd E Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 994-4700

Questions? Email the Early Education team.

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