Early Education Directors' Day - Fremont, CA

February 28, 2020 8:30 AM–February 28, 2020 3:45 PM
Fremont Christian School 4760 Thornton Ave. Fremont, CA 94536

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


Fremont Christian School
4760 Thornton Ave.
Fremont, CA 94536


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Conference Schedule

Keynote Speaker

Keynote: Christ Centered Transformational Leadership by Michele Smith

Looking to Jesus as a model for transformational leadership, through his journey and work with a band of 12 undesirables, we too can reflect and apply the lesson’s He left behind for us, and use His story to encourage us, while relying on His ultimate leadership to give us peace through the many storms of an Early Childhood Director. We will work through the various styles of leadership, deconstruct the concept of transformational leadership while reflecting on Jesus as He applies the traits that changed the world. Come prepared to spend time in self-reflection, reassess our priorities, and be encouraged to continue to lead your program with a new and refreshed Christ-centered perspective.

Michele Smith has spent the past 15 years working in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of early childhood education. She most recently worked in Christian Education for six years.



8:30 AM-3:45 PM


Member Non-member
Early Registration
(through 1/18/20)
$75 $105
Standard Registration
(after 1/19/20)
$85 $115


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.


Crown Plaza - Union City
32083 Alvarado-Niles Rd.
Union City, CA 94587
(510) 489-2200

Questions? Email the Early Education team

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