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Northern CA Early Education Conference: Fremont

January 19, 2018–January 20, 2018
Fremont Christian School, 4760 Thorton Ave, Fremont, CA

Nurturing Relationships Marked by Love and Boundaries

Are you looking for an opportunity to renew your professional and spiritual growth? As Christian early educators, we understand the importance of nurturing all children and loving them right where they are so that trust is built between the child and teacher allowing for dynamic growth and development in each student.  Our conference theme, Nurturing Relationships Marked by Love and Boundaries, will direct the conference sessions to focus on modeling Jesus' love to our students while creating healthy boundaries in the classroom. Join early educators and develop a deeper understanding of ways to provide an engaging early education classroom environment that will allow children to feel safe, loved, and accepted.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Barbara Sorrels Dr. Barbara Sorrels is Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education and the author of the award-winning book, Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma.  She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 40 years serving as a teacher, program director and university professor.  She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood from the University of Maryland; a master's in education from Southwestern Seminary and a doctorate in early childhood from Oklahoma State University.  She is passionate about helping parents, child welfare agencies, schools and childcare centers understand vulnerable children and the impact of trauma on healthy growth and development.


Schedule & Sessions

EE Directors' Day                Register for Directors Day button

January 19, 2018
8:30 AM–3:30 PM
Working with Families of Children with Challenging Behavior
Children engage in challenging behavior for a variety of reasons, but all children use challenging behavior to communicate messages. Challenging behavior typically communicates a need to escape a person/activity or a desire to obtain someone/something. Once teachers and parents understand the meaning of the behavior, they can select strategies to change it. Join Michele Smith as she shares her passion for children and those who serve them.

Areas of Focus

  • Making a Connection using Play as a Positive Intervention
  • Why do children do what they do?
  • How to Use the Family Routine Guide for Young Children with Challenging Behavior
  • Reflecting and Reframing
  • Friendship, Feelings, and Fun
  • Strong Emotions and Solutions
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January 20, 2018
8:00 AM–3:45 PM
The ACSI EE Conference is specifically designed to provide early educators with helpful resources and training to take back to the classroom. The conference features a special keynote session entitled "Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma" led by Barbara Sorrels, followed by four breakout seminar sessions with various topics scheduled to meet the needs of all early educators. Come be encouraged and challenged to grow professionally and spiritually in order to be "equipped for every good work."


Download the 2018 Fremont Conference Schedule  


Fremont Christian School, 4760 Thorton Ave, Fremont, CA


EE Directors' Day (includes buffet lunch) 

$68  per person, ACSI member school
$95  per person, non-member school

EE Conference  (includes lunch selection) 

$65  per person, ACSI member school
$95  per person, non-member school 


Reminder: Member schools must have staff added to your school roster in ConNEXUS in order to register for the conference. Please contact the ACSI CA.HI regional office if you require assistance.


Access to ConNEXUS Premium is complimentary to all delegates from ACSI member schools who register for a 2017–18 EE conference. It will be available from the time of registration through October 31, 2018. Contact the CA.HI regional office for more information.

Regional Office Contact Information

Phone: 714.256.1287


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