Early Education Directors' Day - Plant City, FL

January 25, 2019 8:30 a.m.–January 25, 2019 3:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church Plant City, 3309 James L. Redman Pkwy., Plant City, FL 33566

Building a Firm Foundation

"... rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:7 NIV

Renew your professional and spiritual growth at the ACSI Early Education conference. Join us for a keynote speaker who will inspire, equip, and encourage early educators while you earn professional clock hours/CEUs for attending.

Pricing (per delegate, lunch included) Member Non-member
Early Registration (through 12/14/18) $65 $95
Standard Registration  $75 $105

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Fairfieled Inn & Suites - Lakeland/Plant City
4307 Sterling Commerce Dr., Plant City, FL 33566
Daily room rate (available through 1/4/19): $119 including breakfast. 
Reserve your room by calling (813) 757-6202 and mentioning ACSI Conference or online

Keynote Speaker

Philip Scott, ESQ., SHRM-SCP, will present Human Resources and Risk Management in Early Education. Philip serves as In-House Counsel to ACSI where he oversees the legal concerns of the Association as well as working externally with member schools on legal, HR and risk management needs. He is also responsible for the Association's tax credit parental choice programs currently operating in seven states.

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