Concordia-Chicago announces 40th Annual Early Childhood Conference

The 40th Annual Early Childhood Conference will be held on the campus of Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois on Friday, August 5, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. [Download conference program

The conference, a one-day in-service experience for early childhood (birth-Grade 3) educators, will feature workshops for primary, kindergarten and preschool teachers; workshops for childcare center staff and directors; and commercial displays. The conference will provide ample opportunities for networking so that attendees may meet and exchange ideas with their peers. The non-commercial exhibit area will include information about resources and learning opportunities for continuing growth and professional development.

Attendees may earn five (5) Professional Development Hours (PDH) toward Illinois Teacher Certification renewal. This conference is a Gateways to Opportunity Registry Verified Conference (5 hours).

The conference will highlight special events with two distinguished speakers:

Dr. Kevin Leman, Ph.D., is an internationally known Christian psychologist, award-winning author of over 50 books, radio and television personality, and public speaker. Leman’s book, Have a New Kid by Friday, was a New York Times bestseller. Leman has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and common sense. Affiliated with the global Christian ministry Focus on the Family, Leman is dedicated to helping families thrive.

Carol Runge will share wisdom with conference attendees at a morning meet-the-author session. A passionate proponent of literature by and for children, Ms. Runge has worked in special education for 35 years as a teacher and administrator. For the past 16 years, Runge has worked as the admissions coordinator for Elim Christian School, an Illinois State Board of Education-approved program that annually serves 300 students with developmental disabilities.

Conference Registration Fees

$110    registrations received on or before July 17, 2016
$135    registrations received after July 17, 2016
$25      Concordia-Chicago full-time students, registration received on or before July 17, 2016
$35      Concordia-Chicago full-time students, registration received after July 17, 2016
Please add $10 to your registration if you would like to pre-order a box lunch.


Advance registration is strongly encouraged and will aid the on-site registration process. On-site registration will be in the lower level of the Koehneke Community Center. Pre-registered attendees will pick up name tags and conference packets in the on-site registration area.   

Getting Around

A campus map is available here.

This conference is co-sponsored by the Concordia University Chicago College of Education and the College of Graduate Studies.

For more information about the 40th annual Early Childhood Conference, contact Carol Smid at or 708-209-3024.

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